By Joe Giambrone, Political Film Blog.
Democrats and their apologists have proven to be far more pathetic than previously witnessed. A quasi-fascist nationalism has erupted, and the blind rush to conflate Donald Trump with Russia has expanded the envelope of delusion.
What is it they claim now? And based on what actual evidence?
The CIA floated a conspiracy theory to undermine Trump in the Electoral College, a Hail Mary pass after the election upset. Yes, a conspiracy theory, the dangerous kind that puts nuclear-armed nations at each other’s throats.
“And yet, there is skepticism within the American government, particularly at the F.B.I., that this evidence adds up to proof that the Russians had the specific objective of getting Mr. Trump elected.”
What’s more, that’s still the case!
“Officials reiterated that there is no single intercepted communication that qualifies as a ‘smoking gun’ on Russia’s intention to benefit Trump’s candidacy or to claim credit for doing so.”
“Reiterated” because the message is clearly not getting through the solid wall of hysteria.
That plain truth is clearly the opposite of the propaganda blitzkrieg we have just witnessed, from Saturday Night Live to the usual suspects at the foundation-funded left-leaning propaganda complex, those “gatekeepers.” Nor to the nation’s political cartoonists, who have led the charge to conflate Trump with Vladimir Putin, even though none of us has seen a single shred of credible evidence. The propaganda tsunami has been so voluminous that it’s difficult to recall a previous comparable situation. Only the false ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ bamboozle comes to mind, and we know how that worked out; don’t we?
Two Minutes’ Hate
The Democrats have become feral. Irrationally lashing out in every direction, the CIA’s conspiracy theory has had the effect that many of those anti-conspiracy theory psycho-babble articles had warned us about! #irony
But psychology remains at the core of it all, and it is the psychology of blaming others to avoid taking personal responsibility for negative outcomes. Taking cues from Hillary Clinton herself, there must be Russians hiding under the bed. Of course that’s the reason people supported Trump and not glorious Hillary. The alternative is too horrible for them to entertain.
What is obscured is the contorted logic that Russia allegedly defeated Clinton by revealing The Truth about her own corruption and lies, her private position versus public position. Impossible to make the case that the Russians are lying, the Democratic Party apologists’ only response has been to change the focus of the outrage toward killing the messenger. It’s a cheap magic trick, and we’ve seen this tiresome show before.
Most of the corporate US “news” media has bought into this conspiracy theory. It’s always a good idea in the mainstream to beat up on Russia, especially when the CIA takes point. There is no downside for jumping on that bandwagon. But “news” is now relegated to an empty label requiring quotation marks, because these outlets refuse to cover the full story: WikiLeaks.
There is no ambiguity at all regarding Julian Assange and Craig Murray’s position.
“Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails — they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for ‘disgusted’ Democratic whistleblowers”
-UK Daily Mail, Dec. 14, 2016
How can any American argue that Murray and Wikileaks’ revelations are not newsworthy? They are the publishers of the emails! So, that story must have appeared on the front pages of every US newspaper and on the 24/7 cable news barrage; no?
Censorship is clearly at play here. Any “news” article that covers the CIA’s conspiracy theory but omits the WikiLeaks counter-narrative is not journalism at all, and clearly violates basic journalistic ethics.
The Blackest Kettle Around
Psychological projection is when you accuse others of doing what you yourself do. It happens quite a bit more than people realize. Would the Russians be justified in working against a candidate who threatened to escalate a hot war in Syria against their own military and national security interests?
I’ll not belabor America’s bloodstained imperial record of overthrowing legitimate democracies, like Iran in 1953 or Chile in 1973. But more recent events should not be avoided, as we assess what’s really going on here in the intelligence sector’s assault on Russia and Putin and Trump.
What America did to Ukraine should be first and foremost, as we talk about foreign interference in the democratic processes of sovereign nations. In 2004 US agencies were exposed for their parts in a soft coup, or “color revolution.”
“The Democratic party’s National Democratic Institute, the Republican party’s International Republican Institute, the US state department and USAid are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros’s open society institute.”
-Guardian, Nov. 25, 2004
Former Representative Dennis Kucinich brilliantly flipped the script on Bill O’Reilly, after the second coup perpetrated against Ukraine by the USA.
“What I’d do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers’ money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, which is what they did. I wouldn’t try to force the people of Ukraine into a deal with NATO against their interest or into a deal with the European Union, which is against their economic interest… You have to look at the United States behind the scenes efforts in Ukraine to understand what’s going on — 65 programs by the National Endowment for Democracy — “
Closer to our own homes we have the real theft of the 2016 presidential election going completely unreported, drowned out by the anti-Russian hysteria campaign. In a situation that is difficult to explain, Greg Palast has reported on the purging of millions of minority citizens from voter rolls in key swing states since August. Real election tampering happened in several key states and that easily cost Clinton crucial electors. How is it that a fake hacking story becomes the most widely covered news of the modern age, while the violation of voters’ civil rights in monkey wrenching state elections received zero scrutiny?
Honestly, I’m at a loss to explain this mentally retarded strategy by the Democratic Party, but it has a precedent. In Florida 2000 the exact same voter purge led to the exact same result. And Greg Palast was there documenting and reporting on it, but we never heard a single sentence about that election theft from Al Gore, Bill Clinton or his Justice Department.
The Russian angle is not only dangerous, reckless, motivated by ulterior ambitions, and likely false. It drowns out the other news, like Donald Trump’s cabinet of horrors. While the nation should have marshaled against this gaggle of billionaire psychopaths, instead we were drummed up into a fictitious Russians-Are-Coming panic.
Trump’s cabinet picks are the most detestable in modern US history. The damage they will inflict on social safety nets and consumers and the environment is shockingly frightening. None of that has anything whatsoever to do with CIA conspiracy theories.
A CNBC pundit put out a Twitter poll which swiftly backfired on him. Despite the censorship and biased narratives, the Internet believed WikiLeaks 83% over US spooks. So much for their case against Russia.
Perhaps the role of James Clapper in championing the CIA’s case has something to do with the public rejecting it. Clapper, now immortalized in Oliver Stone’s Snowden, lied directly to Congress about NSA spying on Americans: a felony. He was not prosecuted, but instead allowed to continue running the US intelligence complex.
NSA whistleblower William Binney noted not only the continuing absence of credible evidence, but he also tied James Clapper directly to the previous Weapons of Mass Destruction fabrications.
“Mr. Clapper was a key player in facilitating the fraudulent intelligence. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld put Mr. Clapper in charge of the analysis of satellite imagery, the best source for pinpointing the location of weapons of mass destruction — if any.”
-William Binney & Ray McGovern, Consortium News, Jan. 6, 2017
Trump’s chief of staff said that Trump had caved into pressure and “accepted” the intelligence complex’ claims.
“Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations.”
Well that’s a general observation if there ever was one. Trump is no-doubt feeling the pressure and unable to counter all the evidence-free claims that he is an agent of Putin. Perhaps he is barely hanging on by a thread in the face of a concerted spook effort to remove him from power, or at least to coerce his policies in a direction more to their liking. In the end, that’s what it’s really all about.