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What Was Missing From Coverage of Netanyahu's Speech


What Was Missing From Coverage of Netanyahu's Speech

Jim Naureckas

Reading the lead stories on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress about Iran in five prominent US papers–the New York Times, Washington Post,


Very good article. It points out several, important omissions from corporate media coverage of the Netanyahu speech.

Also missing is the fact the United States is in violation of the NPT Treaty. It contains this provision:

“Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a Treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.”

The U.S. government is NOT planning our own disarmament. Our plan is to modernize our nuclear arsenal. That plan is in the 2014 QDR. The QDR summary says:

“Nuclear Deterrence. We will continue to invest in modernizing our essential nuclear
delivery systems; warning, command and control; and, in collaboration with the
Department of Energy, nuclear weapons and supporting infrastructure.”

(See the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. The system won’t allow me to put in a link to the PDF summary.)

This means we are in deliberate breach of the NPT—a ratified treaty. Article 6 (2) of our Constitution states that “treaties made” are the “supreme law of the land.” But the system design has no means of enforcing treaties when the national government violates them. And we, the American people, do not discuss, let alone implement the inalienable, inherent collective right of the people to “alter or abolish” our government, and to institute new government, via the standard procedures for amending the Constitution of initiative-and-referendum and/or convention-and-referendum. Until Americans wake up politically to this right, the plutocratic, militaristic tyranny of corporate Americanism will continue, along with its threat to destroy global civilization . A new, democratic Americanism is possible, but only if Americans wake up to our sovereignty, and implement the obvious procedures for exercising it.


Good statement, thanks. Plus did you see Chomsky’s point that Iran is not stupid-- that if Iran did anything to threaten or deploy nuclear anything, that country would be annihilated immediately… I, too, doubt that that is what they’re about…


How about the fundamental fact that the reason for all this Israeli concern with “defense” is the blowback they rightly expect for their own land-stealing policies and their contempt for international law?


You don’t understand the new objective standard of journalism which is now practiced in the USA by all by all but a few prejudiced journalists like you. The standard is: Israel-very good, Iran very evil. If you don’t live up to that standard our responsible corporate editors will see that you don’t get published. If you don’t see the TRUTH then you are very lucky to have a job at all.