The Russia/US rivalry needs to be in a separate thread.
We were doing exactly that. Strong sanctions against the various oligarchs around Putin, the powerful people with whom he is locked in a mutual ring of dependence, made it difficult for them to move money internationally, limiting their travel and financial options, and seriously destabilizing Putin’s hold on power. That was working.
Then fucking Trump came into office, and all that went away. But Putin never stopped his campaign of disinformation within the U.S. He just doubled down, and Trump cheerfully looked the other way. More than anything, Putin feared Clinton’s presidency because it was an existential threat to his continued administration. Four more years of sanctions and the Russian billionaires would start to wonder what Putin was doing for them. Yes, he’s a billionaire in his own right, but if the other oligarchs turn on him, he’s in trouble. That’s the self interest that motivated his support of Trump, on top of his value in throwing wrenches into American governance.
I presume — I hope — that Biden is looking to reinstate this kind of program.
Yes it does.
aaaaaaaw poor Matt and Marjorie…
At least MGT will get some more wifely action back at their hotel room / back-of-the-bus-whatever
So people can gripe about them at their hearts’ content and it’s in the Pit so let it all out.
They don’t have any landscaping outlets in California?
Not popular with teen girls.
They finally held their rally in front of Riverside City Hall. One wag noted that he’d seen more people in line for colonoscopies than were in attendance.
What were these morons doing in California in the first place? Don’t they already pollute their home states enough?
They thought they could be more offensive (and grab more headlines) in California.
Nah; they thought they could grab some more money.
It does always come back to the schadenfreude. But good on Atamasama for making a Russia v US thread:
I noticed that too, but I kind of like the description of the Russians “fermenting chaos”. It seems strangely apropos. I wonder what the end result of “fermenting chaos” tastes like?
More like kvass, I’d think.
I just hope to God it isn’t surströmming.
(You make one typo, sheesh…)
You are new here I see
Just hope that we move on before penis ensues.