I have just (thanks to Tucker Carlson) become aware of David Ciciline, a depressing experience. Mr Ciciline is a member of the House of Representatives. He is the Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. He has a doctoral degree in Law. In other words, he is an educated and influential person. He is also a complete loon.
Mr Ciciline believes that Russia hacked the US presidential election. This is a delusion that is apparently widely held in America. However, his foolishiness extends well beyond this nonsense. He believes that RT engaged in propaganda, disinformation and fake news against Hillary Clinton. Yet, one can easily tell from his answers to Tucker Carlson that Mr Ciciline knows nothing about RT (other than it is Russian) and its programming.
Of course, Mr Ciciline is not alone. Indeed, Mr Carlson seems happy to provide these delusional loons with every opportunity to demonstrate the poverty of their thinking. The other day, Carlson interviewed a retired colonel, Ralph Peters, who was so bereft of evidence and reason that he called Carlson a Nazi sympathizer for having the audacity to suggest that America and Russia should work together to defeat the jihadists.
More of this delusional thinking was exposed in a subsequent interview with Max Boot. Mr Boot is an academic and a foreign policy expert, so one might expect him to know something. Well, one would be disappointed. Mr Boot had no coherent, evidenced, reasoned argument. All he has is emotive rhetoric and logical fallacies.
This is the level the "Russia, Russia, Russia" delusion has reduced American political discourse to. And this was inevitable given the fact that it is completely without any evidential basis. The lack of facts inevitably results in the "debate" being about which side one is on, and, in that context, taking a side is inevitably construed as a moral (or immoral) position. Hence, Mr Boot, Colonel Peters, Congressman Ciciline all inevitably attack Tucker Carlson personally, rather than present a reasoned argument.
Russia-gate has turned sensible, educated people into loons. This is not just a problem for domestic American politics. It is a problem for the whole world. The loons in America are pushing the world's two great nuclear powers into conflict: a conflict that could end in a nuclear war. This outcome does not even require anyone desire a war. A mere constant ratcheting up of tensions could easily result in a situation where any mistake could light a fuse that would be inextinguishable. Indeed, it might not even be a mistake. In the context of such heated rhetoric, it is perfectly possible that a false flag operation by a third party would be sufficient. The world is now closer than ever to nuclear annihiliation. And all because some Americans cannot accept that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election.