The badly bruised and battered ego of Hillary Clinton has nurtured a thousand flowers of New Cold War Paranoia:
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) most recently accused Russia of engaging in warfare.
“I think this attack that we’ve experienced is a form of war, a form of war on our fundamental democratic principles,” Coleman said during a hearing this week at the House Homeland Security Committee.
She lambasted Trump for his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking a panel of experts and former officials what message Trump’s “borderline dismissive attitude” toward Moscow’s cyberattack sends to the Kremlin and other nations.
“I actually think that their engagement was an act of war, an act of hybrid warfare, and I think that’s why the American people should be concerned about it,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.).
“This past election, our country was attacked. We were attacked by Russia,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). “I see this as an opportunity for everyone on this committee, Republicans and Democrats, to not look in the rearview window but to look forward and do everything we can to make sure that our country never again allows a foreign adversary to attack us.”
More of the same:
Well before the White House or U.S. intelligence agencies publicly blamed the Russian government for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, two members of Congress did. Back in September, Adam Schiff, the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a statement accusing Russian intelligence agencies of hacking Democratic Party institutions. “Americans will not stand for any foreign government trying to influence our election,” they declared. “We hope all Americans will stand together and reject the Russian effort.”
The American indignation over ‘Russian interference’ in an election stands in relief to the historically demonstrated interference led by The Monroe Doctrine of 1823, till the present moment of how many fronts of ‘The War on Terror’ ? Call it the exercise of hubris and hypocrisy wedded to an unapologetic imperialism: the world encircled in American military bases aided by American NGO’s, which finance political movements that seek to annul any challenge to U.S. power and its rapacious corporatism. We only need look at Chile and the rise of Pinochet, as the economic/political model of the American Way: murderous Coup followed by the Chicago Boys!
Chomsky is right, we are laughed at by a world schooled by the hard lessons of the past and present, of an utterly corrupt hegemon weeping crocodile tears.