Right now GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is the target of a well-orchestrated, multi-front propaganda campaign courtesy of media eager to keep the White House in a Democrat’s hands. Top of the memes: Russia as bogeyman.
In fact, Democrat contender Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama have advanced Russia’s interests by way of a poorly conceived foreign policy. You could write a book about this, but I will try to break it down in bits for American readers who have, as I often say, the attention span of a gnat, no insult intended. Russia has, in fact, had no better friends than the Clintons.*
In 2010 when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the FBI outed a Russian spy ring in an investigation dubbed “Operation Ghost Stories.” Sounds like a novel, yes?
The L.A. Times reported one Russian spy was connected to the finance chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. The spy provided financial planning to the chairman who is a top donor to Democrats. Mrs. Clinton ignored that red flag, and chose to use private servers that would effectively erect a wall between the people and her actions as secretary of state. Those private servers also made US government information vulnerable to hackers.
In March, 2012, President Barack Obama was caught on a hot mic telling Russia’s president he’d have “more flexibility” after the November election that year:
“President Barack Obama was caught on camera on Monday assuring outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S. presidential election.” [Reuters]
Mrs. Clinton was advising on and guiding foreign policy for the US at that time.
By 2014, Obama’s then-secretary of state who had handled the infamous Russia “reset” with the US changed her tune. With an eye on running for US president, she told CNN, a network perceived by many as very friendly to her 2016 candidacy, she was “skeptical” of Russia’s president.
But earlier, in 2013 Russia had gobbled up 20 percent of the US supply of uranium. Left of center Bloomberg reported:
“Rosatom’s acquisition of Toronto-based miner Uranium One Inc. made the Russian agency, which also builds nuclear weapons, one the world’s top five producers of the radioactive metal and gave it ownership of a mine in Wyoming.
The deal, approved by a committee that included then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also followed donations from Uranium One’s Canadian chairman to the Clinton Global Foundation, the New York Times reported on Thursday.”
Let us not forget something else Mrs. Clinton appears to have short-circuited on. Russia had no better friend in the White House than Bill Clinton. As On the Issues, a site with no political leanings towards conservatism or Republicans reported, Mr. Clinton pushed for a very big aid package in 1993, his first year in office:
“In March 1993, I got an assistance program I could support: $1.6 billion in direct aid to help Russia stabilize its economy, including money to provide housing for decommissioned military officers, positive work programs for now underemployed & frequentl unpaid nuclear scientists, and more assistance in dismantling nuclear weapons under the recently enacted Nunn-Lugar program; food and medicine for those suffering from shortage; aid to support small business, independent media outlets, non-governmental organizations, political parties, and labor unions; and an exchange program to bring tens of thousands of student and young professionals to the United States. The aid package was four times what the previous administration had allocated and three times what I had originally recommended.”
Now, as Mrs. Clinton’s poll ratings decline and controversial information about her temperament, integrity, and standards continues to flow from various leaks, her supporters and the candidate are attempting to deflect from their own policies with Russia and target GOP nominee Donald Trump. One recent claim involved an alleged “secret server” communicating with a Russian bank.
That claim was memed by major news outlets, anonymous bloggers, and fanatical supporters of Mrs. Clinton on Twitter.
The server was run by a marketing company sending email efforts around the world, just like the email efforts I get from hotels, travel agencies, retailers, and others in my inbox every single day.
The lie was debunked by left of center partisan sites like Vox.
The lie was debunked by sites like InfoWars with no allegiance to Republican or Democrat power bases.
That lie and others were debunked even by The New York Times, left of center newspaper that has endorsed Mrs. Clinton.
As Glenn Greenwald, who has with other reporters he worked with, won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting, said of the false claims:
“This claim, presented here as *proven fact*, was RT’d 7K times even though USG & multiple media outlets concluded it was total bullshit…”
Greenwald, by the way, is an objective reporter who doesn’t hesitate to cover negative stories about either major political party in the US. Greenwald is currently being attacked by left of center trolls on social media. I feel his pain.
When the Russia spy ring was outed by the FBI in Operation Ghost Stories, that should have been a red flag to Hillary Clinton to take extra precautions when it came to data and sensitive or classified information. She completely ignored that flag and chose to use private servers and multiple devices despite known security risks. Mrs. Clinton may or may not have known she was using a system that would make it difficult for Americans filing Freedom of Information requests to obtain information that is rightfully ours.
If any administration has weakened the US position with Russia, Mrs. Clinton and President Obama should head to the nearest mirror to ID the culprits.
The propaganda campaign directed at Trump is currently a product of socialists hoping for a Clinton win, Democrat party loyalists, media aligned with the Clinton campaign, and revenge seekers on the far right. It is pure propaganda and sadly, we have come to the point where most major media have lost all credibility with the public. Democrats and their friends in media are playing a dangerous game with US national security.
You can read about the FBI’s Operation Ghost Stories at the government agency’s site. The site even provides photos. As usual, most media downplayed the story and I’d wager you probably haven’t heard a word about it.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 1, 2016)
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