U.S. intelligence officials have begun to investigate Carter Page, one of Donald Trump's top foreign-policy advisors, and a man with extensive connections and business dealings in Russia.
The concern is that he may have already opened a private dialogue with the Russians to discuss the U.S. lifting economic sanctions against Russia should Trump win.
This news is troubling enough, but pair it with the fact that Russian hackers have been doing their damnedest—with plenty of help from Julian Assange—to swing the election to Trump and you've got a not-very-subtle plot to stage a diplomatic coup.
Could Trump be that much of a stooge for cash that he would be more loyal to the Russians' interest than ours?
Kirk Douglas, 99 going on 100, has just written a powerful essay for Huffington Post in which he compares Trump to Hitler, since we're talking about tyrants:
I’ve also lived through the horrors of a Great Depression and two World Wars, the second of which was started by a man who promised that he would restore his country it to its former greatness.
I was 16 when that man came to power in 1933. For almost a decade before his rise he was laughed at ― not taken seriously. He was seen as a buffoon who couldn’t possibly deceive an educated, civilized population with his nationalistic, hateful rhetoric.
The “experts” dismissed him as a joke. They were wrong.
A few weeks ago we heard words spoken in Arizona that my wife, Anne, who grew up in Germany, said chilled her to the bone. They could also have been spoken in 1933:
“We also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate. It is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish here…[including] new screening tests for all applicants that include an ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values…”
These are not the American values that we fought in World War II to protect.
I hope, as he does, that this country does not make the worst mistake it has ever made on November 8.