Nah Jimbo. This is a bad take.
Your new crush makes a decent-enough point on the power of narrative. It appears to be her one insight - and she apparently rides it pretty hard. Here she is a few months ago...same shtick:https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/whoe ... 2e1134e857
Again, it’s a decent-enough rap - but both she and you ignore the obvious...that narrative is really all that she, or any of the other folks you listen to have to offer. We’re supposed to trust Scott Ritter’s takes because he was a weapons inspector, or Robert Parry’s because he won a Pulitzer. At some point we end up having to accept somebody’s narrative, because we don’t have the time, ability or expertise to properly analyze some things on our own.
But Johnstone also misses the larger issue when it comes to the liberal reaction to the last few days. It isn’t about Russia. The fact that she (and you) think it is is a tell on where her/your agenda lies.
Nobody I’ve ever talked to sees Russia’s actions as substantively different than a bear mauling. You don’t blame a bear for doing what bears do. Most of us instinctively get that there is a two-way street when it comes to Americans and Russians playing Spy vs. Spy. Nobody is talking about invading Russia or deposing Putin or starting WWIII. That shit is in your mind.
Russiagate is about a President who refuses to even find out whether a threat exists. It’s about a President who accepted personal financing from a country for years, and is now favoring that country via our foreign policy - EVEN to the detriment of our NATO alliances.
The issue isn’t whether the threat from Russia is a proven fact. It is that our President refuses to even take the possibility seriously. Then kicks our allies in the shin. Then insists on a meeting with no staff. Then publicly insists that he trusts the word of a foreign leader over his own intelligence community (which, even if he were right in feeling that way, should never be said publicly for a million reasons I hope I don’t have to spoon feed you).
People are justified in asking exactly what Trump’s motivations are. They clearly aren’t about peace or denuclearization.
The best case scenario is that he’s just a moron who likes Putin more than he likes the FBI. But given that he’s President...that’s a problem.