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regnaD kciN

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40. You miss a couple of points...
Fri Jan 29, 2021, 08:05 PM
Jan 2021
To my knowledge, Trump made zero effort to extoll the virtues of communism or to denigrate the United States in any sort of public manner, which would be the only use for a semi-famous rich real estate dude in NYC. Much the opposite, he embraced capitalism.

...he didn't have to "extol the virtues of communism" to be useful to the U.S.S.R., and he didn't "sudden(ly), in his early '70s," decide to run for president. On the contrary, as the article mentions, he first floated a run for president in 1988 (only months after his visit to the Soviet Union), and again in 2000. In 1988, right at the end of the "Morning in America" era, his brief run included an open letter/advertisement in major papers calling for U.S. foreign policy to distance itself from N.A.T.O. and stop spending its defense funding on Japan. It doesn't take a master diplomat to realize that both of those proposals would have been music to the ears of the Soviet Politburo just as much as they would be to their current Russian successor.

When they groomed Trump in the '70s and '80s, did the KGB expect that Trump would eventually become president? Highly unlikely. But was it to their advantage to reel him in, with the expectation that he could become prominent in the Republican Party (and, being the very image of capitalist success would have made sure he was welcome there, or in the emerging "Third Way" Democratic wing, for that matter) and thus become a major voice for isolationism? I'm guessing that was their real goal, and it paid off admirably.
It's unlikely Trump was the only one dlk Jan 2021 #1
+100000 Pachamama Jan 2021 #3
+++ agree. nt iluvtennis Jan 2021 #25
My family has discussed this for years. southerncrone Jan 2021 #43
They cast very wide nets Rural_Progressive Jan 2021 #24
Do you remember during Obama's term suddenly the GOP was very pro-Russia apnu Feb 2021 #48
Flattery will get you everywhere, Vladimir. Kid Berwyn Jan 2021 #2
Trump must have been so easy PatSeg Jan 2021 #4
Craig Unger talks about It. Kid Berwyn Jan 2021 #5
The Russians certainly know how to play the long game PatSeg Jan 2021 #7
McTurtle? Layzeebeaver Jan 2021 #6
From what we've witnessed the past four years PatSeg Jan 2021 #8
I'd add Ted Cruz, Lindsay Graham, and Josh Howley to that list. Initech Jan 2021 #20
Remember former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher PatSeg Jan 2021 #23
I live really close to his district. Initech Jan 2021 #26
And yet he served 30 years in congress PatSeg Jan 2021 #30
Oh he has to be on their payroll no question. Initech Jan 2021 #31
Oh yes, its like a Tom Clancy thriller PatSeg Jan 2021 #32
I'd say it's equal parts Tom Clancy and Wes Craven. Initech Jan 2021 #34
Oh yes PatSeg Jan 2021 #36
Chair of the House Intelligece Committee - nice catbird seat if he was BComplex Jan 2021 #37
Oh, how convenient PatSeg Jan 2021 #38
The other very effective side of this gambit is the American unwillingness to believe it. byronius Jan 2021 #9
+1 pandr32 Jan 2021 #17
Act on what we (royal) know? Our legal system is set up to play the waiting game Backseat Driver Jan 2021 #29
My opinion is this is some dude just trying to make some money off of Trump haters. Calista241 Jan 2021 #10
Spot on. Shvets and Unger is again stretching reality to fit the best selling lists... TomVilmer Jan 2021 #18
"the Russian Federation, under Yeltsin, was flat broke" PSPS Jan 2021 #22
but between then and now... Layzeebeaver Jan 2021 #33
You miss a couple of points... regnaD kciN Jan 2021 #40
Well, maybe Calista241 Jan 2021 #42
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!!! Ford_Prefect Jan 2021 #11
You know about that lavish palace on the Black Sea? I bet it's the trump family new dacha. erronis Jan 2021 #12
If so, it will only be so temporarily... regnaD kciN Jan 2021 #41
Now, if this can only be proven: Oldem Jan 2021 #13
trump was Putin's puppet for four years Gothmog Jan 2021 #14
This is why it should be a stipulation that before a candidate can be nominated they must be fully onetexan Jan 2021 #15
Oh, C'mon!! AZ8theist Jan 2021 #16
It simply isn't rational how Trump defended Russia/Putin at every turn. world wide wally Jan 2021 #19
I'm skeptical of most conspiracy theories, but I totally believe this one. Nitram Jan 2021 #21
Good grief, Charlie Brown! Backseat Driver Jan 2021 #27
Of course Bigredhunk Jan 2021 #28
I think Malcolm Nance bagimin Jan 2021 #35
K&R uppityperson Jan 2021 #39
What the Soviets and Russians needed most out of Trump is money laundering services jmowreader Jan 2021 #44
This message was self-deleted by its author Freelancer Jan 2021 #45
This is a great article nam78_two Jan 2021 #46
K&R ck4829 Feb 2021 #47
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