i was disgusted by schiff’s psychotic staring eyes

Adam Schiff: Grifter, Racketeer, Warmonger
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, Mar 22 2017

The House Intelligence Committee’s reenactment of the McCarthy hearings dramatized Marx’s famous aphorism that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” The only thing this circus was lacking was ringmaster Rep Adam Schiff rising to declare: “I have in my hands a list!” War was on the minds and lips of the Demagogs. Rep Denny Heck compared Hillary Clinton’s loss to the 9/11 attacks, because the killing of over 2,000 people on Pindosi soil is just like the publication of emails that exposed the corruption at the heart of Demagog Party politics. Oh, and “the attack didn’t end on Election Day” because, isn’t that a Russian hiding under your bed? If political humor is your shtick, there was plenty of that. My own favorite was Rep Jackie Speier likening Vladimir Putin to a tarantula spider who has “ensnared in his web” a whole list of Trump supporters, including Wilbur Ross, the Commerce Secretary, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Echoing a common phrase at the hearing, she declared that alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was “an act of war,” although she gave no hint as to when the shooting will start.

Rep Andre Carson asked: “Is an iron curtain is descending across Europe?” Yes, the Russians are going to rebuild the Berlin Wall, and make Angela Merkel pay for it. Of course, the Pindo-erected iron curtain of anti-Russian sanctions doesn’t come into it. Carson also took up a favorite Demagog theme: the GOP platform had been “changed” at the insistence of Trump supporters, a falsehood that’s been debunked yet still persists. What happened was that an attempt to insert a paragraph calling for sending “lethal weapons” to Ukraine, which had never been in there in the first place, was defeated. But in the War Party’s campaign of innuendo and fake news, facts don’t matter. What matters is the effort to equate dissent from a foreign policy of perpetual aggression with “treason.” Rep Joaquin Castro spent most of his time referring to the “dirty dossier” published by BuzzFeed, which has long been discredited, and bringing up the names of various Trump supporters, asking FBI Director Comey if they were targets of the investigation into Russian influence on the elections, knowing perfectly well that Comey would not and could not answer. The idea was simply to bring up the names in a forum in which they couldn’t defend themselves. That’s what the politics of innuendo is all about.

Aside from Schiff, the Speier-Carson-Castro trio, posing as defenders of our national security, were among the shrillest in their insistence that the Trump administration is a nest of Russian spies. These three were merely sideshows, because the head clown was undoubtedly the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep Adam Schiff. Schiff’s opening statement is a model of McCarthyite smear-mongering. His first target is Carter Page, an oil company consultant tangentially associated with the Trump campaign, who is attacked by Schiff for the “crime” of criticizing Pindo foreign policy in a speech delivered while on a trip to Russia. He then cites the unverified and largely nonsensical “dossier” compiled by ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, who paid his informants for dirt on Trump, to the effect that Page had a secret meeting with a Putin confidante. Page was supposedly rewarded financially in a murky sale of the Russian gas giant Rosfnet: he was also supposedly offered “documents” to be published by WikiLeaks, “which give the Russians deniability.” Let’s stop here and ask a question: Why would the Russians offer Page “documents” that portray Hillary Clinton in a unfavorable light, which means presumably the DNC + Podesta emails, if WikiLeaks was going to publish them anyway? But logic has nothing to do with Schiff’s conspiracy theory. The idea is to simply make “links” based on a bought-and-paid-for “dossier” and smear as many people associated with the Trump campaign as possible. So what was the price of all this? What did the Russians want? According to Schiff:

(They want a foreign policy that) de-emphasizes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and instead focuses on criticizing NATO countries for not paying their fair share.

As “proof” of this sinister plot, Schiff notes that Page, Paul Manafort, and other Trump supporters “attended the Republican convention” (!) in Cleveland, where Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was also present. Kislyak was there along with 80 other ambassadors at an event dubbed “Global Partners in Diplomacy.” Similar events, staged to acquaint foreign diplomats with the Pindosi democratic process, have been staged since the 1980s. Clearly a case of espionage! Schiff then goes into the by-now-familiar trope about how the GOP platform was “changed” to remove a section calling for the provision of “lethal defensive weapons” to Ukraine, which would be “against Russian interests.” To begin with, there was never any such provision in the platform, so it could not have been “removed.” Secondly, Schiff is betraying his own rather specialized interests here. On Jul 18 2013, a fundraiser for Schiff’s reelection campaign was held at the home of Ukrainian arms dealer Igor Pasternak in Faschingstein. Price of admission: $2,500 a head, and $1,000 for guests.

Why is Pasternak such a fan of Schiff’s? The answer may be found in a Washington Times story published in January headlined “Ukraine Desperate for Surveillance Equipment in Stand-Off With Russia,” which details the efforts of the Ukrainian government to get around the Obama administration’s reluctance to provide them with the “defensive weapons” Schiff is so eager to shower them with. Yet the Times tells us that Pasternak has somehow managed to get around the prohibition imposed by the administration, at least to a limited extent:

In the meantime, a private, State Department-approved transaction has a Montebello, California, company, Worldwide Aeros, set to erect eight sensor-mounted towers that would deliver immediate surveillance along the southeastern border this winter. ’This system will provide a much more robust capability to detect incursions into their territory,’ said Drew Shoemaker, vice president of government relations for Aeroscraft, a division of Worldwide. ‘It detects with the radar and then confirms with the camera.’ With a maximum range of 40 miles, he said, the Elevated Early Warning System ‘can look quite a distance into whatever territory they are looking at. They can track movements of goods and services in and out of the rebel-held territories. There’s still a large of amount of military equipment in there.’ Ukraine eventually may opt for blimplike aerostats with even more powerful ranges. Worldwide Aeros was founded by a Ukrainian-born engineer, Igor Pasternak, who has won Pentagon contracts to develop different sizes and shapes of airships.

Follow the money. Pasternak is selling the Ukrainians military hardware, and is doubtless eager to sell them more, paid for by Pindo taxpayers of course. According to news reports, Pasternak is deeply involved with the Ukrainian government’s military production, which is seeking to eliminate its dependence on Soviet era military hardware:

On Jan 3, as part of a long-term plan to adopt NATO military standards, Ukraine took a step toward ditching this Soviet military carryover. Ukroboronprom, Ukraine’s nationalized defense industry conglomerate, announced a partnership agreement between the Ukrainian defense manufacturer Ukroboronservis and the Pindo company Aeroscraft to produce in Ukraine a variant of the Pindo M16 assault rifle. ’The M16 project was conceived some time ago, as the Ukrainian armed forces, border guards, and National Guard will with time switch to NATO standards,’ Aeroscraft founder and CEO Igor Pasternak said during a Jan 3 press conference in Kyiv.

Pasternak raises thousands for Schiff and Schiff raises millions for Pasternak. It’s a sweet deal all around. Schiff bloviates that his campaign to restart the cold war with Russia is an ideological crusade. He avers:

We are involved in a new battle of ideas. Not Communism versus capitalism, but authoritarianism versus democracy.

Yet this is about capitalism: crony capitalism of the sort that enriches both Schiff and Pasternak. As Maj-Gen Smedley Butler put it in 1935: “War is a racket.” And Schiff is one of the biggest racketeers in Washington. The cynical, absurd campaign to tar the Trump administration as a Russian plot to take over Pindostan is based on nothing but lies, innuendo, political opportunism and naked greed. Trump famously pledged to “drain the swamp” that is Faschingstein and it was inevitable that Schiff, one of the nastiest of the swamp creatures, would arise from the muck screeching in protest. Let him! He and his party are consigning themselves to the margins of Pindosi politics. Their loony conspiracy theories are so far removed from the concerns of ordinary Pindosis that the distance can only be measured in light years.

Polls show that even the majority of Demagogs don’t think Trump’s relations with the Russians involved illegality! Independents and flat-out Thugs disbelieve Schiff’s tales of Russian plots by an overwhelming majority! No normal person cares about Russia! But the Demagog activist base is very far from normal! That doesn’t mean that this witch hunt isn’t dangerous! It is!

The news that the FBI is investigating “far right” and “pro-Russian” web sites ought to send a chill up the spines of civil libertarians, no matter what they think of Trump. And for those who want to see a more peaceful foreign policy, the McCarthyite hysteria generated by Schiff & Co is bad news indeed. For example, Jackie Speier has in the past been a reliably pro-peace vote in Congress, but as the Demagogs become the party of born-again neocondom at least in the foreign policy realm, the pressure is on to toe the Russophobic party line. At the dawn of the cold war, as McCarthyism was rising, the formerly “isolationist” (i.e. anti-interventionist and anti-NATO) flat-out Thug party became the party of warmongers. The alleged threat of a domestic “communist conspiracy” logically translated into an international crusade to “roll back” communism by military means. What we are witnessing today is a similar transformation of the Demagogs. Which is, as Trump would put it, sad! Get ready for a massive attack on our civil liberties, as the FBI takes out after “pro-Russian” “subversion,” and the Demagogs, in alliance with Walnuts McCain and Lindsey Graham, conduct their circus-like hearings throughout the year and beyond. A more sickening display of ideological emptiness and brazen self-dealing hasn’t been seen the 1950s.

One Comment

  1. lobro
    Posted March 22, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    agree about schiff, as creepy as can be, he is suma cum laude from the same school of occult staring as hillary clinton, like right after the initiation bite of the corpse cake.

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