Irresponsibly Accusing Putin of Wanting Western Elections Disrupted
by Stephen Lendman
Hillary disgracefully accused Russia of hacking DNC emails to distract attention from clear evidence showing she stole the Democrat party nomination by primary election rigging.
Her campaign manager Robby Mook irresponsibly called Trump a Putin “puppet” - because he’d rather normalize relations with Russia than go to war with a nuclear super-power, the greatest risk of a third Hillary and Bill Clinton co-presidency, she in the leading role this time.
The Wall Street Journal hyped the nonexistent threat of Putin wanting elections in America and other countries disrupted - citing unnamed US officials making preposterous claims, saying he seeks “(e)lectoral chaos in (the) West…to safeguard (his) hold on power…”
He’s overwhelmingly popular with an 80% + approval rating. If held today, he’d win an open, free and fair reelection without campaigning - his name on the ballot enough to assure it.
Russians want no one else leading them. No evidence suggests he’s interfering in the internal affairs of other countries in any way - unlike how America operates.
Yet the Journal, to its discredit, accused Russia of “rock(ing) the presidential campaign” by hacking, perhaps “peak(ing) on election day” - despite not a shred of evidence suggesting it.
Citing disreputable “White House officials and other experts” with a clear anti-Russia agenda, the Journal absurdly said “Russian meddling…may become more potent in Europe than in the US (by) courting political figures there…”
Russia seeks cooperative relations with all nations, the way all responsible governments operate - polar opposite how America intimidates, bullies and bribes other countries to support its imperial agenda, featuring endless wars of aggression and destabilizing activities to assert its authority.
According to the neocon Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Russia researcher Pasi Eronen, elections in Germany, France and elsewhere in Europe next year “have big geopolitical implications for Russia.”
So does America’s next week most of all. No credible evidence suggests Russia trying to influence outcomes anywhere, regardless of what parties and candidates it may favor privately.
Claiming otherwise is part of unjustifiable Putin bashing - solely because he champions respect for international law, favors peace, not war, multi-world polarity and inviolability of sovereign independence for all nations, free from dominance by others, the way America operates.
The Journal: “US and European observers have criticized previous elections under Mr. Putin as rigged and marred by obvious fraud…”
Fact: Independent international monitors judged Russian presidential and parliamentary elections open, free and fair - during his tenure as Russia’s president and prime minister.
The Journal: “Mr. Putin hopes to inoculate himself against such criticism by sowing so much chaos in US and European elections before then that Western leaders will be too preoccupied with domestic problems to spend much effort criticizing the Russian poll, one senior White House official said.”
“By hacking and dumping emails, Russia is trying ‘to denigrate the American electoral system, to make it look chaotic, make it look manipulable, make it look subject to intrusion, cheating and vulnerable so you can’t trust it…to make us look no better than the Russian electoral system,’ the official said.”
Fact: Utter rubbish! Typical US willful lying and deception, distracting attention from its endless high crimes, ones the Journal and other media scoundrels suppress, supporting America’s war on humanity instead of honorably denouncing it.
WikiLeaks’ dump of over 50,000 Hillary campaign emails came from one or more US intelligence sources, not Russia, as falsely claimed.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.