While knowing the inner workings of the neocon, deep state is hidden to those unable to swallow the blue pill, waking up in their comfy 'Murican-made bed, believing every word that is delivered to them from government and media as if it was writ on stone tablet from on high; there is a way to see behind the matrix.
Back in 1999 when Boris Yeltsin was still president and close to the end of his time in office, 46 percent of Americans considered Russia a friend or ally according to Gallup.
Even in the early Putin years, the share of the U.S. public considering Russia a friend or ally hit an all-time high of 73 percent by 2006.
Then, as Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, perceptions started to go downhill in 2008, the year Russia and Georgia went to war and they have not recovered.
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And U.S. public views of Russia have steadily deteriorated in recent years. The downward trend sped up after Russia's annexation of Crimea, Moscow's alleged shootdown of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine and the election interference.
By July of this year, 66 percent of Americans said Russia is an enemy or unfriendly while 31 percent considered the country a friend or ally.
The share of Republicans who consider Russia a friend or ally has risen sharply since 2014, going from 22 percent to 40 percent. That figure has also risen among Democrats, though very slightly.
A 'Deep State' victory - a divided electorate kept distracted by 'the other side' and a unified electorate to back war against 'the enemy'.