By Wayne Madsen | 5 February 2017
STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION — In one of the most blatant double-crosses by the extreme right-wing since Nazi Germany broke its non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union in 1941 and launched a sneak attack on Russian territory, President Donald Trump’s so-called «alt.right» cadres have lined up to blame Russia for interfering in U.S. electoral politics. During the 2016 campaign, it was fashionable for Democrats, backed financially by George Soros’s network of nongovernmental organizations, to accuse Russia of hacking into Democratic Party computers and «fixing» the vote to enable Trump’s election victory.
Trump and his team had called for better U.S. relations with Russia during the campaign, and they correctly criticized Western sanctions imposed on Russia. As far as the charges that Team Trump was working hand-in-glove with Russian computer hackers to obtain the emails of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s senior campaign staff, Trump’s operatives, also correctly, called foul. Chief among the Trump operatives who denied the Democrats’ ridiculous charges was Trump campaign chief Steve Bannon, the former editor of the alt.right flagship publication Breitbart News.
Shortly after Bannon essentially took over the U.S. National Security Council seat that had been traditionally occupied by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Trump loyalists in the alt.right media began pushing the insane story that the protest rallies taking place at Trump campaign appearances during the 2016 campaign and those that took place during the January 20, 2017 inaugural were «covertly» financed by Russian President Vladimir Putin through an alleged «anti-globalist» secretariat located in Moscow. The story conjured up by alt.right purveyors of crackpot conspiracy theories implicated Russia for financing the anti-Trump protests by secretly funneling cash to «Marxist-Leninist groups». Ironically, during the campaign, these very same conspiracy theorists of the far right concluded that it was «progressive» left-wing groups backed by Soros who were behind the anti-Trump protests.
At the same time Trump’s cavalcade of alt.right web personalities pushed the Russian angle behind the anti-Trump movement, Trump’s national security adviser, retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, began rattling sabers against Iran and Bannon leaked to his friends in the alt.right movement a prediction that the United States would be at war with China in a few years. Of course, Russia is a strategic partner, through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and other alliances, of both Iran and China. Meanwhile, retired Marine Corps General and Secretary of Defense James «Mad Dog» Mattis flew to Japan and South Korea to assure both countries that Trump would continue to honor mutual defense agreements with them. Mattis had previously taken a tough line against China and Russia during his Senate confirmation hearing. […]