Editor’s Note: without question, June 2017 has been one of the most politically consequential half-months in the history of what we deceptively continue to call “Western Democracy” and at this point my friends I am in fact so far behind (because of a mild case of writer’s block) that I genuinely fear I’ll be playing catch up until early 2018. I currently have stories on the burner about the Grenfell Tower fire & the GOP baseball practice shooting, our alarming escalation in Syria & what it means for our relationships with Russia, Saudi Arabia & Iran as well as the second half of my breakdown of James Comey’s June 8th testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that still has a number of important clues to dissect.
In short I am up to my eyeballs in work and despite the fact that I’m hoping to release at least three new articles over the next thirty-six hours, I still feel compelled to ask for your patience while I try to catch up to a world that has undoubtedly gone stark raving mad – I’ve literally spent the past two and a half days just reading, analyzing and collecting sources and frankly there doesn’t seem to be an end to the insanity in site.
As a result today’s Brief Thought is going to be a quick and dirty look at how the Democratic Party’s “Russiagate” conspiracy theory has paid off in spades (for elite Democrats) even though the two core accusations that founded it are still completely unproven and will almost certainly remain so.
Note: if you’re having trouble reading the above info-graphic, just right click on it and select “view this image” to pop out a larger version; I’m working on writing on shorter summations so that I can use larger text on the memes themselves but it’s definitely still a work in progress at the moment. Please also remember to check out my (extremely brief this time) comments after the admittedly voluminous “Sources” section of this article.
Sources By Topic:
For once I frankly don’t have a whole hell of a lot to add here because everything in the above info-graphic is relatively self evident if you’ve been following the “Russiagate” saga and if you haven’t, reading the forty links included above will help you catch up to speed better than anything I can say here would:
- The Trump presidency is already swirling the drain to the point that Democrats are openly talking about what a Mike Pence presidency might entail; while Pence himself appears to be already running for President three and a half years before the next election.
- Democrats have made no substantive changes in the wake of punting the 2016 election; Pelosi and Schumer still largely control the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton shows up on TV every three weeks to remind people that she’s still deeply involved in Democratic politics and even the new DNC Chair (Tom Perez) was literally hand-picked by former President Obama who himself continues to lurk in the halls of party power – I mean when known liar/party mercenary Donna Brazile is still collecting a paycheck as a political strategist, I think it’s safe to say the Democrats haven’t learned a whole hell of a lot since the election.
- The military situation in Syria is unarguably deteriorating; when the US moved in additional forces under the guise of supporting an assault on ISIS positions in Raqqa, President Bashar al-Assad rightfully branded them invaders and made it absolutely clear American forces were not welcome in Syria. In addition to Trump’s infamous attack on a Syrian airbase with fifty-nine cruise missiles, US forces have repeatedly fired on units of the Syrian army and now a US fighter plane has downed a Syrian jet as well as a drone in a provocation that Russia has made clear *will* have consequences. This is also unarguably playing out against the backdrop of overt Saudi aggression and US warmongering against Iran as part of a proxy war between the KSA and Iran that has been building for years; and yes, Iran is another Russian ally.
All that really leaves us with is the question of whether or not a wild conspiracy theory that even Democrats and their most loyal media allies are beginning to back away from, was ever true at all and the answer to that question is an emphatic no:
- Nina Illingworth
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