When Molly K. McKew of Politico wrote Putin’s Real Long Game over a year ago, it should have become the handbook for dealing with the Russia investigation.
The Democrats and mainstream media have been relentlessly promoting the story that candidate Trump colluded with the Russians to steal a U.S. election. But the more evidence that’s presented, the clearer the picture becomes of what the Russians are really up to.
Before the Mueller investigation began McKew wrote:
What both administrations fail to realize is that the West is already at war, whether it wants to be or not. It may not be a war we recognize, but it is a war. This war seeks, at home and abroad, to erode our values, our democracy, and our institutional strength; to dilute our ability to sort fact from fiction, or moral right from wrong, and to convince us to make decisions against our own best interests.
The unlikely source of agreement comes in Rob Goldman, Facebook’s VP of Ad Product. After reviewing every ad that the 13 Russians were indicted for planting Goldman said, “I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”
In fact, most of the ads in question said nothing about the election and a fourth of them were never seen by anyone. The vast majority of the ads couldn’t have influenced the election since they didn’t run until after Trump was elected.
One can only conclude that the left and the mainstream media, in general, are willingly blind to the obvious. Read Mueller’s indictments, the Steele dossier, look at the Facebook ads, and other post-election efforts and one thing became crystal clear – the goal of Russian meddling was not to get Trump elected but to shake the foundations of our Democracy any way they could.
Consider some of the main points of the indictment of the Russians that speak to their goals.
- The Organization’s stated goal was “spread(ing) distrust toward the candidates and the political system in general.”
- Americans were recruited to create “politician intensity through supporting radical groups, users dissatisfied with (the) social and economic situation and oppositional social movements.”
- Russians used the Facebook group “United Muslims of America” in 2016 to promote a rally called “Support Hillary. Save American Muslims.”
Although not in the indictment, it was reported in May 2016 that two Russian-backed groups — “United Muslims of America” and “Heart of Texas” organized both anti-Muslim and pro-Muslim rallies outside an Islamic center in Houston. The result was conflict between the two groups.
An honest look at the indictments reveals one glaring omission – President Trump is never named even once. The indictment states over and over that the stated goal of those 13 Russians was to cause division and unrest no matter who was elected.
According to Mueller’s indictment, the Russians organized rallies both for Trump and against Trump. They also organized at least two anti-Trump rallies after the election including a “Trumps NOT my President Rally in New York, City on November 12, 2016.
They also helped organize ‘Charlotte Against Trump’ on the 19th of that month after the racial conflict there.
Facebook’s Goldman observed:
The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans. It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation.
So what is Russia’s goal if it wasn’t to get Trump elected? As Mckew saw a year ago, this is a new kind of cold war fought with the new weapons of social media. The goal is not so much disinformation as in the first cold war, but an attack our “basic ability to distinguish truth at all.”
McKew sees an odd hope for President Trump’ style of leadership:
[Trump may be able to] expose what Putin’s Russia is and end the current cycle of upheaval and decline.
Neal Postman wrote a prophetic little book called Amusing Ourselves to Death in 1985. In it, he showed that George Orwell’ 1984 envisioned truth being concealed from us. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
Postman predicted Huxley’s vision is the most likely one for our culture. Apparently, the Russians agree. Their end game is not changing the truth but rather causing the populace to decide truth is irrelevant.
~ Freedom News Report