[Vision2020] 7-26-17: DAN KOVALIK, "The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia".

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Wed Jul 26 18:43:52 PDT 2017

I certainly do not want to appear a subscriber to the talking points of the
Trump administration or Trump supporters, that Trump or his associates
connections to operatives in Russia are nothing but propaganda to
undermine Trump's presidency, or diminish the legitimacy of Trump's
electoral collage win.  I think it likely there was Russian support, with
clever plausible deniability, for hacking the DNC and US election systems,
and waging a cyber social media fake news operation to undermine H.
Clinton.  In the brave new world of the Internet, as it increasingly
dominates the socially constructed so called "reality" of human life, it is
a plausible assumption that every major nation, the US included, is hacking
into and waging cyber propaganda, info wars or espionage, against every
other major nation's governments, and public and private sector domains,
when possible.

However, in the interests of open minded investigation of all
possibilities, I forward the following post from the Institute for Public
Accuracy, regarding the book as mentioned in the subject heading.
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia

DAN KOVALIK, DKovalik at usw.org
    Kovalik is author of the just-released book *The Plot to Scapegoat
Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia*
He teaches international human rights at the University of Pittsburgh
School of Law. See the book's forward
David Talbot, the founder of Salon.com.

    Kovalik's pieces on Huffington Post
"Listen Liberals: Russia Is Not Our Enemy" and "‘The Resistance’ That
Doesn’t Resist War."

    He said today: "The House overwhelmingly passing sanctions on Russia,
Iran and North Korea is not what it seems. While these sanctions were
allegedly passed to respond to aggression by Russia, Iran and North Korea,
they seem more targeted toward giving the U.S. a greater share of Europe’s
market for natural gas -- a market now largely supplied by Russia. The *New
York Times* just reported
'"We are following the draft bill on Russia sanctions with some concern,
notably because of its possible impact on the E.U.’s energy independence,"
a European Commission spokesman, Margaritis Schinas, said on Monday.'

    "The pretext for these sanctions is somewhere between dubious and
laughable. First and foremost, the American public has yet to be presented
with any reliable evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Moreover, the claims of Russian meddling are patently hypocritical given
the U.S. government’s own meddling in many other countries in recent
decades, including in the 1996 Russian presidential elections. The U.S.
outright invaded Iraq, bombed Libya and numerous other countries in recent
years to effectuate regime change, and it is currently threatening regime
change in Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. It is therefore in no position
to lecture Russia regarding Crimea, international law or anything else."
See Kovalik's piece on Counterpunch: "The United States as Destroyer of

    "This doesn't mean Russia and Vladimir Putin are beyond serious
criticism. No one is. But what's happening here is clearly a major effort
to demonize Putin. This facilitates several agendas: Painting the U.S. as a
benevolent force on the world stage rather than critically assess the
damage its regime change wars have caused. It is used by the establishment
of the Democratic Party to justify their loss to Trump and lack of a
serious affirmative program. And it facilitates the continued
militarization of U.S. foreign policy and the continued dominance of the
Military Industrial Complex.

    "These sanctions increase the chances of war between the U.S. and any
or all of these countries. As such, these sanctions, which could indeed be
interpreted as a declaration of economic war against these nations, should
not be welcome. History and current events demonstrate that Russia is not
our enemy, and the American public should resist the push to paint it as
such lest we be misled into but another, and potentially more disastrous,
war. Whatever one thinks of Trump, his one rational policy is his desire to
have detente with Russia, and that is the very policy which the Democrats
are resisting the most."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 421-6858, Hollie Ainbinder, (615) 308-4792

July 26, 2017

Institute for Public Accuracy
980 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * accuracy.org * ipa at accuracy.org
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