The intensity of anti-Russia rants by Hillary Clinton and her coterie of supporters is flying off the Richter scale. The information war waged by Washington has sought to harm Russia by isolating it, weakening its economy and destabilising its leadership.
The mudslinging rhetoric has become visceral and vicious, with disturbing undertones emerging. Frustrated by the inability to effectively counter Russian media outlets, the proliferation of alternative media voices and Moscow’s continued path of independent policy, the accusations have taken on a neo-McCarthyist flavour, which leave a sense of foreboding about brewing censorship and sanction against the voices of reason (i.e. those who don’t believe Vladimir Putin is the devil incarnate).
Washington spuriously tells us the Kremlin is engaging in a one-sided information war which is threatening the stability and security of Western states – more precisely, the countries of Europe. In reality, it is frustrated by a worthy adversary able to counter its gargantuan information war-machine. If Russia is able to undermine and debilitate the foundations of our democracies, as this fairy-tale says, is it time to clamp down on the army of Kremlin trolls and propagandists?
“The grand Godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism is Russian President, Vladimir Putin,” Clinton said at a recent election rally in Nevada. Fusing Putin to Donald Trump as a dastardly duo who threaten the free world, Clinton said Trump will abandon NATO allies, recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and hand Eastern Europe to Russia to plunder at will.
In 2011, Clinton said; “We are in an information war and we are losing that war… the Russians have opened up an English-language network. I’ve seen it in a few countries, and it is quite [pause] … instructive.”
As disturbing as the content of Clinton’s speeches are, her delivery is even more unsettling. Perhaps she is setting herself up as a firebrand preacher for when her political career fizzles out. The contempt and ill-intent towards Russia is palpable in her speeches. She reminds one of the lunatic Nadezhda Savchenko in her theatrical displays whilst on trial in Russia. Are we waiting for the flick of the switch when Clinton turns her attention to those misguided social media trolls, independent journalists and political analysts on the Kremlin payroll?
The tipping point may be upon us. Whilst provoking mass public anxiety with vividly imaginative stories of Russian aggression, the Clinton campaign sent out a fundraising email arguing that the Breitbart website has no right to exist, implying that, if elected she will destroy Breitbart. “This ‘alt-right’ brand is embracing extremism and presenting a divisive and dystopian view of America,” the Clinton campaign stated.
Breitbart, she says, is part of the alt-right movement, a largely internet-based phenomenon which operates outside of the traditional media power structures. This is where the problem really lies; it not being a subservient phenomenon under the control of the Clinton Democrats. Clinton calls the ‘alt-right’ racist, misogynistic, full of hate and conspiracy theorists. She has linked Donald Trump to this movement she clearly believes is fascist and thus is smearing Trump’s name in attempts to discredit him and derail his presidential campaign.
For the record, the alt-right describes itself as nationalist, patriotic, socially conservative, and upholding of traditional family values. The point is not whether you agree with the values of the alt-right, but the fact it may be used as a lightning rod to justify the crushing of all dissenting voices.
Connecting this maelstrom of hate and malevolence is, naturally, the ‘Godfather of extreme nationalism’, Vladimir Putin. Here is where the fuse is lit, when you can link extremists to the man trying to bring the Western world to its knees. In the whirlwind of information war, lumping dissenting voices of all stripes together serves the interests of the tiny economic/political elite.
So, now the pieces of the jigsaw have been put together to reveal a dark, ultra nationalistic threat to the free and civilised world, headed by nuclear weapon-toting Russia. No wonder the US and its vassals in the EU have imposed sanctions on Russia, as counter-productive and fragile as they have become.
Clinton has taken aim at Alex Jones’ Infowars too, labelling it as part of the radical fringe which is going mainstream and taking over. She has targeted those on the right side of politics in Europe such as Nigel Farage, Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, all under the tutelage of Vladimir Putin, if you believe honest Hillary.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook is getting in on the act, not wanting to miss out on provoking the Russian bear. He told CNN’s Jake Tapper: “Experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.” This was in relation to the kick-the-can-down-the-road story that Russian agents hacked the DNC emails to help Donald Trump. Who needs concrete evidence when you can authoritatively repeat the dogmatic line that ‘The Russian’s did it!’?
Warming to the task, Mook went on to slander retired three-star US General Michael Flynn, who warned in vain of the rise of ISIS in 2012. He called Flynn a security risk who should not be allowed to attend classified intelligence briefings with Donald Trump because he is “on the payroll of the Russia Times [sic], a Kremlin propaganda outfit.” Mook doesn’t bat an eyelid as he virtually accuses Flynn of treason. We are in a toxic environment where the political elites character assassinate a celebrated military veteran. What awaits those of far less stature and standing?
Predictably, the New York Times slithers along the gutter with its incessant theme of Russophobia. Oh no, I can’t bring myself to say it: is the Kremlin… weaponizing the media? (Did I get that right, General Breedlove?) This time, Neil Macfarquhar credits Russia with deviously swaying public opinion and disassembling European unity. He obediently repeats three stone-cold incontrovertible “truths” of the war in Ukraine:
- Russia annexed Crimea
- Russia invaded East Ukraine
- Insurgents shot down MH17 with a Russian-supplied BUK missile
These are facts beyond dispute in groupthinkistan. They are clearly heinous crimes, yet the Russians grotesquely deny these “facts”. Can we tolerate similar blasphemy from those in Western countries whom we may be able to control? Are independent and non-mainstream writers and analysts now spies working for the Kremlin?
From derogatory labels of “Putin puppet” and “Kremlin troll”, has it progressed to the next, far more ominous, level, where potentially legal and sanctionable accusations are made against dissidents accused of being Russian agents? Remember, as Ash Carter said, Russia is a bigger existential threat than ISIS. Who among us objects to silencing voices supportive of ISIS? Does it not follow then that, following Carter’s humpty-dumpty analysis, we must curtail the Kremlin puppets?
The sewage coming out of the mainstream media is hyperbole that crosses the “red line” into gutter journalism, but can it get some teeth into its “arguments” with agitation for censorship? I for one, find the keystone cop antics of the MSM to be very amusing, and have had more than the odd chuckle at their attempts to outdo each other in banality.
Once we start talking about attempts to control or censor, conflagrating valid, robust, criticism of US policies with being an unpatriotic subversive, we are on a slippery slope. We are already seeing Breitbart singled out. The alt-right has been identified. Are they being prepared as possible future targets?
When it’s all over and Clinton is president (maybe), how can she have anything other than adversarial relations with Russia – the country she has predicated her campaign on with vicious insults? Can she simply say, ‘sorry Moscow, nothing personal, you were my Trump (no pun intended) card to win the election’?
There is no business-as-usual with a country you have slandered from post to post. These horrendous caricatures paint Russia firmly as the leader of extreme right-wing ultranationalism, a threat to the “international community”. As the real global bully, the US has bitten off more than it can chew in engaging Russia in information warfare. Going after those who show understanding of Russia’s position and don’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Neocon/lib war-machine is right up the US’ alley.
Paul is a budding freelance writer who currently works in the welfare industry in Melbourne, Australia.
Areas of interest include: Russia/US conflict, wars in the Middle East, particularly Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the occupation of Palestine by Israel, the damage to our economies from the global financial markets, the debt trap imposed on states by bankers seeking to privatize assets and “reform” economies while they line their pockets with cash and impoverish local populations.
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