Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Unmitigated gall and unadulterated hypocrisy

Having grown up during the "Cold War", it astonishes me that people younger than myself, with the benefits of objectivity and hindsight, are no better educated than they are.

Don't fall for the same tired propaganda.

Monday, the Obama administration accused Russia of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty:

That is pure propaganda.

Don't forget, it was the United States (under George W. Bush) which unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty on December 13, 2001, in order to begin building new ABM bases right on Russia’s borders. "Missile defense shield," my ass; that was a clear act of aggression and provocation.  This, after the Soviet Union collapsed and had voluntarily stood down, militarily.

As Robert Parry put it, "As nuclear-armed America hurtles into a completely avoidable crash with nuclear-armed Russia over Ukraine, you can now see the dangers of 'information warfare' when facts give way to propaganda and the press fails to act as an impartial arbiter." 

And can you believe the astonishing hypocrisy of Army General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when he told the Aspen Security Forum last Thursday (July 24) that Russia's involvement in Ukraine (for which there has been no proof yet) was the first time since 1939 that a country made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its own objectives.  Excuse me?  Have we forgotten Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and Syria?? 

These are General Dempsey’s exact words: "You've got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives. It's the first time since 1939 or so that that's been the case. They clearly are on a path to assert themselves differently not just in Eastern Europe, but Europe in the main, and towards the United States."

Well, pot meet kettle.

Just when I thought American hypocrisy couldn't get any worse.  Or its propaganda.