The Spooks and the Hacks: Why Do They Hate Russia?

The Spooks and the Hacks: Why Do They Hate Russia?

Why am I supposed to believe that Russia is our enemy?


It’s a mystery to me. I throw it open to the listenership. Why am I supposed to believe that Russia is our enemy?

by John Derbyshire

Well, if you were wondering who really runs things in Washington, D.C.—where the real power lies—now you know: it’s with the intelligence agencies, with a little help from the Main Stream Media. Next question: why do they hate Russia so much?

December 29th, the day still-President Barack Obama expelled a raft of Russian diplomats on suspicion of having influenced our election, General Michael Flynn—at that point merely a private citizen but about to become President Trump’s national-security advisor —had a phone conversation with the Russian ambassador.

Nothing wrong with that. Or perhaps not quite nothing. There is a federal law called the Logan Act that prohibits private citizens from talking to foreign governments.[18 U.S. Code § 953 ] The Act was passed in 1799 when one George Logan, a Pennsylvania state legislator, had talks with the government of France, ticking off the John Adams administration, which had majorities in Congress. In the subsequent 218 years, there has been just one indictment under the Logan act, and zero actual prosecutions. The Act is regarded as a bit of a joke, and the jurisprudential consensus seems to be that it is in fact unconstitutional, although with zero prosecutions in 200-plus years, nobody thinks it’s worth the trouble to test the matter.

Well, our spooks listened in to that December 29th episode of personal diplomacy. Then they passed on what they’d heard to the FBI. Then someone—either a spook or a G-man—leaked to the press.

“According to a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking. “[Why did Obama dawdle on Russia’s hacking?, By David Ignatius, January 12. 2017]

That is seriously illegal. It’s also highly irresponsible, as it gives the other party meta-intelligence—that’s intelligence about intelligence. Without knowing what we’re doing or how we’re doing it, the Russians now know a thing we can do: listen to their ambassador’s phone conversations in defiance of whatever kind of subterfuge or encryption he’s using.

But if there’s been a Main Stream Media hue and cry over that illegality and that irresponsibility on the part of our intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, I missed it. All the fuss has been about what Flynn told or did not tell Vice President Pence, and how the President was then briefed.

It’s penny-ante stuff; so much so you have to wonder—as some commentators have wondered—whether Trump used the whole nothingburger as an excuse to dump Flynn this week because he was dissatisfied with him.

It got blown up into a major story because of synergy between the intelligence people and the MSM, the spooks and the hacks. Dwight Eisenhower famously warned us about the military-industrial complex. What we’ve seen this week is the intelligence-media complex showing its strength.

When the hackers met the spooks.

The spooks can of course do major damage on their own. In alliance with the MSM, though, they are lethal. A leak is just a leak; the MSM decides what to make into a major story and what to leave as a filler item on page 23. And, working as they do in a pillar of the CultMarx establishment, the media hacks are happy to take what scraps and fragments the vengeful spooks pass on to them and work them into bricks to throw through Trump’s windows.

So again I ask: Whence all this hostility to Russia?

I am honestly baffled by it. In what way is Russia a threat to U.S. interests? They have no claims on our territory. They’re not a commercial rival. They’re not flooding us with cheap workers to depress our own people’s wages and burden our welfare services. They haven’t sent any terrorists to fly planes into our skyscrapers. Why are we even supposed to be bothered by their espionage activities?

It’s true that the present Russian government is unlovely. It’s true they might do mean things, like invading Estonia. That would be deplorable, but no sane person really thinks the U.S.A. would go to war over it, as the NATO charter technically requires.

Indeed, the temptation to show up NATO for the hollow sham it is, is the only reason I can think of for why Russia would invade Estonia.

The Estonians should make what arrangements for mutual defense they can with neighboring countries, and avoid provoking the bear. They face nothing worse than small countries with big neighbors have faced since the beginning of time.

Russia’s just another country, like Brazil or Indonesia. I can’t see any reason we shouldn’t get along with them on the same terms as with those countries.

The Cold War’s been over for a quarter of a century, for Heaven’s sake.

I can’t even figure out a conspiracy theory about our Establishment’s hostility to Russia. Has the Homintern been at work, stirring up anti-Russian feeling because they won’t legalize same-sex marriage? Does someone think they want to dominate the Middle East so they can control the Arabs’ oil? Do influential American Jews still nurse resentment for the Kishinev Pogrom? None of that strikes me as even remotely plausible.

Is it just inertia? The Cold War created huge, entrenched sub-establishments within the federal government—lots of iron rice bowls. These sub-establishments don’t want their rice bowls broken. They don’t want their corner of the swamp to be drained. Swamp-draining-wise, they are massively conservative, in the style of the Third Duke of Norfolk: “I would all things were as hath been in times past.”

That’s not much more plausible than the conspiracy stuff, though. After twenty-six years, years that saw the War on Terror and the rise of China, are significant power centers in the U.S. government really still obsessing about Kremlin plots and tank divisions rolling through the Fulda Gap?

Hard to believe.

Is it just the perception that Vladimir Putin is a nationalist—a nationalist that will help other nationalists any way he can, funding Ms. Le Pen’s political campaigns [ Marine Le Pen’s links to Russia under US scrutiny, Telegraph, UK, December 21, 2016] and hacking the emails of Donald Trump’s opponents?

Possibly, and I can see that would rile up the CultMarx globalists. But why are the rest of us supposed to care?

It’s a mystery to me. I throw it open to the listenership. Why am I supposed to believe that Russia is our enemy?

Winston Churchill, following the Hitler-Stalin deal of 1939, said that Russian policy was “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

I’m feeling the same way about our own current Russia policy.

Can anyone enlighten me?


John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire [email him] is a British-born naturalized American writer, journalist and commentator. 

He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books.

He’s had two books published by FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. His writings are archived at


  1. It is really very simple, there are two reasons.
    One, Russia is not willing to roll over and be destroyed (again) by the US banks and industrialists. The Americans did a huge asset stripping job of Russia in the early nineties and drove the ordinary Russian into abject poverty. Putin will not allow that to happen again. Having regained control of the Russian oil and gas, he will not allow it to be stolen for the profits of BP et al.
    Two, a nation has to have an enemy to come together. Otherwise it turns upon itself.
    As you can see, once the USSR collapsed and there was no external threat, the whole of the west could look at what was happening in their own countries and a split developed between the productives and the parasites.
    The leaders have tried to create the Muslim – Western split, and have been very successful, but 1.49 billion peaceful Muslims put lie to the ‘They hate us for our freedoms’ nonsense.
    The Powers That Be lost control because the people felt safe. Poor but safe. You will only agree to having 70% of every thing you produce being stolen from you by IRS bandits, if you believe that they are protecting you from another bandit who will take 80%.
    As Plato said: ‘This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector’.
    Without an enemy you get ‘Occupy Wall Street’, ‘Hang the Bankers’ and “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité”, followed by tumbrils and public executions.
    The only country that could be hyped into a credible threat was Russia. South America had been looted and too impotent and fractured to frighten the proles. China was too busy making cellphones, clothes, flip-flops and were too foreign for the threat to be easily swallowed.
    They considered having Canada as the enemy, in 1995 Moore even made a film about it, but it is hard to be scared of such unfailingly polite people. Mexico has already invaded. It is hard to shoot the maid and her children.
    Trump came along and used the greatest weapons against the political class. Mockery (Jeb is standing on his toes again) and truth. No-one had tried the truth for 200 years.
    “Strauss is often elliptic because he believes that Truth is harmful to the common man and the social order and should be reserved for superior minds.
    Moreover, much like his disciples Allan Bloom (The Closing of the American Mind, 1988) and Samuel Huntington, he is careful to clothe his most radical ideas in ostensibly humanist principles.
    First, nations derive their strength from their myths, which are necessary for government and governance.
    Second, national myths have no necessary relationship with historical reality: they are socio-cultural constructions that the State has a duty to disseminate.
    Third, to be effective, any national myth must be based on a clear distinction between good and evil; it derives its cohesive strength from the hatred of an enemy nation.”
    Which is why the Russians (and Syrians) are constantly being portrayed as killing children. The fact that US had murdered 500,000 children in Iraq before 2002 was just ‘a price worth paying’. 5,000 dead children in Palestine – Gaza is justified defence and 12 dead children in Aleppo is a war crime.
    “This truth that Machiavelli and Strauss share is not a blinding light, but rather a black hole that only the philosopher can contemplate without turning into a beast: there is no afterlife, and neither good nor evil; therefore the ruling elite shaping the destiny of their nation need not worry about the salvation of their own souls.”
    I do not know if Trump is a genuine, well intentioned fool or a genius.
    He wants to bring the country together for the welfare of all. He wants to stop the wars and enmities and look after the children, Americans first and if there is anything left over, then the rest of the world. He goes to church, he has morals and ethics. I feel that he is actually concerned for his soul.
    If he is anything like me, at 70 years old one starts to wonder if there is an afterlife. Perhaps even thinking of Voltaire, on his deathbed. The old man called for a priest to absolve him of his sins. “Do you repudiate the devil and all his disciples?” the priest asked. “My dear boy,” replied Voltaire, “this is no time to be making new enemies.” Trump shows all the symptoms of a well intentioned, naive person.
    There is an Indian philosopher who teaches that societies go through three cycles. The military who establish a society from war and chaos, and set the tough laws, who eventually give way to the caring and kind priests who set the morals, who get corrupted and displaced by the merchants who destroy the laws, who have to be overthrown by the military who set …….
    In this view, only the military will be strong enough and incorruptible enough to displace the merchants.
    Trump has confused the worst of the bankers by playing the Israeli card and has the military at his back. If this was a conscious strategy then he is a genius. Without the military he cannot win, even if he has to bribe them. With the Jewish lobby against him he cannot win even if he has to sacrifice Gaza.
    And back to Russia, at this time he has to unify the nation. The simplest way is to have a threatening, external enemy. He is playing the internal debate, we cannot attack Russia because of China at our backs. We cannot go after China because the Russians will grab Europe. I hope he holds off the wars by playing on our fears.
    “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” James Madison
    I hope the man is a genius. I hope that he can overcome the tyranny imposed by Clinton – Bush – Obama and restore freedom. I also hope I win the lottery, probably the same odds.

  2. John, re read Orwell’s 1984 for a start. It was an early whisleblowers exposure by an insider to the machinations of the controllers. Then check out another Brit’s writing, David Icke. Then to bring you up to speed, read some of Dr Jim Fetzer’s work exposing (and vetting) some of the most serious false flag events used to manipulate, steer the ship of history…JFK, 9/11, the Paul Welstone murder, the Sandy Hook hoax, etc.

    The CIA cleverly inserted the words “conspiracy therorist” into the meme to discredit the anti-war movement which has successfully worked now against any dialog about the controllers for decades.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it….It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent…the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels
    “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” — Voltaire

    It is always about peeling the onion to reveal deeper truths isn’t it? America statrted off as the Virginia Company est: 1609 by King James’ aristocrats, and post war renamed itself The United States of America, Inc. The myth of a democracy or corporation yet to be explained by “historians.”

    We have been lied to and controlled for hundreds of years by the obvious usual suspects and the hidden hand of malevolent secret controllers, who, by the very nature of being secret, are.