This may be the one time we ever agree with Noam Chomsky. The liberal “intellectual” is pretty much always wrong about everything, but I guess this simply proves the theory that even a broken clock is right twice a day. In a recent conversation with the liberals at Democracy Now! Chomsky argued that the upset over every angle of the Russia story was simply ridiculous.
He pointed out that the United States was constantly interfering in the elections of other nations, including Russia’s, and that Russia was constantly working to interfere with all of our processes. Further Chomsky argued that the only thing he liked about the Trump administration was their efforts to diffuse the tension with Russia. In fact, Chomsky said that it was “remarkable” that this was the issue the Democrats were focusing their anger at, when it might just be the one thing Trump is right about.
Now, there is much that Chomsky says that I disagree with, but when he argues that the Russia story is simply ridiculous, I wholeheartedly agree.
It’s a pretty remarkable fact that—first of all, it is a joke. Half the world is cracking up in laughter. The United States doesn’t just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn’t like, institutes military dictatorships. Simply in the case of Russia alone—it’s the least of it—the U.S. government, under Clinton, intervened quite blatantly and openly, then tried to conceal it, to get their man Yeltsin in, in all sorts of ways. So, this, as I say, it’s considered—it’s turning the United States, again, into a laughingstock in the world.
So why are the Democrats focusing on this? In fact, why are they focusing so much attention on the one element of Trump’s programs which is fairly reasonable, the one ray of light in this gloom: trying to reduce tensions with Russia? That’s—the tensions on the Russian border are extremely serious. They could escalate to a major terminal war. Efforts to try to reduce them should be welcomed. Just a couple of days ago, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock, came out and said he just can’t believe that so much attention is being paid to apparent efforts by the incoming administration to establish connections with Russia. He said, “Sure, that’s just what they ought to be doing.”
So, meanwhile, this one topic is the primary locus of concern and critique, while, meanwhile, the policies are proceeding step by step, which are extremely destructive and harmful. So, you know, yeah, maybe the Russians tried to interfere in the election. That’s not a major issue. Maybe the people in the Trump campaign were talking to the Russians. Well, OK, not a major point, certainly less than is being done constantly. And it is a kind of a paradox, I think, that the one issue that seems to inflame the Democratic opposition is the one thing that has some justification and reasonable aspects to it.
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