With Trump undercutting the United States in every way possible, to Putin’s delight, one wonders just how much water Trump has to carry for Russia before our intelligence services quit pussyfooting around and comeright out and admit that there is much more going on between Trump and the Russians besides some sort of economic deal or blackmail. We are into full Manchurian Candidate mode at this point, as Trump continues to insist on meeting alone with Putin, his handler, while craping all over our best allies.

It can’t get any plainer than it has become. In fact some former intelligence operators are already virtually admitting to this fact, and others are not all that good at hiding their fears that Russia, with their boy in the White House, now has a direct pipeline into every American secret.

And yet, incredibly 45% of voters continue to think that Trump is doing a good job. Are these folks still struggling to learn how to rad their Dick and Jane books? Stupidity is why democracies never last.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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