Russian info war against US, far broader than last year’s elections, an act of terrorism, Latynina says

Putin The TV Puppet Master (Image: Zina Saunders)

Putin The TV Puppet Master (Image: Zina Saunders) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Donald Trump’s on-again, off-again acceptance of Vladimir Putin’s claim that Moscow didn’t interfere in the 2016 US presidential elections has the effect, like the focus on Watergate scandal during the Nixon Administration of distracting attention from something much larger and more evil.

In the case of what has come to be known as Watergate, the White House deployed the plumbers not so much to affect the outcome of the 1972 election, something that Nixon in fact had in the bag but rather to hide all the other illegal actions that the Nixon regime had engaged in earlier.

Something similar is happening again but this time concerning a foreign power’s interference in the United States. Most observers are focusing on the election alone, Russian likely at the Kremlin’s insistence and American because as in 1972 that seems 2016 seems the most important thing.

But in fact, as Russian commentator Yuliya Latynina, now living in exile, points out, Russia’s interference in last year’s elections in the United States was but a part of a larger “massive, systematic, and long-standing terrorist act” against the Americans and their political system.

At the Kremlin’s direction, Russia “has tried to rape the very fabric of social life of the US,” interfering not only in the elections but in race relations and any other place where Moscow felt it could exploit divisions within American society to weaken its adversary, even as it continued to call for “business as usual” between Moscow and Washington.

“Someone advised Putin to conduct information war directly on the territory of the US,” much as it has for decades in the Third World and Europe. “Why is a senseless question,” she continues, for which there is no clearer answer than to one about why “Jack the Ripper killed prostitutes.” It is a question for psychologists.

But part of the reason lies in Russia’s fundamental weakness relative to the West and Putin’s desire to obscure this and even turn things upside down. Russia’s economy today is “smaller than the economy of [the US state of] California.” And anyone who travels even 50 kilometers outside of Moscow will see a backward world in which no one would want to live.

However, by its very brazenness, the Kremlin “has achieved a miracle: a consensus between Republicans and Democrats about Russia” as a danger to the world and a widespread feeling among the American people — if not the occupant of the White House — that Russia today has attacked the US in ways analogous to Osama bin Laden’s attacks on 9/11.

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  • Czech Mate

    Putin’s Kremlin is a state terrorist actor.

  • Mephisto

    Putin is similar to Hitler. At first Hitler took the world by surprise, using Blitzkrieg to occupy Poland, France etc., and he was in control, he was actively giving pace. By 1942 Hitler stopped being active and became reactive, only reacting to circumstances which he himself caused but lost control over them. Similarly, Putin is no longer in control. Merkel warned him in 2015 that he was making a serious and irrevocable mistake. He first mistake was Crimea and his second mistake was Trump. Before Trump, the US did not take him seriously. Now all the security conferences are about Russia and its hybrid war.

    • veth

      Rada to decide on cutting diplomatic ties with Russia on Nov 16 – Speaker
      16:20, 13 November 2017

      Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy has told reporters that the parliament on Thursday, November 16, will decide on an amendment to the law on severing diplomatic relations with Russia, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

  • rgb

    I’ve been of the thought these past months that Kremlin backing of djt for President of USA was discussed with djt either during or shortly there after the beauty contest in 2013.

  • Tony

    Related news:
    “The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks”
    “That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won’t be perceived as coming from a ‘pro-Trump’ ‘pro-Russia’ source.”
    In other words WikiLeaks is a pro-russian source, no surprises there.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/545738/

  • zorbatheturk

    The Pentagon needs to declare war on RuSSia.

    • MichaelA

      why bother?
      it does propaganda war
      because it is too weak to do any other kind