I was recently scrolling through the television channels and came across The Putin Interviews by Oliver Stone. After watching these I became intrigued. My curiosity was drawn to two facts – i) Vladimir Putin has denied his country’s involvement with the US Presidential Elections and ii) how the media has blown this way out of proportion.
Putin has repeatedly justified a country’s right to meddle in the US elections. For example, when he said, “Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes.” These kind of quotes lead me to believe he wants to create the illusion that it is alright to fight America, without admitting to it directly. I believe Putin is a nationalist and as such wants to see a new and improved Soviet-style government in as many countries as possible. By this I mean he dislikes the West’s long-time expansion of power. In my opinion, his opposition to this is based on a belief that he doesn’t like regular people having political power. He wants a government that gives the people what they NEED and not what they WANT. This allows for him and his inner circle to stay in power while having a stable nation.
There have been many investigations and accusations that Russia somehow “hacked” our election. However, I would like to rely on the definition of term “hacked” used by the Trump Administration, rather than the one used by the Press. I do believe that the Russia government downloaded DNC data, analyzed voting patterns, and sought to gain political advantages over their US counter-parts. However, I do believe there were no changes, alterations, or manipulations of any vote.
When 17 US agencies state that Russia “hacked” our election, I grow worried. I am concerned because to my knowledge they are misleading the American people. Many senior officials have testified Russia did not influence any vote. So why is this conversation continuing ? We have some members of the press that are now getting fired for reckless and care-free accusations that have no merit. As the American people who keep these news organizations in business, if we see this kind of irresponsible behavior, we simply must stop reading and stop subscribing to media outlets who continue these practices. These reporters write articles based on one anonymous source and claim it to be 100% factual. I would like to know if these “sources” aren’t just low-ranking office interns seeking attention.
Lastly, I would be curious to see the reaction if the US were ever accused of interfering with elections in countries such as China or Japan. If the US did what Russia has done there would be a very different scenario. First off, I believe the foreign government would stop diplomatic communications with America (which the US has not done to Russia). Then, they would have an independent review of materials that were compromised, rather than merely assigning a special council to launch an unfocused investigation into leading political rivals as has been the case in the United States. Finally, because they have more conviction than our politicians, China or Japan would likely instigate trade sanctions and tariffs creating economic hardship on the United States. Said another way, all these points demonstrate my belief in how poorly the United States is presently handling this situation. We have let the press have a field day through unchecked and reckless reporting. Instead, we have chosen to investigate our Commander in Chief and his administration, but not the country – Russia – who actually compromised our systems by accessing our records.
All in all, I believe Russia gained access to records regarding our elections but did not change any vote. I also believe Putin has been using shaky justification to defend his country’s cyber intrusion into vital US data bases, and finally that the US has poorly handled this situation and turned it into an embarrassment. So I leave you with this question – “Because we are now a worldwide laughing stock, did Putin actually succeed with his objective ?”