The Anti-Empire Report #149 By William Blum: Are the Reds Coming?

7 March 2017 — The Anti-Empire Report

The United States and the Russian devil: 1917-2017

Conservatives have had a very hard time getting over President Trump’s much-repeated response to Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly’s calling Russian president Vladimir Putin “a killer”. Replied Trump: “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?”

One could almost feel a bit sorry for O’Reilly as he struggled to regain his composure in the face of such blasphemy. Had any American establishment media star ever heard such a thought coming from the mouth of an American president? From someone on the radical left, yes, but from the president?

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Obama Ordered Abuse Of Intelligence To Sabotage Trump Policies By Moon of Alabama

2 March 2017 — Moon of Alabama

In its last months the Obama administration ordered the intelligence agencies to collect and distribute information of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. This to prevent any change by the Trump administration of the hostile policy towards Russia that the Obama administration instituted. The intent was also gives the intelligence services blackmail material to prevent any changes in their undue, freewheeling independence. Continue reading this...

New Cold War Continues, Resignation of Michael Flynn: Hillary’s Revenge?

16 February 2017 — Global Research

160721_POL_trump-putin.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2Dangerous Crossroads: Trump Declares War on Russia, New Cold War will Continue Until Moscow Complies…

By Eric Zuesse, February 16 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump made unequivocally clear, on February 14th, that the new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia will continue until Russia complies with two conditions that would not only be humiliating to Russia (and to the vast majority of its citizens), but that would also be profoundly immoral.

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NYT: Unlike Russian Wars, US Wars ‘Promote Freedom and Democracy’

10 February 2017 — FAIR

NYT: Blaming America FirstThe New York Times defends its country’s innocence.

The New York Times, in its recent rebuff of comments President Donald Trump made about Russia, seems not to have evolved its understanding of US geopolitics past an 8th grade level. Trump had been asked by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly (2/5/17) why he wouldn’t condemn Vladimir Putin, whom O’Reilly called a “killer.”

“You got a lot of killers,” Trump told O’Reilly. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?”

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WaPo’s Factcheck of WikiLeaks Highlights Paper’s Strange View of Facts

11 January 2017 — FAIR

Washington Post: Julian Assange’s claim that there was no Russian involvement in WikiLeaks emailsThe Washington Post (1/5/17) “factchecks” Julian Assange’s claims without either proving or disproving them.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Fox News, 1/3/17) again denied that the leaked e-mails he published during the election came from Russia—an assertion contradicted by many anonymous US intelligence officials. “We can say, we have said repeatedly over the last two months, that our source is not the Russian government, and it is not a state party,” Assange told Sean Hannity.

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US Government Tries and Fails to Play Media Critic on RT

9 January 2017 — FAIR

The US intelligence community looks at RT programming.

The much-anticipated Office of the Director of Intelligence (DNI) Report—the combined assessment of the CIA, FBI, DHS and others—on alleged attempts by Russia to influence the 2016 election was released on Friday to a combination of uncritical boosting and underwhelmed perplexity. To many, it was further proof of Russia’s involvement in the DNC and Podesta hacks; to others–even to typically bullish Daily Beast–it was remarkably thin on details and evidence.

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U.S. Foreign Policy and the Campaign to Destabilize the Trump Presidency By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

6 January 2016 — Global Research

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Introduction

Obama has formally accused Moscow of interfering in the US elections on behalf of Donald Trump. These are serious allegations.  Whereas the sanctions are  directed against Russia, the ultimate intent is to undermine the legitimacy of president-elect Donald Trump and his foreign policy stance in relation to Moscow. 

According to the US media, the sanctions against Moscow were intended to ”Box in President-elect Donald J. Trump” because  Trump “has consistently cast doubt” that Putin was involved in the alleged hacking of the DNC.  In an earlier report on Kremlin meddling, the NYT  (December 15) depicted Donald Trump as “…a Useful Idiot”… an American president who doesn’t know he’s being played by a wily foreign power. (emphasis added)

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Kinda Kute By S. Artesian

2 January 2017 — The Wolf Report:Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Ya make a guy feel humble
I make a fool of myself again
Ya make me trip and stumble
Just go dance by yourself again….

And you’re kinda kute baby, kinda kute baby
See you dance in your satin suit baby
When you move gotta sit right down
No competition with
This kinda kutie around — Joe Jackson, “Kinda Kute” 1979, from the album I’m the Man

Kinda Kute, isn’t it, watching the president of the United States whimper and moan about Russian “intervention” in the 2016 election?  Kinda precious, isn’t it, watching the titular head of a government that has intervened before, during, and after elections, and with lawyers, guns, money, and drugs, in countries around the world and across decades,  whine about the treacherous, nefarious, outrageous actions of the Putin government which violated the gentleman’s code of coup plotting….by hacking and releasing emails?  
 

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Vladimir Putin was Never Head of the KGB, Nor Did He Order the Hacking of the DNC By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

17 December 2016 — Global Research

Vladimir Putin, tagged by president Barack Obama as a “former head of the KGB” at his National Press Conference (December 16) is said to have ordered the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 

 ”Over a third of Republican voters approve of Vladimir Putin, the former head of the KGB. Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave.”

This statement regarding Putin’s affiliation to the KGB borders on ridicule. Obama is either ignorant or “misinformed” by his White House intelligence advisers. Putin was never a high ranking official in the Soviet era KGB.

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FYI: It’s the Russkies Wot Did It?

13 December 2016 — CLG News

[It remains to be seen just how accurate the stories below really are. WB]

Breaking: Administration is now actively questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s election victory | 12 Dec 2016 | Hillary Clinton’s top political adviser John Podesta said the campaign is supporting an effort by members of the Electoral College to request an intelligence briefing on foreign intervention in the presidential election. Podesta said that President Barack Obama backs this effort. “The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” Podesta said in a written statement Monday. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”

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Media: Why Are Media Outlets Still Citing Discredited ‘Fake News’ Blacklist?

1 December 2016 — FAIR

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts sayRussians spread “fake news,” says “experts”—you don’t need to know who they are (Washington Post, 11/24/16).

The Washington Post (11/24/16) last week published a front-page blockbuster that quickly went viral: Russia-promoted “fake news” had infiltrated the newsfeeds of 213 million Americans during the election, muddying the waters in a disinformation scheme to benefit Donald Trump. Craig Timberg’s story was based on a “report” from an anonymous group (or simply a person, it’s unclear) calling itself PropOrNot that blacklisted over 200 websites as agents or assets of the Russian state.

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Is Putin a Lousy Dancer? By Israel Shamir

8 September 2016 — The Unz Review

Putin as Caesar
Putin as Caesar

A lousy dancer blames the uneven floor, and Mme Clinton had proven to be an unexpectedly lousy dancer in the competition for the presidency against the blundering New York tycoon. We would expect her to win or lose graciously, as befits a former First Lady, but gosh, she is clumsy – and blames her lack of grace on poor Mr Putin.

He is sure hell of a guy; visitors to Berlin’s Altes Museum queue up to witness his similarity to the marble bust of Caesar. This is so uncanny that Ms Clinton may be forgiven for claiming the almighty KGB switched the first-century original for a Russian-made fake. You know Putin served in Berlin in his early years.

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Stoking Russia Panic for Partisan Gain Will Have a Long-Term Price for Peace By Adam Johnson

24 August 2016 — FAIR

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on MSNBC.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on MSNBC (8/20/16).

On Saturday’s episode of AM Joy with Joy Ann Reid, guest Malcolm Nance, a former Naval intelligence officer, summed up MSNBC’s Russia panic with this quote:

Joy Ann Reid: Because from what I’ve seen, the only people not with Hillary Clinton at this point…are people in the Jill Stein camp. Jill Stein was sitting at Putin’s table right with General Flynn.

Malcolm Nance: Jill Stein has a show on Russia Today.

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Election Meddling: Bad if Done to USA, Bad to Complain About if Done by USA

15 August 2016 — FAIR

The Washington Post (8/10/16) published what has to be one of the most naked examples of projection ever displayed by a major American paper. The Post’s editorial board, in another effort to bash Russia, lumped its President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s increasingly autocratic ruler President Recep Tayyip Erdogan into a generic “strongman” category, and warned of their paranoia:

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