By Donna Buckbee
One of the habits I learned from my mother: special newspaper articles are to be clipped and filed.
This past winter I went through 50 years of those special clippings — reviewing, sorting and tossing. One of the few I held back from the burn pile was a book review from February 27, 2004, written by David E. Hoffman appearing in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Hoffman wrote about a then soon to be released book “At the Abyss: An insider’s History of the Cold War” by Thomas Reed, a former Air Force secretary who served on the National Security Council.
Hoffman quotes Reed, in 1982 the C.I.A. and President Reagan approved a plan to insert doctored software into critical infrastructure the Russians were set to acquire. These embeds were not detectable and were programmed to go “haywire” at various intervals, sabotaging things like pipeline pumps, turbines and valves. One result was a pipeline explosion, “…the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space…” Eventually the Soviets had no idea what parts of their systems were sound and which were not. They gave up.
The article doesn’t mention whether, in 1986, Chernobyl blew because of our “doctored software,” but I ordered the book and maybe that question will be answered. Chernobyl is certainly part of that time frame.
For this sabotage and for many other reasons, the Russians hate our guts! What better retribution than that Putin should install an asset — an utterly corrupt, compromised lunatic — in the White House and, moreover, that that lunatic should trash his own intelligence services on the world stage in Helsinki. When Putin and Trump came out of that private meeting you didn’t need an interpreter to understand that Putin owned Trump. Our own eyes interpreted for us that while a smirking Putin jauntily leapt to the podium, a bent-over Trump lumbered over, looking like a dazed, subservient, terrified captive who needed to please his master.
The Mueller Report states that the Russians interfered in our 2016 elections in a sweeping, systematic way and that they are still at it. This sabotage, this payback, is the equivalent of doctored software, hard to detect, embedded throughout our democratic infrastructure, programmed to go haywire at critical intervals. We no longer know which parts of our system are sound and which are compromised.
Trump doesn’t want to hear about this. Instead he works to hasten the division and conquest.
Someone recently said that what we have here is a corrupt, criminal operation masquerading as an American administration. I agree. Sadly, we are witnessing a monumental non-nuclear explosion of our Republic.