In the 1980 election the Reagan campaign ran an intelligence operation that, among other things, infiltrated the Carter White House. They had agents sending our most sensitive military secrets to the campaign. At one point they even managed to steal the briefing book that Carter was using to prepare for his debates against Reagan. Use of the briefing book provided inside information that helped Reagan temporarily appear competent. (Side note, learn about the involvement of “journalist” George Will.)
After that I wanted to write a novel in which the Soviets infiltrated the Reagan campaign, and made them all think they were getting secrets out of the White House to use in their ideological war at home, but in reality they were handing the secrets to the Soviets. It seems an obvious approach, to pose as ideological warriors to get the “conservatives” to do their bidding…
On to today…
To what extent is it possible that today’s Republican Party scandals are not just about traditional corruption, but instead are the result of manipulation by foreign interests, masquerading as corruption and ideological cultism? China, Iran, ??? The neo-cons are persuaded by ideology and cooked-up intelligence to go to war in Iraq. Iran ends up with Shia Iraq as a client state, with its oil resources at its disposal, for sale to China. America weakened, its industries no longer competitive, it’s infrastructure crumbling. Who benefits?
Think about the harm the neo-con “conservative movement” ideology has done to our country. We’re left with massive debt, fractured institutions, a dangerously divided public, destruction of public infrastructure, outsourcing of our manufacturing and technological base, weakened public education system, — the list just goes on and on. Was this just blind cultist ideology? Who benefits?
How much of the “conservative movement” was not American-grown? Look at the purchased influence of the Moonies – an internationally-funded cult sets up a newspaper in Washington and it becomes the news hub of the “conservative movement.” The cult spreads billions of dollars around “conservative movement” circles and sets up front groups with patriotic-sounding names. The President’s brother travels with the cult’s leader. (Somehow not the biggest story in every news outlet.) Everyone KNOWs it is about buying influence but no one acknowledges they are buying influence! Who benefits?
And this, to get the comments popping: In the 90’s the neo-cons kept us from using encrypted voice and data communications. Who funded that campaign? Who benefits?