Juan Cole — a left-wing professor and pundit known for his vituperative opposition to George W. Bush –- is rather skeptical about the Russian Hacker Conspiracy Theory the Democrats and their media allies are pushing as part of a strategy to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency. He sees in this strategy echoes of past propaganda efforts.
Personalization and demonization are well-known Washington propaganda techniques.
At one point George W. Bush maintained that he had been right to overthrow Saddam Hussein of Iraq even though that country had not had any dangerous unconventional weapons. The reason? Saddam Hussein, he said, was “evil.”
The “evilness” of an opponent of US policy is metaphysical, and can be used to justify almost anything.
Back in 1953, Iran had a nationalist prime minister who wanted a fair share from BP of the money from sale of Iran’s own oil. His name, Mohammad Mosaddegh, showed his aristocratic lineage. The Eisenhower administration and the compliant Washington press corps waged a campaign of personal vilification against Mosaddegh, hinting around that he was a communist and a puppet of the Soviet Union. This was an aristocratic nationalist!
Demonizing Mosaddegh was a prelude to the CIA buying a crowd and overthrowing the elected prime minister of a major parliamentary country. It has never to this day recovered its democracy.
Hugo Chavez of Venezuela was also demonized.
So was Yasser Arafat. Salvador Allende of Chile.
Whenever the US intelligence agencies collaborate with mass media to throw up on the screen the face of a foreign leader, giving him devil’s horns and making his face red with the flames of hell, we have to take that depiction as a sign that they intend to do something to that country.
Not that I agree with his characterizations; but it is rather interesting to see this Conspiracy Theory from a left-winger’s point-of-view. I give him credit, at least, for being consistent. Unlike the Democrats who were insisting two months ago that to suggest an election was rigged, and to dispute its outcome, was treasonous crazy talk.