WASHINGTON. It was February of 1981 and President Ronald Reagan was meeting with his cabinet secretaries in the Executive Mansion’s Roosevelt Room . When the president asked his department heads their goals for the new administration, CIA Director William Casey allegedly extolled the virtues of an initiative to control the national conversation:
“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”
The aforementioned anecdote may be apocryphal, but it makes an important point. In controlling the narrative, you can control perceptions of reality. “The medium is the message,” as Marshall McLuhan famously said back in 1964.
Decades later, former CIA Director John Brennan was almost able to say, “Mission accomplished!”
After all, it was Brennan who described President Donald Trump as “treasonous” and “wholly in the pocket of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.” The charge, coupled with the gravity afforded Brennan by his intelligence credentials, made his perpetual scowl a familiar sight on network and cable news.
In fact, Brennan is now a security and intelligence analyst with NBC News.
The Brennan dossier
Conservative media’s focus remains on the Christopher Steele dossier. That dossier accusing Trump of cavorting with Russian prostitutes while on business trips to Moscow. However, not much is said concerning the dossier.
This bit of fiction, compiled in August of 2016 and marked “eyes only” for President Obama.
That dossier was the work of CIA Director John Brennan.
“Inside was an intelligence bombshell,” wrote Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima, and Adam Entous of the Washington Post, “a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race… the operation’s audacious objectives – defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.”
And eight days prior to Trump’s taking the oath of office, the BBC’s Paul Wood reported that a British intelligence source (not Christopher Steele) confirmed Britain was made aware of the salacious Trump/Russian-prostitutes sex tapes by “the head of an East European intelligence agency.”
And so, Brennan convened a task force comprised of analysts from the CIA, NSA, and the FBI.
In other words, former Soviet and Eastern Bloc intelligence services, aided by the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and America’s dominant national news media, worked hand in hand to wage a disinformation campaign against the duly-elected president of the United States, Donald Trump.
John Brennan’s drive to advance the Russia/Democrat/mass-media anti-Trump narrative failed. It failed with the delivery of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to the Justice Department last Friday. The one exonerating Trump of the audacious charge he served as a double agent for Moscow.
And what was Brennan’s reaction to Mueller’s findings?
“I don’t know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was,” he told MSNBC.
Putin’s fellow travelers
Brennan and the media that hired him have yet to admit they were pawns of Russian disinformation.
But Vladimir Putin’s American fellow travelers, congressional Democrats, insist they’ll continue working on Moscow’s behalf, egged on by the media, through investigative hearings designed to continue the Kremlin’s discredited anti-Trump narrative.
Top Images: John Brennan, MSNBC screen capture.
Inset of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sergey Subbotin / Сергей Субботин via Wikipedia.