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by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

Before the Tomahawk missiles start flying between Moscow and New York, Americans had better educate themselves fast about the forces and the people who claim that Russia covered up a Syrian government gas attack on Syrians. Proof no longer seems to matter in the rush to further transform the world into Dante’s vision of Hell.

Accusations made by anonymous sources, spurious sources, and outright fraud have become enough. Washington’s paranoia and confusion bear an uncanny resemblance to the final days of the Third Reich when the leadership in Berlin became completely unglued.

Tensions have been building since the fall with accusations that Russian media interfered with our presidential election and is a growing threat to America’s national security.

The latest WikiLeaks release revealed the tools the CIA uses for hacking. One theory is that the CIA’s own contract hackers were behind Hillary Clinton’s email leaks and not Russians. The U.S. has a long reputation for accusing others of things they didn’t do and planting fake news stories to back it up in order to provide a cause for war. The work of secret counterintelligence services is to misinform the public in order to shape opinion, and that’s what this is.

The current U.S. government campaign to slander Russia over anything and everything it does bears all the earmarks of a classic disinformation campaign, but this time is even crazier. Considering that Washington has put Russia, China, and Iran on its anti-globalist hit list from which no one is allowed to escape, drummed-up charges against them shouldn’t come as a surprise. But accusing the Russians of undermining American democracy and interfering in an election is tantamount to an act of war, and that simply is not going to wash.

This time, the United States is not demonizing an ideological enemy (USSR) or a religious one (al-Qaida, ISIS, etc.). It’s making this latest venture into the blackest of propaganda a race war, the way the Nazis made their invasion of Russia a race war in 1941, and that is not a war the United States can justify or win.

The level and shrillness of the latest disinformation campaign have been growing for some time. But the American public has lived in a culture of fake news (formerly known as propaganda) for so long many have grown to accept fake news as real news. George Orwell saw this coming, and here it is. As a big supporter of U.S. military intervention in Cuba and an avowed practitioner of “yellow journalism,” in 1897, William Randolph Hearst admonished the illustrator he’d sent to Cuba who’d found no war to illustrate:

“You furnish the pictures, and I’ll furnish the war.”

Hearst eventually got his war, and America’s experiment in imperialism was off and running.

An 1898 cartoon features newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst dressed as a cartoon character of the day, a satire of their papers’ role in drumming up U.S. public opinion for war by Leon Barritt

Americans should know by now that their country’s wars are fertile ground for biased, one-sided, xenophobic, fake news, and the United States has been in a permanent state of war since 1941. Although the targets have shifted over the years, the purpose of the propaganda hasn’t. Most cultures are coerced, cajoled, or simply threatened into accepting known falsehoods demonizing their enemies during wartime. But no matter how frequently repeated or cleverly told, no lie can hold if the war never ends.

The legendary cold warrior, Time and Life magazines Henry Luce, considered his personal fight against Communism to be “a declaration of private war.” He’d even asked one of his executives whether or not the idea was probably “unlawful and probably mad.” Nonetheless, despite his doubts about his own sanity, Luce allowed the CIA to use his Time/Life magazines as a cover for the agency’s operations and to provide credentials to CIA personnel.

Henry Luce and presidential candidate John Kennedy at the Time & Life Building. August 5, 1960. Henry R. Luce Papers, MS 3014, New-York Historical Society.

Luce was not alone in his service to the CIA’s propaganda wars. Recently declassified documents reveal the CIA’s propaganda extended to all the mainstream media outlets. Dozens of the most respected journalists and opinion makers during the Cold War considered it a privilege to keep American public opinion from straying away from CIA control.

Now that the new Cold War has turned hot, we are led to believe that the Russians have breached this wall of not-so-truthful journalists and rattled the foundation of everything we are supposed to hold dear about the purity of the U.S. election process and “freedom of the press” in America.

Black propaganda is all about lying. Authoritarian governments lie regularly. Totalitarian governments do it so often nobody believes them. A government based on democratic principles like the United States is supposed to speak the truth, but when the U.S. government’s own documents reveal it has been lying over and over again for decades, the jig is up.

Empires have been down this road before, and it doesn’t end well. Americans are now being told they should consider all Russian opinions as fake and ignore any information that challenges the mainstream media and U.S. government on what is truth and what is a lie. But for the first time in memory, Americans have become aware that the people Secretary of State Colin Powell once called “the crazies” have taken the country over the cliff.

The neoconservative hitmen and hit ladies of Washington have a long list of targets that pass from generation to generation. Their influence on the American government has been catastrophic, yet it never seems to end. Sen. J. William Fulbright identified their irrational system for making endless war in Vietnam 45 years ago in a New Yorker article titled “Reflections in Thrall to Fear.”

Sen. Fulbright with U.S. President Lyndon Johnson

The truly remarkable thing about this Cold War psychology is the totally illogical transfer of the burden of proof from those who make charges to those who question them. … The Cold Warriors, instead of having to say how they knew that Vietnam was part of a plan for the Communization of the world, so manipulated the terms of the public discussion to be able to demand that the skeptics prove that it was not. If the skeptics could not then the war must go on—to end it would be recklessly risking national security.

Fulbright realized that Washington’s resident crazies had turned the world inside out and concluded, “We come to the ultimate illogic: war is the course of prudence and sobriety until the case for peace is proved under impossible rules of evidence [or never]–or until the enemy surrenders. Rational men cannot deal with each other on this basis.” But these were not rational men, and their need to further their irrational quest only increased with the loss of the Vietnam War.

Having long forgotten the lessons of Vietnam and after a tragic repeat in Iraq that the highly respected Gen. William Odom considered “equivalent to the Germans at Stalingrad,” the crazies are at it again. With no one to stop them, they kicked off an updated version of the Cold War against Russia as if nothing had changed since the last one ended in 1992.

The original Cold War was immensely expensive to the United States and was conducted at the height of America’s military and financial power. The United States is no longer that country. Since the Cold War was supposedly about the ideological “threat” of Communism, Americans need to ask before it’s too late exactly what kind of threat does a capitalist/Christian Russia pose to the leader of the “Free World” this time?

Muddying the waters in a way not seen since Sen. Joe McCarthy and the height of the Red Scare in the 1950s, the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” signed into law without fanfare by President Obama in December 2016 officially authorizes a government censorship bureaucracy comparable only to George Orwell’s fictional Ministry of Truth in his novel “1984.” Referred to as the Global Engagement Center, the official purpose of the new bureaucracy will be to “recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.”

George Orwell (eigentl. Eric Arthur Blair), engl. Schriftsteller, Motihari (Indien) 25.1.1903 – London 21.1.1950. Foto, um 1945.

But the real purpose of this totally Orwellian center will be to manage, eliminate or censor any dissenting views that challenge Washington’s newly manufactured version of the truth and to intimidate, harass or jail anyone who tries. Criminalizing dissent is nothing new in times of war, but after 16 years of ceaseless warfare in Afghanistan, a Stalingrad–like defeat in Iraq, and with Henry Kissinger advising President Trump on foreign policy, the Global Engagement Center has already assumed the characteristics of a dangerous farce.

The brilliant American satirical songwriter of the 1950s and ’60s Tom Lehrer once attributed his early retirement to Henry Kissinger, saying, “Political satire became obsolete [in 1973] when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.” Kissinger’s duplicitous attempts at securing an “honorable peace” in America’s war in Vietnam deserved at least ridicule. His long, drawn-out negotiations extended the war for four years at the cost of 22,000 American lives and countless Vietnamese. According to University of California researcher Larry Berman, author of 2001’s “No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam,” the Paris Peace Accords negotiated by Kissinger was never even expected to work, but were only to serve as a justification for a brutal and permanent air war once they were violated. Berman writes, “Nixon recognized that winning the peace, like the war, would be impossible to achieve, but he planned for indefinite stalemate by using the B-52s to prop up the government of South Vietnam until the end of his presidency. … [But] Watergate derailed the plan.”

U.S. President Richard M. Nixon with Henry Kissinger

The Vietnam War had broken the Eastern establishment’s hold over foreign policy long before Nixon and Kissinger’s entry onto the scene. Détente with the Soviet Union had come about during the Johnson administration in an effort to bring some order out of the chaos, and Kissinger had carried it through Nixon and Ford. But while dampening one crisis, détente created an even worse one by breaking open the longstanding internal-deep-state struggle for control of U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union. Vietnam represented more than just a strategic defeat; it represented a conceptual failure in the half-century battle to contain Soviet-style Communism. The Pentagon Papers revealed the extent of the U.S. government’s deceit and incompetence, but rather than concede that defeat and chart a new course, its proponents fought back with a Machiavellian ideological campaign known as the “experiment in competitive analysis” or, for short, Team B.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times in August 2004 in an article titled “It’s Time to Bench ‘Team B,’ ” Lawrence J. Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and assistant secretary of defense from 1981 to 1985, came forward on what he knew to be the real tragedy represented by 9/11. “The reports of the Sept. 11 commission and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence missed the real problem facing the intelligence community, which is not organization or culture but something known as the ‘Team B’ concept. And the real villains are the hard-liners who created the concept out of an unwillingness to accept the unbiased and balanced judgments of intelligence professionals.”

Copyright – 2022 Fitzgerald & Gould All rights reserved,  Originally published 2017

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  1. In what is now the USA, Europeans have always been the conquerors. Whether it was the Spanish or the English… same deal for the aborigines. They were the “chosen” ones who came to this continent, as John L. O’Sullivan wrote back in 1845, to claim by “right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.” Consequently, we displaced and murdered the indigenous, stole their land, and proceeded to make it our Manifest Destiny to do the same to indigenous people all around the planet, including now the Russians in Ukraine. The end result of that conflict will be WWIII. 50 million US Christian Zionists think that’s a great idea. It will be the end of the USA as we know it and the beginning of God only knows what.

  2. I had this debate with Mr. Daff and Mr. Dean already years ago. Usually the bad guy history of the US starts with the Vietnam war. In this article it starts in 1941. Both is wrong. It started on Independence day. The American revolution, as the French revolution was organized by the non-noble freemazens against their noble freemazen drinking buddies. 53 of 56 founding fathers of the US were freemazons. On the first view there is nothing to critisize against revolutions to dethrone the degenerated European (most of them Germans) nobility. But the freemazens replaced this nobilty and acted like those coffeehouse-baffoon nobles for the forthcoming future. The fresh established US Congress ordered immediatly the invasion of british Canada to export this feudal US-freemazen-democracy, nobody wants on the planet. US-Mexican war, the military threat against Japan by Perry, Barbary wars, invasion of Hawaii, US-Spanish war, US-Philippine war, WWI, WWII, all were serving the imperial approach of the self-appointed US-freemazon-nobility. The III. Reich and the Empire of Japan, were no Reichs or Empires. They were much to small to oppose this marxistic, world-occupying approch of the US freemazens. They had a lack of territory. Only territory spends power. China, India and Russia are made of another calibre. So the biggest rogue-state in history, the cowboys, called US, are in panic. Their empire lasts only for 100 years. The US citizens should think about their guilt.

    • They should work to reparate money to the victims of US imperialism of 250 years. It will take again 200 years to pay and to regain forgiveness by the planet. As sooner the US will diminish the better for the planet. At least a secession of the US will bring some recreation for the planet. There is no other option for the future of the planet than to crush this rogue-state from within.

  3. The west has been built on disinformation and out right lies for at least 2022 years. While media has changed from sheepskin and papyrus reeds to facebook and Tik-Tok, the message is the same: We want all of your time and energy in return for your indentured servitude called “freedom”. Impressive to say the least!

  4. I analyze the Title “American imperialism leads the world into Dante’s vision of hell.”
    My answer is Yes, and that is exclusively with the contribution of all mainstream.
    However, Dante in the Inferno writes about Ulysses,
    “Friars, Consider your seed: you were not made to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.” Ulysses’ knowledge is always a fraud condemnable by Power.

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