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Old 12 April 2017, 12:14
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Excellent. It aptly reinforces two points:

Russia plays either side should the contest change—backing an individual candidate or party so long as they support a Kremlin policy position and then turning against the same party should their position shift against Russia.
Everyone is acting like Russia only backed Trump, but they will NOT put all their trust in one candidate; if there were contacts between Trumps side and Russia, there most certainly were contacts between the Dems and Russia too, as a means of hedging their bets.

Russia certainly seeks to promote Western candidates sympathetic to their worldview and foreign-policy objectives. But winning a single election is not their end goal. Russian Active Measures hope to topple democracies through the pursuit of five complementary objectives:
Undermine citizen confidence in democratic governance
Foment and exacerbate divisive political fractures
Erode trust between citizens and elected officials and democratic institutions
Popularize Russian policy agendas within foreign populations
Create general distrust or confusion over information sources by blurring the lines between fact and fiction
Again, the current thought process that Russia backed *only* Trump in the hopes of finding a willing political partner and making some political gains is foolish. Why would Russia trust any American to do them favors later down the road? It's known the end game is a decline in American power, and the means of doing so is, as I've said, to play both sides against each other, polarize the country to the extreme, create a political stalemate which forces inaction, and/or create so much political chaos the country is so busy looking inward they can't or won't respond to outside threats or actions.

And as far as Trump goes, maybe he knew Russia was aiding the process, and if so, was smarter at harnessing and utilizing it to win the election, even if he had no intention of repaying the 'favor', and this could explain the strike in Syria, which could be seen as a cutting of ties, however loose those ties needed to be. After all, all it would take is for him to understand what Russia is doing, utilize his social media power to play a similar game, and harness their activity to his purposes; no official contact would have to be made.
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