US State Department Admits Plans To Meddle In Hungary’s Democracy

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Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

As we noted last weekhypocrisy may be the only consistent guiding principle of US foreign policy.

US State Department Admits Plans To Meddle In Hungary's Democracy

The Rex Tillerson State Department will pump $700,000 into Hungarian media to remove Viktor Orban.

TheDuran’s Alex Christoforou writes:

When another nation state uses media to communicate it’s point of view, its flagged as a foreign agent, a “bad actor”, and often declared as an “act of war (i.e. RT).

When the US government uses its petrodollar strength to insert its agenda into another country’s politics it’s branded “democracy and human rights programming”.

According to The Gateway Pundit, Rex Tillerson State Department is spending over $700,000 to defeat PM Orban in Hungary.

The deep state is vehemently opposed to Orban’s nation statism…his conservatism and his stance against open borders. For the neo-liberal cabal under the watchful eye of George Soros, Orban must go.

In his speech accepting his party’s endorsement, Orban said he was fighting against “globalist” views that threaten the EU’s Christian nations and their moral foundations, for which he blamed Soros.

“Some countries in Europe decided to transcend Christianity and their own national character,” he said. “They want to step into a post-Christian, post-national era.”

“To execute Soros’s plan they want to root out governments which represent national interests around Europe, and that includes us,” he said. “They act like Soviet agitprop agents once did. We old war-horses know them by their smell.”

Breitbart.com reports…

The U.S. State Department has courted controversy by announcing it will plough $700,000 into Hungarian media, angering the country’s anti-globalist, conservative government.

The funding was announced by U.S. Chargé d‘Affaires David Kostelancik, who has previously appeared to openly criticise the Trump administration by alluding to “apparent inconsistencies in [U.S.] foreign policy” and remarking that “not every criticism of the government is ‘fake news’.”

Breitbart London spoke to a State Department official who confirmed it supports what it calls “democracy and human rights programming” in many countries, and that its intentions in Hungary — a NATO ally — are to “support media outlets operating outside the capital … to produce fact-based reporting and increase their audience and economic sustainability”.

The State Department also echoed Kostelancik’s claim that too many Hungarian news outlets are sympathetic to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s popular conservative government — which has earned powerful enemies by opposing the European Union on mass migration, building a highly effective border wall, and exposing the network of European politicians deemed “reliable allies” by billionaire open borders campaigner George Soros.

As we previously concluded, perhaps it’s inaccurate to accuse the US government of hypocrisy in this case. After all, pressuring RT America with the intent of silencing the news network and spending our tax dollars propping up US-friendly media outlets in the Hungarian countryside are actually two sides of the same coin: the US government will tell you what kind of media you are allowed to consume.

If you are a media network in the United States that allows voices who oppose Washington’s neocon-dominated foreign policy they will shut you down. If you are a news outlet in the Hungarian countryside that spews the US party line, they will prop you up. Both cases are the same: your media will toe the US government official line or else.

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Note to Washington: This is not 1950. Hungary has been a fully free and democratic country with plenty of free elections under its belt. It does not need you to come in and attempt to manipulate its newspapers and broadcast media. What would you do if China sent in a few million dollars to prop up US publications who agreed to push the Beijing line? What about if Tehran sent some money to publications pushing the Ayatollah party line? You cannot even tolerate RT America — which is largely staffed by Americans but dares to feature prominent Americans who challenge the neocon foreign policy line. Hands off Hungary!

Note to Viktor Orban: You risked arrest — and worse — in June, 1989 when you directly confronted the communists who were occupying your country. Now that Hungary’s freedom has been won — in no small way due to your efforts — do not allow Washington’s neocons to take it away from you! If you do not confront this violation of Hungarian sovereignty, the neocons will continue to increase the pressure. The neocons want you out! Just this week, neocon commentator Anne Applebaum wrote that you are a “neo-Bolshevik” who has “little to do with the right that has been part of Western politics since World War II, and…no connection to existing conservative parties.” Do a little research and you will notice that Applebaum is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Center for European Policy Analysis — the organization your own government funded for a big conference this summer! Neocon knives are out for you. You’d be smart to make a better assessment of who are your friends and enemies in the United States…before it’s too late.

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  • Serious

    And Europeans are crying about the migrants that are imported by their own elites composed of americans and israelis that they love. XD.

  • Garga

    Yet again, the US does the exact same thing which it accuses others for allegedly doing so.

    Dear Hungary, now that they do it openly, you may imprison the cash recipients and charge them for treason and espionage. I’m neither familiar with PM Orban nor know much about Hungary, but I know that if the US government is against him, perhaps he is serving his country the right way.

    Mr. Orban better not play their own game as the game is highly rigged. Hungary will lose if they try to follow the “humanitarian and democracy” guidelines set by the very people who try to bring Hungary under their umbrella. Learn from what happened to PM Mosaddegh and Iran after CIA sent cash to “change” opinions. You can’t appease these people by being nice as they’re only satisfied by your total and unconditioned surrender and submission.

    Don’t be afraid if they called you dictator or accuse you of human rights abuse. Uproot the sell-outs, the traitors to their own country. They sold their country the moment they decided to accept the US bloody money for the price of Hungarian independence.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      your country does much, much worse things in iraq, syria, lebanon, qatar, yemen, etc.

      • Garga

        What do we do in Qatar, Yemen, Lebanon and specially in etc. which is much, much worse?

        Solomon, help a friend! Where can I buy some of that good s#it you’re on?

        • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

          Well, Yemen is a kind of nasty-Disneyland for rouge CIA branch… maybe Solomon missed the “rouge” word in InfoWars feeds. But Qatar?!?! Good s#it in deed! Sign me up!

        • Solomon Krupacek

          Iran is big shitmixer, too. try to export revolutionary gards.

          • Politolog Externista

            you didnt answer the question, he seriously asked about the good stuff youre supposedly on, unless it is hypocrisy, which makes any discussion impossible, as its all about ones own projection.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            i answered. iran orms armed groups in countries, destabilizes them.

          • Garga

            tsk tsk, don’t talk vaguely. What does Iran do in the places you named which is “much, much worse”?

    • Serious

      Orban is stupid because he wants to stay in the UE. He doesn’t have the balls to quit the EU to be free.

      • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

        Calling Victor Orban stupid is reserved for Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein. Since both are dead, I conclude that you have no basic understanding of the situation.

  • John Mason

    Orban needs to remove those that allow US sponsorship and have them charged and interned. Get rid of the NGOs that work for the US or other foreign states. Finally put the US Embassy on notice.

  • alejoeisabel

    Any Hungarian who takes money from a foreign source for the sole purpose to advance foreign interests in Hungary to the detriment of Hungary is a traitor.

  • Hungary should run a referendum:
    Do you want to stay in the EU – or join CIS?

    • RichardD

      Putin Seeks To Include China, India, Iran In Fledgling Eurasian Union
      https://www.forbes.com/…/putin-seeks-to-include-china-india-iran-in-fledgling-eurasi…

      • Your Forbes link doesn’t exist but not to worry, I usually can’t read them anyway because they refuse to believe my adblocker is turned off for them.

        • RichardD

          I fixed it. You can always copy and paste the headline and pull it up that way.

  • Bob

    The EU is now a federated super-state project, predicated on the dismantling of individual European nation-state’s sovereignty, and moving toward a central dominant governing power, with unilateral and enforceable policies. Whoever controls such a centralized entity would wholly control Europe. In recent years, centralized moves designed to tactically diminish national sovereignty across Europe have been seriously ramped up in the form of manipulable ‘crises’. Orban’s defense of Hungarian national interests and strong resistance to further ceding of sovereignty in face of the latest of these ‘crises’ – Merkel’s migrants – is wholly unacceptable to the US/EU overlords and apparatchiks – who will engage in the usual viscous vilification and financing of an opposition in an attempt to remove Orban.

    • John Whitehot

      the US started to treat EU as an enemy since the Euro was adopted as currency (actually before, but that’s the main reason after all).

      Everything the US does in foreign policy about the EU is to try dismantling it, because the Euro is a threat to the world power of the Dollar and those that own the printing press.

      It’s so plain in sight for everybody to see.

  • Ivan Freely

    Orban should make it clear to anyone that helping the US State Department and affiliates, will be charged with treason.

  • robert wa

    As the pundit has already said if America is trying to meddle in another’s election he Mr. Orban must be doing something right!

  • John Whitehot

    “Note to Washington: This is not 1950.”

    Note from Washington: Exactly.

  • Leon De Elias

    I would oppose the terrorist yanks in my own country..I hope my Nation as whole would do a same..US is terrorist after Libya,Iraq and Syria I lost every respect to that god damn terrorist country..

  • Bente Petersen

    TRUMP’s policy is a nationalistic ”America First”’ – and Orban’s politics is nationalistic ”Hungary First”.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!