Excellent analysis from Koehler, as usual.
It's good to hear a voice of reason and calm critique amidst the high-decibel hysterics (to which more than a few here at CD, both among staff and commenters, have long ago succumbed).
Amidst all the brouhaha, it's good to remember a few essential points, and Koehler helps us do this:
'And suddenly I find myself careening backwards in time: The Bush administration has launched its war on terror and is preparing to invade Iraq and the mainstream coverage of this is sheer public relations for the invasion, completely dismissing the global opposition that has erupted across the planet. Fifteen years later, nothing has changed. The war and its subsequent ebb and flow of surges, the rise of terrorism, the collapse of the Middle East, the global flood of refugees — all of this is covered with a shrug, in a contextual void. And the planners and supporters of the invasion — the war-on-terrorists — remain securely in power, alarmed, apparently, about only one recent occurrence: the election of Donald Trump.
'In the Post story, the only window on the larger reality in which we live is in that last paragraph, when a White House statement talks about “building a better relationship” between the United States and Russia. Such a statement has potentially world-changing consequences . . . except, alas, it’s not reported as news.'
These are the kinds of things we need to keep front, rear, and center in our minds.