(Liberty Bell) – The media got themselves all in a tizzy over the weekend as questionably sourced news broke that Russia had reportedly offered a bounty to members of the Taliban on the heads of American military personnel.
If this “intelligence” were true, it would certainly be highly concerning and in dire need of a response.
However, as it turns out, it may have been some poorly-supported intelligence that the Deep State Democrats and their stenographers in the media jumped all over in their latest attempt to portray Trump as soft on Russia or in Putin’s pocket.
Consider the danger they could be putting our nation in by trying to stoke the flames of an international crisis when, for the tiny wisps of smoke that there may have been, there was absolutely no fire.
Are these people willing to encourage our nation to engage in a military conflict if it meant they could get a dig in at Trump?
The likelihood that this is the case is highly troubling.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump responded to these reports, writing on Twitter that, in reality US intelligence “did not find this info credible” and that he’d never been briefed on the matter.
“Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!” he wrote.
The story, sourced from conveniently anonymous officials, said that the intelligence had been briefed to Trump and discussed by his National Security Council in March, but that a formal response was never announced.
National Review explains:
According to the reports, U.S. officials have focused on an April 2019 attack that killed three U.S. Marines after a car rigged with explosives detonated near an armored convoy that was returning to Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military installation in Afghanistan. Further evidence came from “interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals,” as well as a raid of a Taliban outpost that was conducted earlier this year by SEAL Team Six and recovered roughly $500,000 in American dollars.
However, both the Russians the Taliban, two entities both known for their hatred of one another and absolutely no interest in keeping Trump’s reputation intact, have denied the allegations.
Trump’s refutation to the story was also supported by reports from CBS News’ Catherine Herridge that a senior official had told her “the GRU/Taliban bounty allegations were not contained in the President’s Daily Brief (PDB).”
“The official confirmed the NSC has been doing ‘due diligence,’ and going back through their files since the story broke Friday, and they have not found the ‘intelligence assessment’ described in media reporting,” Herridge, a very well-respected intelligence reporter, tweeted.
“The official said the review is ongoing, but given current talks with the Taliban, intel about a GRU operation involving the Taliban, targeting US forces would have risen to the level of inclusion in the PDB.”