Trump is having his job review today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. I assume Lavrov will ask The Donald important questions like;
What do you think went well this year besides your golf game?
What do you think you should do differently next year besides more tweeting?
What can you do to be more helpful to the people on team Putin?
What are President Putin’s most important goals for you to accomplish next year?
How can you make President Putin’s job easier?
I don’t know if any of you remember but once upon a time in the Republican Party, Putin and Russia were enemy number one. As much as the Republicans hated Barack Obama the one point they all agreed on for eight years was that Russia was no friend of the United States. But that was yesterday. And now with Comrade Donald in office, the death of John McCain and the flip of Lindsey Graham, the Russians, in the Republicans view, aren’t as bad as they use to be.
Now keep in mind the Russians haven’t change. They are still invading countries like Ukraine. They are still killing innocent people in the Middle East and Europe. They are still supporting murderous dictators like Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. And they are still trying to infiltrate and disrupt our elections. What has changed is this, important American men, Presidents, Senators and Congressmen have been comprised, and influenced by the Russians. By what who knows but my guess would be money, pictures, tapes, and other fun stuff. I think we will find out in due time. I am sure The Washington Post has a whole army of reporters working on it right now.
The irony in Trump’s job review today is that the primary charge in his impeachment was that he withheld aid from Ukraine, a country at war with Russia. Let that sink in for just a minute, at war with Russia. A war that has killed 13,000 Ukrainians a quarter of them civilians. And remember who Trump is meeting with, the adversary of Ukraine. A man he has meet twice in three years at the White House and has yet to invite the new Ukraine President for a visit. The other point to keep in mind is that this aid was overwhelming approved by Congress, something they all agreed on which in this day and age is rarity.
Trump and the White House have offered a number of excuses of why the aid was withheld but in my mind the true underling reason was because his boss, his handler, his daddy Vladimir Putin told him to do it. What the Republicans have hung their hat on is that the aid was released so no harm no foul. This analogy would be like a bank robber who doesn’t walk-out out of the bank with any cash. If he stick a gun in a tellers face but changes his mind is he still a bank robber?
But the timeline the Republicans conveniently forget to mention is that Trump’s personal lawyer, our own Attorney General Bill Barr, told him about the existence of the whistleblower report and the next thing we know, wham bam thankyou ma’am, the funds are magically released. Trump also learned a new phrase from Bill Barr, quid pro quo, though at first he thought it was a sushi dish. Do honestly think Trump came-up with the term “no quid pro quo” all by myself? I mean come on, the guy has the vocabulary of a second grader.
I have got to believe that Trump will get high marks during his job review today. Putin wants nothing more than to keep America divided which weakens us and keeps us distracted. Trump has accomplished that in spades. Putin is the master manipulator and with Trump, Barr and Lindsey in his back pocket there is very little that we can do to stop him from exploiting our vulnerabilities.
Putin is creating a coalition of murderous dictators whose single objective is to line their pockets with gold, and silver at the expense of everyone else including their own citizens. Trump would love to be included in this boys club and thinks he is tough enough, and smart enough to play with them. But what Putin sees is the insecure fat rich kid that thinks he is cool but really isn’t. When Putin fires someone he does it with a bullet. Trump does it with a tweet hiding behind a closed doors. Putin has blood on his hands. Trump has KFC chicken grease on his. That, ladies and gentlemen, is our President. He is what he says he likes to grab.