10/5/16, "New ‘Group Think’ for War with Syria/Russia," Consortium News, Robert Parry
"Like the frenzied war fever of 2002-2003, today’s lawless
consensus is operating on a mix of selective, dubious and false
information-while excluding from the public debate voices that might
dare challenge the prevailing “group think.” It’s as if nothing was
learned from the previous disaster in Iraq.
Most notably, there are two key facts about Syria that Americans are
not being told:
one, U.S. regional “allies” have been funding and arming
radical jihadist groups, including Al Qaeda terrorists, there almost since the conflict began in 2011 and,
two, the claim about “moderate” Syrian rebels is a fraud;
the “moderates” have served essentially as a P.R. cut-out for the U.S.
and its “allies” to supply Al Qaeda and its allies with sophisticated
weapons while pretending not to....
There is also the issue of why writers who helped mislead the
American people and the world into the catastrophe of the Iraq War were
never held accountable and are now in position to whip up more war fever
over Syria, Ukraine and Russia. Far from being held accountable, the
propagandists who justified the criminal invasion of Iraq have been
rewarded with plum assignments and golden careers.
For instance, Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt, who repeatedly wrote as flat fact that Iraq was hiding WMDs, is still today the editorial page editor of The Washington Post, urging a new U.S. war on Syria. The (NY)Times’ Friedman, who was infamously wrong about the Iraq War and pretty much everything else, is still considered a premier American columnist who is courted to make high-profile public appearances."...
[Ed. note: This makes sense if you reverse your view of right and wrong. To those who favor global jihad and the eradication of Christianity, Friedman has been right about everything.]
(continuing): Now, Friedman wants to escalate tensions with nuclear-armed Russia, apparently with the sloppily thought-through mission of imposing another "regime change" this time in Moscow....
The problem with propagandists like Friedman is that they ignore the
illegal actions of the United States, including mounting military
attacks on countries without United Nations’ authority or without the
justification of self-defense, in other words, outside the realm of
international law. It’s also illegal to supply weapons to terrorists, as
has been occurring in Syria both directly by Saudi Arabia and other
U.S. “allies” and indirectly by U.S. covert operations giving arms to
“moderates” who then turn them over to Al Qaeda.
While putting on blinders regarding U.S. violations of international
law and their human consequences, such as the Syrian refugee flow, the
sanctimonious Friedman bizarrely blames Putin for this human suffering,
Friedman cites a scholar named Robert Litwak in claiming that
“Putin’s departure from standard great-power competition — encouraging a
flood of refugees and attacking the legitimacy of our political system —
‘is leading to shifts in global politics that could have revolutionary
consequences, even if Putin is not motivated by revolutionary
Friedman’s solution to this highly questionable if not imaginary
problem is to increase the pain on Putin and Russia, saying “it’s now
clear that we have underestimated the pressure needed to produce
effective engagement, and we’re going to have to step it up. This is not
just about the politics of Syria and Ukraine anymore.
It’s now also
about America, Europe, basic civilized norms and the integrity of our
[Ed. note: So Islamism is off the hook as the greatest threat to "basic civilized norms."].
(continuing): "While it’s always tempting to dismiss Friedman as a nitwit,
the sad reality is that he is an influential nitwit who helps shape
“elite” American public opinion. He is now contributing to a new “group
think” that is even more dangerous than the one he helped construct in
2002-2003 regarding the Iraq War.
Today, this new “group think,” which — like the Iraq one — is based
on a false or selective reading of the facts, could lead to a nuclear
war that could end life on the planet."
"[For more on this topic, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Do We Really Want Nuclear War with Russia?” and “Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia.”]"
Comment: America's political class, including the NY Times and Washington Post, has become the greatest force for human misery the world has ever known. "Neocons"
at one time were considered a fringe sort of Republican. Now
they've taken over the entire political and media machine, though may describe themselves as "humanitarian interventionists," rather than