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    Another Anti-Trump Media Fail: “Intel still hasn’t established Russia paid Taliban ‘bounties’ to kill U.S. troops”

    Another Anti-Trump Media Fail: “Intel still hasn’t established Russia paid Taliban ‘bounties’ to kill U.S. troops”

    NBC: “the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program”

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    Democrats and their media cohorts have spent the last four years throwing everything they can dream up at President Trump, hoping against hope that this time it will stick.  That this time, finally, after Russia, impeachment, Ukraine, unfounded accusations of racism, outright lie after outright lie . . . this time the latest invented anti-Trump smear will stick, the needle will move, Trump will lose support.  This time.  For sure.

    It doesn’t happen, but they keep trying.  What’s that old saw about repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting different results?

    A couple of months ago, their attempt to smear Trump revolved around a bizarre internet rumor that he knew Russia was paying the Taliban “bounties” for members of the United States military.  “He knew!”, they claimed in faux horror (like they care about our troops), and he did not stop it!

    This never passed even the most basic logic test.  Why on earth with Russia (or anyone) pay the Taliban to do what it does for free?

    Color me unsurprised to learn that after two months of doubtless desperate digging, the leftstream media simply can’t confirm the hysterical, groundless “report.”

    NBC News reports (archive link):

    Two months after top Pentagon officials vowed to get to the bottom of whether the Russian government bribed the Taliban to kill American service members, the commander of troops in the region says a detailed review of all available intelligence has not been able to corroborate the existence of such a program.

    “It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told NBC News. McKenzie oversees U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. continues to hunt for new information on the matter, he said.

    “We continue to look for that evidence,” the general said. “I just haven’t seen it yet. But … it’s not a closed issue.”

    McKenzie’s comments, reflecting a consensus view among military leaders, underscores the lack of certainty around a narrative that has been accepted as fact by Democrats and other Trump critics, including presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has cited Russian bounties in attacks on President Donald Trump.

    This is the closest we’ll get to an admission that the leftstream media ran days of uncorroborated “reports” about the alleged bounties and that they knew they were running rumors, not news.

    Honestly, is there any industry or organization more susceptible to “foreign interference,” in this case ridiculously obvious internet trolling, than the mainstream media?  The answer is, I think, a resounding “no.”

    The runner-up would be the Democratic Party itself, but their leaders actually understood that all of this, like so much they’ve spewed over the past four years, was utter nonsense.  I’m not so sure the media is aware just how hard they are being played by Democrats who are tweaking their TDS strings for all they’re worth.

    The media loses in this game, of course, and is seeing record lows in public trust. Democrats certainly don’t care about the decline of the media.  They are happy to endlessly dupe a willing, TDS-addled media who, upon admitting they’ve been duped yet again by Democrats, will gleefully jump on the next lie, despite the obvious damage to their own credibility and bottom line.

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    CommoChief | September 15, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Russian government officially sanctioning bounties to the Taliban or anyone else? No.

    Russian agents acting through cut outs to do so ….maybe but why? The vast majority of groups that want to kill Americans don’t need additional incentive. Nor does it make sense from a risk v reward standpoint.

    The Iranians who provided funds, weaponry, training and in some cases loaned personnel to the various anti coalition groups in Iraq don’t seem to be receiving now or then anywhere near the level of publicity. Wonder why… Oh yeah …the Orange man is bad.

    Intellectually cloistered, narcissistic people believe this crap. They believe ANYTHING they hear or read on the democrat media.

    Their greatest fear is being wrong – and looking at a titanic fool in the mirror.

    It was a stupid story invented by stupid people that have never had any kind of contact with ACTUAL Taliban.

    It never passed even the most basic smell test.

    How would they verify killed American troops to receive this bounty money? Are you going to cart a corpse up to Russia? Who would pay them and with what money in what form?

    It sounds like some stupid cliche plot dreamed up by a low-tier hack in Hollywood.

    What sounds believable is what the US has ACTUALLY done against Russia – namely give them weapons and tell them to keep fighting the good fight against Russia.

    THAT would be believable, because, you know, it already actually happened.

    But the idea that Russia was going to pay them some ridiculous sum of money for each killed American was stupid on its face and only got more ridiculous.


       
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      CommoChief in reply to Olinser. | September 16, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      The Russian direct payment angle is, IMO, not believable. Bounties being offered in general? Absolutely true. Many of us doing interesting non standard things in Iraq had small bounties offered for our death or capture. The higher your perceived value the higher the bounty, usually less than $25K.

      We were all issued ‘blood chits’. These chits were redeemable for $50,000 in Gold or currency for our safe return and printed in multiple languages.

      Same for Afghanistan. Source of payment for the bounty likely not Russia. Why bother when Iran is doing it for you? Why run the risk of getting caught? The Russian intelligence apparatus is a lot of things but stupid isn’t one of it’s faults.

    I’ve never understood this story. Is Russia giving material support to the Taliban? Probably. We did when the situation was reversed. If it was true, what is Trump supposed to do about it? Invade Russia?


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