Whilst Nato justifies its every brutal act of aggression around the world by claiming that it is all in the service of democracy, every day brings new evidence of just how far US democracy has degenerated back in its own yard.
In the run-up to the last presidential election, the camp of Joe Biden was eager to tamp down allegations about corruption and influence-peddling. Key to the allegations were emails on a laptop used by Biden’s son Hunter, detailing how he had introduced his Ukrainian business partner to his father, then vice-president Biden.
Things looked black for Biden’s election campaign.
But in the nick of time a letter surfaced, signed by 51 former intelligence officers, declaring categorically that the Hunter laptop scandal was the fruit of a Russian disinformation campaign and should be disregarded. This effectively squashed the story, which was obediently pulled by all the major social media platforms, thereby greasing the wheels for Biden’s path to the White House and the ousting of the much-reviled Donald Trump.
Now, though, with Biden presiding over the Ukraine fiasco and losing friends fast, the Biden clan’s dirty Ukrainian secrets are leaking out again. Worse yet for a regime struggling to retain some shred of credibility after the Nord Stream revelations, the conspiracy to cover up the Hunter laptop scandal is tainting the whole administration, including the now-secretary of state Antony Blinken.
In private sworn testimony, Mike Morell, who had been an acting CIA director under Biden, told the House judiciary committee that Blinken, now secretary of state, was the senior campaign official who had reached out to him three days after the New York Post published details of the story.
Egged on by Blinken, Morell rounded up as many intelligence officers as he could lay hands on, including John Brennan and Leon Panetta, getting them to put their names to a letter denouncing out of hand the Hunter laptop allegations as “Russian disinformation”.
In his testimony to the House, Morell made no bones about what motivated him to abuse his position as an acting CIA director by interfering with the election process in this way. He frankly admitted that he had cobbled together the letter because he wanted “to help vice president Biden … because I wanted him to win the election”.
Is it perhaps time for the well-financed National Endowment for Democracy to take a look at how democracy is faring back at home?