Sucking Liberals into a New Cold War

Out of fury against President Trump, many liberals have enlisted in the ranks of the New Cold War against Russia, seeming to have forgotten the costs to rationality and lives from the first Cold War, warns William Blum.

By William Blum

Cold War Number One: 70 years of daily national stupidity. Cold War Number Two: Still in its youth, but just as stupid.

President Donald Trump being sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. (Screen shot from Whitehouse.gov)

“He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.” – President Trump re Russian President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Vietnam. [Washington Post, Nov.e 12, 2017]

Putin later added that he knew “absolutely nothing” about Russian contacts with Trump campaign officials. “They can do what they want, looking for some sensation. But there are no sensations.”

Numerous U.S. intelligence agencies have said otherwise. Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, responded to Trump’s remarks by declaring: “The president was given clear and indisputable evidence that Russia interfered in the election.”

As we’ll see below, there isn’t too much of the “clear and indisputable” stuff. And this of course is the same James Clapper who made an admittedly false statement to Congress in March 2013, when he responded, “No, sir” and “not wittingly” to a question about whether the National Security Agency was collecting “any type of data at all” on millions of Americans. Lies don’t usually come in any size larger than that.

Virtually every member of Congress who has publicly stated a position on the issue has criticized Russia for interfering in the 2016 American presidential election. And it would be very difficult to find a member of the mainstream media who has questioned this thesis.

What is the poor consumer of news to make of these gross contradictions? Here are some things to keep in mind:

How do we know that the tweets and advertisements “sent by Russians” -– those presented as attempts to sway the vote -– were actually sent by Russians? The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), composed of National Security Agency and CIA veterans, recently declared that the CIA knows how to disguise the origin of emails and tweets. The Washington Post has as well reported that Twitter “makes it easy for users to hide their true identities.” [Washington Post, Oct. 10, 2017]

Russians! Russians! Russians!

Even if these communications were actually sent from Russia, how do we know that they came from the Russian government, and not from any of the other 144.3 million residents of Russia?

Red Square in Moscow with a winter festival to the left and the Kremlin to the right, in December 2016. (Photo by Robert Parry)

Even if they were sent by the Russian government, we have to ask: Why would they do that? Do the Russians think the United States is a Third World, under-developed, backward Banana Republic easily influenced and moved by a bunch of simple condemnations of the plight of blacks in America and the Clinton “dynasty”? Or clichéd statements about other controversial issues, such as gun rights and immigration? If so, many Democratic and Republican officials would love to know the secret of the Russians’ method. Consider also that Facebook has stated that 90 percent of the alleged-Russian-bought content that ran on its network did not even mention Trump or Clinton. [Washington Post, Nov. 15, 2017]

On top of all this is the complete absence of even the charge, much less with any supporting evidence, of Russian interference in the actual voting or counting of votes.

After his remark suggesting he believed Putin’s assertion that there had been no Russian meddling in the election, Trump – of course, as usual – attempted to backtrack and distance himself from his words after drawing criticism at home; while James Clapper declared: “The fact the president of the United States would take Putin at his word over that of the intelligence community is quite simply unconscionable.” [Reuters, Nov. 12, 2017]

Given Clapper’s large-size lie referred to above, can Trump be faulted for being skeptical of the intelligence community’s Holy Writ? Purposeful lies of the intelligence community during the first Cold War were legendary, many hailed as brilliant tactics when later revealed. The CIA, for example, had phony articles and editorials planted in foreign newspapers (real Fake News), made sex films of target subjects caught in flagrante delicto who had been lured to Agency safe houses by female agents, had Communist embassy personnel expelled because of phony CIA documents, and much more.

The Post recently published an article entitled “How did Russian trolls get into your Facebook feed? Silicon Valley made it easy.” In the midst of this “exposé,” The Post stated: “There’s no way to tell if you personally saw a Russian post or tweet.” [Washington Post, Nov. 2, 2017]

A Case or Not?

So … Do the Cold Warriors have a case to make or do they not? Or do they just want us to remember that the Russkis are bad? So it goes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on May 10, 2015, at the Kremlin. (Photo from Russian government)

An organization in Czechoslovakia with the self-appointed name of European Values has produced a lengthy report entitled “The Kremlin’s Platform for ‘Useful Idiots’ in the West: An Overview of RT’s Editorial Strategy and Evidence of Impact.” It includes a long list of people who have appeared on the Russian-owned TV station RT (formerly Russia Today), which can be seen in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries. Those who’ve been guests on RT are the “idiots” useful to Moscow. (The list is not complete. I’ve been on RT about five times, but I’m not listed. Where is my Idiot Badge?)

RT’s YouTube channel has more than two million followers and claims to be the “most-watched news network” on the video site. Its Facebook page has more than 4 million likes and followers. Can this explain why the powers-that-be forget about a thing called freedom-of-speech and treat the station like an enemy? The U.S. government recently forced RT America to register as a foreign agent and has cut off the station’s Congressional press credentials.

The Cold War strategist, George Kennan, wrote prophetically: “Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.”

Writer John Wight has described the new Cold War as being “in response to Russia’s recovery from the demise of the Soviet Union and the failed attempt to turn the country into a wholly owned subsidiary of Washington via the imposition of free market economic shock treatment thereafter.”

So let’s see what other brilliance the New Cold War brings us. … Ah yes, another headline in the Post (Nov. 18, 2017): “British alarm rising over possible Russian meddling in Brexit.” Of course, why else would the British people have voted to leave the European Union? But wait a moment, again, one of the British researchers behind the report “said that the accounts they analyzed – which claimed Russian as their language when they were set up but tweeted in English – posted a mixture of pro-‘leave’ and pro-‘remain’ messages regarding Brexit. Commentators have said that the goal may simply have been to sow discord and division in society.”

Was there ever a time when the Post would have been embarrassed to be so openly, amateurishly biased about Russia? Perhaps during the few years between the two Cold Wars.

In case you don’t remember how stupid Cold War Number One was …

  • 1948: The Pittsburgh Press published the names, addresses, and places of employment of about 1,000 citizens who had signed presidential-nominating petitions for former Vice President Henry Wallace, running under the Progressive Party. This, and a number of other lists of “communists,” published in the mainstream media, resulted in people losing their jobs, being expelled from unions, having their children abused, being denied state welfare benefits, and suffering various other punishments.
  • Around 1950: The House Committee on Un-American Activities published a pamphlet, “100 Things You Should Know About Communism in the U.S.A.” This included information about what a communist takeover of the United States would mean: ?Q: What would happen to my insurance?? A: It would go to the Communists.? Q: Would communism give me something better than I have now?? A: Not unless you are in a penitentiary serving a life sentence at hard labor.

    Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wisconsin, who led the “Red Scare” hearings of the 1950s.

  • 1950s: Mrs. Ada White, member of the Indiana State Textbook Commission, believed that Robin Hood was a Communist and urged that books that told the Robin Hood story be banned from Indiana schools.
  • As evidence that anti-communist mania was not limited to the lunatic fringe or conservative newspaper publishers, here is Clark Kerr, president of the University of California at Berkeley in a 1959 speech: “Perhaps 2 or even 20 million people have been killed in China by the new [communist] regime.” One person wrote to Kerr: “I am wondering how you would judge a person who estimates the age of a passerby on the street as being ‘perhaps 2 or even 20 years old.’ Or what would you think of a physician who tells you to take ‘perhaps 2 or even twenty teaspoonsful of a remedy’?”
  • Throughout the cold war, traffic in phony Lenin quotes was brisk, each one passed around from one publication or speaker to another for years. Here’s S. News and World Report in 1958 demonstrating communist duplicity by quoting Lenin: “Promises are like pie crusts, made to be broken.” Secretary of State John Foster Dulles used it in a speech shortly afterward, one of many to do so during the cold war. Lenin actually did use a very similar line, but he explicitly stated that he was quoting an English proverb (it comes from Jonathan Swift) and his purpose was to show the unreliability of the bourgeoisie, not of communists. ?“First we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia, then we will encircle the United States, which will be the last bastion of capitalism. We will not have to attack. It will fall like an overripe fruit into our hands.” This Lenin “quotation” had the usual wide circulation, even winding up in the Congressional Record in 1962. This was not simply a careless attribution; this was an out-and-out fabrication; an extensive search, including by the Library of Congress and the United States Information Agency failed to find its origin.
  • A favorite theme of the anti-communists was that a principal force behind drug trafficking was a communist plot to demoralize the United States. Here’s a small sample:? Don Keller, District Attorney for San Diego County, California in 1953: “We know that more heroin is being produced south of the border than ever before and we are beginning to hear stories of financial backing by big shot Communists operating out of Mexico City.”? Henry Giordano, Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1964, interviewed in the American Legion Magazine: Interviewer: “I’ve been told that the communists are trying to flood our country with narcotics to weaken our moral and physical stamina. Is that true?”? Giordano: “As far as the drugs are concerned, it’s true. There’s a terrific flow of drugs coming out of Yunnan Province of China. … There’s no question that in that particular area this is the aim of the Red Chinese. It should be apparent that if you could addict a population you would degrade a nation’s moral fiber.”? Fulton Lewis, Jr., prominent conservative radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist, 1965: “Narcotics of Cuban origin – marijuana, cocaine, opium, and heroin – are now peddled in big cities and tiny hamlets throughout this country. Several Cubans arrested by the Los Angeles police have boasted they are communists.”? We were also told that along with drugs another tool of the commies to undermine America’s spirit was fluoridation of the water.

    A scene from “Dr. Strangelove,” in which the bomber pilot (played by actor Slim Pickens) rides a nuclear bomb to its target in the Soviet Union.

  • Mickey Spillane was one of the most successful writers of the 1950s, selling millions of his anti-communist thriller mysteries. Here is his hero, Mike Hammer, in “One Lonely Night,” boasting of his delight in the grisly murders he commits, all in the name of destroying a communist plot to steal atomic secrets. After a night of carnage, the triumphant Hammer gloats, “I shot them in cold blood and enjoyed every minute of it. I pumped slugs into the nastiest bunch of bastards you ever saw. … They were Commies. … Pretty soon what’s left of Russia and the slime that breeds there won’t be worth mentioning and I’m glad because I had a part in the killing. God, but it was fun!”
  • 1952: A campaign against the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because it was tainted with “atheism and communism,” and was “subversive” because it preached internationalism. Any attempt to introduce an international point of view in the schools was seen as undermining patriotism and loyalty to the United States. A bill in the U.S. Senate, clearly aimed at UNESCO, called for a ban on the funding of “any international agency that directly or indirectly promoted one-world government or world citizenship.” There was also opposition to UNESCO’s association with the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights on the grounds that it was trying to replace the American Bill of Rights with a less liberty-giving covenant of human rights.
  • 1955: A U.S. Army 6-page pamphlet, “How to Spot a Communist,” informed us that a communist could be spotted by his predisposition to discuss civil rights, racial and religious discrimination, the immigration laws, anti-subversive legislation, curbs on unions, and peace. Good Americans were advised to keep their ears stretched for such give-away terms as “chauvinism,” “book-burning,” “colonialism,” “demagogy,” “witch hunt,” “reactionary,” “progressive,” and “exploitation.” Another “distinguishing mark” of “Communist language” was a “preference for long sentences.” After some ridicule, the Army rescinded the pamphlet.
  • 1958: The noted sportscaster Bill Stern (one of the heroes of my innocent youth) observed on the radio that the lack of interest in “big time” football at New York University, City College of New York, Chicago, and Harvard “is due to the widespread acceptance of Communism at the universities.”
  • 1960: U.S. General Thomas Power speaking about nuclear war or a first strike by the U.S.: “The whole idea is to kill the bastards! At the end of the war, if there are two Americans and one Russian, we win!” The response from one of those present was: “Well, you’d better make sure that they’re a man and a woman.”
  • 1966: The Boys Club of America is of course wholesome and patriotic. Imagine their horror when they were confused with the Dubois Clubs. (W.E.B. Du Bois had been a very prominent civil rights activist.) When the Justice Department required the DuBois Clubs to register as a Communist front group, good loyal Americans knew what to do. They called up the Boys Club to announce that they would no longer contribute any money, or to threaten violence against them; and sure enough an explosion damaged the national headquarters of the youth group in San Francisco. Then former Vice President Richard Nixon, who was national board chairman of the Boys Club, declared: “This is an almost classic example of Communist deception and duplicity. The ‘DuBois Clubs’ are not unaware of the confusion they are causing among our supporters and among many other good citizens.”
  • 1966: “Rhythm, Riots and Revolution: An Analysis of the Communist Use of Music, The Communist Master Music Plan,” by David A. Noebel, published by Christian Crusade Publications, (expanded version of 1965 pamphlet: “Communism, Hypnotism and the Beatles”). Some chapters: Communist Use of Mind Warfare … Nature of Red Record Companies … Destructive Nature of Beatle Music … Communist Subversion of Folk Music … Folk Music and the Negro Revolution … Folk Music and the College Revolution

    Photos of victims of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam galvanized public awareness about the barbarity of the war. (Photo taken by U. S. Army photographer Ronald L. Haeberle)

  • 1968: William Calley, U.S. Army Lieutenant, charged with overseeing the massacre of more than 100 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai in 1968, said some years later: “In all my years in the Army I was never taught that communists were human beings. We were there to kill ideology carried by – I don’t know – pawns, blobs, pieces of flesh. I was there to destroy communism. We never conceived of old people, men, women, children, babies.”
  • 1977: Scientists theorized that the earth’s protective ozone layer was being damaged by synthetic chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons. The manufacturers and users of CFCs were not happy. They made life difficult for the lead scientist. The president of one aerosol manufacturing firm suggested that criticism of CFCs was “orchestrated by the Ministry of Disinformation of the KGB.”
  • 1978: Life inside a California youth camp of the ultra anti-communist John Birch Society: Five hours each day of lectures on communism, Americanism and “The Conspiracy”; campers learned that the Soviet government had created a famine and spread a virus to kill a large number of citizens and make the rest of them more manageable; the famine led starving adults to eat their children; communist guerrillas in Southeast Asia jammed chopsticks into children’s ears, piercing their eardrums; American movies are all under the control of the Communists; the theme is always that capitalism is no better than communism; you can’t find a dictionary now that isn’t under communist influence; the communists are also taking over the Bibles.
  • The Reagan administration declared that the Russians were spraying toxic chemicals over Laos, Cambodia and Afghanistan – the so-called “yellow rain” – and had caused more than ten thousand deaths by 1982 alone, (including, in Afghanistan, 3,042 deaths attributed to 47 separate incidents between the summer of 1979 and the summer of 1981, so precise was the information). Secretary of State Alexander Haig was a prime dispenser of such stories, and President Reagan himself denounced the Soviet Union thusly more than 15 times in documents and speeches. The “yellow rain,” it turned out, was pollen-laden feces dropped by huge swarms of honeybees flying far overhead.
  • 1982: In commenting about sexual harassment in the Army, General John Crosby stated that the Army doesn’t care about soldiers’ social lives – “The basic purpose of the United States Army is to kill Russians,” he said.
  • 1983: The U.S. invasion of Grenada, the home of the Cuban ambassador is damaged and looted by American soldiers; on one wall is written “AA,” symbol of the 82nd Airborne Division; beside it the message: “Eat shit, commie faggot.” … “I want to fuck communism out of this little island,” says a marine, “and fuck it right back to Moscow.”
  • 1984: During a sound check just before his weekly broadcast, President Reagan spoke these words into the microphone: “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I have signed legislation to outlaw Russia, forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” His words were picked up by at least two radio networks.

    President Ronald Reagan meeting with Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt.

  • 1985: October 29 BBC interview with Ronald Reagan: asked about the differences he saw between the U.S. and Russia, the President replied: “I’m no linguist, but I’ve been told that in the Russian language there isn’t even a word for freedom.” (The word is “svoboda.”)
  • 1986: Soviet artists and cultural officials criticized Rambo-like American films as an expression of “anti-Russian phobia even more pathological than in the days of McCarthyism.” Russian filmmaker Stanislav Rostofsky claimed that on one visit to an American school “a young girl trembled with fury when she heard I was from the Soviet Union, and said she hated Russians.”
  • 1986: Roy Cohn, who achieved considerable fame and notoriety in the 1950s as an assistant to the communist-witch-hunting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, died, reportedly of AIDS. Cohn, though homosexual, had denied that he was and had denounced such rumors as communist smears.
  • 1986: After American journalist Nicholas Daniloff was arrested in Moscow for “spying” and held in custody for two weeks, New York Mayor Edward Koch sent a group of 10 visiting Soviet students storming out of City Hall in fury. “The Soviet government is the pits,” said Koch, visibly shocking the students, ranging in age from 10 to 18 years. One 14-year-old student was so outraged he declared: “I don’t want to stay in this house. I want to go to the bus and go far away from this place. The mayor is very rude. We never had a worse welcome anywhere.” As matters turned out, it appeared that Daniloff had not been completely pure when it came to his newsgathering.
  • 1989: After the infamous Chinese crackdown on dissenters in Tiananmen Square in June, the U.S. news media was replete with reports that the governments of Nicaragua, Vietnam and Cuba had expressed their support of the Chinese leadership. Said the Wall Street Journal: “Nicaragua, with Cuba and Vietnam, constituted the only countries in the world to approve the Chinese Communists’ slaughter of the students in Tiananmen Square.” But it was all someone’s fabrication; no such support had been expressed by any of the three governments. At that time, as now, there were few, if any, organizations other than the CIA which could manipulate major Western media in such a manner. [Sources for almost all of this section can be found in William Blum, Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire (2005), chapter 12; or the author can be queried at bblum6@aol.com ]

NOTE: It should be remembered that the worst consequences of anti-communism were not those discussed above. The worst consequences, the ultra-criminal consequences, were the abominable death, destruction, and violation of human rights that we know under various names: Vietnam, Chile, Korea, Guatemala, Cambodia, Indonesia, Brazil, Greece, Afghanistan, El Salvador, and many others.

William Blum is an author, historian, and renowned critic of U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, among others. [This article originally appeared at the Anti-Empire Report, https://williamblum.org/ .]

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37 comments for “Sucking Liberals into a New Cold War

  1. WC
    December 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Blum is too optimistic. We are closer to a Hot war than Cold war 2.

    • mike k
      December 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      100% correct WC. And important to be aware of. We must not relax and think that this crisis will simply be a long boring reprise of the cold war. We barely came through that previous war without nuclear disaster, and even then several times by sheer luck. This time our luck may run out.

    • Abe
      December 6, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      The Hot War has been raging at least since CIA-project Mikheil Saakashvili ate his tie back in 2008.

      Moscow dared to disrupt the Israeli-Saudi-US Axis of Evil’s beloved “regime change” project in Syria, so deadly shots were fired in the center of Kiev in February 2014.

      https://orientalreview.org/2017/11/23/cheap-dignity-of-the-ukrainian-revolution/

      After the coup d’etat and a visit to Kiev from the US Central Agency Agency Director Director, the Hot War rapidly spread to Russia’s border.

      The Hot War is now active on multiple European and Middle Eastern fronts and war propaganda is pervasive.

      • WC
        December 6, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        Abe. True, but not (yet) to the degree of being the kind of BIG “hot war” that has the capacity to kill us all.

        I also do not believe the middle east and war with Iran is where the real trouble will start (although it might well end there) . Winning a boots-on-the-ground war with Iran is not possible without the use of nuclear weapons. Were that to happen, the Russians would not sit idly by. An air war (not something that wins wars on its own) could be carried out, but not without considerable cost given the array of Russian surface to air missiles in their inventory. And Moscow would have something to say about this action as well. A friend of mine summed up the Iran situation best by saying – I do not think war is the goal here, but threat of war which is good for both domestic control and business. One can hope that it does not get out of hand and take on a life of its own. This is what the opposition should be hammering on, fat chance though.

        North Korea is an entirely different matter. There are no strategic interests such as oil pipelines and such for the Chinese or the Russians to seriously defend. The Chinese have also said they would not interfere if NK strikes first, which amounts to an open invitation. All they have to do is warn the Americans against using WMDs near their territories, and Washington dives into another conflict that will further drain the economy and cause more negative world opinion. One also has to consider, given the size of the Chinese economy, they would quickly control a unified Korea (regardless of who won) in the same way the USA does Canada and Mexico.

        My concern is this. At the end of every economic cycle (I’m talking the boom and bust kind not the little blips) the ruling elite have taken us to war – either to blame someone else for their own misdeeds or to stimulate the economy out of a bust-type depression. This is a tried and true method that has worked before and the odds would favor them using it again. The idea(l) would be to start a big enough war to get everyone’s attention, but also keep it contained enough to advance whatever agenda they have in mind. Now we get back to what my friend said about hoping that it does not get out of hand and take on a life of its own. :)

  2. December 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Some of the warmongers attended a forum in Canada Recently. See link below for info.
    December 5, 2017
    “Was This a Gathering of Ghouls?”
    http://graysinfo.blogspot.ca/2017/12/was-this-gathering-of-ghouls.html

  3. mike k
    December 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    And does anyone believe the American people are any more sane or well informed than they were in cold war days? If you think that, then take your place in the long line of truly useful idiots.

    • mike k
      December 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      The infinite is that which has no end or limit – like human delusion and ignorance.

  4. Drew Hunkins
    December 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The groupthink is becoming relentless, absolutely relentless.

    To say one mild tepid comment in favor of Trump’s policy of relative rapprochement with the Kremlin is to bring forth scorn, mockery, derision, and ridicule upon oneself, especially in the company of the Rachelle Maddow true believers’ camp. One will often be deemed a Trump apologist, even if one despises 90% of his policies.

    To say one kind word about Russia (or Putin) and its independence, its recent victory over the ISIS/Daesh/al-Qeada/al-Nusra/Takfiri in Syria, its recent rising living standards after the kleptocracy, its proud history of fighting imperial military machines is to invite scorn, derision, mockery and ridicule upon oneself.

    I’m sensing that more and more left liberal types are finally starting to succumb to this barrage of Gish Gallop, they’re throwing up their hands exclaiming, “well, there just must be something to all this Russia-gate…”

    This is frightening; I wasn’t alive during the 1950s, but this must be reminiscent to those in the know of what went on during the McCarthyite hysteria of the ’50s and the Red Scare of the 1920s.

    • Realist
      December 6, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Being in the age group that still has a firm grip on all levers of power in this country, I can remember it. The grown-ups were still mostly sane back then. Most people were too focused on making a nice living for themselves in a country providing endless possibilities to seriously believe that the people in charge would end it all over a theory of government or economics, or even over who wanted a bigger piece of the pie. The rhetoric seemed more like posturing rather than the all-too-real threats of today.

      The Cuban missile crisis was the only inflexion point that had people heading to church, and, in retrospect, it may have been a show simply to allow Kennedy and Kruschev to make an arms control deal behind the scenes, starting a process that both sides labored over for the next three decades… until Dubya started deconstructing the nuclear treaties once my crazy generation become permanently entrenched in power.

      Maybe I was just too naive to understand the real truths then, as the liberals are certainly too deluded to comprehend reality today. I have hope that their mental disorder will only be transient, born out of the shock of losing at the ballot box a year ago. When I broach the subject amongst regular folks (which is a tricky business), I see only the diehard partisan Democrats really trapped in the groupthink promulgated by the DNC and the MSM. Most neighborhood folks with an international background or who work blue collar jobs seem to grasp that Russia-gate is a totally contrived bogus alibi concocted by Hillary and the Dems for her shocking loss, and they don’t like it. This is South Florida suburbia, so results may vary where you live. (I know for sure they do in hopeless California where my only other living relatives reside.)

      • geeyp
        December 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

        Most anyone who has lived in more than one area or worked with their hands generally has what used to exist, namely common sense. They see through the one sided gossip. They see things differently. Not everyone in and around California is hopeless or clueless. So yes, results do very. As with either coast, the general consensus is the “fly over states” are the uninformed. I know that is not true.

        • Drew Hunkins
          December 7, 2017 at 12:06 am

          Unfortunately geeyp, many, many Americans are starting to firmly believe that the Kremlin hacked the election to deliberately hand the presidency to Trump.

    • mike k
      December 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      I was in college at U. of Chicago in the 50’s, and the media bullshit was up to your eyeballs. The then chancellor Robert Hutchins challenged the groupthink and was summoned to appear before the Illinois Congress. Hutchins was a master of debate, and made the cornball legislators rue the day they invited him to speak.

    • December 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Plus Putin is advocating a 100% organic farming in Russia.

      • Skip Scott
        December 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm

        Well, I guess we can add Monsanto to the list of Putin haters.

    • December 6, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      When has the USA controllers not advocated for war?

  5. Thomas Rabin
    December 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    The John Birch Society was RIGHT! It is still right today. The Russia-gate conspiracy theorists on the other hand are stark raving NUTS!

    • December 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thomas — By what criteria do you arrive at the conclusion that “The John Birch Society was RIGHT”?

      For its entire existence (59 years), the JBS has declared that the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover was our nation’s most knowledgeable, authoritative, and reliable source of factual information about the Communist movement in our country and about internal security matters generally.

      Consequently, it is exceptionally significant to point out that FBI investigative files reveal that the FBI falsified virtually every major predicate of JBS ideology AND senior FBI officials (including Director Hoover), denounced and rejected the Birch Society as a hindrance to effective anti-communist efforts in our country because the JBS circulated false and inflammatory information. In fact, internal FBI memos by Hoover and senior FBI officials describe the JBS as “right wing extremist”, “irrational”, “irresponsible”, and composed of “fanatics” and “a lunatic fringe” — precisely because the JBS was NOT “right”

    • TS
      December 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      > The John Birch Society was RIGHT! It is still right today.

      Yup — far right, indeed protofascist (their links with avowed fascists and Nazis were interesting), besides being a would-be terrorist group.

  6. Realist
    December 6, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    That’s quite a history Mr. Blum has put together on the original cold war, which I am sure just scratches the surface. The long litany of sheer meanness and pettiness is stupifying, and I wouldn’t enjoy the assignment of recounting it myself, but we should be grateful for his efforts in this onerous task. None of these perverse actions contributed a single positive thing to human existence, they only threatened it and made life hell for millions of humans. Now the same insanity is back with a vengeance. And it’s MY country, not the Russians or anybody else responsible for putting the existence of all humanity on a knife’s edge once again. Moreover, there is no logic or common sense to be seen among anyone with real power in the entire American inside establishment.

    The whole rotten system, trapped in its own groupthink, seems locked into a death spiral wherein every day brings new provocations, threats, boasts and rash actions by the jackasses running the power axis of Washington and New York. The key variable is whether these lunatics will “push the button” to end it all before simply running out of the psychopathic energy fueling their mania.

    None of this reflects well on the human species, especially not on the “enlightened” minds of Western civilisation. I’d say if we are all just unwitting characters in an intergalactic reality show, comparable to the “Truman Show,” we are either very close to cancellation or scheduled for the series’ finale any day now.

    • mike k
      December 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      In the Truman Show, most everyone knew it was a show except Truman. In our present “reality” everybody is clueless that democracy, progress, justice etc. is just a show, a fake fantasy – except for a relative few who are aware that they are being played, who are however unable to convey this to the entranced many who believe this complete societal travesty is as real as it gets.

    • Em Sos
      December 8, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      William Blum is number one on the A-List of Realist historians documenting ‘Americas’ international crimes against humanity..

  7. Annie
    December 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Nothing like a common enemy to unite people, and the US used their common enemy, Russia, to commit all manner of crimes around the globe and extend it’s power after WWII. No doubt the same applies now in our desire for world wide hegemony. It really is the same old, same old and for the same reason.

    Disturbing article. and it reminded me of the Salem witch trials I learned about in H.S. It was a cautionary tale about false accusations and lapses in due process and extremism. I guess Americans are hard of learning.

  8. ranney
    December 6, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Welcome back Bill! I recall a lot of what you describe. It makes me wonder if the CIA, FBI etc. are going back and looking up what they did then and doing it all over again. It worked so well for them then, and they have a ready playbook to use – with, of course, some modern updates.
    Who remembers the best seller book “I led Three LIves” or the early tv show essentially based on that?
    I’m surprised that the government didn’t shut down the recent series “Person of Interest” which had nothing good to say about the NSA who turn out to be one the major villains of the plot. I’ve often wondered what TV executive had the guts to put that series out – and keep it there for 6 years.

    • geeyp
      December 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Yes ranney, “Person of Interest” covered a lot of feelings that I have had regarding the state of affairs in this country. Now, we have this current distraction which I hope is going to wrap up now so we can get to focus on what was covered on that six season show. Lot of ground to reverse there as it focused on how we as a nation have changed since 2001.

  9. Zachary Smith
    December 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t know much about most of the instances cited by Mr. Blum, but one of them is way out of line.

    As evidence that anti-communist mania was not limited to the lunatic fringe or conservative newspaper publishers, here is Clark Kerr, president of the University of California at Berkeley in a 1959 speech: “Perhaps 2 or even 20 million people have been killed in China by the new [communist] regime.”

    How on earth could a University president be expected to know the exact numbers of a famine in secretive China? And as Mr. Blum ought to know, that famine was a real one, and modern estimates for the death totals range from 23 million to 55 million dead Chinese as a consequence of them being governed by a dictator at least as dumb as Trump in his later years.

    Clark Kerr was merely stating a fact, and just because his underestimated guess reflected badly on some terribly evil Communists is not a valid reason to damn him. A glance at Kerr’s wiki shows he was also a victim of the dumbass Ronald Reagan. IMO it’s time to stop kicking a decent man who has been dead since 2003.

    • December 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      You are correct. For a more accurate understanding concerning the millions of people whom have been murdered under Communist regimes, check out “The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression” — which is a 1997 book edited by Stéphane Courtois This book includes contributions by European scholars who document the history of repressions, both political and civilian, by Communist states, including genocides, extrajudicial executions, deportations, and artificial famines.

  10. fudmier
    December 6, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    We are closer to a Hot war than Cold war 2.
    First off just who is the WE [certainly not everyday humanity on either side; I am just as much a Russia as I am an American when it comes to being a human].. could it be the manics at the helm? I doubt it, top side are petty politicians; dunces at best; if the bankers told them to eat the poison on their dinner plates, they would gulp it down no questions asked?
    How did North Korea, Viet Nam and now Russia and Iran become your enemy. (not because Russia interfered with our election(if they did), not because Iran has nuclear ambitions[Israel has enough for both of them], but because in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and just about everywhere else, there is oil, gas, fracking, and LNG[either as mineral in the ground or as money making market for the mineral]; virtually nothing else seems to be involved since 1896 in Switzerland when the bankers first determined they could use the the plight and suffering of the Jews as their carrier frequency (the so called Zionist movement). The carrier circuit would allow propaganda and population control technologies to condition the people to the idea that stealing the oil and gas from the Arabs in the middle east would be ok. No other goal exist (Israel, Arab vs. Jew as a race, religion or culture is just an expression of the Bankers goal; these are subjects which have two sides, they allow to impose the divide and conquer [D&C] strategies that so effectively weaken all political will). So why are WE [live and let live humans] so stupid that we would allow the bankers to convert our entire existence (out nation, our money, our lives, and that of our future generations) to support their FOG thefts, by wars which drain our blood? Humanity need not be victims of the few fog BANKERS that are distributed among us? Where is the journalism, the political leadership, the refusal to be called to die so the crooks can steal the FOG? Call out these Fog players, sort them into teams, buy them some uniforms and put them in a stadium, televise the game, encourage the fans of the sides to buy some FOG team tee shirts, and cheer their teams and promote the winners to rag time propaganda TV. Is humanity that stupid, to let the most corrupt among us, nation state leaders or some Fog backed media, to push its children into a war over who owns the fracking oil & gas [FOG]?

    Quit talking about who done it or what was done last week, last year or ever-in-the-past and start saving your ass and the ass of your children and their children.. Wake up, the house is on fire..and the arsonist are fanning the flames.
    Some of them are in Russia, some in the middle East, and some In the USA, some in Israel, some in Iran, some in Saudia Arabia, UAE, some are in Africa, some are in South America so lets select them [draft them to one of the teams] and end this XXXX before the world is allowed to burn up. Can you imagine, us, we humans, letting Saudi Arabia and UAB murder by starvation and bombs the people of Yemen? I don’t know anyone in Yemen, but I identify with the plight of the parents there, no food, no education, no quality of life, and many, many death. Today its Yemen tomorrow it will be the people of your nation state. Select out these fracking, oil, gas (the FOG) players, make of them, the warriors they planned to make of you or your children. The Fogs are the real cause of this so called war(cold or hot); set up an Olympic style stadium and sell humanity tickets to watch the FOG warriors fight in true Roman amphitheater style for the whole world to see. The threat of war is not about big bad Russians, or North Koreans, or Yemens or Ukrainians, or Chinese, or Africans, or Americans, or Israelis, its about FOG.

  11. Lisa
    December 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Dear Mr Blum,
    Do not worry, you are on the complete list of the “useful idiots”. The link you had in the article leads only to a short version.
    I studied the full list some months ago and saved it for myself. Don’t remember how I came to it, by some link somewhere else. And believe me, you are in good company.

    The names include such celebrities and famous persons as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Seymour Hersh, Robert Kennedy jr., Ray McGovern, Dyson Freeman (look him up, if unknown to you), Janet Yellen, James Galbraith, Sepp Blatter, Dalai Lama, Cesar Millan – there are hundreds and hundreds of names. Who would have thought that Kremlin has managed to recruit them all? (sarc)

    • RnM
      December 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      That would be Freeman Dyson.

  12. DFC
    December 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    So much of the world is still unfair and not politically correct:

    1] First we defeat the backwoods rubes in the Red States of America.

    2] Then we go after authoritarian Russia.

    3] Then on to the intolerant Islamic countries that don’t believe in Western Humanism.

    4] Then after that is Confucian China, which stifles individuality

    5] Then finally, if we have to, India will be last with it’s discriminatory caste system.

    But we Progressives need to be smart and employ the old safari hunting tactic: when
    confronted by a pack of charging wild elephants, shoot the leader and the rest
    will scatter!

  13. December 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    “Czechoslovakia”

    Really?

    • Piotr Berman
      December 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Perhaps the name can be defended as describing the geographic region of the former federal state of Czechoslovakia. There is a collaborative Czech-Slovak effort to identify “conspirators”, because pdf I have seen did not allow me to swipe and paste, I can write here that the name is “Konspiratori”, but “s” comes in two versions, one with hachek and one with “acute accent”, I guess reflecting the differences between Slovak and Czech (hachek should produce “sh”, while “accent” should produce palatalized “s”, I am not sure if an English speaker can say it). It seems that this is indeed an international Central European collaboration, so the guys responsible for accessing if Mr. Blum is a “useful idiot” could have some slackers.

  14. Supmerman
    December 7, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Blum……… ya da man!

  15. December 9, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    In every prior case of threatening behavior towards countries in South America, Middle East or Eastern Europe / Russia / China the threatened party has backed off and Washington DC has thumped its chest in victory.

    Now we have North Korea standing up and declining to be bullied, indeed threatening back.

    Formerly we kept disobedience quiet but the MSM is not in control of news distribution any more and “all the news that’s fit to print” is really being printed at last. Its intoxicating.

    For over half a century the west has alleged its the peaceful one. It changed its War Departments to Departments of Defense to publish its peace-loving nature. Instead of declaring war we now provoke and irritate any country we dislike using cyber or literary weapons to stimulate abuse from our side and hatred from theirs, to which, if it becomes violent, we respond in kind.

    Now we have NK publicly doing the same stuff we do. At least the South Americans, East Europeans and Russians were polite about it and kept their responses to diplomatic channels. The NK people don’t care who knows. We are being daily insulted and the whole world knows it.

    In the UN the foremost western spokes-person hardly makes sense to our own side let alone persuades others to join us. We have struck a rock and we are diplomatically foundering. Meanwhile the BRICS see investors putting more and more money into Bitcoin while China sells bonds with repayment in physical gold at buyer’s option. We are not only diplomatically foundering but financially as well.

    Now would be a good time, before things go too far, for a statesman-like person in Washington DC, or perhaps London / Berlin / Moscow / Beijing / Brasilia / Delhi, to call the conference that the world requires, Bretton Woods 2, and start to sort out the mess we are in.

    • Bob Ford
      December 13, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      The U.S. would likely start a war to prevent a Bretton Woods 2. As it stands, efforts by China and the other BRICS to move away from the dollar will probably result in WW III.

  16. Bob Ford
    December 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    The Czech outfit European Values receives much of their funding for George Soros. They pursue his neocon foreign policy agenda. Soros now funds a number of organizations, including once reputable NGO’s such as Amnesty International. He has even gotten his mitts on Democracy Now. Anyone wondering why Amy Goodman and her colleagues sound like Washington neocons when it comes to Russia and Syria, it is because of Soros and his money.

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