Noam Chomsky Calls Democrats' Obsession With Russia Conspiracy Theories "A Joke"

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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

During a recent interview with Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky demonstrated what everyone with a clear head and capacity for critical thought should already know. Just because you have a strong dislike for Donald Trump, doesn’t mean you latch on like a lunatic to every nonsensical Russia conspiracy theory because you’re still crying about Hillary’s loss.

As Noam Chomsky accurately states:

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Noam Chomsky, I’d like to ask you about something that’s been in the news a lot lately. Obviously, all the cable channels, that’s all they talk about these days, is the whole situation of Russia’s supposed intervention in American elections. For a country that’s intervened in so many governments and so many elections around the world, that’s kind of a strange topic. But I know you’ve referred to this as a joke. Could you give us your view on what’s happening and why there’s so much emphasis on this particular issue?


NOAM CHOMSKY: It’s a pretty remarkable fact that—first of all, it is a joke. Half the world is cracking up in laughter. The United States doesn’t just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn’t like, institutes military dictatorships. Simply in the case of Russia alone—it’s the least of it—the U.S. government, under Clinton, intervened quite blatantly and openly, then tried to conceal it, to get their man Yeltsin in, in all sorts of ways. So, this, as I say, it’s considered—it’s turning the United States, again, into a laughingstock in the world.



So why are the Democrats focusing on this? In fact, why are they focusing so much attention on the one element of Trump’s programs which is fairly reasonable, the one ray of light in this gloom: trying to reduce tensions with Russia? That’s—the tensions on the Russian border are extremely serious. They could escalate to a major terminal war. Efforts to try to reduce them should be welcomed. Just a couple of days ago, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock, came out and said he just can’t believe that so much attention is being paid to apparent efforts by the incoming administration to establish connections with Russia. He said, “Sure, that’s just what they ought to be doing.”


So, meanwhile, this one topic is the primary locus of concern and critique, while, meanwhile, the policies are proceeding step by step, which are extremely destructive and harmful. So, you know, yeah, maybe the Russians tried to interfere in the election. That’s not a major issue. Maybe the people in the Trump campaign were talking to the Russians. Well, OK, not a major point, certainly less than is being done constantly. And it is a kind of a paradox, I think, that the one issue that seems to inflame the Democratic opposition is the one thing that has some justification and reasonable aspects to it.

Watch the clip here.

Yes, I know. Chomsky works for Putin too.

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NoDebt's picture

"The United States doesn’t just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn’t like, institutes military dictatorships."

Exactly.  At one point in time we were pretty good at it, too.  


JRobby's picture

He is now trying to recover from his "false flag" remarks. He can't.

He lost a lot of Libertarians with that one. Sometimes you lose.

FrozenGoodz's picture

A joke like ... 3-5 million illegal votes ... or the need for a big wall in the desert ... or the wiretapp claims ... or the healthcare repeal?

Belrev's picture

Well, joke or not, Democrats have uncovered 1000 paid Russian internet trolls and they are not laughing

Pinto Currency's picture

Chomsky recently breathlessly announced that Trump might launch a false flag attack on himself to garner support.

Why is this neoclown posted on ZH.

nope-1004's picture

Our state of affairs and economy are either attacked by those huge blizzards in the NE (from global warming), or it's Russia.

It's a good thing neither Russia nor the weather has been around a long time, otherwise the lefties might look a bit stoooopid.


847328_3527's picture

Even left-leaning Dick Morris called the Dem claims about Russia "a distraction" and ridiculous.

Insurrector's picture

Dick Morris left-leaning?  Seems a bit of a stretch, although he does pitch both ways.  Since he joined Faux News he has been very anti-Dem and anti-establishment.

I do recall that while Morris was the campaign manager of Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election as President, but he was canned just before the election, when it was revealed that he had allowed a prostitute to listen in on his conversations with Bill.  Pretty fucking choice if you ask me.

Insurrector's picture

Trumpy figgered out that it was the Chinese causing this global warming stuff.

MEFOBILLS's picture

Why is this neoclown posted on ZH.


So, what did he say in THIS video, that you disagree with? Also, since he is saying things in contradiction to neocons, does that make him one?

I'm not his apologist, but I will defend sanity regardless of left or right.

Mediocritas's picture

You're one of the clear thinkers MEFO, putting truth first. Too few of you around at this time of Identity Politics when the complexities of human thoughts are thrown away as people are stuffed into Identity buckets.

People do not equal ideas. Ideas and opinions can be easily changed in a person's mind while the underlying person remains the same.

Good to see you play the ball, not the man.

stinkypinky's picture

If you only post statements of people that make no (in one's opinion) mistakes and say (in one's opinion) only the right things over and over, then eventually you have nobody who meets the criteria of "being worthy". Or at best you have an echo chamber of the same opinions being bounced around with no opportunity for intellectual growth or well-informed action.

Better to post all relevant statements, from any relevant source, but be aware of the source's agenda and credibility.

Amaroosta's picture

"Democrats have uncovered" stopped reading there

divingengineer's picture

Democraps take notice, when Noam Chomsky is laughing at you, you have gone around the bend. 

JRobby's picture

At the idiocy of Belrev, FrozenGoodz, etc.

Just semen guzzling Trolls that chase quarters in the gutter.

Sanity Bear's picture

That's just David Brock outsourcing operations.

ShorTed's picture

They couldn't find a phishing expidition in their email inbox but they can find Russian trolls?  

What about Hitlary's paid troll army?  Are you still collecting?

Georgiabelle's picture

Only 1000? I'm sure that's a small percentage of the number of Soros-paid prog/NWO trolls. 

KimAsa's picture

... or Hillary lost the election the moment the public saw her being hauled into the back of a black medical van like a side of frozen beef. Hmmmm

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"A joke like ... 3-5 million illegal votes ... "

I have to produce a state issued driver's license in order to vote. If I have to provide state issued identification to vote, so should EVERY SINGLE VOTER in the rest of the country.

Nobodys Home's picture

Syria? Gas attack? Perhaps the old guy actually had something there...not my downvote

Clashfan's picture

Just don't ask ole Noamenstein about JFK or 911.

sgt_doom's picture

Evidently, still fairly adept at it given, the soft coup for Nicolas Sarkozy (stepson of a guy by name of Frank Wisner, Jr., CIA careerist) undertaken by John Negroponte and Frank Wisner, Jr., son of one of the founding members of the CIA, and their Franco-American Foundation machinations in France leading up to Sarkozy's first, successful campaign.

And don't forget the coup in Honduras, which deposed democratically elected populist, Zelaya, to be replaced by a military government, which then was replaced with a drug-running oligarch down there.

Offthebeach's picture

We peaked when the Diem brothers in the back of  a M-113 APC tried to collect call Ambassador Lodge but he wouldn't take the call.  I mean later on he took the call, but by then it was to inform him of the Diem brothers dual suicide.  

Insurrector's picture

No tears for the Di?m bros . . . .

Funny that when we topple each government, we induce a vastly more cancerous leadership.

Offthebeach's picture

James M Buchanan,  Nobel economist, said that the primary duty of any beurocracy was to make things worse, and thus insure it's existance.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Trump derangement syndrome is a severe mental illness related to Liberalism, another very severe mental disease. 

Insurrector's picture

Na zda-rov’-ye comrade!

The affliction from drinking Trump's piss and not rejecting it is Trump Derangement Syndrome.  Once afflicted, the TDS-afflicted victim is unable to differentiate reality from Trump fantasy, frequently confusing the two.

As far as your other diagnosis related to the political spectrum, the mentally diseased occupy both the infraredneck and ultraviolent ends.

small axe's picture

the older Noam gets, the more sense he makes

and yes, the rest of the world really is laughing at US hypocrisy.

bardot63's picture

Not a peep from this commie POS or LameStream Media  when Obummer interferred  with 1) Israel's election     2) Brexit vote last June    3) French election   4) Crimea/Ukrain


how_this_stuff_works's picture

Well, the "incidental collection" of intelligence on Trump is predicated on "Russian hacking" and "interference" in the US elections.

If USA citizens, let alone the world, don't believe the Russians "hacked" the elections, they won't believe in the "incidental" surveillance of not only Trump---but every other global citizen, ie., leader, the USA intelligence surveils.

Russia "hacked" the election, Trump's transition team talked to the Russians, so the intell community was justified to listen in without a warrant.

Problem? They won't produce the "evidence" that details the Russian "interference," justifying the surveillance.

He's right; we are the laughing stock of the world. And deservedly so. Really, how much more lame could it get?

VWAndy's picture

 They need to have some thoughtworm to keep the snowflakes from catching on. Otherwise they might wake up to the fact that Trump is acting just like Obama did. More bombing. More spying on us all. More lies. More corruption.

  I see 0 change for the better.

  Congrats I hope you all like it now that your hero is doing it.

chunga's picture

No moar benefits of the doubt for me concerning the talk show host turned presidont Trump.

If the US attacks Syria I will consider Trump a war criminal and a complete, utter failure and fraud.

VWAndy's picture

 That shows you have integrity. Not everyone can admit they got played. Only a few have that these days.

chunga's picture

I've been looking around on other news sites all morning Andy and I don't see ANY support for this anywhere. He's gotten all the mileage he's gonna get from his biggest accomplishment of not being Hill'rey and is on the verge of becoming the most unpopular presidont in a very long time.

VWAndy's picture

  I hope so. Its long past time everyone growd up and accepted the harsh realities.

   I still think the stall and bartering is the best plan for honest folks. Other then that I dont see us ever getting anything even remotely like real justice.

malek's picture

Nice attempt on setting up a false dichotomy:
Everyone who voted for Trump "got played" - rrright, because we all had EXACTLY the same (unreasonable) expectations??

And anyone who had less than paradise expectations could've never voted for Trump?

VWAndy's picture

 Still dont get it do ya. The Trump hero worshipers fell for it just like Obamas people fell for his BS. Both parties are playin. You just cant see it in your cult. You had no problem spotting it in the other team. But your team? No you are doing the same mental gynastics you hated the other team doing.

  Set the bar wherever you want buddy. You are going to reach it before I even try.

malek's picture

So you're another one of the fucks who need a "hero" -
and if none is available then with 'told ya so' and claiming the moral high ground, attempt to make themselves feel better?

VWAndy's picture

 You must be assuming Im a baby boomer.

peippe's picture

I was promised a wall.

Obama never promised a wall.

We'll see.

JRobby's picture

Still upset over the smog test scandal? Let it go!

orangegeek's picture

Ideologically, chomsky aligns with anarcho-syndicalism (is a theory of anarchism which views revolutionary industrial unionism and libertarian socialism).



gilhgvc's picture

Sorry, folks, Trump is losing me and Sessions is pushing me along by his NOTABLE ABSENCE

Insurrector's picture

Wonder if the remarkably inert Tillerson is next to go?

He is over his head like Nunes too.