“He Hit Me Back”, “Shocked Surprise” and Russiagate

Calvo sons 2000
My three sons, way back when


This morning Fox News (now comparatively somewhat less “faux” than most mainstream media, at least some of the time) reported that “Russian hackers stole NSA data on U.S. cyber defense”.  A kind of funny story in context which bought to mind a personal experience with my sons probably a quarter of a century ago, perhaps even earlier (but not much, the three are now 31, 29 and 27 years old, …  how time flies).

As I read the story and similar stories on other media including CNN, MSNBC, etc., after having scanned stories from a diverse selection of national and international media, formal as well as alternative (both left and right), something I do every morning before selecting a topic on which to write, I recalled how way back when (which means a long time ago), one of my three sons, I don’t recall whom other than that it was not my eldest, came to me furious and crying because one of his brothers had “hit him back”.  My sons were not always well behaved but even way back then, they tended to be honest.

It was kind of funny but my son was so upset that I refrained from showing it, instead, I explained that while it was wrong for his brother to hit him, he’d started it and was perhaps a bit more wrong, and then I said they could either work it out or I’d punish them both.  More mature then than our government, our political parties, our intelligence community and our mainstream media are now, my sons elected to work it out.  They usually did in the face of consequences, even though the consequences did not involve mutually assured destruction.  But then, they were not involved in no holds barred quests for domestic political power or world domination (at least I hope not).

As I read the story and the earlier family incident popped into my brain, I reflected that the ludicrous Russiagate allegations, really a political strategy to avoid unpleasant truths, has devolved into pretty much the same thing, especially this latest chapter; formal investigations and all.

So,  …  Let’s see.

The Russians, in an effort to defend themselves from US cyber aggression, did the same thing we’d been doing to them back to us and in the same manner.  Hmmmm, seems familiar, and not just because of the incident with my sons.  That’s the template for every Russiagate related allegation.  Unfortunately, there’s no parent around to explain cause, effect and consequences, certainly not the mainstream media, certainly not the intelligence community, certainly not our major political parties, certainly not the Congress.  Our only hope is that voters will prove less manipulable and naïve than the Deep State expects, …   but given our history, that’s not much on which to pin hopes for a sane world.

I could have selected to write on how Israeli domination of United States foreign policy is making us drift further and further away from sanity and from sane actors on the international scene, ever closer to the international loony bin (I can sense Kim Jong-un snickering).  Imagine, threatening to decertify the Iran nuclear deal on the day the Nobel Committee awarded its Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican); but I felt perhaps a little comparative levity was called for.

Just saying (whatever that means).

© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2017; all rights reserved.  Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen).  Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales.  He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies).  He can be contacted at wacalvo3@autonoma.edu.co or guillermo.calvo.mahe@gmail.com and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.

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