Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Putin Thanks Trump

I will leave it to you to find the deeper meaning of it all, but recently Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked President Trump for alerting him to a potential terrorist attack on Russia.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip from American intelligence agencies that helped prevent a terrorist attack in Russia, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The announcement offered no details about what information the United States had passed along.

But the Federal Security Service, the main successor agency to the K.G.B., told Russian media it had detained two suspects preparing an attack on a crowded location in the northern city of St. Petersburg on New Year’s Eve.

It was not the first time:

Two years ago, Mr. Putin thanked Mr. Trump for information about another planned attack, also in St. Petersburg.

Even though they are adversaries Russia and the United States cooperated on matters related to counterterrorism.

The Times closed its story by explaining that Russia has in the past warned American intelligence services of pending terrorism attacks.

Information has also flowed to the United States from Russia.

In 2011, the Federal Security Service warned the F.B.I. that an immigrant from Russia living in Boston, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had associated with Islamist militants. The F.B.I. investigated the tip but closed the case after finding no proof.

Two years later, Mr. Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar detonated homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon.

So, the crack FBI investigations unit found no evidence, so it dropped the matter. As you know, three people died at the Boston Marathon. Hundreds were injured.

Keep in mind, this is the same FBI that was informed on numerous occasions that a Parkland Florida High School student, by name of Nikolas Cruz, was plotting to shoot up the school. There again, the FBI found nothing. 

One suspects that they were preoccupied with more important matters.


Freddo said...

Trumps time in real estate has given him decades of experience in dealing with dubious characters and oppressive regimes, not the least in NY state and city. He understands that a friendly Russia is more useful than an antagonistic Russia when it comes to dealing with China and radical Islam. Even with regards to North Korea Trump has the diplomatic skills to not attack KIM Jong-un personally, something the Democrats and Europe can learn from.

Anonymous said...

Trump knows best.

I don't understand the negative attitude toward FBI for making mistakes, perhaps you guys know more. Until I know why I give the FBI the benefit of the doubt and assume they are one of the good guys like Trump. We need to support our troops in the fight against anti-Semitism.

Sam L. said...

The FBI is falling down on the job...

Anonymous said...

It is important to not allow evil to triumph.

Trump is still doing his best and accomplishing a lot with what little he has available at his disposal. Long live the Trump.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

It's also important not to split infinitives.

UbuMaccabee said...

The FBI has failed to step up and identify their own extensive internal corruption. Until they do, they are just the dogs In our Animal Farm.

jay said...

Down comes the Grammarian Hammer! LOL LOL.....

That aside....I do have a question. Your output is prodigious. How DO you do it? You have other demands on your time, yet you regularly post two and three pieces a day. Which means scanning the news, composing your thoughts, putting them to paper, editing, which often includes cutting and pasting passages from the source documents that support your case.....Is there a hint? A short-cut? (Exceptional concentration and focus DOES come to mind.)

jfmoris said...

Why does it seem so unusual for a couple of national leaders to act like they are against terrorist attacks in their nations? I'm sure there's a lot of cooperation against terrorism, but after seeing so much blind stupidity as far as importing terrorist wannabes it kind of seems like something most leaders nowadays wouldn't take much interest in? Leave it to the subordinates?