Since the "Russia Won't Go Away" thread was getting fairly long, and starting to inevitably go in other directions (as long threads often do); I thought it would be good to get at you guys Personal Views of what the Trump-Russian connection is...or even if you feel there is one.
As more events unfold; this is my overview of what transpired (in general terms):
1) Trump and his people...especially Bannon; had one overriding Goal; win the Presidency at any cost and by any means possible.
If it meant offending and shaking up people; attacking and discrediting “the media” or the Washington establishment; and anyone else who stood in the way of their Goals…so be it. The more dirt they can dig up on anyone; especially Clinton…the better.
The Presidency would also be the largest Platform from which to spread Bannon's Worldview...with the "Populist Nation-Sate of America" being central to that ideology.
2) Putin had two objectives:
a) Get Clinton defeated, and
b) Disrupt American Computer Networks in ways that get at the very core of American Democracy; including, but not limited to, the Election System.
Do it via a carefully timed and coordinated series of computer attacks; leaks of sensitive information, (especially that which could harm Clinton and the Democratic Party); and flood all forms of digital platforms with fake news and misinformation, (especially if damaging to Clinton, who was already weak and vulnerable on so many fronts).
Spare nothing from the “KGB-playbook”.
Putin also saw a blowhard and a group of vulnerable rank amateurs (both politically and financially) in Trump and his inner circle whom could easily be manipulated in ways that could be useful to his Goals…and he could do it in ways that they wouldn’t even recognize as manipulation.
While it would be useful long-term to have Trump in the White house…him being and staying President simply was not; and mostly still is not; a primary objective of Putin’s.
Clinton was defeated; and America is more divided than ever…
“Loyalty to the party - Loyalty to motherland…”
...and it's all in the KGB-Playbook...played by the Master himself...