The word “false flag” is actually uttered in the above opinion piece.
And yet, Paul Craig Roberts points to that same newspaper as authoring a post about some kind of deep state shenanigans that Trump was apparently not aware of — and it royally pissed him off.
BTW: Buried in the NYTimes story is this: “Two administration officials said they believed Mr. Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the steps to place “implants” — software code that can be used for surveillance or attack — inside the Russian grid.” This fact, if it is a fact, was pulled out and made the headline of another story, by www.theroot.com:
Report: Intelligence Officials Won’t brief Trump on Cygerattacks Against Russia For Fear He Might Get Mad and Tell Putin
Or was Trump aware? is this another of Trump’s 4D chess moves? In any case, Paul Craig Roberts notes that
Seems to me that no matter what kind of fear porn is pushed out there, more and more of us are just plain refusing to get “triggered” — at least by this kind of really crucial stuff that could blow up the whole world if not defused.