Hillary Clinton strongly, publicly, intimated that her fellow Democrat Tulsi Gabbard was a Russian asset. She said the Russians “got their eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.” Asked to clarify if she was referring to Gabbard, Herself replied “If the nesting doll fits…”
Of course, Herself has over the years fit nicely into the nesting doll. Remember Rosatom? Allow me to refresh your memory.
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.
And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal, New York Times, April 23, 2015
Gabbard didn’t take kindly to the accusation, tweeting “Great! Thank you [Hillary Clinton]. You, queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.”
Both Gabbard and Clinton have claimed that Trump is a Russian stooge. Trump, always with the brazen deniability that nothing he says is serious, or literal, or either, invited the Russians to hack Hillary during the 2016 campaign (did they?). Then he not-so-subtly quid-pro-quo’d the Ukrainians into investigating the thing he asked Russia to do.
At some point, Clinton, Gabbard, and Trump have taken up positions favorable to the Kremlin. Though this is normal and inevitable in campaigns and in the shifting loyalties of diplomacy, it’s clear that practically every candidate (except possibly Marianne Williamson) is somehow tainted by the nesting dolls.
Pots, meet kettles.
Like Fabergé, It’s By Design
This is by design. Like Fabergé, the Russians, under Vladimir Putin, have not sought out a single candidate to bolster. That, in itself, would be discovered, lead to Moscow, and directly result in effective countermeasures.
The Russians have been fueling social media “fake news,” funding extreme and conspiracy groups on both sides of our political chasm, influencing politicians with money and promises of dirt on their political opponents, and conducting a range of social-psychological operations (warfare) against American society.
Russian intelligence, of which Vladimir Putin is a distinguished member, knows that certain political veins tend to resonate with the American polity. They are using their very well-developed and muscular skills in the social and cyber domains to influence our elections, our politicians, and our society.
They don’t really care who wins, as long as we’re fighting about it, and letting them get away with more of it.
While we fight over how to regulate large social media platforms, the platforms themselves are fighting an ever-widening battle against the hordes or trolls, bots, and sophisticated algorithms constantly trying to penetrate their defenses. (Watch this series of videos: #211 #212 #213 #214 #215 by rocket engineer Destin Sandlin, detailing the new “domains” of warfare, and how enemies of the U.S. are manipulating our social media platforms.)
Those efforts, along with a little cash, some old-fashioned attempts at collusion, and “lobbying” against laws punishing Russia for its game, like the Magnitsky Act, combine to make the Russians a formidable foe, who may very well be winning in their long-term effort to upend America through our greatest strength: our pluralism.
America resists tyranny mostly because we are too busy disagreeing with each other to agree on a tyrant. But the Russians have evolved this disagreeing into chaos by taking advantage of our liberal campaign laws, our undisciplined political parties, and our avarice, to plant pernicious scandal into our political system.
Hillary Clinton is right. Gabbard is right. Trump (mostly) is right. They’re all tools of the Russians. That’s because the Russians don’t have a “candidate.” They are targeting our process.
Until we realize we’re being played against each others, we’ll all be pots calling the kettles Russian nesting dolls.