There is a bipartisan Establishment effort to reignite the cold war with Russia. Neocons like John McCain and Lindsey Graham want it. The Hillary wing of the Democrat party wants it. The CIA wants it. The taxpayer-fed defense industries want it.
These people are so used to getting what they want by following the prescribed formula they've run for years that their sloppy approach leaves them vulnerable. It's a vulnerability that has been exploited--with the help of the god-emperor himself--again here. Almost immediately after it came out that US senator Jeff Sessions had communicated with Russian diplomats, the proverbial fools who have to say something rushed in to pile on and ended up getting knocked silly in the process:
Who? Whom? Know the answers to those questions, and you'll know everything you need to about whether an action or behavior is perfectly reasonable or unthinkably scandalous. Put in another way by the ineffable Z-Man:
We have reached a point where it is heads they win, tails we lose. The game has been rigged to make reforming the system within the rules an impossibility. When a majority of the people favor a policy that the managerial class opposes, the policy gets hamstrung by the rules of the game. All of a sudden, the process is sacred. When the managerial class wants something for their masters, they change the rules so it either flies through or simply happens without anyone noticing. The process is not all that important.The pretense for a renewed war--that Russia interfered with the 2016 US presidential election--is absurd. The US regularly interferes with elections in other countries, most notably those in former Soviet countries where we've sponsored various "colored" revolutions over the last several years.
Unless it involves hacking voting machines, this "interference" is merely countries conducting foreign policy in an attempt to influence events so that they play out in a way most beneficial to the actors doing the influencing. Putin wanted Trump to be elected because Russia doesn't want war with the US. Mexico wanted Hillary to be elected because illegal immigration to the US is a great thing for Mexico (they export their social problems northward and get billions in remittances in return).
WikiLeaks--an organization with a far, far better track record than the CIA--reported that the Obama administration via John Kerry asked Ecuador to interfere in the 2016 election, and that the US interfered in the 2012 French presidential election. The US government is constantly interfering in elections all over the world.
There's common ground here for Trumpian America Firsters and the Bernie Sanders wing of the left, and it's ground we'll have to share if we want to avoid a military confrontation with a country that can't compete with the US using conventional military means but that does have thousands of nuclear warheads. This is the most important foreign policy question the Trump administration is likely to face.