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Someone I know pointed me at an interesting article about 'russophobia' and the long and conflicted history of US public opinion of Russia. One of the points being made was that complaining about Trump being under Russian influence is pretty rich given that we essentially placed Yeltsin in power in Russia in the 90s. Either that article, or a podcast he pointed me at also expressed worry that the 'intelligence community' (who I will hereafter refer to as the 'deep state' without quotes) is taking it upon themselves to depose a democratically elected leader.
While I think the article makes for interesting and thoughtful reading, I disagree with their opinion about Trump. It's not because I disagree with their facts. It's that I disagree with their conclusions.
When we meddle in other countries, I think the other countries are perfectly justified in trying to undo the effects of our meddling, and attempts to remove our ability to further meddle in the affairs of their country. This opinion forms a backbone of my dislike of our military interventions.
Much the same as the citizens of the countries we try to meddle in, we have an obligation to ourselves and to each other to have our country be run by us, not some foreign government. Unless we collectively make an explicit decision to turn over the reigns to a foreign government, we should do everything in our power to make that not happen.
Of course, Trump was democratically elected according to the rules we've adopted for elections. And a large portion (though very definitely not a majority) of the electorate voted for him. As a democracy, we cannot simply ignore their interests. But the issue of our government being under the influence of a foreign one is orthogonal, and one that must be addressed separately.
It does disturb me that our own deep state has it in for Trump. It does make me skeptical of the information they provide. But in this case there appears to be a fair amount of corroboration. In general though, the way our deep state acts as our keepers rather than our servants in something that has disturbed me for a long time.
I do wonder though how many of our other leaders have had similar problems that the deep state has chosen not to reveal because it wasn't in their interests to do so. This is a whole different issue, and part of the massive problems we currently face as a nation. Problems that Trump is ill-equipped to solve, even if he wasn't a likely puppet of another (hostile) government.
Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:
* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth
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