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U.S. hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

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This has to be fake news as everyone knows that Trump is in ‘collusion’ with the Russians and that Putin has ‘something’ on Trump

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Trump's gonna be pi **** when he finds out about this.

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Trump's gonna be pi **** when he finds out about this.

That was pretty funny.

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Look for Trump fans to jump on this to excuse his wet noodle performance with Putin. There probably won't be many "What's wrong with having good relations with Putin" comments, bit that will just be temporary for this thread.

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Hmm. Looks like the "deep state" is acting up again.

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So many bubbles are being burst today....

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It looks like Rand Paul's playing matchmaker (cupid or whatever) and has hand delivered a secret message from Trump to Putin which may be connected to this. It probably reads as follows:

Dearest Vlad : )

I'm sorry : ( to inform you of the latest sanctions. They were forced upon me by fellow Republicans who just don't understand this Trump-thing-Putin-thing between us. You can imagine my utter surprise : o when I saw the long, nasty list of sanctions. However, seeing as the mid-term elections are just around the corner, I really had no choice : ( and is purely political.

Hopefully : | you will understand the sensitive position I am in at the moment. Once the mid-terms are over, I will declare my undying love for you once again and do my darndest to have the sanctions lifted.

Forever yours,

Donnie XXX

P.S. I'm still looking forward to giving you that guided tour around the White House Rose Garden. Quite beautiful especially when there's a full moon : o

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Look for Trump fans to jump on this to excuse his wet noodle performance with Putin. There probably won't be many "What's wrong with having good relations with Putin" comments, bit that will just be temporary for this thread.

Ok, so what should Trump do? Go to war? Arrest Putin? So what would the weak Democrats do?

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Just freeze all of Putin's assets that are outside Russia. And freeze the assets of his closest 500 "friends."

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About time. It's only a cosmetic measure, Trump has to be seen to be doing the right thing.

Russia has to learn that there's consequences from killing people.

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Fu, that's what they're doing. And that's why Putin is panicking.

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What will be the "sanctions" ? ...

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@bas4 Again, what should Trump do. Go to war?

Start with what he should NOT have done, and that's risk alienating the NATO Alliance, the first line of possible defense against Russian expansion. Putin is trying to expand the Russian empire. A strong NATO can make him think twice about pushing any farther.

At the same time, give more money to US intelligence agencies to stop Russian meddling in US elections and politics. Allow the intelligence agencies to arrest and prosecute those involved. Allow the intelligence agencies to arrest and prosecute those involved in spreading fake news and manipulating social media accounts to spread Russian propaganda. And support Mueller!

Russia’s wealth is based on selling oil and gas. The US should do whatever it can to reduce the amount of hydrocarbons burned, thereby reducing the control the world’s oil and gas powers like Russia have. Alternatives to burning hydrocarbons must be developed.

Freeze Russia’s criminal oligarch’s assets in the US. Putin and his oligarchs, like all of their ilk throughout history, are money driven. Hit them where it hurts most. Revoke their visas.

Freeze the assets of American citizens in the owe to Putin and his oligarchs. Arrest and prosecute them.

Has Trump released any current (i.e. 2016, 2017) tax info? That would be good for the US public to see so they could possibly determine what Trump’s ties are to Russia.

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Political ploy for the midterms................Tuesday's elections must scared the toodles out of them.

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There probably won't be many "What's wrong with having good relations with Putin" 

So.... What's wrong with having good relations with Putin?

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Putin is trying to expand the Russian empire. 

There is only one empire that is actually dangerously expanding, and that would be the one centered around Washington, DC. China comes in a distant second. Russia an even more distant 3rd, maybe tied with Iran.

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The headline should read: 'U.S. hits Russia with sanctions over ALLEGED nerve agent attack in Britain' as the UK has yet to provide any proof that Russia was involved.

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There is only one empire that is actually dangerously expanding, and that would be the one centered around Washington, DC. China comes in a distant second. Russia an even more distant 3rd, maybe tied with Iran.

Yes, Russia is clearly expanding its empire. (Waiting for 'Can't prove it!')

So.... What's wrong with having good relations with Putin?

Good relations among world leaders are important. Nations able to stand up to expanding empires, be it the US, Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, or any other bully, require good relations and perhaps more importantly the ability to tell any bullying leader to back off.

Good relations should not include interfering in any other nation's politics and elections. That applies to each of the countries I listed.

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PTownsend:

There's little doubt Russia is behind the Skripal poisoning, but it seems to me that much of the current anti-Putin sentiment derives from being anti-Trump. I'm anti-Trump myself, but in my opinion the constant attempts to paint modern Russia as a major aggressor, no questions asked, and Putin as being the equivalent of Stalin are misguided and utterly ignorant of history. Anti-gay? Of course. But don't look to Putin as the originator of that. He's only reflecting the prejudices of his people, and the all-powerful Russian Orthodox church. Murders journalists he doesn't like? No argument. Rise of the Right? Sure. But despite all those things, things are much more open in Russia now than they've been through most of history, and you still have to deal with the pesky truth that the majority of Russians support Putin - which could hardly be said of Russian leaders of the past, or even of most Western leaders of today.

You're probably going to mention Ukraine and the Crimea. Why don't you check out a few facts yourself? The 2014 census in Ukraine gives the Russian population as 65%, the Ukrainian population as 14%. How "Ukrainian" is that? Crimea itself only became part of Ukraine in 1954, a personal gift from Nikita Krushchev to the Ukrainian SSR. Eastern Ukraine, where the civil war is currently, always returned pro-Russian candidates to the Ukrainian parliament. They didn't see Yanukovych's ousting as some kind of People's Power manifestation, they saw it as the illegitimate toppling of their guy by a Ukrainian mob.

I don't think annexing the Crimea is evidence of a major expansion of the Russian "empire". I'll change my mind if they start moving on Poland, or running naval exercises in the English Channel.

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Sorry. Should have said "2014 census in Crimea" not in "Ukraine."

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Putin is trying to expand the Russian empire

Putin would like to expand the Nordstream 2 pipeline to Germany though. How does that fit into your MSM driven evil Putin fairy tale.

Think how much better life for Europeans and the economy will be when they can pay less for gas.

Pipelines you ask? Well, that's what these sanctions are about, not some lethal nerv.....wait...almost lethal nerve agent false flag attack.

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Strangely no tweets from Trump on the matter. :)

He must be spitting feathers about the State Department. Vlad will be on the phone reminding him to get his house in order or else.

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A small but good step. But far from enough.

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So the UK will shut down Porterdown and stop Cheyke and Sweden from selling this to the Russian mafia?

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"Trump is ruled by Putin."

That must be why the U.S. just hit Russia with sanctions. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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That must be why the U.S. just hit Russia with sanctions. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

The State Department did it, not Trump. Interestingly they waited until he was on holiday.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Ha.

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Well how about that. Even Trump does the right thing occasionally. It must have been done without his full knowledge or understanding, is my guess.

Morning winds have been reactivated I see. Aftermath of the recent typhoon?

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