WSWS’ patrick martin goes ballistic

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!
Patrick Martin, WSWS, Jun 12 2017

Has your electric garage door stopped working? Does your dog wake up in the middle of the night and begin howling? Is the weather unseasonably hot, cold, windy, dry or wet? Has your television set (or refrigerator, or sound system or home alarm) inexplicably turned on, or off? If one uncritically viewed the corporate-controlled media and accepted at face value the statements of much of official Faschingstein, especially the Demagog Party, one could easily draw the conclusion that the Russians did it. A paranoid frenzy is gripping the Pindosi political and media establishment. A ruling elite that commands the world’s largest economy ($18t, 24.3% of world GDP), the world’s largest military, and the most technically sophisticated spying apparatus is obsessed with the supposedly omnipresent tentacles of a government that oversees the world’s twelfth largest economy (1.8% of world GDP, or 1/14 that of Pindostan), and which entered the computer era a generation later than Silicon Valley. By one estimate, Pindostan has 3.6 million computer programmers, about 20% of the world’s total, compared to just over 0.5 million in Russia. Pindostan is home to the most powerful software, hardware and Internet companies in the world. No Russian IT company ranks in the world’s top 100. Yet, according to the narrative peddled by the Pindosi media in their campaign over alleged Russian hacking during the past election, Russian cyber-warfare operations have cut through Pindo IT systems like knives through butter. Thursday’s appearance by James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the Pindo media to a new level. The former head of the Pindo political police denounced supposed Russian interference in the elections as a dire threat to Pindo democracy, warning:

They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of! And they will be back!… They are coming for Pindostan.

None of the capitalist politicians who questioned him challenged the premise that Russia was the principal enemy of Pindostan, or that Russian hacking was a significant threat to the electoral system. None of them suggested that the billions funneled into the elections by Wall Street interests were a far greater threat to the democratic rights of the Pindo creeple. Weekend media reports added to the apocalyptic warnings. A front-page report in the Sunday NYT warned that the conflict between Trump and Comey should not be allowed to overshadow the more important issue: “a chilling threat to Pindostan” from Russian intervention in the electoral system. According to the NYT:

From the headquarters of the NSA to state capitals that have discovered that the Russians were inside their voter-registration systems, the worry is that attention will be diverted from figuring out how Russia disrupted Pindo democracy last year and how to prevent it from happening again.

The article went on to suggest, citing only the suspicions of intel boxtops in the absence of any actual evidence, that Russian government hackers had penetrated companies providing software for voting systems, the electrical power grid and other vital infrastructure. It quoted a series of anti-Russian comments from “experts” who expanded on Comey’s comments, warning of “intensified cyber-warfare.” Even more strident was a commentary published by Politico under the headline, “Forget Comey. The Real Story Is Russia’s War on Pindostan.” The author is Molly McKew, a former adviser to anti-Russian governments in Georgia and Moldova. She denounces Pres Trump’s “lack of curiosity about the long-running, deep-reaching, well-executed and terrifyingly effective Russian attack on Pindosi democracy,” going on to attack the White House for “failing to craft a response to the greatest threat that Pindostan and its vassals have ever faced.” McKew writes of “Russia’s global imperialist insurgency” and advocates a course of action that goes beyond a “new Cold War” and leads inexorably to armed confrontation.

WSWS has repeatedly explained the political issues in the anti-Russian campaign, which represents an effort by the most powerful sections of the military-intelligence apparatus, backed by the Demagog Party and the bulk of the corporate media, to force the Trump White House to adhere to the foreign policy offensive against Moscow embarked on during the second term of the Obama administration, particularly since the Nazi coup of 2014 in Ukraine. Those factions of the ruling class and intelligence agencies leading the anti-Russia campaign are particularly incensed that Russian intervention in Syria stymied plans to escalate the proxy civil war in that country into a full-fledged regime change operation. They want to see Assad in Syria meet the same fate as Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam in Iraq. Their fanatical hatred of Putin indicates that they have similar ambitions in mind for the Russian president. The entire framework of the anti-Russian campaign is fraudulent. The military-intelligence agencies, the Demagog Party and the media are following a well-established pattern of manufacturing phony scandals, previously a specialty of the Republican right. These bogus campaigns begin with allegations that then acquire a momentum of their own. Of what does the “undermining” of Pindo democracy by alleged Russian hacking consist? No vote totals were altered. No ballots were discarded, as in Florida in 2000 when the anti-democratic campaign was spearheaded by the Supreme Court. Instead, truthful information was supplied anonymously to WikiLeaks, which published the material, showing that the DNC had worked to sabotage the campaign of Bernie Sanders, and that Hillary Clinton had cozied up to Wall Street audiences and reassured them that a new Clinton administration would be in the pocket of the big financial interests. These revelations certainly damaged Clinton, but only because they confirmed what the Pindo sheeple already thought of her: that she was a corrupt stooge of the financial oligarchy. As for intervening in the elections of other countries, this is a practice the Pindosi ruling class has perfected through much practice. One case deserves special mention: the intervention of Pindo political operatives in the 1996 Russian election, directed from the White House to ensure the reelection of Boris Yeltsin. At the start of the campaign, Yeltsin was polling in the single digits and facing growing popular opposition. A Jul 1996 Time Magazine cover, showing Yeltsin holding a Pindo flag, summed up the campaign:

Yanks to the Rescue! The Secret Story of How Pindo Advisers Helped Yeltsin Win.

Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because she ran as the candidate of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus and made no appeal to working-class discontent. This was after eight years during which Obama had intensified the economic stagnation, wage-cutting and austerity that had been going on for decades, while overseeing a further growth in social inequality. This right-wing orientation has continued to guide the Demagog Party in the first months of the Trump administration. The Demagogs are not fighting Trump over his assault on health care, his attacks on immigrants, his militaristic bullying around the world or even his status as a minority president who can claim no mandate after losing the popular vote. Instead, they have chosen to attack Trump, the most right-wing president in Pindo history, from the right, denouncing him as insufficiently committed to a military confrontation with Russia.

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