Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
WHY WOULD THE US BRIEF NATO ABOUT THE RUSSIAN BOUNTIES IF IT WERE A HOAX?
Vince Dhimos Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016–present)
Because by filing this unconfirmed report of an alleged Russian bounty offered for killing Americans in Afghanistan, the Democrats can gain propaganda benefits for the upcoming election by suggesting that Trump was in on this improbable plot. Notifying NATO is nonsense because the US controls NATO so that alliance would definitely already know about this rumour, and US media have already reported that the Pentagon can find no corroborating evidence that Russia paid the Taliban to kill Americans. Further, the killing of Americans is not consistent with the MO of the Russian Federation, which has never taken such drastic steps and always tries to stay away from direct skirmishes with the Americans – as they have done, for example, in Syria.
Narratives casting Russia in a bad light and pretending that the alleged bad things Russia is doing are facilitated by Trump are designed to garner votes from low information voters in November and that is the motive for this unconfirmed report from an unnamed source.
The fabrication of anti-Russian rumours was to be expected and various commentators in Russia warned it would happen in the run-up to the US November elections. They also warn of more to come simply due to these elections which the NYT, among others, hopes to throw to the Democrats.
When you consider this totally irrelevant propaganda plus the totally irrelevant blame game of Trump vs China, it is obvious that US politicians – both Republicans and Democrats – have no real platform and no strategy for dealing with the unpayable irresponsible debt and poor economic numbers and are trying to focus the public’s mind on side issues that do not affect their lives and interests.
This silly game points to the abject failure of Western government, which is necessarily focused on votes and not on solving real-world problems like the pandemic or the catastrophically failing economy, which in a sane and rational world would be tackled by a unified government with both parties pulling together. It’s not going to get better because this focus on side issues instead of the welfare of Americans and this bitter acrimony between the political parties is now an integral part of the US political process and there are no incentives to breaking with this slimy tradition.
In the long run, we can expect a big crack-up in the US Establishment, and the pandemic has been a catalyst for this.
But what if the bounty story is true you say?
Have we forgotten that it was the CIA — under Carter — that birthed the Taliban as a terrorist organization in a thoughtless attempt to weaken Russia’s influence in Afghanistan and the region? This reckless move led to the longest-lasting military quagmire in US history. And the CIA did exactly what the biased news agencies are now claiming the Russians have done but without a stitch of proof! The best solution by far would be to ally with the Russians in Afghanistan, but that would be politically impossible in our twisted Washington-dominated world. After all, NATO’s main raison d’être is to supposedly protect Europe from Russia, though that is nothing but a scam to extort billions of dollars from Europe in the form of membership fees and sales of US-made overpriced arms. Therefore, while any sane person would advocate for a US-Russia partnership, politics stands in the way and always will thanks to a sclerotic, permanent political culture of corruption (See here) and a 24/7 anti-Russian propaganda campaign in the collaborating msm that has unthinking Americans going right along with the charade.
Thus, the US is being its old hypocritical self, blaming Russia for supposedly doing exactly what we KNOW the CIA did under Carter. (Declassified documents demonstrate this).
Even if this highly unlikely rumour were true, it must be viewed in light of what the CIA did back then. The US has squandered trillions in Afghanistan and all because of a CIA plot that wound up creating a terrorist group that is now out of control. And yet people think of Carter as a peace maker!
The government that Russia was supporting in the Carter administration was a secular one, and that is a huge blessing in a Muslim country where so often human rights are trampled under Shariah law. But the US never sees the benefit of good government in third world countries. It is still trying to squash the democratically elected Assad government which for decades successfully maintained harmonious relationships among Shia, Sunnis, Christians and other minorities in Syria. A scheme that worked well until the Western-backed “moderate” jihadists wrought havoc with Syrian society. The US destroyed Saddam’s secular government in Iraq, where these groups all co-existed relatively peacefully and where terrorism was held under strict control. And now, in Libya, US Democrats in particular support the Serraj government in Tripoli, which turns a blind eye to black slavery and is supported by ISIS fighters imported by Turkey (as the Serraj government admitted to the Washington Post). There is a clear pattern here for anyone who wishes to see it:
For the US, secular governments in countries not aligned with the US are a threat and Islamist radical governments are desirable. Which makes no sense on its face because secular governments are closer to the US system of governance where no religion has the upper hand. This US strategy only makes sense if you see it as a reflection of politics, which focus on thwarting Russia no matter what it does and creating chaos in the Muslim world in accordance with the Oded Yinon plan (an Israeli plan that the US and Israel are jointly trying to implement, as explained here). (We had also shown here how the US-led West created ISIS).
So whether you choose to believe or reject the narrative of Russian bounties, that is, after all, only a side issue. The REAL issue is: do we want in Afghanistan the kind of secular government invariably promoted by Russia or the usual US-backed Islamist extremism?
Let’s not be side-tracked.
Aterword: I am occasionally criticised on Quora for being “too negative.” The odd thing is, the critics in question never even claim that my facts are incorrect (I provide a lot of links, as you know). Therefore, what these critics are really upset with, if they chose to admit it honestly, is not my negativism but the negative reality that we all face and with the fact that I so faithfully describe it without bias, obfuscation or distortions that make their favourite political party or ideology look good. Ultimately, their complaints and mine are the same. We can all only hope that the manipulators in Washington that are largely responsible for creating this sad twisted reality can someday be overcome once and for all – forced off their throne by the weight of their own illegitimacy. These days of pandemic are perhaps the only chance, and the perfect catalyst, for the change that US politics absolutely cannot provide but that the world desperately needs. And a perfect chance to reflect on it all, more honestly than we ever would have otherwise. Without the rah-rah-rah. Without the inane political slogans. Without the false patriotism. Without the Russia-done-it or the China-done-it rhetoric or the recrimination of the other party. But with a view to the harmony and unity that you can’t even hope to survive without. Let’s be honest for a change. Neither Trump nor Biden will give you unity. Neither of them even talk about unity and harmony in their silly pompous bombast. All they do is blast the other side, and the resulting impression is that Americans hate and distrust each other.
So who can restore unity and harmony in America and put an end to the enmity? You can, Dear American friend. Only you!