By Paul Craig Roberts:
The United States shows the world such a ridiculous face that the world laughs at us.
The latest spin on “Russia stole the election” is that Russia used
Facebook to influence the election. The NPR women yesterday were
breathless about it.
We have been subjected to ten months of propaganda about Trump/Putin
election interference and still not a scrap of evidence. It is past
time to ask an unasked question: If there were evidence, what is the
big deal? All sorts of interest groups try to influence election
outcomes including foreign governments. Why is it OK for Israel to
influence US elections but not for Russia to do so? Why do you think
the armament industry, the energy industry, agribusiness, Wall Street
and the banks, pharmaceutical companies, etc., etc., supply the huge sum
of money to finance election campaigns if their intent is not to
influence the election? Why do editorial boards write editorials
endorsing one candidate and damning another if they are not influencing
What is the difference between influencing the election and
influencing the government? Washington is full of lobbyists of all
descriptions, including lobbyists for foreign governments, working round
the clock to influence the US government. It is safe to say that the
least represented in the government are the citizens themselves who
don’t have any lobbyists working for them.
The orchestrated hysteria over “Russian influence” is even more
absurd considering the reason Russia allegedly interfered in the
election. Russia favored Trump because he was the peace candidate who
promised to reduce the high tensions with Russia created by the Obama
regime and its neocon nazis—Hillary Clinton, Victoria Nuland, Susan
Rice, and Samantha Power. What’s wrong with Russia preferring a peace
candidate over a war candidate? The American people themselves
preferred the peace candidate. So Russia agreed with the electorate.
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