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Intercept Political Idiocy: "Unclear Whether Trump is Foreign Agent"

I thought the Russian collusion madness had long ago reached a peak. I was wrong.

Intercept writer James Risen asks "Is Donald Trump a traitor?"

I FIND IT hard to write about Donald Trump.

It is not that he is a complicated subject. Quite the opposite. It is that everything about him is so painfully obvious. He is a low-rent racist, a shameless misogynist, and an unbalanced narcissist. He is an unrelenting liar and a two-bit white identity demagogue. Lest anyone forget these things, he goes out of his way each day to remind us of them.

At the end of the day, he is certain to be left in the dustbin of history, alongside Father Coughlin and Gen. Edwin Walker. (Exactly – you don’t remember them, either.)

What more can I add?

Unfortunately, another word also describes him: president. The fact that such an unstable egomaniac occupies the White House is the greatest threat to the national security of the United States in modern history.

Which brings me to the only question about Donald Trump that I find really interesting: Is he a traitor?

Did he gain the presidency through collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin?

One year after Trump took office, it is still unclear whether the president of the United States is an agent of a foreign power. Just step back and think about that for a moment.

Most pundits in Washington now recoil at any suggestion that the Trump-Russia story is really about treason. They all want to say it’s about something else – what, they aren’t quite sure. They are afraid to use serious words. They are in the business of breaking down the Trump-Russia narrative into a long series of bite-sized, incremental stories in which the gravity of the overall case often gets lost. They seem to think that treason is too much of a conversation-stopper, that it interrupts the flow of cable television and Twitter. God forbid you might upset the right wing! (And the left wing, for that matter.)

But if a presidential candidate or his lieutenants secretly work with a foreign government that is a longtime adversary of the United States to manipulate and then win a presidential election, that is almost a textbook definition of treason.

Traitor? Foreign Agent? Treason?

It's easy to make a case that Trump is a liar and a narcissist. Traitor? Agent of a foreign power? Treason?

Risen is delusional. He needs a new career. He would fit right in with the Washington Post or CNN. Perhaps he can get together with Michael Moore and do a movie.

The again, I shouldn't suggest such things. The Washington Post and CNN need cleansing, not bigger political nut cases.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

30 Responses

  • SweetKenny

    Feb 25, 2018

    The Intercept is the biggest hit or miss publisher. Glenn Greenwald is great but it’s also populated by raving liberals.

  • Curious-Cat

    Feb 25, 2018

    We should not to get too upset with these guys and their outlandish statements. Pretty much everything that can be said about President Trump has already been said. So here's a guy who's sniffing around for a new angle and a novel way to be provocative. While one can never be sure such idiocy won't catch on, it's probably pretty unlikely. I would hate to have to earn my living writing stories about President Trump. Almost as bad as being a member of the US House of Representatives.

  • Blurtman

    Feb 25, 2018


  • JavaMe

    Feb 25, 2018

    But this kind of drivel continues to be so popular with the democrats and never-Trumpers, so they keep writing it. The more preposterous the better. It's like a drug for these people. They just can't get enough of it.

  • abend237-04

    Feb 25, 2018

    They've finally formed a circular firing squad; Feed them ammo: Hey James, I heard Trump's gardner was seen talking to a local guy whose grandmother spoke Russian. Looks rotten to me; a good journalist could pull the string and unravel this one for a Pulitzer...

  • Stuki

    Feb 25, 2018

    “The fact that such an unstable egomaniac occupies the White House is the greatest threat to the national security of the United States in modern history.” And true to progressive form, this dimwit doesn’t have the logical aptitude to conclude from this, that the guy occupying the White House has too much power. Instead just wanting his own favorite Caudillo to have all that power instead.

  • ccichocki

    Feb 25, 2018

    If the liberal message is so off then why is it taking so long for republican Mueller to say no collusion? Seems like he’s just busting people...for no reason? I wonder.

  • Greggg

    Feb 25, 2018

    I'd bet a wad that this is the cause of all the uproar: "President Trump has accelerated his diplomatic efforts to broker peace (undermine the military industrial complex) among quarreling Arab monarchies..." How dare he upset the status quo!

  • FelixMish

    Feb 25, 2018

    "secretly work with a foreign government that is a longtime adversary of the United States" Does this mean he thinks the Soviet Union was an adversary of the US? I wonder what he thought in 1980.

  • wootendw

    Feb 25, 2018

    "Risen is delusional." I am afraid that most of the so-called 'American' people are delusional about Russia. It's simply mad hysteria. Here are some numbers from Google or Wikipedia: Russia population 143 million US population 325 million NATO population 906 million Russia GDP < 2 trillion (USD) US GDP > 16 trillion (USD) NATO GDP > 36 trillion (USD) Russian losses in WWII ~20m (ejecting Germans from Soviet territory) US losses in ALL wars ~1m Clearly, Russia is not a threat to US (nor Europe) unless 'we' attack them - which means nukes. They do not have the resources to fight a long term war with NATO and they are not going risk war having lost 20m people in WWII - something incomprehensible to most Americans. The US mainland has never even been bombed from the air. Moreover, Russia has done nothing that should offend US. They intervened in Syria against USG/KSA/UK-armed terrorists who caused the deaths of 100s of thousands of Syrians and also caused the European refugee crisis. Russia's 'annexation' of Crimea - with the support of 93% of Crimeans - was a purely defensive move after Hillary's assistant, Victoria Nuland, arranged the overthrow of Ukraine's elected president using paid demonstrators and snipers - yes those snipers were hired by the USG side. Russia also intervened in S. Ossetia, in 2008, when Georgian president Mikhail Saashkivili, a friend of Senator McCain and a certifiable nutcase, launched an attack in violation of an internationally recognized cease fire while Putin, PM at the time, was in Beijing for the Olympics. Yet there is all this hysteria. It is far worse than with Saddam Hussein, who was vilified for years after Iraq I. And the established order - MIC, CIA, State Dept - keeps fueling it. A substantial number of 'Americans' believe Putin is trying to re-establish the Soviet Union - or worse. The end result of this mass hysteria will be war and it will certainly be nuclear. I am serioulsy thinking of leaving the country although I might just settle for Oregon where the people are even crazier but where there are no nuclear targets and winds from the Pacific will prevent fallout drift.

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