I am starting to think the real tragedy of Trump and Giuliani’s misadventure in the Ukraine is that a couple of Russian mobsters were able to buy US foreign policy for only $650,000. There probably isn’t a studio apartment in a Trump apartment building that you could get for that little. But that’s all US foreign policy now goes for. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!
A couple of third-rate Russian mobsters (Parnas and Fruman) got some first rate Russian mob backing so they could make a move on the Ukrainian natural gas industry. They paid Rudy Giuliani $500,000 and donated $150,000 to Congressman Pete Session’s campaign and that was all it cost them to get Rudy to convince Trump to put Rudy in charge of Ukraine policy while sidelining the entire professional foreign policy establishment. Trump didn’t get any money in the deal, but he was promised dirt on a major 2020 opponent and the chance to revive a debunked denial of the Russian assistance he got in 2016.
So US policy costs $650K a shot. At those prices we could probably do a Gofundme to raise enough money to get Trump to back Kurdish independence.
When next we get a real President from either party in office, one of our goals has got to be to restore the cost of purchasing US government policies to a level that befits a great power. My sense is anything less than $5,000,000 says your country less than second rate.
I am curious what others think the right price ought to be. We don’t have enough visibility into the market to get a sufficient set of comparisons.