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How dangerous is Russia's meddling?

  1. dianetrotter profile image72
    dianetrotterposted 2 weeks ago

    How could Nikki Haley be tricked into addressing an international issue that didn't exist?  She talked to them for 22 minutes.                                                                     

    TRUMP'S U.N. AMBASSADOR ALLEGEDLY PROMISES TO PROTECT FAKE COUNTRY IN PRANK CALL WITH TWO RUSSIANS
    BY CARLOS BALLESTEROS ON 12/28/17 AT 8:12 PM
    http://www.newsweek.com/nikki-haley-pra … and-763565

    1. PrettyPanther profile image83
      PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      I think Russian meddling in our elections is dangerous. I think this particular incident is funny and a tiny bit disturbing.

    2. promisem profile image99
      promisemposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      It absolutely is dangerous. We are seeing the damage it causes already.

      Unfortunately, Trump supporters dismiss the danger by saying we interfere in other countries, so we have no right to complain. Yes, it happens. But that's not the point of your post.

      Their rationalization is a nice way to excuse any Russian involvement in getting Trump elected -- and their responsibility for helping elect him.

      1. PrettyPanther profile image83
        PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Agree.

  2. Live to Learn profile image80
    Live to Learnposted 2 weeks ago

    I don't know that Russian meddling is any more dangerous than US meddling in other countries, or Chinese meddling, or Israeli meddling, or meddling by any European country.

    Pot, kettle. Every nation jockeys for power and influence by whatever means necessary. Sometimes, that activity is revealed.Sometimes not.

    If we find this offensive, we need to stand against it across the board. That includes demanding our own nation stop these practices also.

    1. PrettyPanther profile image83
      PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Russian meddling is dangerous to us.  We should do what we can to mitigate against it, just as other countries will do what they can on their own turf.

      Whether or not we engage in the same tactics has no bearing on whether or not we do what we can to prevent it happening to us.

      1. wilderness profile image98
        wildernessposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Have to go with LTL here - if we're going to raise an outcry over the tremendous danger and immorality of Russians (or anyone else) trying to influence people's minds in our elections then we need to shut down our own efforts in their elections.  To fail to do so is hypocrisy at its worst.

        But I'm curious - what danger to you find in their "meddling"?  All they could do, even by fixing voting results, is to get one lying, unethical scumbag elected over another lying, unethical scumbag.  I suppose you could call it economic warfare by wanting a liberal politician wanting to continue the road of socialism, but that seems quite a stretch for the "danger" of meddling.

        1. PrettyPanther profile image83
          PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          "If we're going to raise an outcry over the tremendous danger and immorality of Russians (or anyone else) trying to influence people's minds in our elections then we need to shut down our own efforts in their elections.  To fail to do so is hypocrisy at its worst."

          I agree with you it's hypocritical, but we do a lot of interfering in and dictating to oter countries in many areas. For example, we've supplied arms to militant groups in other countries. If Russia supplied arms to militant groups here in the U.S. should we throw up our arms and say, oh well, we do it, too?

          1. Live to Learn profile image80
            Live to Learnposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

            LOL. So you compare supporting rebels to using social media and possibly sharing dirt on a candidate?

            Seriously,  by your reasoning we could just sit around and snipe about everything without taking responsibility for anything or trying to affect positive change.....oh,wait. It appears that's already being done.

            Never mind.

            1. PrettyPanther profile image83
              PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

              Snipe? Like you just did?

              Happy New Year, Trump supporter. Your minimization is duly noted.

              Seriously, have a dink on me. You sound a little tense.  big_smile

              1. Live to Learn profile image80
                Live to Learnposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

                What's a dink?

                I'm not a Trump supporter. You've been told this. But, I have ceased to expect a response from you that implies you read what anyone else writes. Unless, of course,that response includes regurgitating shared beliefs.

                1. PrettyPanther profile image83
                  PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

                  LOL

        2. PrettyPanther profile image83
          PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          "All they could do, even by fixing voting results, is to get one lying, unethical scumbag elected over another lying, unethical scumbag."

          Well, I thought the point of a free election is for us to pick our own leaders, lying scumbag or not.

          1. wilderness profile image98
            wildernessposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

            I was unaware that the nasty Russians fixed the voting machines - that we DID "pick our own leaders".  Or did the Russian mafia hold a gun to your head while you filled out a ballot?

      2. promisem profile image99
        promisemposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Well said as usual. You are exactly right.

        1. wilderness profile image98
          wildernessposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          Same question as to PP: what is the danger?

          1. PrettyPanther profile image83
            PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

            We've already previously discussed what could be considered meddling and I am quite aware that you consider pretty much anything short of vote machine tampering to be trivial and not worthy of concern.

            What would be the point of rehashing the subject?

            1. wilderness profile image98
              wildernessposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

              Perhaps I'm wrong.  Perhaps Russian meddling, even fake news on internet sites, has a high probability of producing WWII.  The topic here is "What is the danger?", not "how did they meddle?".

              If there is actual danger to Americans or America, my opinion of what constitutes meddling and what we should be concerned about would likely change, but I can't see any real danger in their actions.  It's one thing to be offended, to dislike their actions, but it's quite another to declare real, probable danger to the country.

              So I'll ask again - what danger does it represent?  It might teach us all not to believe what we read, it might teach us to ignore what Russians (or other countries) say about our candidates, it might even teach us to delve a little deeper into foreign policies a candidate holds.  But none of those is a "danger" to us - rather they're all helpful without any but the most minor of side affects (that I can see).

              1. PrettyPanther profile image83
                PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

                Surely, you understand that "danger" means more than we're all going to die?

                There is a danger my sides are going to be sore from giggling too much.

                See?

                But, seriously, there is a danger that Russians could influence enough voters to swing an election .

                I know you don't think it's a big deal whether Russians, CNN, or Infowars influence our elections, but I do. We'll just have to agree to disagree on that.

                As for your suggestion that we will, as a people, become better educated about how we are influenced by fake news, that is a good possibility and it is my hope.

                1. wilderness profile image98
                  wildernessposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

                  OK - they may swing an election.  So?  What harm is caused?  Who (besides one of the candidates) is hurt?  What damage is done?

                  That's what I mean - swinging an election isn't "damage".  Every candidate and most of the populations is guilty of that, and no one accuses them of damaging the country!  So if no harm is done, what's the hoorah about?

                  I think you're right - we'll just have to agree to disagree, for if that's all the "damage" anyone can come up with there isn't much reason to be all that upset.  Disillusioned at our own stupidity, maybe, but that's about all.

                  1. PrettyPanther profile image83
                    PrettyPantherposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

                    Wow, I never thought I would hear an American citizen think it's no big deal if a foreign government interferes with, and affects the outcome of,  a U.S. election.

                    There really is nothing more for us to discuss on this subject.

 
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