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Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Set-Up

This, from AP via Talking Points Memo:

According to one U.S. official, national security aides have sought information about Polish incursions in Belarus, an eyebrow-raising request because little evidence of such activities appears to exist. Poland is among the Eastern European nations worried about Trump's friendlier tone on Russia.

Adds Josh Marshall:

I don't patrol the Poland/Belarus border myself. But I have not heard and I don't think anyone has heard that such is happening. It is however the kind of thing you would expect to hear from Russian propaganda sources, a hostile Poland menacing its neighbors to the east.

What better way to destabilize the West than to invent agression against Russia by a NATO member? And that is, after all, one of Putin's chief goals in putting Trump in the White House.

This article is also worth a read, just for a take on how chaotic and unformed the administration's foreign policy is.

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