I asked some folks why they are so concerned about Russia interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
The folks I asked all said the same thing: “Because Russia is a foreign country.”
We have conclusive evidence Hillary Clinton bought the DNC, then summarily rigged the Democratic primary. We have conclusive evidence Cambridge Analytica rigged the presidential election through data mining and psychological profiling.
We even have conclusive evidence the US Intelligence Community rigged the election through publicly discussing ongoing investigations, and perhaps even more so through fabricating Russiagate itself.
Is any of this a surprise? Shouldn’t be.
America is famous ’round the world for rigging elections and overthrowing governments and so on.
Anybody remember the time the US invaded Russia? Russians remember the 100-year anniversary…
Our baseline for election rigging is 1/9 or 11%. This is to say, either the United States, Russia, or both affect the outcomes of 1 out of every 9 elections worldwide.
Was 2016 baseline meddling or did something out of the ordinary happen? The CIA and KGB guys do this for a living. Hello? Doing their jobs. On each other.
So much for spreading “democracy.” We don’t have any to share, truth be told, ’cause we ran all out of democracy some time last century.
Somebody run down to the Quickie Mart and pick some up, will you? Democracy and a pack of Marlboros.
Anybody remember the time America openly bragged about rigging Russia’s election?
Boris remembers. HillBillary Clinton remember.
Ummm… Americans don’t particularly give a hot mess of shit about whether Citizens United, SuperPACs, SuperDelegates, data mining, fake news stories, collusion between the DNC/ Clinton campaign, the electoral college, the free publicity given Trump by the US media…so on and so on… rigged the US election.
Y’all, we should build a wall to keep ’em out of meddling our elections!
The world has been, and is now, laughing at us.
Nitrous oxide, milk shooting out of your nose, hysteria laughing.
We don’t care about that. We care about James Bond villain Vlad the Impaler Putin.
Because we aren’t going to fix our own problems. They aren’t our problems to begin with. The blue team says they’re the red team’s problems and vice versa.
Instead, We The People are agreed to project our fatally-flawed so-called “democratic process” issues on foreigners.
Y’all do know Russians are white, right?
In fancy psych terms, we blame an external locus of control – ahem, that being Russia – for our problems. Because we got issues.
Our issues include being narcissistic. We cannot bear to look inside ourselves. We dare not gaze upon the internal locus of control. It might be a black hole.
Donald Trump is a textbook example of someone who will never take blame for anything, nor admit he is wrong, nor sincerely apologize, because it always has to be someone else’s fault.
Monkey see, monkey do.
Excuse me, John… isn’t the whole reason for doing this so we can go to war with Russia, and more importantly, impeach Donald Trump?
Cue the drones…
Don’t listen to me. Make up your own mind:
Most Americans are understandably shocked by what they view as an unprecedented attack on our political system. But intelligence veterans, and scholars who have studied covert operations, have a different, and quite revealing, view.
Meddling in elections is normal.“If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all,” said Steven L. Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years at the C.I.A., where he was the chief of Russian operations. The United States “absolutely” has carried out such election influence operations historically, he said, “and I hope we keep doing it.”
Loch Johnson, the dean of American intelligence scholars, who began his career in the 1970s investigating the C.I.A. as a staff member of the Senate’s Church Committee, says Russia’s 2016 operation was simply the cyber-age version of standard United States practice for decades.
“We’ve been doing this kind of thing since the C.I.A. was created in 1947,” said Johnson. “We’ve used posters, pamphlets, mailers, banners — you name it. We’ve planted false information in foreign newspapers. We’ve used what the British call ‘King George’s cavalry’: suitcases of cash.”
Not only do we rig elections, we overthrow the coup too.
Former CIA chief John Brennan denounced Trump as a “traitor” who had “committed high crimes” in holding a friendly summit with Putin.
It can’t get more seditious than that. Trump is being denigrated by almost the entire political and media establishment in the US as a “treasonous” enemy of the state.
There is only one thing for it: the US establishment is calling for a coup to depose Trump.
The US political class have cast their verdict. Trump is a state enemy and they are openly calling for a mutiny against the White House.
The American political class are agog to get rid of Trump, but they are apprehensive to make a decisive move just yet, because such a gambit to depose the president may engender a wider social revolt against the elites.
There is a strong sense that US society is seething from numerous grievances. Poverty and abysmal social inequality as well as popular alienation from the Washington establishment are all too rife for a potential civil war or revolution if stoked too much.
One can anticipate the media campaign to pillory Trump as a traitor will go into overdrive in the coming days, with the calculation by his powerful enemies within the deep state public opinion can be turned decisively against him for “betraying America” to a “hostile enemy.” If that manipulation of public opinion is achieved, then Trump is a goner.
The American political class is sick. It is suffering from a psychosis that prevents any understanding of reality. It is living in abject denial of reality, convinced of its delusions about Russia being a hostile enemy, and Trump being a “Kremlin stooge.”
The problem for the American establishment is it doesn’t like the way democracy worked out. The people voted for a candidate who wanted to restore relations with Russia. For the elite, that outcome is unacceptable, and they have tried every dirty trick in the book to overturn the democratic process. Ironically, they claim that Russia tried to subvert American democracy, when it is the effete elite in Washington and the deep state apparatus that are subverting the country’s constitution.
How ludicrous can these people get? An American president holds a long-overdue meeting with the leader of the world’s second nuclear power. The meeting was a success in terms of opening a friendly dialogue between the two leaders. And yet the US ruling class excoriate this event as a “disgrace” and “criminal collusion”.
The interests of ordinary American citizens, as with the mass of people around the world, are not served by irrational hostility towards Russia. It is in our interests to have peaceful dialogue and to develop mutual understanding between the US and Russia to avert confrontations.
It is only an unrepresentative elite who could possibly want hostility. War and conflict is profitable for a tiny few. But this cabal in the US, and among its European allies, driven by Russophobia and war profits, is nevertheless extremely powerful. They control the mainstream media and politicians with their money and intelligence assets.
When the interests of the ruling elite in the US are threatened anything is possible. Assassinations and coups are par for the course for these plutocrats and their agents.
The livid reaction to Trump’s eminently reasonable engagement with Putin this week — a reaction that is vicious and coordinated — is an ominous sign that powerful forces are moving against this president.
The annual budget of the military/security complex is $1,000 billion. This vast sum is drawn from US taxpayers who have many unmet needs. To justify such an enormous budget a major enemy is required. The military/security complex and the media and politicians that the complex owns have designated Russia to be that enemy. The complex and its political and media agents will not permit Trump to normalize relations with Russia.
To prevent President Trump from reducing the dangerous tensions between nuclear powers that Washington has created, the military/security complex orchestrated Russiagate, a proven hoax, but believed by many due to its endless repetition.
The military/security complex acting through the politicians and presstitutes it owns and controls has turned the normal everyday responsibility of a president—one acknowledged and acted upon by every previous president—to defuse tensions that could lead to nuclear war into a high crime. Trump is accused of treason for trying to make peace!
In 1961 President Dwight Eisenhower warned Americans in his last public address that the military/industrial complex was a threat to American democracy. Truer words were never spoken by an American president. Now the military/security complex is openly inciting sedition against the President of the United States. If this plot succeeds, which is the most likely case, all independent voices will be shut down.
“There is no allegation the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.”
After Hillary lost, Bill Clinton summed up what many Democrats (and even some Republicans) believe: “James Comey cost her the election.”
“He left himself completely exposed to charges he acted in a way that affected the outcome of a political election,” says someone close to the e-mail investigation.
Why would someone who prides himself on being apolitical became embroiled in a great political scandal?
Why, long before October, did he set himself on a course where he began violating strongly held Justice Department and FBI norms that prohibit speaking publicly about investigations, particularly of people you don’t charge, and particularly when doing so might interfere with an election?
Hillary Clinton probably would be president if FBI Director James Comey had not sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016.
The letter, which said the FBI had “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into the private email server Clinton used as secretary of state, upended the news cycle, and soon halved Clinton’s lead in the polls, imperiling her position in the Electoral College.
The letter isn’t the only reason Clinton lost. It does not excuse every decision the Clinton campaign made. Other factors may have played a larger role in her defeat, including the blowback from her buying the Democratic primary.
The effect of these factors — say, Clinton’s decision to give paid speeches to investment banks, or her messaging on pocket-book issues, or the role her gender played in the campaign — is hard to measure.
The impact of Comey’s letter is comparatively easy to quantify. At a maximum, it might have shifted the race by 3 or 4 percentage points toward Donald Trump, swinging Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida to him, perhaps along with North Carolina and Arizona.
At a minimum, Comey’s impact might have been a percentage point or so. Still, because Clinton lost Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by less than 1 point, the letter itself was probably enough to change the outcome of the Electoral College.
The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election
Deep in the 568-page report released last month by the Justice Department Inspector General on the FBI and the 2016 campaign, lies a series of explanations from senior FBI officials — excuses, in the view of the Inspector General — for the damaging delay and inaction.
Clinton campaign aides cite poll numbers showing the barrage of new email stories turned some key voters.
“We did not make an assessment of the impact Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election. The US Intelligence Community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze US political processes or US public opinion.”
How can one judge whether activity “interfered” with an election without assessing its impact?
After all, if the activity had no impact on the outcome of the election, it could not be properly termed “interference.”
This disclaimer, however, has not prevented journalists and politicians from citing these reports as proof “Russia interfered” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Prominent American journalists and politicians seized upon this shabby, politically motivated, report as proof of “Russian interference” in the U.S. election without even the pretense of due diligence.
“The bottom line: The Russians did commit active measures against our election in ’16, and we think they will do that in the future,” Mr. Conaway said.
But, he added, “We disagree with the narrative they were trying to help Trump.”
We are left with the Russiagate question which never really goes away:
Trump didn’t recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea, announce a troop pullout from Syria, promise to disband NATO, withdraw U.S. troops from Germany or stop the deployment of U.S. anti-missile defenses in Eastern Europe. He didn’t give up his opposition to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany or express regret about his decision to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine. In fact, he did nothing that could be construed as undermining U.S. interests as traditionally understood. His comments revealed no freebies to Putin or even any sign that the two leaders had attempted to negotiate compromises on the many substantive issues that divide their two countries.