Thread: “This explains climate change denial”

February 24, 2019

Terri Kanefield on Twitter:

Trump & pals have positioned the goalposts: If Mueller doesn’t produce evidence of Trump crimes in each filing, it’s all a hoax.

I suspect Team Trump invented the nonsense that Mueller is ready to submit a report.

 Look how clever that was. It set up the expectation that the sentencing memo would contain Mueller’s endgame.

A sentencing memo is about the defendant: It gives a picture of the defendant beyond the crimes so the court can pass a sentence taking into account all factors👇

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In looking to the Manafort sentencing report for evidence of Trump crimes, we’re allowing Trump & pals to frame—and simplify—the inquiry.

I suggest the sentencing memo IS about the big picture—but much bigger than Trump’s complicity in Russia’s attempt to sway the election.

The memo is about Manafort’s “brazen” lawbreaking that continued while he was Trump’s campaign manager, and even while he was under indictment.

The picture is of a man who habitually breaks laws, and lived his entirely life as if he’s above them.

The forest is called an “iron triangle,” and it’s bigger than Russia’s attempt to sway the election.

 In a lecture Mueller delivered in Jan 2011, while FBI director, he talked about a new kind of organized crime threatening the US: Today’s mobsters have gone international.

He used the phrase “iron triangles” to describe an association of. . .

 . . . which consist of (1) organized criminals (2) corrupt government officials, and (3) business leaders.
They pose a signifiant security threat.[They’re also cornering the international market on natural gas & oil. Aside: This explains climate change denial]

This detail from the sentencing memo struck me: Manafort engaged in his elaborate schemes for “no other reason than greed.”

It reminded me of this phrase from Mueller’s 2011 talk 👇 the members of the iron triangles are motivated by “greed.”

 The other parts of the sentencing memo and attachments that made me think of Mueller’s “iron triangles” were all of Manafort’s association and allegiances to such governments as Saudi Arabia, and the pro-Russian party in the Ukraine.
(Viktor Yanukovych)
From the sentencing memo: Manafort’s lawbreaking goes all the way back to 1984-1986 when he was an agent for the Saudi government. Seems he just sort of forgot to tell people in Congress he was working for the Saudis. One example👇
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 Also from the exhibits to the sentencing memo: He also neglected to tell people he was secretly working for the pro-Russian party in Ukraine. His money laundering “promoted” his FARA (foreign agents) crimes.

 A striking thing about Manafort’s list of crimes (tax fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, hiding dirty money) is that they mirror those of the Russian oligarchs.

This is not a coincidence.

These are the crimes the oligarchs engaged in when they took control of Russia.

The Soviet government owned all resources and industries.

When the SU broke up, the Russian Federation was established as a constitutional republic with president and parliament chosen by free elections.

But democracy never took hold. Before rule of law was in place . .

 .. . there was a wild rush to control the nation’s industries and resources. A few people became billionaires (by stealing what belonged to the people). Leaders were picked by the new billionaires.

Thus Russia went from communism to oligarchy.

 What Trump, Manafort, Papadopolous, Carter Page, Rand Paul, and all their friends are trying to do is make the US like Russia—ruled by oligarchs.

That’s why they like “privatize,” which means private citizens control of the nation’s resources and industries.

 I suggest that Russian interference in the election was a means to that end, which is why the Trump-Fox-Libertarian-GOP are okay with Russian meddling. They like goal.

 I suggest Manafort brazenly broke the law because he believed oligarchy would defeat liberal democracy (I’m using that phrase on purpose) in the U.S.👇

Then he’d be rich and powerful, and not behind bars—like his oligarch friends.

On 2-15-2019, Special Counsel wrote, “Given the breadth of Manafort’s criminal activity, the government has not located a comparable case with the unique array of crimes and aggravating factors.”

How does Trump respond to evidence that his long-time pal and campaign manager is a habitual criminal working for foreign governments?

By shouting “no collusion,” kicking up dust, and trying to misdirect the inquiry.

 The inquiry should be about how the Trump-Fox-GOP is partnering with Russia to undermine our democratic institutions and create a Russian style oligarchy in the U.S.

Evidence of this is in the sentencing memo, in the nature of Manafort’s crimes and his foreign allegiances.

When you add the Trump Org to the mix, the iron triangle becomes complete. Yes, there were Trump Org crimes, and yes, there are links between the Trump Org and Russia.

Given Mueller’s mandate I suspect prosecution of the Trump Org will happen in NY.



6 Responses to “Thread: “This explains climate change denial””

  1. Sir Charles Says:


    The US ARE ruled by oligarchs. No doubt about. It starts with the media and ends up in the WH.

  2. socio Says:

    I really like your blog in general, yet these posts are for me so far out there; it might be because I’m not a US citizen. And I try to understand it from the emotion that yes, Trump is a horrible person. But your outline here of the history of post Cold War Russia-US relations is so strange, to try to put it along partisan lines, Democrats versus Republicans.

    The US’ enormous military presence around the world and the amount of wars you’re currently involved in, election interferences, the coups, they at least have to give you a hint. Look at when these wars were started, when military expenditure increased. And yes, it’s also quite shocking to see a comedian that you reference often on this blog cheering on the Monroe Doctrine, waving away the pain, suffering and death that it brought around the world. Non of these parties oppose war clearly fought for oil; I hope you do. I really do, Peter.

    You have people now on the left of the Democratic Party finally in the spotlight, pushing Kamala Harris to the left too. She now advocates for greener policies. The current power structure in that party does not, see Feinstein and Pelosi. If you want my take, support these people on the left and criticise people on the right of the Democratic Party. Despite what this comedian says. This will only increase the likelihood that when these people are chosen, the measures they stand for are proportionate to the scale of the problem we are facing on the planet.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      if you can’t see what’s right in front of you, I can’t help.
      I was a loud voice against US wars in Iraq from early on – some of my writings on that went viral nationally, but never mind.
      We are faced with a fossil fuel oligarchy that is multinational, and has decided that democracies in America, in Europe, and elsewhere, are now obstacles to full exploitation of mineral wealth, hence the bold push we have seen from Putin.
      The “climate gate” affair of 10 years ago was merely a road test of what we have seen in the last two years – and I’m hardly a paranoid fringe in noting this.

      I called it the day after the election, and nothing we’ve seen has shown me wrong as yet – quite the opposite.
      Simple as that.

      • socio Says:

        I appreciate if you were vocal in your opposition against the Iraq War. I didn’t know, didn’t do research on that. I’m glad, honestly. I got the impression that you were framing the notorious deals with Saudi Arabia and Russia as something the Democrats weren’t involved in. I am often troubled with your cheering on of Bill Maher, since he has quite extreme views, that facilitate US interventionist wars. Hence I was worried that you shared his views on those matters too.

        So yes, I agree with your view that US oligarchs together with certain sectors of the Russian elite plundered Russia after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. This is well documented. Dealings between the two have been going on ever since, Democrats and Republicans alike.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Anyone interested in learning about Trump’s Russian connection needs to read this book. It also talks about Michael Cohen’s connections while growing up with the Russian “exiles” in Brighton Beach. Trump is Putin’s stooge.


    • dumboldguy Says:

      As a “non citizen” who obviously doesn’t have his facts straight, perhaps you should study a bit more before you talk about the Monroe Doctrine “bringing pain, suffering, and death around the world”.

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