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The hype on television yesterday about “13 Russians Indictment” was like a flash bomb on both CNN and Fox news channels.
Please note that voices of wisdom are quickly speaking up. This one is by Peter Van Buren, a highly respected former U.S. foreign service officer. Van Buren spoke out prior to the Iraq war and has since disengaged himself from failed intelligence and policies. I suspect we will see a wealth of pushback to yesterday’s hype in the coming days.
More to follow,
Center for Citizen Initiatives
Institute for Public Accuracy
February 16, 2018
“13 Russian” Indictment
PETER VAN BUREN, info at wemeantwell.com, @WeMeantWell Available for a limited number of interviews, Peter Van Buren is a former State Department foreign service officer who spent time in Iraq. Now in Washington, he writes at his blog, We Meant Well. His first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.
He said today: “Just did a quick read of the ’13 Russian’ indictment. Missing are a) any connections between the 13 and the Russian government and/or Trump campaign; b) any discussion of the impact (if any) their social media efforts had. It describes them buying Facebook ads, but nothing about if it affected votes; c) no connection shown between any of this and DNC, Wikileaks, hacking of emails; d) no discussion of motive; e) assumption that anything anti-Clinton was defacto pro-Bernie and/or pro-Trump. And all indicted persons are Russians, and outside the U.S., so highly unlikely this is going anywhere further legally.
Dear Friends of CCI,
Four years ago, in utter devastation, I wrote a piece putting together what I had personally experienced about Vladimir Putin and what others who had experience with him had told me. Why? Because he was clearly the #1 focus of the sabotaged Sochi Olympics and the fierce Maiden Revolt which was supported by outside forces against Russia and Putin.
Today we face the potential of WWIII due to this insane “enemy-making” being waged against Putin and Russia. When, if ever, will our people wake up and demand radical change in the U.S. military policy toward Russia––and the world for that matter? My answer: ONLY when enough of us speak out for our common future. “How can we REVERSE this perilous situation in which we find ourselves?”
Putin isn’t the problem, friends. The problem is the projection of our own “shadow” on Putin and Russia. More on this to follow.
The article below was my pondering four years ago about this situation––and the tragic consequences that could result. It is even more relevant today than then.
Center for Citizen Initiatives
April 21, 2014
Russia Report: Putin
Friends and colleagues,
As the Ukraine situation has worsened, unconscionable misinformation and hype is being poured on Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Journalists and pundits must scour the Internet and thesauruses to come up with fiendish new epithets to describe both.
Wherever I make presentations across America, the first question ominously asked during Q&A is always, “What about Putin?”
It’s time to share my thoughts which follow: