Blaming Russia For Everything

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Robert Parry via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

It’s almost getting comical how everything that happens in the United States gets blamed on Russia! Russia! Russia! And, if any American points out the absurdity of this argument, he or she must be a “Moscow stooge” or a “Putin puppet.”

The FX series, “The Americans,” a spy thriller about two deep-cover Soviet spies in the 1980s

When Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign fails seemingly because he was a wet-behind-the-ears candidate who performed like a robot during debates repeating the same talking points over and over, you might have cited those shortcomings to explain why “Little Marco” flamed out. However, if you did, that would make you a Russian “useful idiot”! The “real” reason for his failure, as we learned from Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, was Russia!

When Americans turned against President Obama’s Pacific trade deals, you might have thought that it was because people across the country had grown sick and tired of these neoliberal agreements that have left large swaths of the country deindustrialized and former blue-collar workers turning to opioids and alcohol. But if you did think that, that would mean you are a dupe of the clever Russkies, as ex-British spy Christopher Steele made clear in one of his “oppo” research reports against Donald Trump. As Steele’s dossier explained, the rejection of Obama’s TPP and TTIP trade deals resulted from Russian propaganda!

When Hillary Clinton boots a presidential election that was literally hers to lose, you might have thought that she lost because she insisted on channeling her State Department emails through a private server that endangered national security; that she gave paid speeches to Wall Street and tried to hide the contents from the voters; that she called half of Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorables”; that she was a widely disliked establishment candidate in an anti-establishment year; that she was shoved down the throats of progressive Democrats by a Democratic Party hierarchy that made her nomination “inevitable” via the undemocratic use of unelected “super-delegates”; that some of her State Department emails were found on the laptop of suspected sex offender Anthony Weiner (the husband of Clinton’s close aide Huma Abedin); and that the laptop discovery caused FBI Director James Comey to briefly reopen the investigation of Clinton’s private email server in the last days of the campaign.

You might even recall that Clinton herself blamed her late collapse in the polls on Comey’s announcement, as did other liberal luminaries such as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. But if you thought those thoughts or remembered those memories, that is just more proof that you are a “Russian mole”!

As we all should know in our properly restructured memory banks and our rearranged sense of reality, it was all Russia’s fault! Russia did it by undermining our democratic process through the clever means of releasing truthful information via WikiLeaks that provided evidence of how the Democratic National Committee rigged the nomination process against Sen. Bernie Sanders, revealed the contents of Clinton’s hidden Wall Street speeches, and exposed pay-to-play features of the Clinton Foundation in its dealings with foreign entities.

Boris and Natasha, the evil spies from the Rocky and Bullwinkle shows

You see the evil Russians undermined American democracy by arming the American people with truthful information! How dastardly is that! Could Boris and Natasha do any better or worse? And although the Soviet spies in FX’s “The Americans” were in their prime in the 1980s and would be pretty old by now, do we know where they are in the present day? Though WikiLeaks denies getting the two batches of emails – the DNC’s and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s – from the Russians, have we ruled out that the emails might have been slipped to WikiLeaks by the FX characters Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, presumably in disguise?

Oddly, too, when similar factual revelations come from Western-favored leaks, such as the purloined financial records of a Panamanian law firm known as the “Panama Papers,” we hail the disclosures regardless of the dubious methods that were used to steal them, especially if the contents can be spun to undermine disfavored governments like Russia (while also inconveniently embarrassing a few unimportant “’allies”).

But if you make that comparison or you note how the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. government-funded National Endowment for Democracy have supported various “independent” journalists and news outlets to advance U.S. propaganda, that makes you guilty of “moral equivalence,” another serious offense.

Crazy Talk

So now that you know how the game is played, you had the Senate Intelligence Committee eliciting testimony from people like media watcher Clint Watts, who seems to believe that any criticism of a U.S. government official (at least anyone he likes) must be directed by Russia!

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin

“This past week we observed social media accounts discrediting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan,” said Watts, who is billed in The Washington Post as “an expert in terrorism forecasting and Russian influence operations.”

Gee, I know you might say that you went on Facebook last week to criticize Ryan for bungling the “repeal and replace” of Obamacare by proposing a scheme that managed to alienate both right-wing and moderate Republicans as well as all Democrats. But that only proves you are indeed a Russian disinformation agent! (Watts also claimed that Sen. Rubio’s presidential bid “anecdotally suffered” from an online Russian campaign against him.)

As Watts describes these nefarious Russian schemes, they are so nefarious that they don’t have any discernible earmarks or detectable predictability. In his view, the Russians don’t want to help any particular person or group, just undermine America’s faith in its democracy.

As Watts puts it, Russians attack “people on both sides of the aisle … solely based on what they [the Russians] want to achieve in their own landscape, whatever the Russian foreign policy objectives are. They win because they play both sides.” In other words, any political comment that an American might make might just prove that you’re a traitor.

But Watts singled out President Trump for special criticism because he supposedly has tweeted about Russian-planted conspiracy theories. “Part of the reason active measures have worked in this U.S. election is because the commander-in-chief has used Russian active measure at times against his opponent,” Watts said, citing Trump’s bogus claims about 2016 voter fraud and his earlier silliness about President Obama’s Kenyan birthplace. Yes, as we all know, every goofy idea is manufactured in Russia. Americans are incapable of developing their own nonsense.

Watts then suggested that some kind of Ministry of Truth is needed to stamp out unapproved information. “Until we get a firm basis on fact and fiction in our own country, … we’re going to have a big problem,” Watts said. He warned of a dangerous future from Russian information: “Somewhere in their cache right now there’s tremendous amounts of information laying around they can weaponize against other Americans.”

Perhaps what is even more frightening than the Russians letting Americans in on how Washington’s political process really works – by somehow slipping WikiLeaks some evidence of Democratic Party bigwigs tilting the Democratic primaries to ensure Clinton’s nomination and revealing what Clinton told those Wall Street bankers – is the idea that the U.S. government should be enlisted to enforce what Americans get to see and hear.

The PropOrNot Smear

Watts and his alarums showed up in another context in the weeks after the 2016 election when The Washington Post ran a front-page story highlighting the claims by an anonymous group, PropOrNot, which was pushing a blacklist of 200 Internet news sites, including such independent sources of information as Counterpunch, Truthdig, Naked Capitalism, Zero Hedge, Truth-out and Consortiumnews.

The Washington Post building in downtown Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Washington Post)

Though the Post granted PropOrNot anonymity so it could safely slander independent-minded journalists, the Post turned to Watts to bolster PropOrNot’s case. “They [the Russians] want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” Watts said. “This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media.”

The Post then linked to an article that Watts had co-authored entitled, “Trolling for Trump: How Russia Is Trying to Destroy Our Democracy. which, in turn, cited as proof RT articles that mentioned Hillary Clinton’s health problem last September (which was later acknowledged to be a bout with pneumonia) and that discussed the vulnerabilities of the Federal Reserve (in an age of escalating public and private debt). Both might seem to you like reasonable topics for journalists, but you must understand that RT – because it is Russian-sponsored – has become the favorite whipping boy of anyone trying to make the case that America is besieged by Russian propaganda. And don’t you dare mention that almost no one in America actually watches RT or you might end up on PropOrNot’s list, too.

Watts and his cohorts continue: “Social issues currently provide a useful window for Russian messaging. Police brutalityracial tensions, protests, anti-government standoffsonline privacy concerns, and alleged government misconduct are all emphasized to magnify their scale and leveraged to undermine the fabric of society.”

And, we know for sure that you’re a Russian agent if you express any concern that the heightened tensions between the U.S. and Russia might lead to nuclear war. As Watts and friends write, “More recently, Moscow turned to stoking fears of nuclear war between the United States and Russia” – and their “proof” was a link not to RT but to the financial Web site, Zero Hedge, which already had made it onto PropOrNot’s black list.

So, let’s see if we got this right: We are not to worry our pretty little heads about nuclear war or a future financial meltdown or police brutality toward racial minorities or race relations in general or armed right-wing clashes with authorities or spying on our Internet use or any government wrongdoing at all or even citizen protests against that wrongdoing. Because if we debate such issues – if we even read about such issues – we are playing into Vladimir Putin’s evil plans.

What Democracy?

Which makes me wonder what kind of “democracy” these brave “defenders of democracy” have in mind. The New York Times, The Washington Post and some establishment-approved Internet sites already have begun work on establishing standards for what information the American people will be allowed to see and hear – with disapproved sources of news marginalized by Internet search engines or prevented from earning any money by exclusion from Google and other ad programs.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presents a dummy vial of anthrax on Feb. 5, 2003, during a speech to the UN Security Council outlining the American case that Iraq possessed forbidden stockpiles of WMD

Presumably, the 200 or so Web sites on PropOrNot’s black list would be the first cut for the new Ministry of Truth since many of them have published articles that raised questions about the accuracy of claims made by the U.S. State Department or they have expressed the belief that there may be two sides to complex issues – when Americans are supposed to hear only the side that Official Washington wants them to hear.

Some of these “Russian propaganda” Web sites – prior to the Iraq War – even raised doubts about the U.S. government’s certainty that Saddam Hussein had stockpiles of WMDs. Thank goodness the Internet wasn’t as widely used back then or perhaps many Americans would have doubted the truth-telling by The New York Times and The Washington Post, which dutifully passed on the U.S. government’s pronouncements about Hussein’s secret WMDs.

Surely, in 2002-03, the Russians must have been behind the resistance by those few Web sites to the WMD group think that all the respectable people just knew to be true. How else can you explain the skepticism? And maybe Russia was responsible for the U.S. government’s failure to find any of those WMD stockpiles. Curse you, Russia!

With the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Thursday, this determination to squelch any dissenting American views as “Russian disinformation” moved up a notch, beyond some think-tank chatter, some newspaper articles or some initial planning for private-sector censorship.

The craziness has now become the focus of an official Senate investigation into Russian “meddling” in American political life. We have taken another step down the path of a New Cold War that blends a New McCarthyism with a New Orwellianism.

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Jim in MN's picture

Just keep telling the truth, bitchez!

Jim in MN's picture

Circa News has been in front of the Democrats' Watergate+ crimes for a while now...

http://circa.com/politics/barack-obama-changed-how-nsa-intercepts-of-ame...

Chris Dakota's picture
Tillerson Goes Public With US Plans For Syria Partition

Thats what all this Russia stuff is about, going to war with Russia over Syria.

Washington's new path is bad for the territorial integrity of Middle Eastern states, but it's also bad for the monster known as NATO

http://russia-insider.com/en/tillerson-confirms-regime-change-out-new-sy...

Mr. Universe's picture

Better than April Fools!

North Korea Accuses John McCain of ‘Blasphemy’ for Calling Kim Jong-un ‘Crazy Fat Kid’

I say let us send John over to North Korea to stand trial as a show of good faith to our Chinese and Russian friends. 

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/03/30/n-korea-accuses-mc...

 

espirit's picture

I'm still waiting on my check from Moscow.

yovatti's picture

ZH toes the Russian propaganda line again!

 

lexxus's picture

The reason they blame Russia for everything is because they want World War 3.

stizazz's picture

For sure, Russia will be no cakewalk.

lexxus's picture

The deranged neocons don't see it that way. It's not their kids who'll die fighting.

techies-r-us's picture

Russia can reach deep inside the US with their missiles. This would not be a sit-back-and-enjoy-it type of conflict.

bob_bichen's picture

RE: Chronic SPAMMER techies-r-us, stizazz, kavlar, lexxus, etc. etc.  [ALL THE SAME PERSON, logging on and off in discussion with himself!]

You have NO IDEA how troubled this individual, the Spammer With One Hundred Log-ons, really is.  He has trolled and spammed his website crap on here forever, always with the same macabre conversations with a long series of "imaginary playmates." It really is quite perverse and whoever "he" is, he seems to really get his rocks off voting himself up arrows and replying to his own comments, and also appears to have no life beyond making off-topic comments with his link to the SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED  "biblicisminstitute,wordpress,com"  (sometimes disguised as a short-URL  http://wp.me  )

 

<<Last night's little discussion among the many "invisible friends" on another thread is classic --- one Invisible Friend (Mano-a-Mano) "lives" in Mexico and another Invisible Friend (stizazz) "wants to be his roommate."    Such a fantasy life -- do all of the "Invisible Friends" wear fishnets and makeup as well??  How about when you travel, Biblicism-whacko:  DO ALL YOUR MULTIPLE  IMAGINARY FRIENDS TRAVEL TOGETHER OR DO THEY FIGHT AND SQUABBLE AND HAVE TO TRAVEL IN SEPARATE CARS ON THE TRAIN?>>

He shares this pathology with "Audio Feeline " "blue fin" AKA "TrollAndDump" (formerly known as XYTHRAS - since banned) whose "dailywesterner,com" is, if anything WORSE than the biblicism fetishist, also SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED.

 >>>  Other ZHers  may wish to take one minute to send an email to abuse@zerohedge.com requesting that all of the "imaginary friends" (in the list below; copy and paste)   be permanently banned for spamming.

As you do that, use your imagination to try to conceive of what type of whackadoo would spend their life in pajamas, fake eyelashes and high heels, eating stale chips and drinking cheap soda from the dollar store, popping zits, and spamming zerohedge. 

Many of the following have been banned but, like crabs and cockroaches, they just seem to come back.  The "short list of imaginary playmates" includes:

Audio Feeline
blue fin
TrollAndDump
XYTHRAS

Son of Loki
kavlar
 
mano-a-mano

letsit
lexxus
tazs

techies-r-us

stizazz

lock-stock

beauticelli  
mofio

santafe
bleu
oops

lance-a-lot
Loftie

toro
Yippee Kiyay

lonnng
Nekoti

SumTing Wong

King Tut
 
rp2016

Holy hand grenade of Antioch,

etc. etc. etc.

Gavrikon's picture

"I'm still waiting on my check from Moscow."

Not me.  I'm SENDING some money to Russia Insider.

guitar102's picture

Send him somewhere anyway.  Anywhere but here.

nmewn's picture

So with all this big talk of investigating "election interference" one would suppose at some point Jeremy Bird of Obama's campaigns will be brought into testify? Our Canadian friends might find that interesting too ;-)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ndp-liberals-using-grassroo...

chubbar's picture

I listened for about 30 seconds, that bitch that is the ambassador to the UN (I think that is her position, can't remember her name). She declared that Assad gassed his people 3 times and was a horrible man. That the US could save this country and needed to intervene. That's about all I could take of these lies before turning off the TV and that was all in the first 30 seconds.

Make no mistake, the US is serious about going to war with Russia and they have the majority of americans believing this bullshit because it is on both conservative and liberal media outlets. This particular show was on FOX and was HARDCORE anti Russia propaganda.

I wish I knew a way out, it doesn't look like Trump can stand up to these assholes.

booboo's picture

Seems appropriate for the U.S. Empire to expire on the door step of Russia, don't want to break tradition now do we.

Miss Expectations's picture

Blaming Russia is the same as blaming white people. 

Look at them all...skiing in bikinis

Cold front approaching! Thousands of scantily-clad skiers and snowboarders brave the cold as they hit the slopes in BIKINIS at Russia's Boogelwoogel festival 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4371620/BoogelWoogle-festival-skiers-hit-slopes-bikinis.html#ixzz4d35YYox0 

Ignatius's picture

Love how the establishment talking heads self righteously cry about their precious "democracy" being under attack.

Drain the swamp.

nmewn's picture

Their admission that their demokrazy can only be saved by silencing speech they don't agree with says quite a bit about their demokrazy doesn't it? ;-)

espirit's picture

^ Both deserve + 1000 ^

Rey dTutto's picture

Worse is that a Constitutional Republic is being slandered as simplistic Mob Rule.

Whatever other societies use for government, nobody employed by the US.gov has any excuse for using that libelous falsehood. Republics aren't Democracies.

socalbeach's picture

I think most in the left actually believe (even though it's BS) Russia interfered in the election: specifically, Russia exposed the media trying to tilt the election to Hillary (by for example giving debate questions in advance to HRC). That's what they're angry about.

guitar102's picture

In refusing to lie down and allow world wide American hegemony roll over them as well as having the military and weaponry to defend themselves against the traditional US bombings that follow such resistance Russia has been magically transformed into a 'threat' to our freedoms and way of life.

serotonindumptruck's picture

The establishment/MSM seems to be desperate to foment animosity towards Russia, while at the same time trying to divide us into the Left/Right camps. If national unity is the objective, they are failing abysmally.

nmewn's picture

So this august Senate body, assuming a mandate to investigate a cyber hacking of the DNC brings a non-cyber expert flack in to testify about nothing relating what is actually supposedly being investigated.

Tarjan's picture

With this Clint Watts character, the Senate Intelligence Committee should be embarrassed in the extreme. That they are not just goes to show how far the Senate has fallen.

 ~

 

shimmy's picture

All these morons pushing this bullshit should be executed.

aloha_snakbar's picture

The Russians made my tighty whities too loose...now the boys have no support...

xrxs's picture

I saw PropOrNot on PsyOpOrNot.  Careless bluster, like this Russia nonsense, has cost millions of lives and, much less significant, trillions of dollars.  Colin Powell trying to sell the cooked up yellowcake story is emblematic. It's all about manufacturing consent.

Cabreado's picture

We don't need no stinkin' isms -- We just need to recognize a situation of ignorance-laced-with-entitlement vs control and entitlement-of-the-pathological-kind.

This is the rise of the Self-Absorbed -- the Narcissist and Sociopath -- to a critical mass of places of influence and control.
That it has come to a head is no surprise; that is the natural progression.

The only out after decades of neglect is vigorous protection of Rule of Law.
We don't want to have to start over... 

 

fbazzrea's picture

wth?? i thought Republicans had a Senate majority. who's running that operation??

MuffDiver69's picture

Senator Burr the republican head of committee is a former Wake Forest football player with a degree in communications. He is a complete fucking idiot...The part in this article on Rubio is classic...I saw a clip and this retard was obviously well known in Florida and Trump whipped his ass 56 counties to one...These people are delusional to a degree it's extremely dangerous now...

espirit's picture

We've gone 'Weapons Free' for a while now.

Abaco's picture

CIA, DoD, and HS have their own sock puppets in violation of the law.

MuffDiver69's picture

The Russians are so good at this folks...They even let Crooked Hillary win by three million votes and every god damned poll,media outlet etc had the champagne on ice and these son of a bitches were all smiles at 9pm election night...They even kept counting and counting trying to rig it, which never has happened before until 3 am .They even stopped the Michigan recount because so many Detroit ballots were recorded wrong or missing they couldn't certify the votes (look it up)...Fuck these people...

espirit's picture

It's over, Thank God.

- The Russians -

rejected's picture

"And don’t you dare mention that almost no one in America actually watches RT or you might end up on PropOrNot’s list, too."

Wonder why that BS was in the article....

directaction's picture

It's true that few Americans watch RT. But most wise Americans read RT online.
RT and AJ and a few PRC news sources are the only non-fake news left.  

Reaper's picture

Both Intelligence committee members, Repugs and Demorat alike, know the spying was on everyone.   If Barack knew from spying that Trump was a Russian puppet, it would have been leaked long ago.   Russia is the shiny distraction held in their right hands, while their left hands held behind their backs feed the abusing spies.

SMC's picture

More like a case of New Stupid-isms.

Russia is not our enemy, the MIC is.

ds's picture

No need to go to war. The smartest weapon is to let the US disintegrate from internal conflicts. It has happened before with great civilizations that screw themselves. You bet more aggressive tribes will not use arms but other catalysts to stimulate implosions. You have been played by the military establshment (vested interest) that the only response or defense will be weapons, and cyber attacks. 

US is standing now under the grace that other major economies and powers are equally muddled. Don't count on it being the 'norm".

 

Rebel yell's picture

The problem with the ridiculous Russian conspiracy propaganda is that it removes focus from what has actually transpired. Foreign government interference in a US election, particularly when the foreign government/ governments are asking American politicians to place the needs of foreign countries interests above American interests, must not be tolerated!

The actual guilty parties are Israel and Saudi Arabia. AIPAC and the Saudi royal family contributed to Hillary's campaign and I believe that AIPAC is responsible for rigging the primary. Hillary's largest contributor is the Saudi royal family. That is the outrage!

Saudi and Israeli hijacking of American elections is
WHAT MUST BE INVESTIGATED!!!!! Russia has nothing to do with it and they know damn well who the guilty parties are!!!
https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/recips.php?cycle=2016&ind=Q05

Every time you hear about Russian interference, write, talk and call about Israeli and Saudi interference. They are the terrible terrorists!

tony bonn's picture

the russian behind every door knob is another childish jewish exploitation of the stupid american. i can't believe that anyone takes it seriously, but the mongrelized american population does and certainly the jewish press takes it seriously. there is no room on this planet for these vile jews.

dexter_morgan's picture

Even Evelyn crazy eyes Farkas is blaming the Russians......and she was a high ranking member of the Obama Administration?.....

wow

http://linkis.com/thegatewaypundit.com/LLn7d

tuetenueggel's picture

I do not discuss about braindead people.

directaction's picture

Quick Poll. How smart are ZH readers?
<--- The "Russians did it" garbage is 100% fake news and it's getting old.
<--- I'm stupid. I believe Russia made Trump win. We must bomb Russia.  

rahrog's picture

The blame Russia for everything propaganda is about censorship & the freaking petro-dollar.

 

Mr Drysdale's picture

Last weekend, my wife was out of town and I had to work. Before I left for work, I fed the animals, and put the dog in the garage.

When I returned home that night, I discovered that "Someone" had pooped in the garage, right in front of the door!

The innocent look on my dog's face meant only one thing- "The Russians did it !"

( This shit is literally getting old)