Reprinted from Paul Craig Roberts Websitte
On Monday, Aug 1, I was interviewed by *Katehon. Read the transcript below...
Paul Craig Roberts
Bernie Sanders won the presidential nomination, but he was cheated out of it by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which is the operating body for the Democratic Party. The DNC helped Hillary win the nomination by the combination of vote miscounts with appointment of super delegates, who no one elected, to vote for Hillary. So, she won this nomination illegitimately. All of Bernie Sanders' supporters know that. They have turned against Hillary, and it is unlikely that many of them will vote for Clinton.
When the email scandal hit, the Democratic National Committee, hoping to shift the blame elsewhere, asked: "Who do Americans dislike more than Hillary" and answered "the Russians." Washington has been demonizing the Russians for last three-four years. So, the Americans are told to dislike the Russians. That's why the DNC and the presstitute media blame Putin for the WikiLeaks release of the emails that showed that Democrats were cheating Sanders out of the presidential nomination. Putin was made the issue instead of Hillary.
Hillary is a crook in many ways. But she has escaped from prosecution, because she is too useful to the oligarchs. So they shift all that blame to Putin, saying that this is a Russian plan to get Donald Trump elected. But I don't think it will fool many people. Only the stupid ones. It will play in the media, because the media is not honest, not independent. The American media is like the old Soviet Media -- it has to answer to the Master and can't say much independently. It's not going to fool the American people that all this e-mail scandal is the work of Putin.
Democrats are looking for a boogeyman, for somebody to shift the blame away from them. They don't even realize that their allegations make Russia look like a cyber superpower. Well, Russia may be a cyber superpower, but we all know that Clinton's e-mails did not reach WikiLeaks via Russia. It's just something Clinton operatives made up. The media simply went along with it, reporting it without investigating it.
I don't think that many people will believe that Putin is behind the leak of Hillary's incriminating emails. It just makes the Democratic National Committee look even more ridiculous. The DNC steals an election from the candidate that people wanted and tries to blame Putin for doing that.
Bernie Sanders, when he supported Clinton at the Democratic convention, discredited himself and demoralized all his supporters. Therefore, they turned from him too. That eliminates Sanders as a leader. He ruined it for himself. If he had gone to the convention and said: "You stole the presidential nomination from me! I am the one who won," he would be the most popular American today. He could run as an independent candidate and win. But he didn't have the courage to do that. He gave up, surrendered. The oligarchs are accustomed to people surrendering to them. They think that Putin will surrender to them. And that China will surrender. And Iran.
Bernie Sanders does not have the support of the oligarchs. The military security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby are not behind him. He is not their agent. His support came from the Democratic voters themselves. So he doesn't have the power to prevail, unless he really takes the fight to Hillary. But he wasn't willing to risk that. Bernie Sanders is considered as an outsider by oligarchs. They did not fund his campaign. His endorsement of Hillary has broken him as a political leader, and it is the end for him as a potential leader.
Hillary has chosen a war-mongering general as her vice-president.
The American media, which is bloodthirsty for war, will support Clinton and attack Trump. But the media has lied so much that the media has lost its credibility. Fewer people depend on the media, because it was lying so much and for so long. Much more important is how Trump handles himself. If he continues to say that he doesn't want a conflict with Russia, that NATO is a problem and not a solution, and continues to denounce the offshoring of American jobs that have destroyed the middle class, Trump will win the presidential election regardless of the opposition from oligarchs and the media. The fact that corporations moved the middle-class jobs offshore really hurts Americans and the American economy. Trump is against having tensions with Russia. He realizes that there is no real need for NATO. So, Americans are supporting him for these reasons. If Trump sticks to these issues -- he will win, if the election is not stolen,
But the question is: what could he achieve, if he gets the office? It may turn out that he could do nothing, but he's the only hope we have. Does Trump know who to appoint in order to achieve his aims, or will his government be appointed by the establishment who will "advise" him and thereby control him?
If a Trump victory seems in the cards, Democrats will try to steal the election by programming the electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail. So, whoever programs the voting machines can determine the vote outcome. And nobody will ever know that fraud has occurred.
Unless Trump has experts who can ensure that the voting machines are programmed correctly, I suspect that the machines will be programmed to vote for Hillary. Trump cannot trust the Republican political establishment, because it is opposed to him. If Trump relies on them, they will cooperate with Hillary's people and program the machines so that Hillary wins. There are no paper ballots to be recounted. This is the way a lot of elections have been stolen in recent years in the US.
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