I know, some liberals are in agony but. Well, let's Politico talk:
President Donald Trump's critics have spent the past 17 months anticipating what some expect will be among the most thrilling events of their lives: special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian 2016 election interference. They may be in for a disappointment. That’s the word POLITICO got from defense lawyers working on the Russia probe and more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case. The public, they say, shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths. Perhaps most unsatisfying: Mueller’s findings may never even see the light of day.
I can only imagine what a hit the whole "industry" of Russian "experts" in US will take. How about illustrious "career" of people like Malcolm Nance who expressed a truck load of amateur "intelligence" trash, including just making shit up, as he went on-- issues which are (always were) beyond the grasp of some chief petty officer encryption technician in US Navy. He sure capitalized on people's ignorance by pushing sophomoric Bellingcattish imbecility of unimaginable scale. But isn't it an American tradition, same as baseball and apple pie, to have people with zero background to write on the subjects they have no clue about. Nance is just one example of such utter failure. There are many others. Any of them speaks Russian?
In general, I find things like that (from Wiki on Nance) insulting to intelligence in both meanings:
In 2011, he received a bachelor of arts degree from New York's Excelsior College. Nance began working in the civilian intelligence arena through research into the history of the Soviet Union and its spying agency the KGB. He subsequently analyzed Middle East terrorism and sovereign nations with ties to the Russian Federation.So, as you understand, the guy who gets undergraduate degree from some on-line college AFTER he exits service begins "analyzing" things. At least John Le Carre has two degrees from Bern University and Oxford plus significant service experience in Humint in MI-6, which then, unlike today, had a very good professional reputation among friends and enemies alike. But even renowned spy novelist leaves a lot to be desired in his fiction whenever writing about Soviets. Yet, here we are. It is a zeitgeist--cash register trained "analysts" analyze "intelligence" and "weapons" without serving a day in uniform, cryptology technicians wax Humint creative, myriad of "bloggers" with "degrees" and backgrounds in... typing express their opinions on things real experts study and train half of their lives for. Why should we be surprised when the whole meaning of real expertise has been long ago hollowed out and left out to dry on a thin fragile line of attention span about to hit negative values.
So, Politico is admitting that there will be no impeachment because there was no Russian involvement in US elections. Sad, for many. And as they say in the article:
All of this may sound like a buzzkill after two years of intense news coverage depicting a potential conspiracy between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign, plus the scores of tweets from the White House condemning the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”Why may? It is a buzzkill and it was witch-hunt from the get go, which was paraded around for the whole world to see and finally arrive to inevitable conclusion that there is no point in dealing with the US in rational manner, especially with the "experts" like Nance or any other talking head in US TV.