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Clinton campaign finally getting traction, but relies too much on Russia accusations [Glenn Greenwald]

August 15, 2016

Glenn Greenwald writes about the Clinton campaign

I kindof tune this nonsense out, in the same way I tune out the stream of verbal farts that come out of people like Bill O’Reilly and now Trump. But if this is to be the basis of Clinton’s success in politics, we are on even more shaky ground than I thought.

In a certain sense, Russia is actually an ideal foil for the pantomimed IR we get in the media, since everyone involved is pretty confident the harsh talk cannot result in a physical confrontation. Despite the brief scare in Ukraine a couple of years ago.

So ironically, we don’t hear equivalent kinds of sentiment directed at China or Saudi Arabia, even though both of those countries outdo Russia in most every measure of being authoritarian, regional power projection, influencing US government policy, etc.

 

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