How did the new Cold War get started?
Maybe we need an enemy to keep us distracted as much of the country spirals into 3rd world status?
Maybe we need an enemy to keep the Military/Intelligence/Industrial/ Complex profitable? For example, the military-complex grows rich through war, so endless war is a feature – not a bug – of our foreign policy.
Or, maybe Orwell was right in that we’ve always been at war with Eastasia?
Whatever the reason, it’s apparent that the Russians have become our official enemy, with Russia being accused of everything from hacking our elections, to plotting to invade the Baltic’s, to killing Santa Claus. And, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, is depicted as a cross between Satan and Doctor Evil.
Don’t get me started on our corporate media. Their coverage lately in relation to Russia has been the worst stretch of rank propaganda I’ve witnessed since the run-up to the Iraq war. The latest article in the New York Times, where writer Timothy Egan lambasts American’s for their ignorance is a wonder to behold. Egan rants that American’s don’t know about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, when it was US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and American NGO’s that helped instigate a coup in Ukraine, during the Winter Olympics in 2014. Talk about projection. Articles like this are why Americans increasingly distrust corporate media.
Our corporate media has been decidedly silent on some of the true causes of the new Cold War. Like NATO, for example. Since the demise of the USSR, NATO has expanded eastward, adding Eastern European nations to its roster. In fact, NATO has expanded to where it surrounds Russia. NATO has also recently installed an ABM system in Romania and Poland, ostensibly to counter Iranian ballistic missiles, but in reality to deter Russian ICBM’s. Most Americans are completely unaware of these developments and are therefore easy marks for this new Cold War propaganda.
This propaganda blitz is reminiscent of the propaganda model that Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman wrote about in Manufacturing Consent. It also illustrates that our Republic is in grave danger. A democratic republic and a deceived public cannot coexist in the same country. This thanks to an “elite” intellectual culture that cleanses history and content, consistent with the official amnesia that holds official and doctrinal sway across the US foreign policy establishment and their fellow travelers in the media.
During the first Cold War, C. Wright Mills wrote of a “crackpot realism”, where our foreign policy mandarins evoke national security to disguise the operations of the corporate deep state. “For the first time in American history, men in authority are talking about an ’emergency’ without foreseeable end.”
The new Cold War is a direct result of this all-American, corporate empire. An official enemy and endless conflict are more in keeping with an empire than they are with a democratic republic. A democratic republic has no need for endless war or the vast security apparatus that’s been constructed since 9/11, but an empire certainly does.
We’ve discussed before the existence of a secret unaccountable deep state that operates independently of presidential administrations. This deep state requires endless war to maintain its power and keep its citizens in a fearful thrall.
In Orwell’s novel, 1984, Emmanuel Goldstein explains that the purpose of war, “is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”
The salient question of the 2016 presidential election should be: are we going to be a republic or an empire?
Update: Jesus, you can’t even make this shit up.
Sen. Rand Paul’s expression of opposition to a $1.1 billion U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia — which has been brutally bombing civilian targets in Yemen using U.S.-made weapons for more than a year now — alarmed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday afternoon.
Blitzer’s concern: That stopping the sale could result in fewer jobs for arms manufacturers.
“So for you this is a moral issue,” he told Paul during the Kentucky Republican’s appearance on CNN. “Because you know, there’s a lot of jobs at stake. Certainly if a lot of these defense contractors stop selling war planes, other sophisticated equipment to Saudi Arabia, there’s gonna be a significant loss of jobs, of revenue here in the United States. That’s secondary from your standpoint?”