The relationship of the press to a to a politician should be that of dog to lamp-post.-H L Mencken
But we know the current relationship between the mainstream media and the government is like this: One lies and the other one swears to it.
I am going to tell you what’s really going on, the Big Picture; but don’t take my word for it, think for yourself. You may have heard passing mention of the Shia Crescent; the Shia Crescent countries are friends with Russia, have (or had) stable governments and plans for a pipeline through their territory to serve Europe. Russia, in theory, could also use their pipeline to serve Europe.
Uncle Sam has pipeline dreams of his own, but even more important, Uncle has no intention of allowing ANY country to become strong enough to challenge his hegemony. There is a name for this: The Wolfowitz Doctrine, named for that ravening NeoCon warmonger, Paul Wolfowitz. What is Uncle to do?
Destabilize the offending country with ginned-up “democracy” protests, shoot protesters and then claim the hideous leader is “killing his own people!” Uncle does this all over, most recently in Ukraine-another Pipelinestan and another way to hurt Russia. Uncle has no qualms about hiring mercenaries to pose as freedom fighters, resulting in such current boondoggles as ISIS.
So Uncle is moving on various fronts to destroy the offending nations: Syria, what’s left of Iraq, Ukraine, the big prize, Iran and the really big prize, Russia itself. None of these target nations are unaware of what is really going on.
All of the offending nations are demonized regularly in the press, they are led by monsters, Hitlers, Stalins! They must be regime-changed! They are not fair to the Sunnis! Rise up, Sunnis, they are not fair to you! And by the way, here’s a gun. The result is Iraq and Libya, devastated, violent, failed states. We say that Uncle has failed in these places. No, he has failed to do what he claimed he was going to do, but it is time to face up to the fact that Uncle is an addict, a war addict, and not to be trusted.
After Putin stopped the love-bombing of Syria for chemical weapons use (the Syrian rebels actually did the gas attack,) now ISIS is such an existential threat that love bombs must be dropped on Syria-because the goal has not changed. The goal is the destruction of any states strong enough to challenge U.S. hegemony.
That this causes unutterable suffering, death and families running for their lives with only the clothes on their backs-all this is insignificant-to those who spend their days in air-conditioned offices concocting their schemes for world conquest.
They have to lie to us, because we are mostly decent people and death and destruction of innocent people is unacceptable to us. What if we all magically knew the truth? We would make them stop. Would we then run out of gas and our economy crash? Could we just BUY the oil we need? With the money we saved not fighting bankrupting wars? Would we not demand development of alternative energy? How pissed off would that make the mammoth oil companies?
Sure we could buy the oil, but that will not satisfy the maniacs who are on a messianic mission quest to take over the world-for the world’s own good, of course. To install “democracy” as if we HAVE a democracy. How much of a democracy do we have when AIPAC and assorted billionaires have to pre-approve even those allowed to run for office?
What cannot continue, will not continue. The U.S. empire is incompatible with the U.S. Republic. It will be a blessing when the empire falls. It would be nice if some sane person at the helm arranged for it to come in for a soft landing.