On Iran and the international negotiations to rein in its nuclear program, the American people witnessed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu striding into the U.S. Congress – like some imperial proconsul – to deliver a faux State of the Union address that undermined the sitting U.S. president. Then, 47 Republican senators furthered Netanyahu’s intent to denigrate President Barack Obama by sending an open letter to Iranian leaders designed to prevent a deal.
Yes, I know many Republicans and their overwhelmingly white “base” don’t consider the African-American Obama the legitimate President despite his two election victories. But never in American history has a major political party as brazenly challenged the constitutional authority of a sitting president to conduct foreign policy.
The letter to the Iranian leaders warned that once Obama is out of office in 2017, “the next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.” In other words, the Republicans were telling Iran’s leaders that whatever they plan to sign with Obama and five other world leaders isn’t worth the paper that it’s written on.
This stunning congressional intervention into U.S. diplomacy was signed not just by a few backbenchers but by the Senate’s Republican leadership and several prospective GOP presidential candidates, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who had been viewed by some on the Left as well as the Right as a person who would not toe the Israeli line on Middle East issues.
This double whammy of Netanyahu’s extreme rhetoric on Iran and the Republicans’ extraordinary subversion of the Iranian nuclear talks left people around the world wondering whether the U.S. government had completely lost its bearings. Meanwhile, the U.S. news media continued veering off into its own Bermuda Triangle.
What is particularly striking about this current moment is how the madness that permeates the U.S. government equally pervades the mainstream U.S. media, which is now incapable of covering major international events except through the lens of State Department propaganda, a situation that has reached extreme levels in the reporting on the Ukraine crisis.
The only filter that the MSM can place on the events in Ukraine is one endlessly vilifying Russian President Vladimir Putin. Though this technique of personalizing foreign policy disputes has become standard operating procedure for the U.S. press corps – think of Daniel Ortega, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, Bashar al-Assad, Viktor Yanukovych, etc. – the U.S. media’s “group think” on Russia may even surpass those earlier examples.
Plus, nothing from the Ukraine crisis can ever be blamed on the U.S. government, even though Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland helped orchestrate the violent coup that overthrew Ukraine’s elected government in February 2014 and threw the nation of 45 million people into a bloody civil war.
Everything must be blamed on Putin and any alternative analysis, recognizing another side to the story, must be dismissed as “Russian propaganda.”
On Monday, the Washington Post delivered what could become a textbook case of journalistic self-delusion – noting that the Russian people have developed an intensely negative view of the United States but only because the Russian media portrays the U.S. government in a hostile way.
The Post article by Michael Birnbaum blamed the collapse of U.S. popularity on “furious rhetoric [that] has been pumped across Russian airwaves … a passionate, conspiracy-laden fascination with the methods that Washington is supposedly using to foment unrest in Ukraine and Russia.”
Citing recent polling, the article noted that more than 80 percent of the Russian people hold negative views of the United States. But that couldn’t be because of American behavior! No, it’s impossible that anyone looking at the U.S. today could possibly find anything to criticize! It had to be Putin’s fault, spreading spurious criticism of the U.S. via Russian media. Or as the Post put it:
“Fed by the powerful antagonism on Russian federal television channels, the main source of news for more than 90 percent of Russians, ordinary people started to feel more and more disillusioned [about the U.S.]. The anger seems different from the fast-receding jolts of the past, observers say, having spread faster and wider.”
The article quoted Lev Gudkov, director of the polling firm Levada Center, explaining: “This anti-Western propaganda radically changed the atmosphere in the society. … It has become militarist.”
Another voice cited by the Post was Maria Lipman, described as “an independent Moscow-based political analyst,” saying: “What the government knew was that it was very easy to cultivate anti-Western sentiments, and it was easy to consolidate Russian society around this propaganda.”
In other words, it wasn’t what the U.S. government has done around the world that has provoked this antipathy – from the endless boasting about America’s “indispensable” and “exceptional” qualities to its destructive behavior, including spreading bloody havoc via “regime change” schemes in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere.
And, it’s not that the U.S. government looks clownish when the majority party in Congress expresses doubts about global warming and other scientific judgments. Nor is it the continued examples of racism and the police shootings of unarmed blacks. Nor the global spying by the National Security Agency. Nor the national self-degradation when members of Congress behave like trained seals jumping up and down to applaud Israel’s Netanyahu.
No, the only reason that the Russian people look askance at the United States is that they are being deceived by the lying “propaganda” dictated by the evil Vladimir Putin. By contrast, the American people always get the straight story from their mainstream U.S. news media, the gold standard for the world!
Official Washington and the mainstream U.S. media have taken on the characteristics of a male stalker who can’t understand why his female target finds him repulsive. It must be because someone is poisoning her mind with negative comments about his sterling personality. We now live in a system of delusions built upon delusions. This article originally appeared at Consortium News
When life wasn’t past the age of nineteen (19), there was an innocence of sorts and yet, innocence was definitely over after seeing WAR in Vietnam and of course the Southeast Asian countries all suffered due to the Indochina War.
WAR MASS MURDERERS. The people such as Israelis, Jewery Political, Zionists, the CHONSENITES. That term of art, so to speak, gets my simplify-simplify for purposes of “understanding”.
METZITZAH B’PEH, CIRCUMCISION, FOOD CONTAMINATION, SCIENCE EXPERIMENTATION, ET AL, ET CETERA.
CLIFF HIGH, HALF PAST HUMAN: GRAND PENIS CONSPIRACY. Only for grown-up listening/listeners.
People of earth have awakened, enough, to know that the world is round and in a state of explosive changes.
America is a mess and has gone all over the planet making the mess into a bigger than life mess. Israel’s owners and the partners of that ownership with the Globalists’ Transnationals, and the 9-1-1, point of pivotal whoa Global War On Terror! The simple question about benefiting and those that get the most out of “disaster capitalism”, well that’s the clear trail of vile evil corruption to the core. Genocide of our own species upon the growing of bewildered herds – apartheid in the head via the mutilation of our own male species, ET CETERA.
Democrats, Republicans, Human Capital. The parties get bought and the selling of the country down the river runs real smoothly for the bookies called Congress USA.
Food: intentional toxin, brain into not a higher functioning organ. Drugs: lessen power of conscientious higher deductive and constructive thought. MEDIA: hypnotizes the “brain/mind” and zombies are easy to control.
There is a problem which the entire species must address. The Russians don’t want to be PROGRESSIVE, or whatever the term of degradation of the day is, in those that have CHOSEN since the Pirate’s Cove of Queenie Lizzy daughter of Henry VIII, and but of course all the other PLAYERS. Shakespeare wasn’t simply a writer of plays.
CHOSENITES are those, the them that get together and have what has been decided upon as the money to pay to live in the earth. But of course, the cost of living in earth is decided via them, which of course the CHOSENITES, own all the earth and every living organism in the universe that can be decided to be owned. The earth, in other words, belongs to the self-proclaimed “Gods” because the developing of armies has succeeded in weapons that annihilate all life in earth’s planet.
Gotta love our evolution: You Got Mail “IT” … scary being human in earth’s slavery Century 21. America, Israel, and whatever mass murderer can be bought is definitely the movie most exciting to those that own the imagination.
WILL POWER. We have been brainwashed into dead in the head: we’ve none of the energy-power that nature birthed in as promised?! Can we recognize the reality and co-create the reality of not the fascist cuckoo birds clocking in and clocking out as democrat republican!?