Pubblicato in: Putin, Trump

Tra i due litiganti il terzo gode. Mr Putin ha stravinto. – Mr Tom Ridge.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-03-25.

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«Mr. Ridge, 71, was appointed by then-President George W. Bush to serve as the nation’s first secretary of homeland security from 2003 through 2005.»

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«The rhetoric needs to be toned down»

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«My friends in the intelligence community tell me that as Vladimir Putin, his forte was destabilization — let’s create chaos, let’s create uncertainty, let’s destabilize the political environment. They have done a wonderful job. If that was their goal, they have done it»

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«We see evidence every day. Instead of focusing in on the actor, we’re pointing accusatory fingers at each other about politics.»

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«We are the victim of this process to delegitimize our self-governance»

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«This accusatory finger-pointing has been a major distraction to other important issues»

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«Right now, Putin is winning»

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Mr Ridge è stato il Primo Segretario alla Sicurezza Nazionale. Avrà sicuramente le sue idee, ma sa di cosa stia parlando.

Mr Putin sarebbe stato ben poco patriottico e degno di destituzione, se non avesse cercato di perseguire al meglio gli interessi della sua Patria, ossia della Russia. Ma la Russia è un potenziale avversario degli Stati Uniti.

Gli americani hanno costituito un buon numero di commissioni che dovrebbero indagare se la Russia abbia o meno interferito nella politica americana. Già una commissione è inefficiente, figurarsene poi undici. Tutte conflittuali e gelose le une della altre.

Parlando dei nemici degli Stati Uniti, il Presidente Trump ha ricordato che si era incontrato anche con Mrs Hillary Clinton…

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Cerchiamo di ragionare.

Che Mr Putin sia rimasto al Kremlino a giocare a scacchi ed a correre dietro le segretarie nessuno se lo può credere.

Ma che sia stato così sciocco da cercare di alterare i voti nemmeno questo alcuno potrebbe crederlo. Sarebbe stato un compito immane.

Quel sornione avrebbe invece fatto tutto il suo umano possibile per aizzare i democratici contro i repubblicani e viceversa su di un problema inesistente: i brogli elettorali fatti ad opera di Putin. Sublime invenzione.

Ciò che interessava al Presidente russo era quello di farli litigare come pescivendole al mercato, tanto che lui si faceva in santa pace i fatti propri.

Arte difficile quella di saper spargere zizzania in campo avverso.

Ma il Kgb non è un convento di pudibonde monachelle claustrali e non insegna ai suoi quadri l’ascesi mistica. Insegna di quale pasta siano fatti gl iesseri umani.

«we’re pointing accusatory fingers

at each other about politics».

E gli americani hanno abboccato come pollastri. Diciamo pure che i democratici nel ruolo delle bagascie ai trogoli ci stanno esattamente come nei propri panni.

Per buon peso poi, democratici e repubblicani stanno beccandosi a sangue sui problemi etici e morali, come se gli Stati Uniti non avessero altri problemi, da quelli relativi la difesa ai rapporti commerciali mondiali, e così via.

Cambiati i termini, sembrerebbe di rivedere la trappola che il card Richelieu preparò a Versailles, ove attirò la riottosa nobiltà francese, riducendola a litigarsi su chi mai avrebbe portato l’asciugamano al Re, oppure iniziato per primo a giocare a mosca cieca.

Giochi innocui, e nessuna trama di potere e rivolta. Mr Putin sembrerebbe esere riuscito a far rimbambire i politici americani.


The Washington Times. 2017-03-25. Tom Ridge, former DHS secretary: ‘Putin is winning’

Bipartisan bickering surrounding the Kremlin’s involvement in last year’s White House race is playing right into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday.

As Republicans and Democrats address last year’s election from opposite angles, Mr. Ridge told The Hill that the Russian leader is succeeding in his apparent bid to sow chaos within the U.S.

“President Trump talks about winning? Right now, Putin is winning,” said Mr. Ridge, the nation’s first homeland security secretary.

“The rhetoric needs to be toned down,” he added.

Mr. Ridge’s comments came in response to concerns raised as lawmakers lose common ground in probing Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, The Hill reported.

While the U.S. intelligence community concluded months ago that Mr. Putin directed an influence campaign with the intent of interfering in last year’s White House race, congressional investigations into the matter have become muddled in recent days after Republicans pounced upon allegations concerning the possible “incidental” surveillance of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, Mr. Ridge said.

“My friends in the intelligence community tell me that as Vladimir Putin, his forte was destabilization — let’s create chaos, let’s create uncertainty, let’s destabilize the political environment. They have done a wonderful job. If that was their goal, they have done it,” Mr. Ridge told The Hill.

“We see evidence every day. Instead of focusing in on the actor, we’re pointing accusatory fingers at each other about politics. We are the victim of this process to delegitimize our self-governance,” he added.

Mr. Putin himself likely ordered Russian military intelligence to interfere in last year’s election in a bid to disrupt the changes of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, U.S. officials previously concluded, the likes of which is currently under investigation by two congressional committees in addition to the FBI.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, California Republican, triggered outrage among Democrats on Wednesday by running to the White House upon learning that Mr. Trump’s associates may have been subject to federal surveillance prior to his election.

The panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said afterward that his colleague’s behavior epitomizes the need for an independent commission to take up the task of investigating potential ties between Mr. Trump’s associates and Moscow.

“This accusatory finger-pointing has been a major distraction to other important issues — we’ve got a Supreme Court nominee. We’ve got a healthcare bill. There are conversations about tax reform. But look what we are talking about all of the time?” Mr. Ridge told The Hill, referring to Russia.

Mr. Ridge, 71, was appointed by then-President George W. Bush to serve as the nation’s first secretary of homeland security from 2003 through 2005.

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