We are more or less leaving
The MSM may even want more of a test of their patriotic ardor and gullibility. Nineteenth century lecturer Robert Green Ingersoll used to chide his religious audiences with a story of a man seeking entry into heaven. Tested for credibility and faith by the recording secretary with the question of whether or not he believed the story of God’s use of Adam’s rib to create Eve, the seeker of entry replied that he was “sorry there weren’t harder stories in the Bible so that I could show what my faith could do.” The angel said “Give him a harp.”
The so-called Free Press shows what it can do to prove its faith on a daily basis and should have a full house of harp equivalents. They couldn’t wait for their apologies for gullibility on
In fact, we can construct an updated Ingersoll story in which David Sanger and William Broad of the New York Times must pass muster before an internal NYT award committee, whose recording angel (RA) asks them: “Did you take it as self-evident that
In this press conference, among other lies, Bush said that “our intelligence” finds that he continues “to hide chemical and biological agents to avoid detection by inspectors.” But the UN weapons inspectors of UNMOVIC, and shortly thereafter (post-invasion)
When Bush proclaimed “mission accomplished” from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, an honest media would have pointed out that the mission was a fraud from the beginning, built on a lie, and that this country should have withdrawn all of its forces and paid reparations once the lie was definitively exposed. But they didn’t do this. The media, like the politicians, just premised the
This is imperial and war-supportive apologetics at its most grotesque. Bush and company committed aggression based on a lie, but no punishment should follow for either the major UN Charter violation or the massive loss of lives from mere “clumsiness” in execution. For Packer, no doubt about Bush’s intentions flows from the proven lies or from the “selectivity” in choice of place for promoting democracy. Packer recognizes sincerity when he hears a claim by his very own president. And there is no question but that the aggressor-killer has the right to stay on in his killing fields to “spread freedom.” This reaches the limits of intellectual and moral contemptibility.
Gaining access to Iraqi oil reserves and helping
Sanctions are only to be carried out against
The Russian Election
The recent Russian election has taken a beating in the
The oligarchic political economy erected in the Yeltsin era also militated against the emergence of real democracy in the post-Yeltsin years. Yeltsin also undermined constitutional government directly with his coup of 1993 and the associated legal changes, here also with Western approval.
Yeltsin won reelection in 1996 by means of large-scale fraud, but given his devoted service to foreign and local elite interests, this joke of an election was actually lauded by the Western media as “A Victory for Russian Democracy” (NYT ed., July 4, 1996; see further “Russian Election Fraud,” Z Magazine, October 1996. On Western support for the entire devastating counter-revolution in the Yeltsin years, see Stephen Cohen, Failed Crusade:
Vladimir Putin was Yeltsin’s heir, inheriting a devastated country in 2000 where the new robbery-based oligarchy, mass poverty, and shattered welfare structure, as well as other disruptions and traditions, ensured limitations on the democratic quality of the new political order. Putin was welcomed and well treated in the West, even as he consolidated and enlarged a business oligarchic-governmental system of control, till he began to take a more nationalist stance in response to Western bullying and threats.
Edward S. Herman is an economist, media critic, and author of numerous articles and books. His latest is The Politics of Genocide (with David Peterson).