'In the US, the likelihood of being smeared as a Russian stooge seems to be directly related to the popularity of your anti-war message.
Anti-interventionists who fly too close to political power get scolded by the corporate media, which consistently (and falsely) links them to Vladimir Putin. If Russia also opposes US imperialism, so it goes, you must be with them.
The lack of evidence for Russiagate smears doesn’t matter, though. Because they are of service to the US war machine. And if opposition to US aggression can be written off as a Russian conspiracy, resistance is weakened and the war machine can roll on unaffected.
The latest victim of such Russiagate smears is aspiring presidential candidate and US army veteran Tulsi Gabbard. And the attacks show just how desperate the political and media establishment are getting.
Demonising Russia is not a new technique. But it’s certainly effective. Throughout the Cold War, the US consistently exaggerated the Soviet threat to justify its own imperialist plundering. And after almost two decades of the ‘war on terror’, the propaganda machine has come full circle.
Today, Gabbard is the latest in a long list of US politicians to face accusations of directly or indirectly doing Russia’s will.
Vanity Fair described anti-war senator Rand Paul, for instance, as “Trump’s perfect Russia stooge” with a “curious affinity for Moscow”. Various commentators have similarly tried to link senator Bernie Sanders and new congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the Kremlin. The Hill bluntly argued that Democratic ties to Russia are ample, and often ethically dubious.'
Read more: ‘Russiagate’ has little to do with Russia. It’s a tool to destroy anti-war resistance
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