As 2016 draws to a close, we find ourselves a deeply unsettled nation. We’re unable to draw the lines of our national interest. Is it jobs and economy? Is it national security? Is it now in our interest to ensure global security… in other words, act as the world’s policemen? As the “failing” (to quote Trump) New York Times degenerates into a Washington Post organisation with its stagnant Cold War vision of a 1950s world where the Russians are to blame for most everything… Hillary’s loss, most of the aggression and disorder in the world, the desire to destabilise Europe, etc … the Times has added the issue of “fake news” to reassert its problematic role as the dominant voice for the Washington establishment. Certainly, this is true in the case of Russia’s “hacking” the 2016 election and putting into office its Manchurian Candidate in Donald Trump. Apparently, the CIA (via various unnamed intelligence officials), FBI, NSA, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (who notoriously lied to Congress in the Snowden affair), President Obama, the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and Congress agree that Russia, and Mr Putin predominantly, is responsible.
Certainly, the psychotic war-loving Senator John McCain is right up there alongside these patriots, calling President Putin a “thug, bully and a murderer and anybody else who describes him as anything else is lying”. He actually said this… a man whose sound judgment chose Sarah Palin as his VP nominee in ’08. Moreover, the Times followed by printing the story in its full glory on page one, clearly agreeing with McCain’s point of view. I don’t remember Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, or Reagan, in the darkest days of the 1950s/80s, ever singling out a Russian President like this. They aimed invective at the Soviets, but never were Khrushchev or Brezhnev the target of this bile. I guess this is a new form of American diplomacy. If cops killed black youth in our inner cities or our drones murdered a Pakistani wedding party, would we single out President Obama as a murderer, bully, thug? Such personalisation is a sign of sickness in our thinking and way beneath what should be our standards.
Note the enclosed link (« US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims ») from the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (which includes the ex-NSA reformer Bill Binney, a mathematical genius who inspired the Nic Cage character in “Snowden”). He talks here about what hacking really means, as opposed to a “leak”. The Times and other mainstream media have surprisingly evaded any contrary evidence, such as that presented by Craig Murray, ex-ambassador and Wikileaks spokesman who said that a Democratic “insider” disgusted by the behaviour of the DNC gave him the information in a Washington park; Murray then gave it to Wikileaks. This was a “leak”, not a “hack”, and always seemed to me the likely source for this scandal (as I think we falsely blamed the Sony leak on North Korea, as well, but that’s another matter). Besides, if we were to investigate this properly, it might very well lead to the discovery that this was Hillary Clinton’s “Nixon moment”. Clearly, the DNC offices were up to no good. Ironically, Clinton first made her name as one of the investigators into Watergate. See Mark Ames’s article, “Site Behind McCarthyite Blacklist”, tracking this foul play to Washington Post journalist Craig Timberg.
I remember well in the 1950s when they told us that Russian moles were in our schools, Congress, State Department… and according to many Eisenhower/Nixon supporters… about to take over our country without serious opposition (and they call me paranoid!). That same media insisted on our need to go to Vietnam to defend our freedoms against the communists 6,000 miles away. Furthermore, after the Red Scare finally went away for good in 1991, let us remind ourselves that It never ended. It became Hussein of Iraq with his Weapons of Mass Destruction, and talk of the “mushroom cloud”. It became the Demon, as real as any Salem Witch Trial. It was Gaddafi of Libya, and then it was Assad of Syria. In other words, as in a Orwellian prophecy, it never ended, and I can guarantee you it never will… unless we the people who still think for ourselves in this existential matter, can say “Enough” to this demon act. “Enough… go away”… laugh in their faces. Of course, the NYT/WaPo nexus rarely publishes any of our serious dissents and therefore we take refuge in alternate media, such as The Nation, Consortiumnews, The Intercept, Naked Capitalism, Counterpunch, Zero Hedge, Antiwar.com, Truthdig, Common Dreams, etc. I think then we were all quite shocked (but not surprised) when recently we saw 200 WEBSITES listed as tools of the Kremlin (WaPo’s 24 November “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election”).
My God, the ghost of Izzy Stone is back from the 1950s! For that matter, so is Tom Clancy from the ’80s. They’ll now write false thrillers about the Russians hacking the American elections. They’ll make money and TV serials. I’ve never read such hysterical junk in the New York Times (call it what it is… “fake news”), in which the editorials have become outrageous diatribes of alleged crimes by Russia, many of them presumably written by Serge Schmemann, one of those ideologues who still looks for Russians under his bed at night; we called them « White Russians » in the old days and, like right-wing Cubans in Miami, are unable to live down past grievances. Schmemann is obviously riding high at the NYT edit board. This type of thinking has clearly influenced the Pentagon and many of our Generals’ statements, and has pervaded MSM reporting. When one group-think controls our national conversation, it becomes truly dangerous. In this spirit, I’m linking several crucial essays of new vintage, pointing out the disgrace the MSM has become.
As much as I may disagree with Donald Trump (and I do) he’s now target number one of the MSM propaganda… until, that is, he jumps to the anti-Kremlin track because of false intelligence or a misunderstanding cooked up by CIA. Then, I fear, in his hot-headed way, he starts fighting with the Russians, and it wouldn’t be long then until we declared a state of war against Russia. I have no doubt then that our over-financed military ($10 to every 1 Russian dollar) will mean NOTHING against a country that now believes the USA, with the largest buildup of NATO on its borders since Hitler’s World War II, is crazed enough to prepare for a preëmptive strike. In his analysis, “The Need to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable”, Robert Parry points out that this conflict ironically started in the 1980s with the Neoconservatives defining Iran as the number one terrorist sponsor in the world. How this leads to our present mess is a brilliant analysis that is unknown to the American public.
I urge you to read the following articles and stay calm in your thinking. However, bring it to bear in some way. As a believer in what the Dalai Lama says, each one of us, even through our prayers, can add to this world’s betterment. I never thought I’d find myself praying for the levelheadedness of a Donald Trump. Remember the Iliad? As Homer would have it, the gods would hover over each day’s battles and decide on the outcome. Who would die and who would live. Are the gods still listening?
29 December 2016
Orthodox people… we face much the same situation in our Church here in the American/Canadian diaspora (worse here in the USA, better in Canada, and even better in the rest of the Anglosphere). Serge Schmemann, one of those mentioned in the above article, is the son of the late Fr Aleksandr Dmitryevich Schmemann… he’s one of the Golden 400. Many priests and influential believers have spoken to me of this lot, often with derision, often with a bit of fear (as the Golden 400 have insinuated themselves in with the Anglo Establishment). These people have controlled the OCA and ROCOR for many decades. They had access to money and influence from various governmental and Establishment sources (they weren’t rich or powerful themselves, to be sure… but they had access to more bucks from their pals and pull with their sugar-daddies than most of us have). Vassa Larina is one of the Golden 400 (she got a post at a papist university for being such a goodthinker). Lyonyo Kishkovsky (and his daughter Sofiya) is one of the Golden 400 (he’s on the CFR; she’s part of the NYT apparat, thanks to Uncle Serge). Victor Potapov is one of the Golden 400 (his claim to fame was being part of the CIA apparat at Radio Liberty). Vladimir Berzonsky (and his son Vlad Berzansky Jr) is one of the Golden 400 (Berzansky Jr is an international shyster… I’d advise all concerned to keep well clear of him). Interestingly, Hopko was NOT one of the Golden 400… he was a wannabe all his life, but they never really accepted him as one of their own (that’s why I was charitable at the time of his death). Tikhon Mollard is NOT one of the Golden 400… but he’s acceptable to both the Centre and the Golden 400 (after Paffhausen’s removal for very real (but confidential) health issues).
What’ll happen if the relations truly sour between Russia and the Anglo Establishment? Where will the Golden 400 fall? What’ll be the Centre’s reaction if they revolt at the behest of their Anglo puppeteers (after all, the ROCOR did interfere on the Centre’s canonical territory at the behest of its CIA paymasters in the Nasty Nineties)? We don’t know. We really don’t, so it’s hard to get a handle on the future here in the American diaspora. However, Metropolitan Illarion Kapral is in Australia, not in the USA, so, I’d guess that the official ROCOR would stay loyal. I’d also hazard the guess that Canada and Alaska would stay loyal to the Centre too. As for the USA… the Golden 400 stabbed the Rodina in the back during the Cold War… what they did once, they could do again. We’re in for “interesting times”… may the Good Lord preserve and keep us…
This Just In…
The WaPo had to eat crow on its story blaming Russia for a hack on the Vermont power grid… read this…