US Intelligence Apparatus Seems ‘Hellbent’ On Escalating Tensions With Russia

‘Improvement is possible,’ one activist tells MintPress, but ‘it's going to be a real challenge to push back effectively against the whipped-up hostility toward Russia.’
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    UNITED NATIONS — Despite President Donald Trump’s divisive policies and inflammatory rhetoric, many of his opponents have instead concentrated for months on hurling accusations of collusion with Russia against him.

    The steady drumbeat of charges, which began soon after the Trump campaign convinced Republican delegates to drop language critical of Russia from their party’s platform, has only escalated since the Nov. 8 election.

    Unsubstantiated claims, often leaked by the CIA, have been broadcast uncritically in media, typically led by the Washington Post, then trumpeted by not only Democratic leaders, but also many Republicans.


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    “The entire campaign to blame Russia for ‘hacking the election’ has been conducted without presenting any evidence to the public,” veteran foreign affairs journalist and United Nations correspondent Joe Lauria told MintPress News.

    “Instead, a compliant media has taken the word of unnamed officials of the CIA, an organization for decades devoted to deception, disinformation and meddling in other governments’ elections, not to mention overthrowing many.”

    This open maneuvering by intelligence elements has sparked wide discussion of a “deep state”: a network of established figures within the government determined to protect their interests, regardless of changes at the elected level.

    When the CIA has failed to offer sufficient material, Trump critics have dug deeper for it, at one point promoting a blacklist from an amateurish website whose anonymous operators made no secret of their sympathy for Ukrainian fascism.

    Despite their eagerness to amplify every claim, no matter how unlikely, their dogged pursuit of a conspiracy between Trump and Moscow has produced nothing more scandalous than a discussion between Michael Flynn, then a nominee for national security advisor, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak of U.S. sanctions against Russia.

    Meanwhile, known but failed attempts by the Ukrainian government to boost Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign have received little attention, and certainly none comparable to unproven claims of Russian support for Trump.

    But with anti-Russian sentiment permeating the news cycle, many observers suspect the truth or untruth of any charge may be beside the point.

    Rather, some think, their objective is to freeze the status quo on the frayed ties between the United States and Russia, or even to weaken them further.

     

    ‘Not just maintaining the status quo, but escalation’

    “Some very powerful interests in the United States want U.S.-Russia relations to get worse, not better,” Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org, told MintPress.

    As protests against Trump continue into the second month of the his administration, some of his critics argue that the president’s bellicose threats make him an unusual, if not unprecedented, threat to global peace and stability.

    In a seeming paradox, however, many of the same figures have joined the anti-Russia drive, pushing the United States toward continued, and perhaps escalated, conflict with another nuclear-armed power.

    Days before the election, Trump said Hillary Clinton’s plans to claim both airspace and territory in Syria, where Russia participates in military operations by the Damascus government, were “going to end up in World War III.”

    Military and intelligence veterans shared his assessment, albeit in subdued terms.

    Now many supporters of Clinton’s proposals seem determined to force a clash, perhaps with the help of pliant figures within the Trump administration.

    “The neocons expected Hillary to be elected and their plan was to ramp up provocative NATO actions against Russia,” Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, told MintPress.

    “Trump’s victory put a damper on that plan.”

    But political figures hostile to Russia have resisted the possibility of rapprochement on multiple fronts, coupling accusations against Trump with other aggressive maneuvers.

    “I think the danger is not just maintaining the status quo, but escalation, bringing Ukraine into NATO and putting U.S. troops on the Russian border,” Bill Dores, a member of the International Action Center, said in reference to former President Barack Obama’s deployment of forces to the Russian border days shortly after he launched a fresh round of sanctions.

    Others agree that critics of Trump’s openness to Russia seemed inclined to fray relations rather than simply maintaining existing levels of conflict.

    “I think they might even want an escalation of tensions,” Sam Husseini, media and communications director at the Institute for Public Accuracy, told MintPress.

    The focus on a foreign power, he suggested, could offer Trump’s political antagonists a chance to divert public attention from their stinging losses.

    “Russia affords all these entities an opportunity to grandstand and distract from their own failures to provide meaningful democratic engagement and economic advancement for the bulk of the U.S. population.”

     

    ‘No time to waste’

    Dores, of the International Action Center, suspects thirsts for both increased political power in Washington and greater profit margins on Wall Street.

    “There are many factions in Washington, but none of them were satisfied with the Obama/Kerry strategy of proxy wars and sanctions that yielded neither fat military contracts nor significant geopolitical results,” he said.

    “A big player of course is the military-industrial complex, which needs new markets in Eastern Europe and bigger Pentagon budgets,” he added. “Another is the oil industry, still reeling from the collapse of the asset-price bubble that Bush’s massacre in Iraq had created.”

    Joe Lauria, the veteran journalist, suggested that U.S. investors hoped to eventually reshape Russia itself into a more receptive market.

    Pew poll Russia“The bipartisan establishment is hellbent on dangerously confronting Russia and continuing the new Cold War,” he said.

    “Its ultimate aim is to replace Putin with a Yeltsin-like figure.”

    Among other factors, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space’s Gagnon said, “the U.S. fears the combined power of Russia and China (and BRICS) in their quest to create a multipolar world, as opposed to the current model of the U.S. as ‘unipolar’ world ruler.”

    “The U.S. knows that there is no time to waste if they wish to knock down this Russian-Chinese unity from flourishing.”

    With public opinion on Russia roughly divided along partisan lines, yet mild overall, the long-term effects of attempts to foment animosity against it remain unclear.

    But in the short term, manufactured rage seems to have stalled any possibility of improved relations, even if ties have not worsened.

    And with few organized efforts opposing a panic encouraged by much of the political establishment, little seems likely to change soon.

    “Improvement is possible,” RootsAction’s Solomon said.

    But, he added, “it’s going to be a real challenge to push back effectively against the whipped-up hostility toward Russia.”

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      • enriqueferro

        It is a shame that the “left”, after embracing the CIA and the corporate media, now concentrates on a Russophobic warmongering campaign. After condoning Obama’s wars and drones, it looks like they are after more wars, especially against Russia for all the apocalyptic danger of it. The “left” in the US and Europe is dead, it has lost any sense of decency. It has become the scum of the earth.

      • tapatio

        The US “Intelligence” Apparatus, like its twins in Israel and Britain, is completely controlled by the banking/corporate criminal oligarchy known as the Rothschild-Bilderberg cartel.

        For more than 100 years, the Rothshild family has been attempting to destabilize and destroy Russia to gain control of its vast natural resources (probably the largest oil reserves on Earth – among many other resources). Anything that these sociopathic predators can do to harm Russia is to their benefit.

        Rothschild-Bilderberg Criminal Bankster Cartel’s sponsorship of the Bolshevik-Communist “Revolution”.
        Karl Marx was Jewish, a 3rd cousin of the reigning Rothschild, and both he and Friedrich Engels had connections to the Rothschild banking family. There is a great deal more evidence that the Rothschilds sponsored the Bolshevik “Revolution” and the slaughter of over fifty million Christian (with some Muslim) Russians. There were almost no Jewish victims of this genocide.

        Letters written by Baruch Levy, a close associate of the
        Rothschild family, and by Lev Trotsky/Bronstein…..
        “The Jewish people as a whole will become its own Messiah. It will attain world domination by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy and by the establishment of a world republic in which the J6ws will everywhere exercise the privilege of citizenship.
        In this New World Order, the children of Israel will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition. The Governments of the different peoples forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the J6ws. It will then be possible for the J6wish rulers to abolish private property and everywhere to make use of the resources of the state.
        Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, in which it is said that when the Messianic time is come, the J6ws will have all the property of the whole world in their hands.”

        –Baruch Levy, Letter to Karl Marx (written – 1879), printed in La Revue de Paris, p. 574, June 1, 1928

        “We should turn Russia into a desert populated with white Ni**ers. We will impose upon them such a tyranny that was never dreamt by the most hideous despots of the East. The peculiar trait of that tyranny is that it will be enacted from the left rather than the right and it will be red rather than white in color. Its color will be red literally because we would spill such torrents of blood that they will pale all human losses of the capitalist wars and make (the survivors) shudder.
        THE LARGEST OVERSEAS BANKS WILL COOPERATE WITH US MOST CLOSELY (Rothschild Cartel, which financed the Bolsheviks). If we win the Revolution and squash Russia, on the funeral pyres of its remains we will strengthen thepower of Zionism and become a power the whole world would drop in the face of on its knees. We will show (to the world) what real power means. By way of terror and blood baths we will bring the Russian intelligentsia into a state of total stupor, to idiocy, to the animal state of being…. And so far our young men dressed in leather – the sons of watch repair men from Odessa and Orsha, Gomel and Vinnitza – oh, how beautifully, how brilliantly do they master hatred of everything Russian!
        With what a great delight do they physically destroy the Russian intelligentsia ~ officers, engineers, teachers, priests, generals, agronomists, academicians, writers!”
        ~ Leib Bronstein (also known as Lev TROTSKY)
        Few in the world today are aware that the original leadership of the Bolshevik-Communist “Revolution” was almost entirely Jewish and VERY FEW WERE RUSSIAN.
        *************
        Everything below was taken from Wikipedia and verified through at least one other source………….
        Leaders of the Bolshevik/Communist “Revolution” in Russia. These are the people who fomented this revolution and carried it out. After they had won, they embarked on a slaughter of 30 Million Russians, ALL Christians and a few Muslims. There were no known Jewish
        victims of this genocidal act.
        Leading Bolsheviks…….
        Vladimir Lenin (aka Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov) Russian, Jewish
        Lev Trotsky (aka Bronstein) Jewish
        Lazar M. Kaganovich Jewish (oversaw slaughter of
        30+ million Russian Christians and Muslims)
        Alexander Israel Helphand [aka “Parvus”] Jewish
        (helped Trotsky develop the theory of “permanent revolution.”)
        Avel Enukidze Jewish
        Mikhail Kalinin Jewish
        Nikolai Bukharin Jewish
        Mikhail Tomsky Jewish
        Mikhail Lashevich Jewish
        Lev Kamenev Jewish
        Yevgeni Preobrazhensky uncertain
        Leonid Serebryakov Jewish
        Vladimir Lenin Jewish
        Alexei Rykov Jewish
        Grigori Y. Sokolnikov Jewish
        Grigory Zinoviev [aka Apfelbaum; aka Radomyslsky
        Jewish
        Felix Dzherzhinsky Jewish
        (founder of Cheka/NKVD/KGB/etc)
        Lavrenti Beria Jewish
        (Turned Cheka/NKVD/KGB into a monster. Beria instigated the mass executions of the Katyn massacre)
        Yakov Sverdlov [aka Solomon] Jewish
        (supervised massacre of Czar’s family)
        Sergei M. Kirov Jewish
        (supervised party purges/executions of late 1930s – 20 million dead)
        Yakov Yurovsky Jewish
        (carried out massacre of Czar’s family)
        (other members of the Czar death squad: Goloshchekin, Syromolotov, Safarov, Voikov, Yurovsky……..all Jewish)
        Nikolai Bukharin Jewish
        Ilya Ehrenburg Jewish (Propaganda Minister)