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Monday, May 15, 2017
ISSUE #906
Trump, Putin and oil

The core of President Trump’s policy to expand oil production (keeping oil prices low) is a stake through the heart of Putin’s goals. This policy, more than any single factor, more than sanctions, is the limit on Putin’s power. Low oil prices, which will stay low because of fracking, will do more to limit Russian power than all the diplomatic notes you can write.

This paragraph above may sound familiar. Previously I have written that Putin would favor a President Hillary Clinton over a President Trump. But millions were convinced, with no evidence but plenty of political rhetoric, that Putin aimed to help Trump “Make America Great Again.” No one appeared to consider the opposite, other than me and a couple of friends in the fracking business.

Well, the top paragraph is from Walter Russell Mead, not me. He’s with The Hudson Institute and is a respected expert in foreign affairs. Maybe you ought to read that paragraph again. Maybe send it to your Congressman.

Several months ago a lot of prominent folks in Washington wanted President Obama to fire FBI Director James Comey. But Mr. Comey was not fired after his speech on July 5, and he was not fired after another speech in late October. When Clinton lost the November election, she blamed Comey. Still, President Obama took no action.

So when President Trump fired Director Comey a few days ago, he probably expected to be widely applauded. But no, the same Democrats that despised Comey earlier are now hollerin’ the loudest against the firing.

You would be shocked how many are saying this firing is as bad as President Nixon firing the Attorney General and a couple of others over the investigation of the criminal break-in at the Watergate. They seem to be hoping that Trump will see the same end as Nixon. I’m surprised no one has compared it to the Teapot Dome scandal in the 1920s. That one was about oil and bribery, so it should fit right in with criticism of Putin.

Meanwhile North Korea fired another missile and it landed in the ocean about 50 miles from Russia. That gave Putin something to worry about other than Democrats in Congress.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“Many a public man wishes there was a law to burn old records.” [and videos??] DT #627, July 30, 1927

“Politics is a great character builder. You have to take a referendum to see what your convictions are for that day.” DT #1199, May 29, 1930

“Remember, write to your Congressman. Even if he can’t read, write to him.” WA #534, March 19, 1933


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