By Martin Love

The charges against Russians are Mickey Mouse   

February 20, 2018

NORTH CAROLINA - If it were not simply insane, you’d have to laugh: Months of investigation, many millions of bucks spent, and U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former head of the FBI, announces last week an indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 presidential election and operating fake social media accounts.

 After such scrutiny, THIS is all he’s got to condemn Russia for? These are Mickey Mouse charges. Not one of the Russians indicted is a member of the Russian government, for one thing. Putin and government colleagues had nothing to do with this “criminal” case brought to accuse Russia of trying to influence the 2016 Presidential election and boost Donald Trump’s prospects of winning by criticizing Hillary Clinton and supporting not just Trump, but also Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders.

The defendants reportedly worked hard to pump out messages into Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, controlling social media pages that targeted a range of issues, and they allegedly used servers inside the U.S. to hide the Russian origins of the various accounts. In fact, anyone who happened to disparage Clinton during the election process may also have been a “collaborator” of some sort.

It appears that the U.S. may be doing a good job of destroying itself with such hypocrisy and self-deceit and psychosis. In fact, the only known instances of American politicos teaming up with Russians involves operations between the Democratic Party National Committee and the Clinton campaign along with US “intelligence” services like the FBI and the CIA, which altogether helped pay for an incredible document of dubious content called the “Steele Dossier” claiming that Russia hacked the e-mails of Hillary and her campaign staffers. Robert Mueller has yet to examine this, and may not, and it involves misconduct of a number of senior people at the usual suspects such as the CIA, FBI and NSA. And meanwhile, the interminable witch hunt about Russian collusion in the election processes is making it difficult, if not impossible, for the U.S. to deal with much more important and dangerous issues such as a financial system that seems to be headed towards the most horrific train wreck in the history of the U.S. Of course, the Trump Administration and GOP morons in the U.S. Congress have set this in motion with the recent tax cuts that are bound to result in trillion dollar fiscal deficits for many years into the future. That alone is probably going to derail Trump if not the entire government, while the vast majority of Americans will be desperately trying to keep their heads above water in a very different humbled and hobbled economy.

The U.S. is near bankruptcy if it hasn’t already arrived unrecognized. The current fiscal and monetary set up will not last, and when it implodes, the U.S. will have no options but, for one thing, the closure of the mechanisms of overseas interference, such as the many hundreds of military bases overseas, and maybe much of the federal government itself.But here’s what’s really galling and evidence of such massive hypocrisy as to choke a horse, or an entire herd of them.
Carnegie Mellon University has put together a database concerning U.S. interference in elections of other countries. It’s been a common practice for decades. The database cites 81 instances of U.S. interference overseas between the end of World War II and just the year 2000. You can bet that if the database were expanded to include the years since 2000, the numbers would go up dramatically. The interferences cited were also largely carried out in secret. Only a third of them were public, and in some 60 percent of the interventions, the candidate(s) that had received U.S. assistance won the election even though the action swayed the actual vote by an average of just 3 percent.

Since 2000 “interventions” have been far worse, including “regime change” by military means which everyone knows about, especially some seriously damaged, if not destroyed, countries in the Middle East and I need not name them. And millions have been murdered as a result. Back in 2006 Hillary Clinton, in an interview, argued that just allowing elections in some overseas locations was a mistake. She said, for example, that Palestinians should not be permitted to hold elections “unless the U.S. did something to determine who was going to win”. (There were elections in Palestine and Hamas candidates did quite well. They were even monitored by one of the few former Presidents in recent decades who seemed to be a decent, moral person – Jimmy Carter). 

What possible solace can be derived from the unpleasant, depressing and unproductive actions and hypocrisies of the U.S. government and military overseas now? Maybe there’s only one: that it can’t continue very much longer, and this is why I have suggested or counseled patience and endurance to beleaguered friends or any kind overseas. The U.S. is near bankruptcy if it hasn’t already arrived unrecognized. The current fiscal and monetary set up will not last, and when it implodes, the U.S. will have no options but, for one thing, the closure of the mechanisms of overseas interference, such as the many hundreds of military bases overseas, and maybe much of the federal government itself. Governance will become much more local and rational in the U.S., too, and real democracy where the average citizen has a say in how things are managed may blossom like the fruit trees and the abundant flowers in Spring that Iranians love and tend so beautifully. 

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