What we witnessed on this really remarkable episode of Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter was a window into a cult that’s been created around Russiagate. And we’ve seen the research on cults that when the millennial promise by the cult leader of deliverance is discredited or the cult leader is exposed as a fraud, the cult members deepen their conviction instead of falling into disillusionment.
The media is having a rough week when it comes to reporting on the federal government’s multiple ongoing Russia investigations. Three stories in the past seven days have crumbled under greater scrutiny.
The United States has said for 70 years that nuclear weapons make us safe. But nuclear weapons are the principle threat to our safety and security, if you look at what these weapons will do when used. And for various reasons the military and political leaders of nuclear weapons’ states have not wanted to acknowledge these facts.
Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation is adamantly opposed to Big Government, except when it comes to subsidizing Big Oil and expanding U.S. military operations.
A recent editorial in the Economist magazine simultaneously reveals both the intellectual shallowness of the new Cold War and its source of inspiration.
Here’s the thing. You can create just about any sort of thesis if all you do is take one example and imagine that it personifies some general truth. But it’s not good history.
Do we really want to cede to folks of the temperament of Mikhail Saakashvili an ability to instigate a war with a nuclear-armed Russia, which every Cold War president was resolved to avoid, even if it meant accepting Moscow’s hegemony in Eastern Europe all the way to the Elbe?
Trump can’t make a move without being seen as a bag man for Putin.
According to the current political vocabulary the “deplorables” are people who are rooting for Trump, while the “useful idiots” are those who believe that for the United States it is much better to have Russia as a friend rather than a foe.
U.S. media outlets are very good at demanding respect. They love to imply, if not outright state, that being patriotic and a good American means that one must reject efforts to discredit them and their reporting because that’s how one defends press freedom.