Anti-Russia hawks call Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election “an act of war” and demand the U.S. “respond accordingly” after President Trump’s historic conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“No question about it,” declared Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen when asked by Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball whether the alleged Russian hacking and propaganda efforts constituted an act of war. “It was a foreign interference with our basic Democratic values. The underpinnings of Democratic society is elections, and free elections, and they invaded our country.”
Cohen, who earlier tweeted a message in which he appeared to call for a military coup to remove President Trump before backtracking, called for the United States to launch cyber attacks on Russia assets, including banks.
“A cyber attack that made Russian society valueless. They could have gone into Russian banks, Russian government. Our cyber abilities are such that we could have attacked them with a cyber attack that would have crippled Russia,” he declared.
Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, the former commanding general of U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, joined Molly McKew, a foreign policy advisor who is also a registered agent for Georgian President Saakachvili’s government, wrote a piece for Politico equating Russia’s alleged actions during the 2016 elections to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the 9/11 attacks.
“In 2016, our country was targeted by an attack that had different operational objectives and a different overarching strategy, but its aim was every bit as much to devastate the American homeland as Pearl Harbor or 9/11,” they wrote. “The destruction may not send pillars of smoke into the sky or come with an 11-digit price tag, and there’s no body count or casualty statistics—but the damage done has ravaged our institutions and shaken our belief in our immovability.”
“But two years on, we still haven’t put any boats or men in the proverbial water.”
In their zeal to paint President Trump as a puppet of Putin, despite zero evidence being produced by the Mueller investigation thus far to corroborate that viewpoint, establishment Democrats and Republicans, along with their allies in the mainstream media, are calling for actions that could very well provoke an armed confrontation with Russia.
“This is our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11. In the past, we have risen to the defense of our values, our ideologies and our institutions. It’s time for another fight,” Hertling and McKew concluded. “The ball — as Putin said — is in our court.”