In an earlier Point post, I asked a simple question about the Russian bounties story that the media and Democrats have been pushing. This sort of thing has been going on for generations. It was commonplace during the Cold War. So what do the media and the Democrats propose to do about it?
Just Security assembled three people to come up with an “answer” headlined as, “The Baseline: How a Functional Executive Would Have Handled the Russian Bounty Operation”.
The three are Joshua Geltzer, Obama’s director of counterterrorism at the National Security Council, Ryan Goodman, the editor in chief of Just Security, and Danielle Schulkin, his student, who went on to serve on the Geneva Initiative to appease Islamic terrorists.
After, what feels like thousands of words and endless pages, the only answers involve lots of meetings and protocols and assorted other exercises in bureaucratic folderol, interspersed with hysterical attacks on Trump, the answer to what should actually be done to stop this comes at the very end.
But… what should President Trump have actually done?
Ultimately, a normal president would want to know: what do I need to do to save American service members’ lives? No normal president would ignore this intelligence reporting; any normal president would want to obtain as much information as possible and figure out how best to neutralize the threat, a question in which President Trump still shows no apparent interest. Whether a presidential call to Putin would be a right way to handle it would be determined by the quality of the intelligence reporting, the intelligence community’s sense of whether that could cost it additional collection, the military’s assessment of how well it could mitigate the threat on its own, and other complex considerations.
Trump needed to save American lives by focusing a whole lot on intelligence collection… so he can call Putin.
This isn’t just a joke. It’s the Obama foreign policy writ large. The policy that Biden is promising more of.
We’re going to have lots of intelligence meetings to discuss whether we should collect more intelligence… and then we’re going to call Vladimir and ask him to stop. What’s the Plan B if he doesn’t stop?
The Democrats keep beating their pigeon chests about Russia, but the chests are hollow and there’s nothing inside. Ask them what they want to do, instead of screaming that Trump isn’t doing anything, and their answer is pathetically laughable.