In every poll taken by international organizations Russia is at or near the bottom regarding corruption (just above Somalia). A UN-sanctioned poll found Russia to be the #7 in the top 10 corrupt countries worldwide.
Since when do we negotiate with criminals? (This is a sheer waste of time and another blunder on the part of the federal government)
My guess is Dennis has been working with a certain government agency at Langley VA and much of what you read in the papers is deliberate, choreographed.
I like him personally, but he's bungled everything this year -- I can't think of anything he's even come close to working successfully --- a horrible year for President Obama.
Incidentally, French intelligence is much better than ours --- the French (like Israel) rely more on HUMINT (human intelligence) versus our over reliance of TECHINT (technical intelligence), COMINT (communications intelligence), SIGINT / ELINT(signals / electronic intelligence), and OSINT (open source intelligence).
Our HUMINT, "owned" by the CIA but performed by other agencies such as DIA (Def Intel Agency), has been so badly eroded as to be classified by many as unreliable.
President Obama has now lost his only support from the international community. It's time to stand down and turn to the UN and the Chemical Weapons Convention (189 international signatories) for resolution --- anything less than this makes us look foolish in the eyes of the international community -- we frankly have to STOP meddling in the Middle East and South Asia anyhow --- trillions of US taxpayers dollars spent with little to zero return for our country.
Some estimates suggest that as much as $1T has been "transferred" between the parties below:
Middle and lower classes
Presidents on both sides have sidestepped it. A careful read says there are three conditions where we can go to war and while there's a long precedent of sidestepping it by the Exec Branch, rarely have any of those conditions actually ever been met -- we need to clean up that mess and get our branches of government re-grounded around the Constitution or we're nothing more than a banana republic.
The three branches of government need to adjudicate this once and for all.
Good luck Ford longs (me included) -- I think we're in for a rocky ride the next six-twelve months........Go Ford !!!