The incessant drumbeat demonizing Russia has reached a crescendo here in the U.S. Half-truths lead, and outright lies follow. A congressman on National Public Radio accuses the Russians of interfering in the November election; as a member of the Intelligence Committee, he should know better.
The hacking was during the primaries six months previously. It revealed a corrupt Democratic Party leadership scheming to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination. If they were successful in thwarting the wishes and choice of the rank and file, then that is a real scandal, particularly as that leadership did not suffer any lasting consequences. No surprise that many Sanders supporters couldn't hold their noses tight enough to vote for Hillary in November.
She leaves a trail of lies, unethical behavior and corruption. For example, no one investigates how she turned US$1,000 into US$100,000 over a year trading commodity futures. It is an impossibility particularly, as she claimed, by "reading The Wall Street Journal."
No one is investigating the Clintons' fortune of over US$100 million accumulated as "Mr." went around hiring himself out at exorbitant rates as a speaker while the "Mrs." manipulated her secretary of state position. Where are the disappeared emails and why did she not use the authorized email process? Has the true history of that period been compromised? These are just some of the questions unanswered.
Then there is the Clinton Foundation with dubious donations smacking of a quid pro quo routine, clearly obvious in the case of Morocco, which tied the donation to a Hillary Clinton official visit bringing prestige and an imprimatur to the government at a difficult time. The foundation seems to have now morphed into a US$1.6 billion trust fund for Chelsea.
Fake News in a Multipolar World
Next, we have Donald Trump. The only issue of merit outside his neanderthal agenda was improving relations with Russia. That is now becoming a harder mountain to climb thanks to the spitting in the soup by the Obamaites.
What have the Russians done? Heavens, they invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea. The latter was merely added to the Ukraine to facilitate the administration of a dam being constructed on the Dnieper river during the Khrushchev era. With a split Ukraine, the majority-Russian population voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia.
Now the big question? In the present hysteria about Crimea, there is a conspicuous absence of the reason for Russian action in the Ukraine. Half-truths are the weapon of choice delivering fake news as effectively as outright lies. Consequently, the protests and organized coup and the self- confessed (by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland) US$5 billion expended which eventually brought down the democratically-elected government of Ukraine is rarely if ever mentioned.
It is as if the Russians would orchestrate a coup in Mexico setting up a strongly anti-U.S. and pro-Russian government, and the U.S. should then sit idly by.
Such are the ways of a media that cheered on the Iraq war, the Afghan war, the Libyan war, even the Vietnam war – all mostly with fake news – and is now doing the same with Russia.
Dr. Arshad M Khan (http://ofthisandthat.org/index.html) is a former Professor whose comments over several decades have appeared in a wide-ranging array of print and internet media.