Accusations of Russia’s interference in the US election and hacker attacks should be considered in the wider context of US-Russian relations, Dan Kovalik, the author of the book The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin, believes, RIA Novosti news agency reports on June 26.
Kovalik compares the current relations between the USA and Russia with the cold war period, and he criticizes the confrontation that took place during that period. Also, he highlights the US’ interference in Russian internal affairs, its violation of promises given to Russia, and its intention to “humiliate” Russia.
In his interview to the RIA Novosti news agency, Dan Kovalik said,
“What is shaping up to be a new McCarthy period, in which people are accused of being dupes for Russia for simply questioning the prevailing anti-Russian discourse, is obviously different from the old one, but with essentially the same intention and effect – to curb dissent, particularly with regard to US foreign policy, which, by any rational measure, is incredibly destructive for our country and the world at large.”
Dan Kovalik is concerned that the US Democratic Party’s accusations against Russia related to Russia’s alleged interference with the American election and hacker attacks could result in a military confrontation. He believes that these topics are used “as a bludgeon against Trump”.
“I’m not a Trump supporter, I didn’t vote for Trump, I’m liberal-to-left, actually. But I’m still ‘right is right’ and ‘wrong is wrong’, and I don’t support the Democrats using this issue as a bludgeon against Trump, because it’s going to lead or could lead to very serious consequences … there are people pushing for military confrontation [with Russia],” he said in the interview.
According to Kovalik, the accusations against Russia are doubtful for a number of serious reasons; no one in the USA believes that computer hacking, if it had taken place, could affect the results of the election. He thinks that there is no serious evidence that Russia used hackers, and he thinks that resuming the investigation against Hilary Clinton ten days before the election had a much greater effect on its outcome.
“I think it’s not gonna be about ‘Russian hacking’ as much anymore, but about ‘obstruction of justice’ issues,” Kovalik said. He concluded that today the focus is made not on Russian hackers by on the question whether Trump tried to obstruct justice. Such allegations appeared after Trump fired the FBI director James Comey who investigated “the Russian case”.
The anti-Trump campaign, however, has very much hampered Trump’s getting along with Moscow, and now he has no options other than to continue the previous US administration’s course, Dan Kovalik believes. In view of the challenges humanity faces today, the USA and Russia should be allies, he says.
“It is important for American citizens, both liberal and conservative, to stand against such madness and to stand for a foreign policy based upon reason and facts. Confrontation with Russia is justified by neither of these,” Kovalik writes in his book.
Russia completely denies the accusations in the meddling with the US election; Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called these accusations “absolutely unfounded”.
The book The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin was published by Skyhorse Publishing in June. The author is Pittsburg University law professor, American journalist, lawyer, and peace activist Dan Kovalik.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency