There you go again, Counterpunch
Publishing yet another politically correct, psuedo-leftwing fraud's trashing of Russian intevention in Syria and Donbass.
The title of the article (Once again, I refuse to link to this pile of propaganda.) sounds progressive enough:
Why must we sanction Russia?
But the basic stance of the author is that Putin is a bad guy who's only virtue is that he is less bad than all the people he (and his equally bad allies) is inconflict with. So we get slam after slam on Putin, lightened by the attitude that things could be worse. What meretricious humbug. What damning with faint approbrium.
After stripping away the "it could be worse" tropes, here is what Mr. (again, never heard of him) Tommy Raskin has to say about Putin and Russia:
1. Putin’s aid to Assad is still condemnable, of course,
2. Russian violence in the Donbas does not justify sanctions either...the region’s Russian separatists align with Moscow’s villains,
3. As for Putin’s interference in the U.S. presidential election? We still do not know precisely what happened, but it seems clear that any Russian intrusion was largely defensive...It is no far stretch to suppose that... the Kremlin resolved to prevent this tried-and-true militaristic busybody from antagonizing Russia as the United States’ next president.
4. Although his authoritarian sympathies and skepticism of the West probably date back to the Cold War, Putin and President George W. Bush actually managed to maintain an amicable relationship
Nowhere in this article does Mr. Raskin even consider the facts that completely debunk his villainization of Putin. Fact one: the US and KSA funded the terrorists in Syria and Iraq from day one. They operate today in Syria illegally; whereas the Russians were invited in and have defeated ISIS. OTOH, the US sent targeting intelligence to ISIS and bombed the Syrian Army to support them. Fact two: the US funded the Maidan coup d'etat. Just last week, three men told their story of being hired by cronies of ex-Georgian, ex-Ukranian sociopath, Shalikashvilli, to randomly shoot into Maidan crowds. Fact three: there is not one shred of EVIDENCE to support the theory that Russia (as in the government, not any old hacker posting some clickbait for profit) "meddled" (howTF do you define that?) in our election.
You would never learn any of these facts that contradict his propaganda piece from fake leftwinger Raskin. You will learn no fact that is not consistent with the corporate media/CIA party line on the ongoing series of US-driven destabilization campaigns, and sanctions against Russia and Iran, from what appears in Mr. Raskin's one-sided pile of left-handed complements.
If you look for Mr. Raskin's biography, you find he is part of the so-called "secular humanist" movement - which was created to reify a non-existent boogeyman of the right. That is, there was no such thing as a secular humanist movement until someone (gee, I wonder who?) paid for its creation.
Mr. Raskin is also involved in something called the "Good Men Movement", another dip in the Identity Poltitics sewer that is polarizing the coutntry by amplifying people's "with em or against em" attitudes about various exclusionary "tribes".
In response to my earlier post about Counterpunch's poor editorial choices, Cassiodorus said that they will publish just about anything. Well, here they go again. This article is a "trapdoor argument", a Gish Gallop of false analysis piled on false fact. The reason these arguments are called trapdoor, in analogy to cryptographic codes, is that they take much more work to refute than to state.
My opinion of Counterpunch continues to decline as blatant establishment propaganda by clearly faux progressive authors continues to be posted on a regular basis.