The current hysteria in the United States over allegations that Russia stole the American election to put its man, Donald Trump, in the White House would be hilarious if powerful people in the U.S. government and the mainstream media did not appear to take this scenario seriously.
It has been leaked to the Washington Post by an anonymous source that the CIA has concluded with high confidence that the Kremlin preferred Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton.
Well, duh! How much intelligence, in any sense, does it take to reach that conclusion?
Clinton had publicly compared President Putin to Hitler and promised to step up efforts to provoke, punish and humiliate Russia.
Trump had promised to treat Russia and its president with respect and to seek to cooperate with Russia on matters of common interest.
Of course, Russia preferred Trump!
Americans are supposed to be shocked, shocked (à la Casablanca) that, in these circumstances and with the relationship between the two major nuclear powers being the most important and dangerous inter-state relationship on the planet, Russia might have dared to try to influence the result of the American election.
Readers of A Legacy of Ashes, Tim Weiner’s definitive history of the CIA, will be aware that two of the principal activities of the CIA since its creation have been the propagation of fake news stories (officially, only for foreign consumption) and seeking to influence foreign elections,…