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  1. My own feeling is that love Trump or hate ‘im, he’s actually pretty indifferent towards Iran. I’m sure he thinks it’s evil — but he just doesn’t care. It is, after all, literally on the other side of the planet from the US, and Trump doesn’t want another Iraq war. Ideology aside, the first one just wasn’t much fun.

    That said, Trump’s between a rock and a hard place. He took an enormous payment from Sheldon Adelson — and I’m reasonably confident at least being belligerent towards Iran is in the contract. On the other hand, as you note, if the Iran deal collapses, oil prices go through the roof. He don’t want that, neither.

    So my guess is he tries to do something that’ll placate Adelson, but have as little practical effect as possible. Whether I’m right, and if so, how good Trump will be at this, remains to be seen.

  2. Thinking about this further, it’s perfectly possible Saudi Arabia has agreed to massively increase oil production if necessary. She could do that — and surely the planning for this must have taken the probable effect on oil prices into account.

    …and after all, selling lots of oil at — say — $80 a barrel wouldn’t kill Saudi Arabia. In fact, she might even make money out of a US-Iran War.

    Sort of a win-win. Support our troops!

  3. I’m not sure I understand. How is this BlackCube scandal any different from the Democrats hiring Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on ‘The Donald’ during the 2016 election?

        1. I already knew that. And after Singer, the Democrats hired Fusion GPS to do ‘opposition research’ on Trump, which leads back to my still un-answered question. How do these two scandals differ?

    1. @ Elena: Ah yes, poor Elena, you really don’t understand, do you? So let me lay it out for you. The Democrats didn’t hire Fusion GPS. Initially, GOP billionaire Paul Singer hired Fusion to dig up the dirt on Trump. After he won the nominaton, Singer fell into line and dropped out as the client. Then the Democrats stepped in as the new clients. They were seeking dirt on a presidential candidate. He wasn’t president. This is what candidates do during elections. They dig up dirt on each other.

      Digging up dirt on administration officials in order to sabotage national security policy is a totally different enterprise. I’m sure you can’t see the difference. But suffice to say, most of the rest of us can.

      1. “Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, and Kahl, a national security adviser to the former vice-president Joe Biden.”

        Kahl and Rhodes were former administration officials when Trump’s team hired BlackCube.
        Trita Parsi was also a private citizen, as was Trump, when Trump ran for elected office in 2016.

        You are right, I don’t see the difference.

        1. @ Elena: It doesn’t matter whether they were private citizens. They had been senior officials in the previous government and the campaign against them was an attempt to smear the previous administration and its Iran agreement, which was the law of the land. In effect, those who commissioned Black Cube were sabotaging actual U.S. government foreign policy, which is a crime.

          I hope Kahl and Rhodes have grounds to sue Trump or whoever thought up this brilliant idea.

  4. Speaking as someone who has a detached attitude and low expectations when it comes to Trump, NONE of it makes a difference.

    No one’s paying attention who didn’t hate Trump in the first place. As I’ve pointed out, his poll numbers keep going up, not down. ‘The Sins, Crimes, and Failings of Donald Trump’ may be a mighty fine show — but no one is watching.

    On the other hand, if you think you’re going to get rid of him via impeachment, think again. You need to convict as well — and that takes a two-thirds vote in the Senate. That’s never happened — and it won’t this time.

    Finally, you’d have to be off your nut to WANT to get rid of Trump. You know who you get if he goes?

    Pence. The situation’s exactly what it’s been since the 2016 primaries. Trump is the worst choice possible — except for the alternative. First it was Trump — or Rubio or Carson. Then it was Trump — or Clinton. Now it’s Trump — or Pence.

    It’s sad we can’t come up with someone better, but there it is. There’s all kinds of people I’d rather have than Trump — but most of them are dead or at least not running.

  5. They targeted people outside of the admin., including. but not limited to, you and me. We are not in danger and US counterintelligence does know.

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