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The Democrats' Joe McCarthy Moment

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The Obama administration's intelligence community has claimed, without presenting evidence, that Russian intelligence was behind the Democratic Party hacks as a way to influence the U.S. election, a somewhat ironic charge, given the long history of the U.S. government engaging in much more aggressive actions to block the election of disfavored politicians abroad and even to overthrow democratically elected leaders who got in Washington's way.

Rather than seeking to explain Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street bigwigs and other special interests, Podesta and other Democrats have simply piled on the Russia-bashing with suggestions that Trump is consorting with America's enemies.

While the Democrats may consider this strategy very clever -- a kind of karmic payback for the Republican red-baiting of Democrats during the Cold War -- it carries even greater dangers than Al Hunt's putting down Robert Novak for trying to save lives in the Persian Gulf War.

By whipping up a new set of whipping boys -- the "evil" Russians and their "ultra-evil" leader Vladimir Putin -- the Democrats are setting in motion passions that could spin out of control and cause a President Hillary Clinton to push the two nuclear powers into a crisis that -- with a simple misjudgment on the part of either nation -- could end life on the planet.

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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at secrecyandprivilege.com. It's also available at
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