THE DESIRE NOT TO KNOW
"The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them ".. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. -- Harold Pinter, in his 2005 Nobel acceptance speech
Hillary Clinton, the Deep State's chosen candidate, was trounced, Donald Trump is to be President, and streets are filling with people waving signs such as "Say No to Fascism". Where have these people been these past few decades? Would any be able to mount a credible argument that we have not long been a textbook example of fascism? The corporate sector plus government, within a framework of militant nationalism, is what the US has been for at least a couple of generations, but with a corporate media reporting that the world depends on us to spread freedom and democracy, too many have wrapped themselves in the myth of American "exceptionalism".
Pundits and politicians insist that Russia is an "existential threat". So are Iran, Venezuela and a host of others. What are they implying? Basically this says the US Government dislikes that certain countries exist, but the usage insinuates underlying philosophical problems too opaque, to esoteric, for the masses to comprehend. Just accept that it's "existential".
Russia has no military bases near the U.S, but despite the fact that the Reagan Administration promised Russia's Mikhail Gorbachev the U.S./NATO would not move "one inch" eastward if Russia would allow German reunification, we are presently placing military forces in Baltic and other NATO countries smack up against Russia. How many Americans consider how they might read the world's only "superpower" setting up military bases along US the border?
As for the unrelenting insistence that Russia meddled in the presidential election, William Binney, former Technical Director for World Geopolitical & Military Analysis for the NSA, exposed the lie it when he referred to the touted 25-page Intelligence Report: "They say that with 'high confidence'. Now that's the first clue that they don't have a shred of evidence that it's true. Because if they claim some 'confidence level', that means they don't have the evidence."