Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Will There Be an October Surprise to Benefit Trump, Courtesy of Russian Operatives?

UPDATE:  Read the Washington Post, U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections.

The article focuses on cyber disruptions, but physical attacks designed to undermine public confidence are not out of the question.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to see Donald Trump become the next president of the United States. To that end, Putin and his government have taken unprecedented steps to influence our electoral process to help the Republican Party’s nominee. Whether Russia’s interventions will succeed is not obvious. But it’s clear that Putin’s government has the motives — and the means — to try."

Read the Washington Post, Why Putin wants a Trump victory (so much he might even be trying to help him).

And "[i]n American political jargon, an October surprise is a news event deliberately created or timed (or sometimes occurring spontaneously) to influence the outcome of an election, particularly one for the U.S. presidency. The reference to the month of October is because the date for national elections (as well as many state and local elections) occurs in early November, and, therefore, events that take place in late October have greater potential to influence the decisions of prospective voters."

Anybody remember those Russian apartment building bombings in 1999, which some speculate were "perpetrated by the FSB in order to legitimize the resumption of military activities in Chechnya and bring Vladimir Putin to the presidency."

Read also National Review, The Unsolved Mystery Behind the Act of Terror That Brought Putin to Power.