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NYT Publishes Call to Bomb Iran


#1

NYT Publishes Call to Bomb Iran

Robert Parry

If two major newspapers in, say, Russia published major articles openly advocating the unprovoked bombing of a country, say, Israel, the U.S. government and news media would be aflame with denunciations about “aggression,” “criminality,” “madness,” and “behavior not fitting the Twenty-first Century.”


#3

But beyond the hypocrisy and, arguably, the criminality of these propaganda pieces, there is also the neocon record of miscalculation.

What miscalculation? The neocons got exactly what they wanted in Iraq: a completely destabilized country and plenty of profits for the weapons makers. ISIS - I'm sorry, Daesh - is just their proxy in the region.

jj


#5

The red-tipped, white-haired and blue-balled neocon genitalia is at full attention and waiting to be stroked with lots of cold hard cash.

As for the NYT, I won't read it but am glad to be reminded of the controlled left still marching rightward--glad not that is happening, just to be aware.


#6

The two opeds fit right in to the neocon established pattern of pre war planning, remember "The Threatening Storm, The Case for Invading Iraq" by Kenneth M. Pollack.


#8

“We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”
Extra time has been needed to throw in Ukraine but how close is the united states of neocon from doing so?


#9

How come so many neocon, insane war mongers like McCain, Bolton and too many more to list, are given access to the dinosaur, MSM? Answer: Because they are stooges for their insane bosses that love their insane war rhetoric! The fairy tale that the MSM is a free press is an American delusion. Like my sister, that was an owner of a middle sized town newspaper says: " The only free press is the one you own".


#10

That was pretty strong as comments go, but there's nothing in it that one can disagree with. Bolton is one of the most frightening specimens of primitive aggressive humans around. That he should be allowed to publish his venom is indeed worrisome.


#12

It's a fascist rag. We don't have a free press. Death to tyrants. Religious, economic, or political. Power to the commons.


#13

The bright side to all this stupidity: America:s fascist institutions, especially the major media outlets, are obliged to reveal their true colors after hiding for decades behind their "moderately liberal" disguise. Actually they have always been as cravenly right-wing as they are now. Older folks will remember that the NYT and WaPo cheerled not only the Vietnam War but virtually every sleazy, bloodthirsty coup in which the U.S. engaged after World War II. But all along they have been careful to pose as tormented liberals agonizing over their editorial stances. Now, finally, all that posturing is going out the window as superwealthy right-wingers perceive Russia and China moving decisively to take their places as superpowers while the U.S. crumbles socially, economically and militarily around the globe. That smell emanating from the corporate media is not printer's ink, it's raw fear.


#14

Why all the anger against neo-cons?

They've never steered us wrong before.


#15

Exactly how does John Bolton qualify as a "scholar?" As far as I can determine he has a bachelor's degree and a law degree.


#16

Commenter Msmoore makes a good point. Bolton is not really a scholar. He is a paid shill for some of the most vile, right-wing special interests in the U.S. He is a professional propagandist and warmonger, which explains why he is a familiar face on American television.


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Goebbels rides again!
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“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
* “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”
* “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”
Joseph Goebbels, MiniProp for Hitler’s Third Reich
1897-1945

  • "Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same for any country."
    Herman Goering to Gustave Gilbert at Nuremberg, 18 April, 1946
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    God, they learned their lessons well!
    ;-})

#18

Shouldn't Iran develop bombs to deter Israel from using theirs?


#22

Yes. Hmm..CD just informed me a post must be at least 10 characters, so I'll comply: Yes.


#23

Where does the strength, the greatness of a country come from? I think t comes from living up to its ideals. In the case of the USA it is, one nation with liberty and justice for all. A large nation with various sectarian and ethnic groups never the less finding a way to live together under a common framework of law. Of course we are still very far from that ideal but if you want to find greatness and an ability to lead by moral example this is where you will find the soul power of our nation. The neocons view is different. They have a different view of greatness. For them the idea of leading by moral example is naive. Maybe they used to belive it but when confronted with a conflicting power they have become converted to a new, "neo", view that military power and the fear that it creates in the enemy is all that matters, "con". In their speeches they speak openly of the need to inspire fear in the enemy and that only then after inspiring the fear will we be respected. Not only respected but after the violence and terror of war have been inflicted, the shock and awe of it will quickly bring the people who have born the punishment to our side. They will be liberated and they will quickly reshape themselves in our image. This is certainly how Bolton said we would be treated in Iraq, and he says it again with a little rewordng about Iran. A very thorough refutation of this notion can be found in Johnatan Shell's book, "Unconcourable" but we don't need to read a book to see how bankrupt this policy is. We just have to look at the history of our past three military engagements to see how badly it has failed. John Bolton should be a laughingstock, a completely discredited figure. Unfortunately he is not. Why not? My answer is that we as a nation have largely given up on our ideals, our ability to lead by example and when that soul force leaves us only the souless emptiness of showing power by military force and war mongering remains. It isn't a pretty picture but it is the picture of empire. Empires that come and go.


#24

The NYT poses as an impartial forum, and that pose is supported by their decision to publish an outright fascist like John Bolton. They take a different, more reasonable position on their editorial page. However, the NYT chose, in the same week, to ignore the latest indictment of the entire "war on terror" as the genocide it is. The international Physicians for Social Responsibility published a very thorough study covering the past 13 years and reported that at least 1.3 million people died as the result of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. And that does not even include the thousands now being murdered by the more recent outburst of violence that followed the US intrusions into the Islamic world.

Here is a link to the complete report that the NYT felt did not deserve the kind of publicity it gave to the infamous John Bolton:

http://www.ippnw.de/commonFiles/pdfs/Frieden/Body_Count_first_international_edition_2015_final.pdf


#25

I couldn't help but wonder, as I saw the fearless and manly way in which Saddam Hussein faced the hangman, how Bush, Cheney, Bolton and the rest would act in the same situation. Probably scream for their mommies and wet their pants.


#27

posers, not real and accomplished experts/academics, are more likely to hold, to use, and to demand academic credentials to "legitimate" what truly is merely thus a shared systematic limit to practiced open mindedness, often proving that they cannot otherwise "distinguish" themselves, and that they don't really investigate ideas for their own sake and for practical tasks.

real scholars do not always simply cut and paste the ideas of others; they try make real contributions, and understand what some call the "scientific method," etc.

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make no mistake: learning a discipline is rightly valued.

but one does not memorize all the moves of an important chess tournament only to be able to play out each match all over again, though some actually try doing nothing more, etc., etc.


#28

► Are we talking about the Jew York Times or aren't we?

No we can't go there. Not after what Hitler did