NEWSWATCH: “Why Democrats Are Obsessed with Russia” – The National Interest/Ted Galen Carpenter

“The issue of Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has intensified an already deep and bitter partisan divide. Democrats and the broader progressive community argue that a hostile nation worked to defeat Hillary Clinton …. allegations have become increasingly shrill and over-the-top. … chill[ing] debate on U.S. policy toward Russia … creat[ing] an atmosphere of intolerance and guilt-by-association … reminiscent of the McCarthy era …. It is astonishing how outlandish some of the comments have become.  … Other progressives have wildly exaggerated the supposed Russian threat …. Clinton asserted that Donald Trump would be “Putin’s puppet.” … As Clinton’s smear of Trump and Heilemann’s attack on Nunes illustrate … progressive hysteria about Russia dovetails into impugning the integrity of anyone who disputes the narrative …. the response of progressives is wildly excessive. It is preposterous to compare cyber espionage with … Pearl Harbor and 9/11 ….”

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