Cold Warrior Pat Buchanan Says Russian 'Fake News' Meme Is a Load of Bunk
Advises vigilance against domestic propaganda factories instead -- just like a KGB spy would
When it comes to the strength of their Cold War convictions Pat Buchanan is up there in the highest echelons, up with Harry S. Trumam, the butcher of Pyongyang and Rocky Balboa, the vanquisher of Ivan Drago. There are few men who detested "the evil empire" more than this speechwriter for Nixon and Reagan and supporter of the Vietnam War. So with the Russian propaganda brouhaha this Russkie-hating national treasure of a man has of course proclaimed Moscow is obviously back to its old Soviet tricks trying to infiltrate the minds of vulnerable Americans with filthy communist lies. -- Except that ha has not.
To the contrary ole Pat has perpexingly and completely without reason suggested the far likelier source of "fake news" targeting Americans are America's own allies and its own war-crazed politicians:
What brings these episodes to mind is the wave of indignation sweeping this capital over “fake news” allegedly created by Vladimir Putin’s old KGB comrades, and regurgitated by U.S. individuals, websites and magazines that are anti-interventionist and anti-war.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says the “propaganda and disinformation threat” against America is real, and we must “counter and combat it.” Congress is working up a $160 million State Department program.
Now, Americans should be on guard against “fake news” and foreign meddling in U.S. elections.
Yet it is often our own allies, like the Brits, and our own leaders who mislead and lie us into unnecessary wars. And is not meddling in the internal affairs, including the elections, of regimes we do not like, pretty much the job description of the CIA and the National Endowment for Democracy?
History suggests it is our own War Party that bears watching.
Consider Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Who misled, deceived, and lied about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, the “fake news” that sucked us into one of our country’s greatest strategic blunders?
Who lied for years about an Iranian nuclear weapons program, which almost dragged us into a war, before all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies debunked that propaganda in 2007 and 2011?
Yet, there are those, here and abroad, who insist that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons program. Their goal: war with Iran.
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