Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds

Principles for Progressives to Follow on Trump's Ties to Russia

By       Message Richard Eskow       (Page 1 of 5 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   9 comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 2/24/17

Author 77715
Become a Fan
  (14 fans)

From Our Future

From palmerreport.com: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump {MID-69821}
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump
(Image by palmerreport.com)
  Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

Putin's an oligarch. So is Trump.

Putin runs a kleptocracy. So does Trump.

Both Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson have done business in Russia.

- Advertisement -

So why is money the one aspect of the Russia scandal people seem to talk about the least? Perhaps because it's the one area the U.S. intelligence community avoided when it accused Russia of helping Trump win the election.

The Russia story we've been hearing raised the intelligence community's popularity among Democrats and offered a convenient distraction from other national security stories. While many people were fixated on it, for example, this New York Times story by Charlie Savage was largely overlooked:

"In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government's 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections ... far more officials will be searching through raw data."

- Advertisement -

Here are 11 principles progressives can follow when they hear about (or talk about) Trump and Russia.

1. Don't get ahead of the facts.

I don't know yet whether Russia's government interfered in the U.S. presidential election or not. Neither do you.

The recent report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) bears that organization's impressive seal. The eagle represents American sovereignty, we're told, while the arrows represent war and the olive branch represents peace. But the report itself is highly politicized and woefully short on evidence.

That's why Americans should support a thorough and nonpartisan investigation into Russia's possible role in the election. Reps. Reps. Elijah Cummings and Eric Swalwell have proposed an independent commission. It's hard to imagine why anyone, regardless of their politics or preconceptions, wouldn't support that idea.

In the meantime, Democrats may want to hit the pause button before getting too far ahead of the known facts. When people place partisanship above informed discourse, things can get very ugly very fast.

- Advertisement -

Case in point: Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager, Robby Mook, wrote recently about what he called "the complex infrastructure that Russia built to infect public discourse with false or stolen information." It "isn't going anywhere," Mook wrote, and "can be unleashed at any time, on any issue, domestic or international."

But the link Mook provides doesn't describe anything of the kind. It goes to a Buzzfeed article headlined How Teens in the Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Host of 'The Breakdown,' Writer, and Senior Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

Richard Eskow Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

How to Fix the Fed: Dismiss Dimon, Boot the Bankers, and Can the Corporations

The Top 12 Political Fallacies of 2012

Pawn: The Real George Zimmerman Story

What America Would Look Like If Libertarians Got Their Way

"F" The Bureaucracy! The White House Can Help Homeowners Right Now

"His Own Man's" Man: Jeb Bush and the Return of Wolfowitz