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You may remember the satirical movie, “The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!” made during the height of the Cold War (1966). In that film a Russian sub runs aground on a sandbar near the fictional Gloucester Island, off the New England coast. Both the inhabitants of the island and the submarine crew panic: is this an incident that will set off World War III? What ensues is a comedy of errors, and in the end conflict is happily avoided, but barely.

That movie repays re-watching, especially in our day, for what it says about how our impressions—our views—of Russia continue to influence our politics and foreign policy action across the globe, for good or for, mostly, ill.

I recently wrote a column about the persistence among most Americans of an irrational Russophobia on my blog, MY CORNER, and it was picked up and published nationally by LewRockwell.com on February 17. No sooner than it had appeared than the news broke from the Intelligence community that the Russians were at it again—attempting to throw the 2020 election for Donald Trump!

It was almost as if some well-placed Intel spook had met with me at “Rick’s Café Americain” (remember the film “Casablanca”?) and secretly revealed what was going to happen just a few days before it became public. The “Russia Hoax” was going to be fully reborn (in fact, as I wrote, it had never gone away). Like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster it has emerged again from our corrupted and corrupt Intelligence agencies (those government apparatchiks who are beginning to make Inspector Clouseau look like a genius) and the bowels of the frenetically ideological New York Times (and those poisoned zombie-brains in Congress, e.g. Adam Schiff). The Mueller Commission, try as it did, couldn’t find anything substantive because there isn’t and wasn’t anything there, save for the putrid defecation of three years of strenuous Deep State “investigation.” But with the crop of Establishment Democrat candidates for president looking increasingly like a lesser version the Keystone Kops, something—anything—had to be found, some additional obstacle, some roadblock to stop “the Donald,” and much more dangerously, the counter-revolution that he has (quite unwittingly) unleashed.

How better to do this than have the president’s own Director of National Intelligence, along with his Deep State ideological “Intel savants” (a true oxymoron!), brief Schiff and top Democrats, and without the president even knowing it! Ha! Talk about your own team sabotaging you—anyone remember those words of Julius Caesar: “Et tu, Brute?” And you also, Brutus? But it doesn’t take a Shakespeare play to instruct us on what is going on. As I have repeated too many times to count, one of President Trump’s major problems is that he has surrounded himself with Neoconservative and Deep State minions who diametrically oppose his announced 2016 agenda, and they have done everything possible—with some real success, especially in foreign affairs—to stymie and obstruct it.

Those once highly regarded agencies—the FBI, the CIA, the NSA—haven’t gotten much right since they officiously proclaimed from on high their infallible judgment about “weapons of mass destruction” hiding in Saddam Hussein’s outdoor outhouse. Their active immersion in the government-engineered plot to bring down a president—the Steele Dossier, the inveigling of General Flynn, Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos, etc., their use of British “intelligence” (the Brits stopped having “intelligence” after Enoch Powell’s warnings about unlimited immigration were ignored)—has revealed for anyone with eyes to see the fact that, at least in the upper echelons, those agencies form an integral part, an active arm of the managerial state apparatus that seeks to strangle any real dissent or opposition to its New World Order designs.

Most so-called “conservatives”—the Neoconservatives—accept the Russia boogeyman narrative. But it’s not so much Trump who is the target, it seems, but in their version the Russkies are just warmed-over Communists who want to “destroy our democracy.” The Cold War, in their pygmy-sized brains, continues unabated, and even the vaunted Rush Limbaugh has very real difficulty distinguishing the Communist Soviet Union and post-1991 Russia. Flying in the face of subsequent history and fact, he uses the terms interchangeably: palpable historical ignorance on parade. For him and the zealous Neocon interventionists it is still October 1962 and we are still mired in the Cuban Missile Crisis, although now it has been miraculously transported over to Ukraine. Just ask John Bolton (or the late, unlamented John McCain).

 

The other night I made myself listen to “Special Report with Bret Baier,” where the Fox News “All Stars” held forth, fully accepting the Hoax—yes, of course, they solemnly declared, the Russians are meddling in our 2020 election cycle, just like in 2016. The Intel folks—whose probity and diligence must not be doubted!—say so, and we must believe them. And Chris Wallace (who is by no means a “conservative” of any flavor) pronounced to Ed Henry on another segment that very simply “we must take these active threats very, very seriously. The Russians are AGAIN manipulating our elections.”

Got that?

I almost regretted not signing up with that contractor who offered to build me a bomb shelter in my ample back yard. For only $125,000 he could construct for me an underground bunker that would withstand those incoming Russian MiGs….

Suddenly, I was put in mind of that satirical film from 1964, “Dr. Strangelove.” And I wondered if, echoing Peter Sellers in that scintillating cinema, the likes of Bolton, Bill Kristol, Max Boot, and those agents of Russophobia who now surround the president and have turned our Intel agencies and Congress into little more than a herd of docile bovines (with the connivance of all our television networks), would finally usher in the “Doomsday Weapon” (like in the final scene of the film).

Although from somewhat different perspectives and viewpoints, Establishment Conservatism (i.e, the Neocons) and the Left have made post-Communist Russia their target. Yet, the major threat by far—very far—is what the actually Communist Chinese are doing and have done. Adam Schiff doesn’t talk about that, and neither do most politicians or major American big name capitalists, because the Chinese Reds already own and dominate so much of this country’s infrastructure and business.

And the fact—still hidden from most Americans—that post-1991 Russia has actually turned towards its traditional religious faith and conservative (especially moral) traditions doesn’t go over well with the transgender-pushing, pro-same sex marriage establishment which dominates both political parties, both Leftwingers AND Conservatives, here in the United States. Recall John McCain bitterly criticizing Vladimir Putin for his “persecution” and suppression of lesbians (i.e., “Pussy Riot”) and same sex supporters in Mother Russia?

This is what Mainstream Conservatism has become: a sordid and disreputable second cousin of the rapidly advancing Leftist juggernaut. About what conservatism had become in the later part of the nineteenth century, I quote the words of the noted Southern critic Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898). His description readily applies today:

This is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is to-day one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will to-morrow be forced upon its timidity, and will be succeeded by some third revolution, to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.

American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it he salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious, for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always—when about to enter a protest—very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its ‘bark is worse than its bite,’ and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent rôle of resistance.

The only practical purpose which it now subserves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it ‘in wind,’ and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy from having nothing to whip. No doubt, after a few years, when women’s suffrage shall have become an accomplished fact, conservatism will tacitly admit it into its creed, and thenceforward plume itself upon its wise firmness in opposing with similar weapons the extreme of baby suffrage; and when that too shall have been won, it will be heard declaring that the integrity of the American Constitution requires at least the refusal of suffrage to asses. There it will assume, with great dignity, its final position.

As we hurdle on to diabolical moral degradation in America, each step worse than the last, even though our masters tell us not to worry and just accept it, our supposed opponents in Moscow, Kazan and Novgorod recover and celebrate their Christian and moral beliefs and inheritance.

What irony! Is this not a full exemplification of Gilbert and Sullivan’s image of “topsy-turvy”?

And for the American traditionalist, for the orthodox Christian, to quote Patrick Buchanan, the question is: “On whose side is God NOW on?

This essay appeared in a slightly different version at MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey.

 
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  1. Dejan M. says:

    ” Yet, the major threat by far—very far—is what the actually Communist Chinese are doing and have done.” Are you serious?

    • Replies: @Antiwar7
  2. For only $125,000 he could construct for me an underground bunker that would withstand those incoming Russian MiGs….

    You won’t have to worry about the MiGs, as they don’t have the range, but the nuke-tipped hypersonic missiles do, and your shelter won’t do much to save you from them, so stock up plenty of Vodka in your cellar to trade to Ivan if you aren’t incinerated in the first and second strikes.

  3. Paw says:

    While president Kennedy ran and chase after sluts , Chruscov ran with missiles into Cuba..
    That is all.

  4. In 1987 as the Cold War began to rapidly thaw, a Soviet expert on America, Georgi Arbatov, taunted his counterparts from the Reagan administration by declaring: “We are going to do something terrible to you, we are going to deprive you of an enemy.”

    As a result, the American war machine replaced the threat of communism with the threat of terrorism. That is now old, so they reverted to a confusing idea of Russianism, in which for unexplained reasons Russians are inherently evil. I am amazed that so many Americans fall for such BS.

    • Agree: jack daniels
    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  5. Antiwar7 says:

    Maybe talk about why our “intelligence” services and their media lackeys are attacking Russia so much? Perhaps it’s for many reasons, to include:

    — Inventing a threat to justify trillions of dollars in “defense” spending.
    — Preventing the economic integration of Eurasia, which would leave the US out in the cold.
    — Another fake controversy to keep hiding the fact that the US Democratic Party has abandoned the working class ever since the (Bill) Clinton era.
    — Russia has thwarted Israeli policy in the Middle East.

    None of those reasons are good for the common people, and certainly not “worth” endangering a nuclear confrontation, which is what our “elites” are doing.

  6. “The Russians are coming!” and we are meeting them half-way.
    Or rather Armageddon is, that conflagration the Cold War has so far managed to avoid. Historically, protagonists have enlisted the support of God – who has often been unfairly blamed for wars – but all sides share the same objective: power. The pattern of history is clear. Power (manifested as interest) has been present in every conflict of the past – no exception. It is the underlying motivation for war. Other cultural factors might change, but not power. Interest cuts across all apparently unifying principles: family, kin, nation, religion, ideology, politics – everything. We unite with the enemies of our principles, because that is what serves our interest. It is power, not any of the above concepts, that is the cause of war, as history repeatedly warns us.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • Replies: @Winston Smith
  7. Antiwar7 says:
    @Dejan M.

    Agreed. The Chinese want to out-compete us, not militarily dominate us. To react militarily would be another stupid, unnecessary escalation.

    And don’t start going into how the Chinese people are inherently evil, etc. That’s the same nonsense they’re peddling about Russians, and just as phony and just as much intended to excite the idiots.

  8. @Carlton Meyer

    From my own interactions with people, it seems to me that not many people are falling for this BS. Of course, I make it a point to interact only with people who use their critical thinking abilities.

  9. Einsten said it best: “Doing the same thing over and over whileexpecting different results, is the definition of insanity”

    Democrats have decided they did so well with the Mueller Russian Collusion Delusion they have decided to do it again.

    Face it folks:

    FBI – Comey – Fired in disgrace and under investigation.
    CIA – Brennan – Resigned in disgrace and under investigation
    ODNI – Clapper – Resigned in disgrace and under investigation.

    All caught lying under oath.

    The FBI never ever forensically tested the DNC or Clinton servers who wereclaimed to be hacked by Russians, FBI relied on Crowd Strike a Ukranian firm owned by a Ukrainian Oligarch on proof.

  10. @peter mcloughlin

    Peter, to buttress your argument:

    [MORE]

    James 4:1-17 “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
    Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
    Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
    Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
    Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
    But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
    Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
    Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
    Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
    Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
    There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
    Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
    Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
    For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
    But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
    Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

    Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

  11. Aardvark says:

    Can’t we choose to see how clever those Russians are?
    By backing both Trump and Sanders they can claim they backed the winning horse!

    More seriously, what the hell is it that people think Putin is doing over there that is so evil?
    Is his country the one with 800 and counting military installations all over the world?
    Is his country the one that imposes economic sanctions on some country because they won’t bow down and play the part of bitch to Russia?
    Did they bomb half the middle east in to dust?

  12. Boyd Cathey is smart enough to realize that the equvocation between old and new Russia is at best a hoax. As he admits, no intelligent person could take this seriously. The underlying motivation for the hoax– I suspect — is that deposed oligarchs are using the US foreign policy establishment as an instrument to regain sway in the land they once dominated.

    But this is something you can’t say.

    Better to say nothing than to lie.

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