WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.
The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year.
Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said. Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.
what else is there to conclude but that, having known about it since March, and having in the meanwhile spoken, presumably quite amiably, with President Putin, having suggested Putin be invited to the G7 summit, other than, among the options considered for dealing with this piece of intelligence, Trump most strongly considered "hoping it never came out" and doing--nothing? After all, wouldn't being pressured to confront Putin during an election year be ever so inconvenient, what with all Trump and Putin have meant to one another?
Just recently, in an interview with CBN, Trump accused former president Obama with treason, without elaborating on what he meant by that. (Although I tend to think it focusses on his wild notion that Obama had Comey "tapp" his phones before the election.) If one were to suggest Trump committed treason, I assure you some people would have to ask "Which time?" Collusion during the election with foreign efforts to destabilize election security (about which more information has recently come to light)? His open support for Putin's denial of that effort in Helsinki, the denial of an act which could be considered an act of cyber warfare, over the honest assessment of the US intelligence community? His interference with aid to Ukraine in a way which would both aid Russia and influence the 2020 election? Or this most recent passive position, this time in the face of Russian efforts to harm our military in an actual war?