Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Paul Robinson — Fact and comment


Paul Robinson examines the US intelligence report on alleged Russian hacking "ordered by President Putin" and finds it unsubstantiated.
None of the above in any way proves that the assessments in the American report are false. It is quite possible that that they are entirely correct. My point is that the assessments are not supported by the information which the report provides. Those inclined to suspect the Russians of the worst and to trust the US intelligence community will take the report at face value, while those inclined to favour Russia and to distrust US intelligence will notice the lack of hard facts and conclude that the report’s assessments are unjustified. One must assume that those issuing the report hoped that it would influence public opinion. Given the lack of solid evidence offered, it is unlikely to change anyone’s mind.
Irrussianality
Fact and comment
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

also
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reshuffling his cabinet today, and the CBC reports that he will appoint Chrystia Freeland as Foreign Minister. Freeland was placed on a sanctions list by Russia in 2014. Canada, therefore, will now have a Foreign Minister who is prohibited from entering the Russian Federation. This must be a first in international politics.
Diplomacy from a distance.

Reading Professor Robinson's post, one wonders whether Justin Trudeau has lost his mind or is just clueless about the real Chrystia Freeland.

Irrussianality
A bad sign
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

2 comments:

Bob said...

Would have expected this from Stephen Harper.

Peaceful Poster said...

With Trudeau as Pime Minister and now Freeland as basically #2 minister, Canada is f-cked.