Well, Here’s an Interesting Gambit

Pity poor Robert Mueller. The dutiful hatchet man charged by his fellow ruling-class elites with bringing down the usurper Trump, he’s finding it rough going. After a year and a half, Mueller and his team of vicious anti-Trump lawyers have been unable to come up with any actual evidence of collusion between the hated false Emperor and the evil Designated Hitler, Vladimir Putin. And that was supposedly the whole purpose of his seemingly ill-fated enterprise.

For instance, the story was that the Russians hacked into the Democratic Party’s computer servers and publicized embarrassing information regarding the Party’s unethical suppression of Bernie Sander’s nomination bid. But new evidence now indicates that it was an insider who downloaded the documents onto a thumb drive.

So, to muddy the waters and make it look as if his investigation was going somewhere, he indicted 13 members of a Russian click-bait farm that posted some fake messages and ads on social media sites such as Facebook. In it he charged that the hired internet trolls were actively interfering in the 2016 election and working to defeat Hillary Clinton’s campaign for Emperor.

Apparently, however, the indictment is pretty thin legal gruel, and would face problems if challenged in court. For instance, the trolls didn’t just post anti-Hillary messages. They also went after Trump, as well as posting messages that didn’t address the campaign at all, but stirred the pot with issues such as race, religion, and others. And in fact, much of their activity happened after the election. A friend of mine with knowledge about such things tells me that she thinks the whole effort was an attempt to make money by provoking people to click on pages with advertisements. In any case, the entire effort only spent a few hundred thousand dollars, if that, and may have reached at most a few thousand people. In a campaign in which billions were spent, that’s a pretty tiny drop in the bucket.

But Mueller had two things going for him.

1) He could depend on the hysterical support of Democrat (and some Republican) politicians and the Ministry of Truth. For instance, Democratic Congressorganism Jerry Nadler proclaimed that the indictment was “absolute proof” that the Russians “attacked” the United State, and that it was the “equivalent” to Pearl Harbor.

2) Mueller brought the indictment calculating that the Russians named therein would stay safely in Russia. After all, there’s no way they could be extradited, and what would they have to gain by trying to defend themselves anyway? So the indictment would be moot in any material sense and prevent any necessity of defending it. It could just remain in legal limbo, giving off a stench and adding to the bad publicity being piled on Trump.

Except that now a couple of lawyers have popped up claiming to represent the indicted trolls, who, according to the lawyers, want to defend themselves against the indictment! The only reasonable explanation is that the Russians know that the case is fatally weak. They are demanding discovery, which could make the whole case blow up in Mueller’s face when they expose that weakness.

The one thing that Mueller apparently left out of his calculations was the fact that Russians are really big on the game of chess. That game teaches one to carefully consider all available options and their possible consequences, to think ahead, and to fight carefully, but boldly. We’ve seen one manifestation of this in Russia’s outmaneuvering of the U.S., with far fewer resources, in Syria. Another is the way that the Russian military has developed an array of weapons that allow a country with a GDP a tenth the size of that of the U.S. to credibly deter aggression by the United State.

Meanwhile, the U.S. style of confrontation is to roar, bluster, and imitate a bull in a china shop.

This may be very entertaining, indeed.

UPDATE

Right after the news that the Russian trolls are asking for discovery from Robert Mueller, we get this:

Report: Russian Hackers Posed as ISIS to Attack U.S. Military Wives

I wonder how long they’ve been keeping it on ice, waiting for the moment it’s needed?