I now will clear the air: I believe that Russia paid bounties to Taliban fighters who killed American troops on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
Moreover, I also believe the essence of those reports has been established by thorough media investigations. The question remains, though, about what Donald Trump knew and when he knew it.
If the worst case is true, that Trump knew of the bounties being paid and did nothing, then we have a series crisis on our hands. We have a president who has fundamentally violated his oath as commander in chief by refusing to protect the men and women he sends into harm’s way. To be fair, the worst case hasn’t been established.
There really is no “best case,” given what I believe we know … that the Russians placed bounties on the heads of our service personnel.
What if Trump didn’t get the briefing? What if it landed on his desk but he didn’t open up the folder to read its contents?
That all is on the table now for discussion and further inquiry.
Here’s my question of the day: Given that the president now knows what the world knows, that the Russian intelligence network paid money for our service personnel’s lives, why in the name of all that is sacred has he not raised holy hell with Vladimir Putin?
Why does our president remain stone-cold silent on the deed that many of us believe occurred?
Instead, he talks with Putin on the phone. He yaps about getting Russia installed as a member of the G7 coalition of leading industrialized nations — over the objections of the other members. He doesn’t seem to accept the notion that Russia is a third- or maybe fourth-rate economic power and doesn’t qualify as a player among the leading industrialized nations.
This story isn’t going anywhere any time soon. If I were to venture a guess I am willing to suggest that it likely won’t end well for Donald Trump.
We need answers. Right now!