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It’s always extremely sad and confusing when a massive propaganda campaign, like the one we’ve been subjected to for about the last year, comes to a sudden and ignominious end. You wake up one morning, and the billionaire asshat that more or less every “respected” organ of the corporatist media has been telling you was Hitler, or a Russian agent (and possibly both), as it turns out, is, well, just a billionaire asshat. An extremely repulsive billionaire asshat, but nonetheless just a billionaire asshat. This is extremely disorienting … because here you were, prepped for the End of Everything, or at least for the death camps, the Riefenstahlian rallies, and the Russian invasion of Martha’s Vineyard, and then all that stuff gets abruptly canceled like Season 4 of David Milch’s Deadwood.

We haven’t quite reached that stage of things yet, but it feels like we are inching up to it (as Glenn Greenwald pointed out in his recent piece). I know this sounds a little nuts, given the amount of Russia hysteria the media is pumping out this week as the KremlinGate hearings get underway, but this latest round of official propaganda distinctly reeks of desperation. The simple fact of the matter is, despite whatever got “hacked” by whom, Donald Trump, asshat that he is, is not a Russian sleeper agent or otherwise collaborating with Vladimir Putin, and anyone with half a brain knows this. Thus, it is going to be impossible to prove the blatantly ridiculous accusations the ruling classes and their media stooges have been making in order to delegitimize him. This is going to present a problem, because the way it works, when you accuse the President of treason (which is a capital offense), is that you kind of have to prove it at some point. The ruling classes cannot do this, and thus they need to adjust expectations, which is what they appear to be doing at the moment.

As Greenwald noted in his Intercept piece, deep state disinformation specialists like Michael Morrell and James R. Clapper are making the rounds of the talk shows and forums, preparing us for the official narrative changeover. (You remember Michael Morrell … the ex-CIA chief who in August of last year wrote that op-ed in The New York Times declaring that “Putin had recruited Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”) And it is not only spooks like Morrell and Clapper. Suddenly, the oracles we’ve to come rely on for the latest evidence that Putin Nazis have taken over the executive branch are adopting a distinctly less hysterical tone. Although they haven’t kicked the Russia paranoia cold turkey (as that might cause mass seizures or something), they have obviously begun to wean their followers off the groundless neo-McCarthyite nonsense they’ve been peddling straight-faced for over a year.

Paul “It’s the 1930s Again” Krugman has turned his attention back to budgets and taxes and has toned down both the “Return of Fascism” and the “We’re Being Governed by Moscow” schtick. The Washington Post, the paper that brought us not only the Putin Hacks Vermont story, but the Anyone who Criticizes Hillary Clinton is a Russian Propagandist story, is also going lighter on the blatant smear jobs, and focusing on stuff like how much former Hitler’s vacations are costing the taxpayer. Even a shameless tabloid like The Guardian is doing its part to dampen expections. With notable exceptions (like Rachel Maddow, Louise Mensch, and other bull goose loonies), the Arbiters of Reality seem to be settling in for a protracted battle, as opposed to the impeachment proceedings or deep state coup they’ve been openly pining for. The overriding message is … “Don’t expect any proof of Trump’s collusion with Russia, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, and it doesn’t really matter if we can’t prove it, because even if we can’t officially impeach him, he’s still a fascist, Putin-loving traitor, and since we’re stuck with him for the next four years, we’re going to move on to other things.”

All of which is understandably jarring for the neoliberals, neoconservatives, and just garden variety authoritarians who’ve been dutifully swallowing the preposterous swill the corporate media has been pouring down their throats (and who have been looking forward to Trump’s removal from office). And more so, given that, in the course of a year, they have (a) had to pretend to believe that Donald Trump is a modern-day Hitler who is going to exterminate millions of people and transform America into a new Fourth Reich, and then (b) once that tactic didn’t work, immediately forget the Hitler hooey, and pretend to believe that Donald Trump is a secret agent working for Putin, who they (c) suddenly had to believe is an evil James Bond-villian-type menace intent on annihilating Western democracy … all of which has been hard to swallow, given that, just before all this started, they (d) were just getting used to believing that the official enemy was not Putin, or fascists, but rather, those scary self-radicalized terrorists. Can you remember back to when they were the enemy? It was actually less than a year ago. The media was calling it “The Summer of Fear.” Back then, Trump was just becoming Hitler — they had started with the Hitler stuff back in May — but Putin wasn’t controlling him yet, as no one thought he had a chance of defeating Clinton in the general election, so the terrorists were still the reigning bogeymen,and George W. Bush was still a war criminal and not smooching it up with Ellen DeGeneres.

If all that sounds impossible to follow, and totally insane, that’s because it is … and is how Americans, and not just Americans, but mostly Americans, are being conditioned to think. Or, rather, to react to a disjunctive series of totally nonsensical emotional stimuli, like the subject of some sick psychological experiment. Let’s take a moment and visualize this …

Imagine the subject strapped in a chair like Alex was in Clockwork Orange, barraged with images of frightening terrorists until his mind accepts them as “the enemy,” at which point “the enemy” is immediately switched, and now it’s Hitler that is coming to get him, which, after a time, he comes to accept (and forgets the former terrorist “enemy”), at which point “the enemy” is switched once again, and now it’s Putin and the Russians who are after him. And so on … until his mind just snaps and surrenders to whatever official “reality” is being fed into it any given day. At which point you have rendered the subject a totally compliant, scramble-headed, functionally psychotic member of society, whose attention span is about twenty seconds, and whose brain you can fill full of fancy pharmaceuticals to keep it from completely melting down in response to the stress of the cognitive dissonance that it has to deal with on a daily basis.

Orwell captured this cognitive dissonance in the part of 1984 where the Party executes the sudden switch from war with Eurasia to war with Eastasia, and Party members adjust their thinking accordingly. Unfortunately, we are way past Orwell. The neoliberal ruling classes are not simply switching official enemies; they’re switching the nature of the same official enemy. One day, Trump is a modern-day Hitler, the next day he’s a Russian agent, the day after that he’s something else. To achieve the fully psychotic effect, it’s the same so-called “respectable journalists” who are one day assuring us he’s literally Hitler, and the next day, no, he isn’t Hitler, but he’s absolutely a Russian agent, and the next, OK, maybe not, but at least he’s a liar, or a tax cheat, or something.

In case you were wondering, this is also how, if you’re running some sort of Manson-like cult, you twist the minds of fledgling cult members until they don’t know what to believe anymore. It’s pretty much Mind Control 101. You bombard folks with conflicting realities and contradictory information until they’re rendered incapable of thinking critically. Then you fill their heads with whatever brand of psycho nonsense your cult is peddling. I’m not kidding … check this out. There’s all kind of literature that explains how this works. Or, if you don’t have time to do that, just call someone at The New York Times, The Guardian, or The Washington Post, or CNN, or MSNBC. I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to explain the whole antisemitic, staunchly Zionist, Wall Street-friendly, anti-Wall Street, moronically cunning, inarticulately mesmerizing, blackmailed by and profiting from Russia, Putin-Nazi puppet thing to you. But you may want to drop some acid first in order to get the full effect.

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (US). His debut novel, ZONE 23, will be published in April by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can reached at, or at

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  1. Ez says:

    I dont read articles that contain more than one instance of the word “asshat”. I don’t really even know why I come here anymore since most of the writers seem to enjoy playing the glib snarky buffoon more than they enjoy providing meaningful commentary.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • LOL: Stonehands
    • Replies: @MerLynn
  2. Rex May says: • Website

    I struggled past the “asshats,” mostly so I could legitimately ask, “Asshat in contrast to whom? Hillary? Obama? Jeb? Biden?” No, when compared to that crowd, Trump comes across as a bit of a philosopher king. His points in the article are valid, but why the “asshat”? Does he use the term in his plays a lot?

    • Replies: @Jake
  3. @Ez: Agreed. I have taken to immediately stop reading anything written by an “asshat” that feels he or she has to call Trump names for absolutely no reason at all. It’s offputting. It reveals the writer to be literally an asshat. It also means that any writer who thinks that they need to qualify their “good” things to say about Trump by calling Trump some “officially sanctioned” names, is not just an asshat, but a stupid idiot.

    @Rex May: I did struggle past that this one time, and what the writer had to say was remarkably dead on. I say it’s remarkable because of the “asshat” usage. Also remarkable because what is it exactly that makes Trump a billionaire asshat? I don’t see any action or anything Trump has said about anything that would qualify for some idiot like the author of this essay to use that term.

    Trump speaks (and tweets) in New York City blunt talk. Much if not all of what he has said has turned out to be true.

    It is the writer’s own cognitive dissonance that he feels the overpowering urge to completely and brilliantly describe the cognitive dissonance of the “official” story(s), yet still feels the addictive craving to call a brilliant outlier silly schoolboy names.

    CogDis is a 2-way mirror, CJ. And you fell right through the looking-glass with your opening nonsense.

    • Replies: @pepperinmono
  4. JackOH says:

    C. J, thanks for the good observations on political process. I’ve attended a few field hearings (House, Ohio General Assembly), and studied the subsequent transcripts. I was hardly naïve at the time, but it still startled me that the supposed purpose of the hearings was not to “hear” anything at all for the purpose of good decision-making.

    One hearing’s main purpose was, as I gathered it, to give our recently elected Representative a chance to strut and preen himself and show the locals he was indeed a “playuh”. Another hearing’s purpose seemed to be to permit a lobby with near-dictatorial influence on relevant legislation to word-whip legislators into the appropriate kowtow. Facts, the substance of actual testimony, seemed to make no difference. It was all about political equilibrium.

    I’d imagine a Hitler or Pol Pot, or someone of that ilk, could readily use the “optics” of American-style political process to paper over some pretty awful stuff. It’s not hard for me to imagine the following exchange:

    Q: Sources say there are people being killed, worked to death, and starving in Relocation Camp X.

    A: Bob, I think a lot of those reports are exaggerations made by my political opponents. But, we’ve looked into those claims. Yes, there were abuses, mistakes were made, and, where appropriate, we’ve replaced the leadership in those camps. Also, we will refer for prosecution those officials who’ve clearly overstepped their bounds.

    ” . . . [W]e are way past Orwell.” Yeah, I’ll go with that.

  5. Oldeguy says:

    Wow !
    Terrific analysis and far, far saner than anything I’ve seen anywhere in months.
    It really doesn’t matter whether you’re frying your brain cells with MSNBC or Fox News or the NYT or WaPo , the ability for critical thinking is vaporized.
    Good work, Mr. Hopkins.

  6. MB says: • Website

    It’s called sensory overload and our 48 hour a day, 7 day a week sensationalism “news” cycle of the fakestream moron media plays right into it.

    Hey Ollie, how come they haven’t proved that Donald was wiretapped by the Russians yet?

    Come on Stan, that’s because if the NSA collects data on every American (courtesy of what? the Patriot Act) and Donald is an American, Hillary can still make over 6 figures at home working on her computer whatever Faux News says.

    Asshat? CJ is a satirist and the Big D is a an honest fascist compared to the rest of the fascists that aren’t quite so upfront about it.

    Brilliant? Snicker.
    Oops, I didn’t realize you were a satirist in training also.
    My most abject apologies.
    Assh. . .

    Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up and if we haven’t reached Peak Stupidity yet, we aren’t trying hard enough, comrade.

  7. joe webb says:

    fashionable art-theater-newyorkist, chit chat. Fluff, and film-flam and so hip ya know. got any good dope man?


  8. Stogumber says:

    I don’t know if “mind control” plays so much a part in it.
    To me, it is more the problem of people at the top: If you are at the top, everyone else is a possible danger for you, because he might undermine your position So you need a certain class of observers in order to continuously watch out and cry if you see possible intruders in your domain (namely, the domain of reputation and influence). That’ the task of the modern journolists. And logically, the journolist has to cry about someone else every other month.

  9. Millions of Americans have the screaming meemies these days. Never have so many been so terrified of the future and unable to cope with current reality. The recent election demonstrates how close we are to a collective breakdown and how oblivious we are as to the causes. Our culture of hype and spin and downright lying at all levels has finally caught up with us. Nowhere in any important place is a clear, untainted voice able to communicate regularly any particle of truth. All major assets have been tainted with mendacity and cant until they are properly suspect or ignored by most everyone.

  10. imbroglio says:

    I don’t imagine anyone believes the media hype. The media doesn’t. We’re all anti-Trump in my neighborhood. It’s our style, like no one shops at The Gap anymore. Think of it as a game of Apples to Apples where one card say’s Hitler, another Putin, another Terrorist, another Billionaire Asshat.

    We scream for impeachment or a coup but we don’t really care. We’re concerned with who uses which lavatory as trans-g is all the rage among grade schoolers and their parents. I think it’s cognitive decadence more than cognitive dissonance where hypocrites, knowing they’re hypocrites, enjoy their hypocrisy. Why not. Après nous, le… whatever…

  11. What a very silly person this writer is. Stopped at the second asshat. Shame on you, Unz, for giving him a platform.

  12. Anonymous [AKA "lon a follower"] says:

    Fake News and where it is leading. You see, “a wall alone cannot protect us.”forgive my sarcasm?

  13. bjondo says:

    ‘asshat’ used, i think, to sneak his points past the nyc/artsyfartsy crowd

  14. Speaking of asshats, Hopkins………..

    Trump has never claimed to be anything other than what he is. What is he? A New Yorker, a Manhattan real estate developer, a “celebrity”, a pitchman for his business, a womanizer (nothing wrong with that in this day of LGBT, and he is clearly good at it). He also loves this country, sees through bullshit (while perfectly capable of spreading his own around), and has absolute contempt for what passes as a ruling class in this country. He risked everything on the most improbable presidential run in American history and beat the pantsuit off of Hillary Clinton, to say nothing of Jeb! and the rest of the three-legged calves in the primary. Trump is not an ideologue and doesn’t give a shit about political philosophy – he is a pure pragmatist. He is not Hitler, Huey Long or an Israeli or Russian agent. OK, he is a bit of an asshat, I will give you that, but compared to the café au lait freak of nature he replaced, or, God help us, George W. “Special Ed” Bush, he is a combination of Washington, Lincoln and Plato.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    , @jacques sheete
  15. mp says:

    Five asshats. And this guy’s won some kind of literary award? Looks to me that he needs a new thesaurus.

  16. Art says:

    Backing off Trump is a strategic move. The truth of the situation is that, it is Obama who is in trouble – not Trump.

    The left is positioning itself to defend Obama from very serious election spying charges. Obama’s fate is up to Trump.

    Peace — Art

  17. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Trump is not an “asshat”, a rather dumb concoction of a term. He’s more intelligent than any of his political rivals were and to boot didn’t have the blood of hundreds of thousands of people on his hands like Clinton did with her Syrian and Libyan adventures. “We came, we saw, he died”, cackle cackle cackle. Yeah, that’s a real side splitter, the death of many thousands of people and the destruction of countries, the immiseration of millions. But what is that as compared to what’s really important, the micromanagement of what subgroup uses which toilet and the blustery nature of Trump’s personality? This Russian diversion is just some factional political warfare that does the country no good but these “asshats” pursue it relentlessly for their own personal reasons further dividing the country on spurious grounds. They are harming this country but what do they care? It’s all about them and who grabs the money and the power. These people are revealed to be unpatriotic opportunists who’ll wreck this country if they can’t have their way.

  18. Corvinus says:
    @Chris Bridges

    “and has absolute contempt for what passes as a ruling class in this country.”

    No. Trump is part of the ruling class. He is an elitist who cleverly calls himself a populist.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @Stonehands
  19. I took the author’s meaning, and was not offended by the slang term. As Madeline said of Pepito, Donny’s just a “bad hat”. Does that go down easier for the gentle readers clutching their skirts and crying of being offended above?

    What is the difference between an asshat and a pussyhat?

    Anyway, the concept of a donkey with a haberdasher is hardly a new concept – whence the offense?

  20. I won’t read this crap anymore either. If you want to rant against Trump be my guest. But if you support him for some reason or disagree with his enemies you don’t have to balance it by calling him names. Yeah, all the cool kids think Trump is disgusting. They feel the same way about me. Y’all can kiss my grits.

    • Replies: @Biff
  21. Biff says:

    Ass hat he is because he doing all the things we expected of Hillary: invade Syria, ramp up bombing in the Middle East, and coddle Irael, and the bankers. He is soon to have enemies on all sides.

  22. Jake says:
    @Rex May

    If he writes for Counterpunch, he is decidedly left of center in at least most things. And for that audience, he must display his anti-Trump stance. Otherwise, they in their open minds of exceptionally high IQs will tune him out.

    So the point of the article is that Trump is revolting to people with appropriately delicate sensibilities, but, oddly enough, he is not nearly as evil and deceptive and insane as are the ‘mainstream’ journalists and career politicians who hate him.

    And that means that Trump is necessary to help save us from freaks who belong in an Orwell novel.

  23. annamaria says:

    “Paul “It’s the 1930s Again” Krugman has turned his attention back to budgets and taxes and has toned down both the “Return of Fascism” and the “We’re Being Governed by Moscow” schtick. ”
    How about a nice defamation lawsuit in response to Krugman’ statements that were not honest mistakes and were published with the actual intent to harm the public figure? Or Mr. Krugman is going to pull out an “antisemitism” card if confronted with the lawsuit?

    • Replies: @RobinG
  24. @Chris Bridges

    …but compared to the café au lait freak of nature he replaced…

    Streak of manure, perhaps? 🙂

  25. Alden says:

    What exactly is an asshat? We all know what a vagina hat is because the feminazis invented then.

    Or maybe it’s a little hat people put on their donkeys? Does ass refer to human anatomy or the animal?

    This is the first time I’ve heard of the term asshat. It’s very childish, something 6 year olds would make up. I doubt any 4th grader, even an 80IQ one would use it in a written school assignment.

    I didn’t finish the article. Did he also claim that Trump the Wharton MBA is dumb and ignorant?

    • Replies: @RobinG
  26. RobinG says:

    How about a nice defamation lawsuit in response to Krugman’ statements that…. were published with the actual intent to harm the public figure?”

    Brilliant, absolutely.

    If Melania could sue Webster Tarpley, then The Donald should definitely cut those treasonous defamers down to size.
    The “substantial sum” is rumored to be \$150K, probably breaking miserable old Webster. They would likely get billions out of Krugman, backed by his tribe.

  27. @Biff

    Hey you, stop pointing out things. They need their safe space. Rationalizing and self denial do take a toll on them. This is what I saved from a reddit post. xxx

    You voted for Trump because Clinton was going to be in Wall Street’s pocket. Trump wants to repeal Dodd-Frank and eliminate the Fiduciary Rule, letting Wall Street return to its pre-2008 ways.

    You voted for Trump because of Clinton’s emails. The Trump administration is running its own private email server.

    You voted for Trump because you thought the Clinton Foundation was “pay for play.” Trump has refused to wall off his businesses from his administration, and personally profits from payments from foreign governments.

    You voted for Trump because of Clinton’s role in Benghazi. Trump ordered the Yemen raid without adequate intel, and tweeted about “FAKE NEWS” while Americans died as a result of his carelessness.

    You voted for Trump because Clinton didn’t care about “the little guy.” Trump’s cabinet is full of billionaires, and he took away your health insurance so he could give them a multi-million-dollar tax break.

    You voted for Trump because he was going to build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. American consumers will pay for the wall via import tariffs.

    You voted for Trump because Clinton was going to get us into a war. Trump has provoked our enemies, alienated our allies, and given ISIS a decade’s worth of recruiting material.

    You voted for Trump because Clinton didn’t have the stamina to do the job. Trump hung up on the Australian Prime Minister during a 5pm phone call because “it was at the end of a long day and he was tired and fatigue was setting in.”

    You voted for Trump because foreign leaders wouldn’t “respect” Clinton. Foreign leaders, both friendly and hostile, are openly mocking Trump.

    You voted for Trump because Clinton lies and “he tells it like it is.” Trump and his administration lie with a regularity and brazenness that can only be described as shocking. Let’s be honest about what really happened.

    The reality is that you voted for Trump because you got conned. Trump is a grifter and the American people were the mark. Now that you know the score, quit insisting the con-man is on your side.

    Any logical person can conclude something about trump right? kakakaka

  28. Anonymous [AKA "DeplorableOldeVirginia"] says:

    Incidentally i was in vegas this week. Every morning I could look out my hotel window at the nearby “Trump” building. Is there some link to our commander in chief? Been a long time since I woke up in vegas every morning and saw Bush…

  29. @restless94110

    Exactly like NRO.
    They always have to snark Trump, even when they agree with him.
    It must be obligatory to get published.
    I am so done with them .
    Been reading site or mag off and on for 30 years.
    Someone needs to tell Victor Hanson to get off the sinking ship.
    Even he will throw a small bone to the
    He is a very smart man, and he should know better.

  30. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    “Drumpf is a big meanie!”
    lol done with this site

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  31. Wally says:
    @Astuteobservor II

    Right, a “con man” who has lost hundreds of millions running for, and being President.

    A logical person would conclude that Trump has sacrificed his net worth.

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
    , @Anon
  32. annamaria says:

    Finally, some clarity:
    “…the NSA is spying on “all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House… And all this data is inside the NSA in a small group…”
    We do have a Deep State – and the scoundrels run the NSA.

  33. @Wally

    I love it. you didn’t counter any of the points in the quote :)))

  34. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Then he’s not a con man. He’s a moron.

  35. Wow! Major fixation in the comments section on the term ‘asshat’. Some definations are in order. Asshat: Someone who decries interventionism and extolls friendship with Russia only, upon being elected, claims Russia snatched Crimea, sends more NATO forces to the Russia border, stokes major war rhetoric with Iran, a nation that hasn’t attacked another in over 200 years, ups the defense budget by \$54 billion after promising to cut it in half, and hasn’t even acknowleged Putin exists.

    However, the real danger in agitated cognitive dissonance is that after repeatedly invoking the names of Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler the citizen might wind up perferring and liking both and given who really control the mainstream media, what’s not to like?

  36. @Biff

    I support Trump because I hate his enemies and they hate me. I can’t support him by calling him names. I object to writers who support Trump but who cover their politically correct ass by asserting that they personally find Trump repulsive. The piece under discussion has merit. The boiler plate ad hominem attack is a turd in the bunch bowl.

  37. @Corvinus

    Trump is a traitor to his class.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  38. @Astuteobservor II

    So, you are ” down”with the continuation of bomb them and invite them? No particular scrutinization of muslims from countries that Obama destroyed-while his 9th court lackeys obstruct President Trump?Do you welcome unlimited Muslim immigration?

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  39. @Stonehands

    please counter the points made. other wise don’t reply.

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  40. @Astuteobservor II

    Trump didn’t take away your Obamacare, Poindexter.

  41. What a retard 🙂

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  42. annamaria says:

    Back to the main topic: “An Obama Plot to Sabotage Trump?, by Patrick Buchanan
    “The real scandal… is that a Deep State conspiracy to bring down his presidency seems to have been put in place by Obamaites, and perhaps approved by Obama himself.
    On Jan. 12, David Ignatius of the Washington Post wrote, “According to a senior U.S. government official, (Gen. Michael) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials … What did Flynn say?”
    Now, Dec. 29, Flynn, national security adviser-designate, was not only doing his job calling the ambassador, he was a private citizen.
    Why was he unmasked by U.S. intelligence?
    Who is this “senior official” who dropped the dime on him?
    This looks like a contract hit by an anti-Trump agent in the intel community, using Ignatius to do the wet work.
    “In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election – and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Trump and Russians – across the government.” “This is what they did,” wrote Henninger, quoting the Times: “At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government – and, in some cases, among European allies.”
    For what benign purpose would U.S. intelligence agents spread secrets damaging to their own president – to foreign regimes? Is this not disloyalty? Is this not sedition?”

  43. annamaria says:

    David Ignatius is a presstitute who deserves to be investigated for sedition:
    There is a crowd of Cheney-trained “exceptionalists” in the DC, which have been serving religiously and noisily to war profiteers (for regular paychecks). – The international law and the US Constitution be damned.
    “Why Are Neocons So Desperate To Rescue al-Qaeda in Syria?”
    “Reading Dennis Ross and David Ignatius is a good reminder that the neocons live in a different world than the rest of us. They do not conform their analysis to reality, but rather they conform reality to their view of the world. … On the brink of al-Qaeda’s defeat in Aleppo, the Washington Post‘s Ignatius is furious that, “President Obama won’t approve military tactics that could actually shift the balance.” Yes, he wants to shift the balance toward al-Qaeda because like the other neocons he is so invested in the idea of regime change in Syria that he would even prefer turning the country into another Libya than to see government forces defeat his jihadist insurgents.”
    And why the neocons are invested “in the idea of regime change in Syria?” – Because this is what the Lobby ordered them to do:’s-wars-pt-2-wikileaks-proves-syria-about-iran-israel
    Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, wrote, “the best way to help Israel is to help the rebellion in Syria that has now lasted for more than a year” (i.e. from 2011). How? By mounting the case that the use of force is a sina qua non to make Bashar Assad fold, so as to endanger his life and that of his family. … Wrecking Assad would not only be a huge advantage for the security of the State of Israel, but would also go a long way to reducing Israel’s justifiable fear that it will lose its nuclear monopoly”.
    How good is the Lobby? – well. Under the agreement signed by Obama on September 14th, 2016, the United States “agrees” to supply Israel over a ten year period with weapons of the latest design for a value of 38 billion dollars through an annual financing of 3.3 billion dollars plus half a million for “missile defense.”

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @annamaria
  44. bluedog says:

    Hmm that’s just what the C.E.O. of U.S. Steel told Robert Kennedy after he nailed them for price fixing “your a traitor to your class” and we know what happened to them…

  45. MerLynn says:

    Despite the word asshat, Trump is infinity better than his predecessor assblackhat

    • LOL: Stonehands
  46. RobinG says:

    Thanks for this.

    Did you get your Clinton quote from one of the links to Wikileaks? And about ZeroHedge, your link didn’t work for me. Try this one:

  47. annamaria says:

    “The Evidence That Russia Hacked The DNC Is Collapsing:”
    “The definitive “evidence” cited by Alperovitch is now effectively debunked: … The exposure by the Voice of America of Crowdstrike’s falsification of Ukrainian battlefield losses is the final nail in Crowdstrike’s coffin. They didn’t bother to verify their analysis of IISS’s data with IISS [the International Institute for Strategic Studies].. They didn’t contact the Ukrainian military, either: instead, their confirmation bias dictated that they shaped the “facts” to fit their predetermined conclusion.”

    The opportunistic and sloppy Alperovitch (of Jewish descent, born and educated in Moscow, a rabid Russophobe) could be rightfully called a criminal for his willful spreading of dangerous lies, considering that he received a good technical education in Russia and hence he knew with certainly the stupidity of his claims that were so enthusiastically received by Alperovitch’ major donors: “Crowdstrike founder Alperovitch is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, and head honcho of its “Cyber Statecraft Initiative” – of which his role in promoting the “Putin did it…” The Atlantic Council – which is funded in part by the US State Department, NATO, the governments of Latvia and Lithuania, the Ukrainian World Congress, and the Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk – has been among the loudest voices calling for a new Cold War with Russia. … the Council’s budget is also supplemented by “a consortium of Western corporations (Qualcomm, Coca-Cola, The Blackstone Group), including weapons manufacturers (Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman) and oil companies (ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP).”

  48. @Stonehands

    hah, it has been a long time since some retard has called me a leftist 🙂

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  49. @Astuteobservor II

    You are worse than a leftist. You are a moderate virtue signalling piece of crap who is more concerned with green card holders rights and your dopey perception of the law. Trump will prevail, eventually. Meanwhile you will continue to give your smug comfort to the enemy.

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  50. This bit is a work of art, even with the sentence fragment:
    “If all that sounds impossible to follow, and totally insane, that’s because it is … and is how Americans, and not just Americans, but mostly Americans, are being conditioned to think. Or, rather, to react to a disjunctive series of totally nonsensical emotional stimuli, like the subject of some sick psychological experiment. Let’s take a moment and visualize this …”
    You could frame that and hand it on the wall.

  51. Bravo! First to last, this article is a win. This article should be included as a mandatory trigger warning every time you turn on a TV. Mainstream news outlets should be forced to publish this article in every edition. The world would change overnight if everybody actually woke up to how badly we’re being played.

    I called a WaPo article FAKE NEWS today, all caps, and a couple people told me calling articles “fake news” is passe at best — they’re tired of hearing it. I told them I’ve been calling the mainstream press FAKE NEWS for 20 years, and I’m not tired of it yet!

  52. @Stonehands

    hurr durr, those evil green card holders!!! hurr durr!!! trump will prevail against the evil green card holders!!! hurr durr, stonehands will prevail!!! hurr durr, the law is dopey, dopey!!! stondhands mad!!! hurr durr!!!

    kakak. What a retard 🙂 pining all your retarded hopes on trump of all people 🙂 kakak

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  53. Anonymous [AKA "John Holmes"] says:

    Actually, most of you sheep live in a false reality that you created. We told you for years about how evil our government is, but you called us conspiracy theorists, sickos, whackos, commies, terrists, etc. But we were right, as we always are.

    You sheep think kids got shot at Sandy Hoax. You think there was a leg bomb at the Boston Smokebombathon. You think a bunch of latin faygots got shot at a club. You think people got run over in France and Germany and Britain. Nope, all hoaxes. All lies.

    But most of you only care about the phone in your hand 24/7 and a Netflix account. You are too scared to handle the truth so you create your safe spaces. Fuck you all. Death to America. Death to terrorists. Death to Israel.

  54. Charles says:

    Thanks for the awesome article that really sums up the present “reality” we’re being subjected to these days. Wonder why so many comments below want to distract attention to one word instead of facing the factual article in its entirety? I too, have found in my day to day, that certain words are triggers for over-emotional outbursts.

  55. @Astuteobservor II

    WTF is with the emoticons- did I trigger you ?

    And you voted for…who?

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  56. This whole Russia Baiting nonsense could be the most amateurishly desperate move yet. If you were not embarrassed by your fellow Americans before you certainly should be now. How anyone with an IQ about 60 could fall for this one is beyond me.

    This absolutely confirms it, we truly are a nation full of idiots. Just a bunch of trained seals happily barking for their fish treats after bouncing a ball off their nose. Arff Arff Arff

    Did I stress this enough? I am honestly more embarrassed right now than I ever have been before and I’m not kidding. I knew our public was stupid and easily led around but this is beyond the pale.

    Would you people please just wake the fuck up already?

  57. @Stonehands

    I start to use emoticons once a comment genuinely brings a smile to my face, one way or the other 🙂 aha. Were you triggered? is this question your way of projecting? 😛

    I actually voted for trump, but live in NYC, was like pissing into the wind. And I also think voting is a gigantic farce. maybe that was why I voted for him 🙂 this election was like asking a victim to pick between 2 weapons that is going to be use to burn the victim’s house down 🙂

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  58. @Astuteobservor II

    And I also think voting is a gigantic farce.

    Yeh, you’re right…we agree…I am in Philly- many brainwashed college faggots and their nutty professors- they actually believe in this fraudulent juggernaut, that somehow that old glue horse Madam Clinton holds some kind of moral high ground. My vote for Trump was against the GOPe, as well.
    Never could stomach the mainstream media complex, even before the internet.It was fun to watch Trump beatdown the loonie- kazoonies.

    I still feel he can cause a shit ton of problems for the Leviathan, there are different factions at war here…monkey- wrenching the whole system from within will at least keep these a- holes busy.

    The federal gov is lawless. A many -headed hydra of tyranny. They are completely illegitimate.

  59. annamaria says:

    “The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate,” by Ray McGovern and Bill Binney
    “…the U.S. corporate media is now focused on Nunes’s alleged failure to follow protocol by not sharing his information first with Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Democrats promptly demanded that Nunes recuse himself from the Russia investigation. On Tuesday morning, reporters for CNN and other news outlets peppered Nunes with similar demands….”

    The article has an interesting comment:
    Joe Tedesky: “As I watch a coup being televised into our home, I now find I have an appreciation for Rep. Devin Nunes, and that is his support of the USS Liberty and honoring Terry Halbardier. I was a Radioman in the Navy and never heard a word during my training, which took place some 18 months after the USS Liberty attack, and now find it disgusting that we were never told about what Halbardier did to save his ship and surviving crew members…talk about hushed up. So good on Rep. Devin Nunes for that at least. … PS I wonder how AIPAC feels about Nunes honoring the USS Liberty?”
    Surely the honorable attitude of Nunes towards USS Liberty hero explains the violent hysterics of Schiff and Schumer.

    “Silver Star winner Terry Halbardier, the hero who got off the SOS that saved the USS Liberty from Israeli destruction in 1967…”

  60. woodNfish says:

    Another article by an expat asshat.

  61. @Astuteobservor II

    I really can’t blame Trump for hanging up on Australian Prime Minister Turnbull, the man is a total bore. He speaks as though he himself does not believe a word he is saying as he says it, er, um, er.

    They have in common the fact that they both have loadsamoney, Truffles Turnbull keeps his in the Caymans, and the fact that each crafted an image that neither intends to live up to. In fairness, Trump deserves more time and has the harder task while Malcolm is well past his use-by date.

    It really should be said of Trump that he was smart enough to hang up on Turnbull.

  62. @Anon

    Yes, it’s a pain in the confirmation bias isn’t it?

  63. Anonymous [AKA "Just an American"] says:

    Best article I have read about the blatantly audio visual truth of what the media is actually would think that anyone with an open mind could see the constant barrage of liberal propaganda and the hatred for working people of all colors and backgrounds that pay taxes. It seems that the media only supports those that are recepiants of tax dollars ( socialist). Oh well the treasury can just print more money, we can all quit work get free housing,free food, free healthcare,free phone, free college. To get all that you and I lose our freedom. The statement of (if it sounds to good to be true it probably is ) The media is focused on pitting groups of people against each other, today its the Russians,tomorrow its racism,then its uneducated white Americans, then they lump fly over country with the kkk. They can’t say illegal immigrants who broke the law they call them immigrants with no reference they did not follow the immigration laws like our forefathers and all the millions that did in the last century. Thanks for your article Sir. Careful if you get noticed the media will destroy you, I will probably end up on a watchlist just for writing my opinion. It’s getting like a 3rd world country with a 3rd world media.

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