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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY EVIDENCE DOESN’T MAKE THE “RUSSIA-GATE” STUFF GO AWAY IN WASHINGTON – AND ALMOST NO ONE WILL EVEN SPEAK TO THE MAN WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH ABOUT RUSSIAN “HACKING”   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PATRICK LAWRENCE IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

‘Too Big to Fail’: Russia-gate One Year After VIPS Showed a Leak

“A year has passed since highly credentialed intelligence professionals produced the first hard evidence that allegations of mail theft and other crimes attributed to Russia rested on purposeful falsification and subterfuge”

 

But this is just the way American politicians have learned to deal with any adverse finding about almost anything, especially in foreign affairs.

They just ignore it. The practice resembles the way they all have learned, when asked a question in an interview, just to repeat what it is they have been saying, perhaps in new words, without ever answering the question.

“How far will we allow our government to escalate against others without proof of anything?” is a reader question cited by the author.

But I ask, first, what the “allow” is doing in there?

Just what options, what real power, do average Americans have today? My best guess is that it is close to zero.

Yes, you’re still free, at least for a while, to write and speak words, words, and more words. But their net effect on the giant engine that is the American power establishment is close to zero also.

And perhaps before long – given events like the Alex Jones creepy stunts – you may not even be able to utter the words, at least in a way that anyone hears you.

The stupid, endless stuff about Russia and hacks is just one small battle front in a huge, multi-front war being waged by the American power establishment for world supremacy.

If you want to understand the engines driving this, read:

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A further thought.

We have, of course, someone who can precisely and accurately answer any question in the matter.

Unfortunately, he is more or less imprisoned at the behest of the American government.

And should he be turned out of his current situation, he faces certain extradition to the US where he also faces ugly treatment and a long prison term.

Such are the realities of American power in the world today.

His name, of course, is Julian Assange.

And the Democratic Party’s own candidate, Ms. Clinton, was quoted in her charming fashion, “Can’t we just drone him [Assange] or something?”

Of course, saying that was in line with many ugly statements by Clinton, as the one, after Qaddafi’s assassination – a man who did his very best for his people and kept them in peace – “We came, we saw, he died! Ha ha ha!”

It isn’t just Trump who has a filthy mouth and constantly tells lies.

It is the whole American power establishment.

There is no easy solution, at least not in our time.

Powerful people who are determined to do terrible things will do them.

As the American power establishment sees it, the total stakes are too big for any argument or evidence to turn it around.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OBAMA AND THE GRIM SHADOW OF AMERICA’S TORTURE PRISONS – AND THE BRUTAL FACT ONLY DREAMERS AND FOOLS BELIEVE IN CHANGE IN AMERICA   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY JOHANN HARI IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Yes, absolutely, the secret prisons in Afghanistan, and those in other places, cast a grim shadow across Obama’s smiling face.

I believe that decisions like keeping America’s torture gulag operating abroad are the greatest source of people’s disappointment with Obama.

But I’m afraid people were being unrealistic to expect much else.

America is an empire, not a dreamy “shining city on a hill,” but a rather brutal society which feels entitled to run the affairs of others in all parts of the planet.

It does this through a combination of its immense economic and military might.

America’s own population lives under a version of Social Darwinism, as relatively few people abroad fully appreciate. There is relatively little sympathy or patience for the concerns of foreigners, a simple but brutal fact.

The American establishment – the intelligence industry, the Pentagon, the defense contractors, and the huge multi-national corporations – do quite literally form a government within a government.

That is not a left-wing fantasy or a slightly paranoid delusion – after all, it was a Republican president and former general, Eisenhower, who first sounded the warning. It is the ineluctable result of this stupendously wealthy and largely unaccountable set of institutions.

A great many dark and devious men hold high positions in this establishment, and they have billions at their disposal plus a general population which is passive in accepting their actions.

Think only of the pointless holocaust in Vietnam. Countless billions wasted, an estimated 3 million Vietnamese murdered in an orgy of killing, and a devaluation of the dollar afterwards to help pay the bill. All of it done for nothing more than the fears and prejudices of that establishment.

The last American President who truly challenged that establishment died on November 22, 1963.

Obama wants to be the elementary civics-class textbook version of a president, the kind of president which the establishment tolerates from either party, not end up being either driven from office in shame or worse.

To talk with genuine expectations about change of any real consequence today in America is utterly naïve. It’s just about as meaningful as talking about change in the France of the late eighteenth century with its dukes and cardinals and princes, whose carriages simply thumped over the bodies of peasants who happened to be in their way.

Yes, a revolution did happen then, but try that in an empire with a military establishment pushing two million, all armed with unbelievably powerful weapons and a set of at least fourteen intelligence services which spy on every phone call and e-mail and even check the books you read at the library.

The French Revolution will never be repeated, and the pathetic American libertarians who naively believe that holding on to their beloved rifles and pistols secures their freedom surely only bring a quiet chuckle from those who know better.