Those Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Russians
By Finian Cunningham
July 25, 2016 "Information
In an amazing
feat of American reality-inversion, this week saw
revelations about how the US electoral system is
rigged by the rich and powerful. Yet the story is
flipped to outlandish allegations that Russia’s
President Vladimir Putin is a villain out to destroy
outlets from the august New York Times to various
others were saturated with claims that Putin is
trying to determine the forthcoming American
presidential elections by damaging Democrat
candidate Hillary Clinton in favor of Republican
nominee Donald Trump.
article in Slate magazine, we are told: “Putin plan
for destroying the West – and it looks a lot
like Donald Trump”.
billionaire property magnate is now being labelled
as “Putin’s puppet” and the “Kremlin’s candidate”.
This is a
re-run of American establishment paranoia that
dominated the Cold War decades, when any political
challenger for high office in the US could be
blackballed by mere assertion that he was a fellow-traveller
of the Soviet Union. Today, “communism” is replaced
with allegations of being friends with Moscow
But let’s deal
with the facts here. What we know is that a huge
leak of emails from the Democrat National Committee
was released last week by Western-based
whistleblower organization, Wikileaks, run
by Australian journalist Julian Assange.
The emails are
a devastating indictment of how the Democrat party
leadership has from the outset sought to make sure
Hillary Clinton becomes the presidential nominee
by crushing her populist rival Bernie Sanders.
Clinton is backed by big business, Wall Street and
Wikileaks email revelations on the eve of the
Democrat convention this week in Philadelphia is
proof that what passes for American democracy is a
rigged system, ordained by the rich and powerful
to elect their candidate to do their bidding when
acknowledged how the political system was unfairly
stacked against him and his supporters.
Nevertheless, the Vermont senator has gone on to
endorse Clinton, to the disgust of many of his
than focusing on what is a teachable moment
of corporate control of politics, the US media
performed mental gymnastics by shifting this real
story on to wild speculation that the Democrat email
leaks were masterminded by Russian intelligence. The
allegation was flatly denied by Wikileaks.
instead of the public examining how powerful
American interest prevail on their democratic
choice, the narrative becomes one of accusing
Vladimir Putin of subverting the US presidential
against Russia is only afforded a semblance
of credibility because it is piled on a heap
of previous slander, in which Moscow is accused
of annexing and invading Ukrainian territory, posing
a threat to Eastern Europe, assassinating political
opponents, shooting down civilian airliners and
sponsoring illicit drugs in Olympic sports.
rumor, insinuation and vilification triumph
over facts in the Western media’s so-called news
of Russian state-sponsored hackers breaking into the
Democrat party’s email system first surfaced more
than a month ago. As pointed out previously, the
source of claims that it was Russian cyber-espionage
was a private US security firm, CrowdStrike, which
is closely linked to the Washington DC-based think
tank Atlantic Council. The Atlantic Council is,
in turn, tightly aligned with the US-led NATO
made against Russian state hackers are unverifiable.
They are simply assertions from a partisan source,
which are then amplified into seeming fact by the
dutiful Western media.
this anti-Russian smear is then parlayed into a
smear against Clinton’s Republican rival, Donald
reasoning and scant regard for facts, the US media
are charging that the Kremlin’s “hack” is “an effort
to elect Donald Trump”.
business mogul is now being portrayed as a Russian
“fifth columnist” orchestrated by Vladimir Putin
to undermine American world power.
This is a
refrain of much-vaunted allegations that Putin is
trying to wreck the European Union by financing
anti-EU political parties; that Putin engineered
Britain’s Brexit vote to quit the EU last month; or
that the Russian leader is working a dastardly
policy of sowing division among NATO members.
derided the “Putin puppet” allegations as ludicrous.
It is true that Trump has previously spoken
favorably about Putin, and that he has promised
to improve relations between the US and Russia if
elected in November.
As for Moscow,
the Russian government has been careful not to make
any public comments on the US elections that could
be construed as favoring one candidate over another.
Moscow has scrupulously kept out of US election
affairs. Putin did refer once to Trump as being a
“bright” and “talented” person. So what?
the mountain of hype and disinformation, one
suspects that Trump’s comments last week dismissing
NATO are the real bone of contention. Trump told the
New York Times that he wouldn’t order US forces
automatically to defend Eastern European NATO
members if they were attacked.
candidate “overturned a cornerstone of US foreign
policy since the Second World War” noted various
Western media outlets.
refreshing use of independent reasoning, Trump
in fell swoop rejected the whole Washington-led
narrative of NATO defending Europe from Russian
aggression. This narrative has been recklessly
contrived and pushed by Washington over the last two
years, which has heightened the danger of an all-out
nuclear war with Russia.
Trump may turn out a huge disappointment if elected
to the White House. But at this stage, one has
to acknowledge that his views, at least in regard
to Russia, are significantly more welcome
than Hillary Clinton’s, who is a Pentagon hawk
in liberal clothing.
refusal to sing from the same Pentagon hymn sheet
of panning Russia as a global threat and calling
for increased NATO militarism on Russia’s border is
sheer anathema to the Washington establishment.
That is why
the US powers-that-be are moving to discredit Trump
as “a Russian puppet”.
the source of the Russian email hacker claims is a
security firm linked with the Atlantic Council/NATO
indifferent views on NATO and alleged Russian
aggression in Europe are in total discord with the
geopolitical interests of Washington and its drive
Republican candidate gave his tepid views on NATO
last week, there has been a parade of Western
security pundits lambasting him as a patsy
It is a
disturbing sign of how brainwashed Western public
discourse is that when someone questions
Washington’s reckless war beat towards Moscow, then
that person is summarily dismissed as a Kremlin
This is the
practice of a totalitarian system, ironically
under the illusion of a free-thinking, independent
story here is how American democracy is bought and
paid for by powerful elite interests within the
country. The email hacking issue on how Clinton is
being selected as the next president by powerful
corporations and the military industrial complex
should be focus.
But no. The
public’s attention is diverted by fantasies
over villainous Vlad and his comrade Trump.
politics has long been scoffed at by international
observers as a joke version of democracy. Now we
know it is a joke, and it’s not funny.