I recall a scene from the movie ‘300…Rise Of An Empire’ where the attractive Jewish actress Eva Green is seen kissing a dismembered head.
An example of raw violence mixed with hyper-sexuality.
I remember thinking to myself this hyper-violence has to be having major effects on the hive mind of the masses. A merciless, steady, and unending diet of violence and sex hammering away at the frontal cortex.
Repetition works. It changes people.
I would argue that the media has altered and continues to alter the minds of the American people in ways few understand or appreciate, turning people into both submissive followers and/or lunatic killers for even bigger wars to come.
Could it be possible that government and ‘other groups’, so called ‘think-tanks’ are in the process of turning the population of the US into efficient, soulless killers or submissive sick and confused drones?
It is known that governments and the militaries that serve them go through the laborious process of breaking down new recruits psychologically so that said militaries can kill people in warfare. I would argue that this has be done with the general civilian population as well, given that the civilian population represents the support base in the form of taxes for any military ventures.
This is out in the open for those that care to look into it. ‘Smart’ devices, social media and all the rest of it are watching people closely and transforming societies dramatically and some would even say traumatically. The mass addiction on the part of people today to their so called ‘smart’ devices seems like only the beginning.
Franklin Foer writes in World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech
‘Tech companies are destroying something precious, which is the possibility of contemplation. They have created a world in which we’re constantly watched and always distracted. Through their accumulation of data, they have constructed a portrait of our minds, which they use to invisibly guide mass behavior (and increasingly individual behavior) to further their financial interests.’
Simply put, the ‘smart’ devices contribute directly to the inability both on the personal and collective level to think, and what’s more, those on the other end of those ‘smart’ devices can watch your every move, read your every thought and thus guide your every step.
Don’t forget, it is not these devices that seek to change and control people. It is the companies themselves and the people who run them that seek total control.
The mass media controls the collective and individual mind and now we enter a new age. They want in your home and in your minds. The so called controlled mass media is open about this.
They are now able to know more about us then we know about ourselves.
Trump used these weapons against them and he won. He got on Facebook and Twitter with the regular people and won sufficient electoral college votes to win.
This is one of the many clues that indicates that it is unlikely Trump is a ‘puppet’ under ‘zionist control’.
As a side note, this is why individuals such as Robert Reich seek to abolish the Electoral College. That is why there is such a big push to glorify Alexander Hamilton who was in favor of central banking and a super all-powerful centrist government.
Despite his wealth, connections, and affluence, Trump was/is more like the average American then Hillary Clinton. Trump trained on his TV show. He likes boxing, wrestling, and was endorsed by Dana White of the UFC martial arts fame. They feared not only his ability to make deals they feared that he could relate to the common man and woman and the fact is, he did and still does. He knows how to talk to regular people. He is a friend of Tom Brady and Mike Tyson and as the newsmedia likes to point out regularly, likes junk food such as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
He’s ‘one of us,’ or as much as someone operating at his level can be. That is why women hate him. He is an older, white, alpha male, part of the male-dominated patriarchal system that ‘suppresses’ woman and LGBTQ people, to whom the very existence of gender is considered a crime against humanity.
‘Patriarchy. In sociology, patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property. In the domain of the family, fathers or father-figures hold authority over women and children.’
Trump is therefore the pen-ultimate enemy of this new kind of communistic thinking that dominates much of the Western world.
The list of jargon and media generated cultural movements designed to destroy the Western world is growing.
Feminism, Cultural Marxism, gender studies, Postmodernism, trangender rights, climate change, reproductive rights, ‘microaggression’, micro–assaults, micro–insults and micro–invalidations, sexism, and racismThese represent merely a partial list of the system’s control over the mind of the population. The have built an army of ‘do-gooders’ that will not rest until every person in the world is ‘free’ of any kind of ‘oppression’. The last man somewhere in a cave in Afghanistan somewhere may be homophobic. Send the gender-friendly, diverse and tolerant US military to kill him.
Any crime, any deed done to stop Trump and his cadres of white males is legal and ethical.
The people of the United States are divided like never before. Male vs female, black vs white, conservative vs liberal, ‘oppressed’ vs ‘oppressor’.
We’re looking at the potential for some kind of civil war that we have never experienced before. The white males see hope in Trump and if that is taken away who knows what could happen
Already we have seen some significant street battles between the Trump MAGA people and the redshirts making up ANTIFA.
Soros and Harvard University, the left and the Jewish Power cabal have created an army devoted to the take-down of Trump.
A lot of the fighting is now down online. It goes without saying the backlash to the left-wing, to feminism and political correctness is equally as nasty.
The battles within the online world reveal just how bad and vicious the response of the right has been as well. Gamergate and the online wars by the so called Alt-Right are turning ugly and are then used for propaganda purposes against Trump in emboldening his enemies.
It would seem the media is doing everything it can to stoke the fires in the battle of the sexes and races.
How much of the fighting in the online world is manipulated by the silicon valley giants?
Recall the role of Facebook during the so called ‘Arab spring’.
They run algorithms and launch memes that have been created for both herding and maneuvering the masses. They had the money, the power and the technology to remove Sanders who was the messianic head of a group that contained an uncomfortable number of people who felt some pity for the Palestinian cause and put in his place an unpopular, scandal ridden harpie hoping to ride her broomstick into the White House.
The key to all of it was the ‘I’m with her’ slogan. Hillary Clinton was perceived as a womens’ empowerment movement. She was/is like a female tyrant. The DNC looked the other way because even though she is bad she is good because it is female power coming to save the oppressed.
Just as Obama was not good for the Muslim world Hillary is not and will never be good for women. Her focus–as far as women were concerned–was greater promotion of Planned Parenthood and abortion ‘rights’ to the detriment or outright avoidance of any other issue.
Obama made bloodthirsty comments about how he loved to use his drones in killing innocent people but even he did not come close to the organic, visible evil that radiation from HRC, who joked with a TV news reporter moments after she learned that Muammar Gaddafi had been murdered by American and Israeli jihadist thugs in Libya ‘We came, we saw, he died‘.
No doubt Hillary Clinton was evil and crazy enough to get American into even greater wars, perhaps even nuclear.
Her purpose was to use ‘womens’ rights’ and empowerment to mobilize the entire nation for total war against Iran and Russia. Her argument was that ‘out of the goodness of liberalism, Iran would become free’, by pouring trillions into the Green ‘color revolution’ and Zionist media war on Iran that could easily have degenerated into all-out war in Syria, Iran and even Russia.
‘Free the women of Iran from oppression at all costs…’ was the meme. The fantasy of the sexually-attractive, popular female warrior liberating Iran from the bad, sexist, and patriarchal Russia.
This is no joke. They want it. They still want war, even more so now that the alpha male who won the White House is stalling in their much-anticipated ‘clash of civilizations’.
Some in the military knew this was a disaster waiting to happen, but Israel and her legion of spies and saboteurs entrenched in DC didn’t and don’t seem to care.
In short she was going to get the annoying American women to attack Russia and Iran because they are ‘backward, sexist pigs.’
When Trump won the election the anti-Trump Jewish money power unleashed one of their most powerful and prized possessions–the women. Recall how Madonna, wearing her ‘pussyhat’ and lacing her speech with more ‘F’ bombs than one would hear in an episode of the Sopranos said she wanted to ‘blow up’ the White House’.
Actress Ashley Judd was one of the first women to come forward accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and then went after Trump with her bizarre ‘Nasty Women’ poem.
Judd went mad and said:
‘Ivanka is Trump’s favorite sex symbol…’ and that Trump has ‘wet dreams about Ivanka’.
Something like a half a million women gathered against Trump. Superstars like Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, and Alicia Keys made speeches as well as Judd.
The female stars who we would later come to find had been abused sexually, ostensibly so they could work in the glamorous movie world controlled by Jewish interests, as well as other lucrative ego-gratifying jobs. A devil’s bargain that has driven some (or many) of them insane.
Countless women feminists marching around in their vagina costumes officially made America the stupidest, most banal and most vile country mankind has ever witnessed, after Israel of course where this is more a daily occurance than a periodic one.
An army of angry women wanted to and still does want to murder Trump.
True enough, he is crass and base at times like the stereotypical ‘all-American guy’. However, Trump did not bomb 7 countries as Obama did and he did not invade Iraq as did daddy and sonny Bush.
Question–Where were the nasty vagina heads when the US bombed the hell out of the ME?
Answer–as quiet as church mice in a house full of pussycats.
The answer is clear–They hate Trump worse than they hate the murder of millions of innocent people.
Identity Politics will get us all killed.
By the way why is it not racist for white countries to bomb sovereign nations populated with dark-skinned people?
Besides the constant deluge of political propaganda and violence, what has decades of drug/alcohol and porn addiction done to people?
Turned them into lunatics.
There are some relatively new sociological problems we have never seen before.
For instance, we know that pornography has ruined the minds of men.
Men are said to be hard-wired for porn. However now, as a result of this scourge, women are seeking labiaplasty to make their vaginas more aesthetic so as to mirror those found in porn. That is right women seeking cosmetic genital surgery to look like porn stars.
It is under some dispute but it seems women are also becoming addicted to porn. The sex industry is huge. Many women are involved in it professionally. Some now are ‘free-lancers’ and are involved in real prostitution or ‘trading for sex’.
With the rise of apps like Tinder, dating is a thing of the past. People now just ‘hook up’ for sex. Romance is dead. Love is dead. Marriage and parenthood–the stabilizing factors necessary for any society–are dead or at least are in the process of dying. Women are constantly portrayed as working out and in movies are now often cast as superheroes. America is a comic book culture now. Skin tight superhero costumes and impossible plot lines blur realty as women are transformed into hyper-sexual killers. Less like women every day.
Comic books are nothing but thinly veiled pornography anyway.
Look around at women and girls as they become more masculine all the time. Who wants children anyway. Women are seen as military combat fighters now.
The ‘hook-up’ culture and pornography have literally turned America into a kingdom of grotesque, hyper-sexualized creatures that have no purpose other than killing and mating with whoever or whatever, whenever, however and wherever.
The most sacred part of society, the mother, has been transformed into the MILF who is depicted as a prowling animal out to meet and mate with younger men. Nother hood means nothing, as now the highest purpose for a woman is ‘equal pay’ with men and the ability to murder their own children in the womb which has now become the religion of women in the West.
Endless images of athletic and deadly women flood our minds. Ice-cold, intelligent, muscle-bound, thin, perfect, flawless, hyper-sexual career women and pornographic stars, pop female singers of limitless capability and unsurpassed beauty…Hyper sexualized sex-appeal floods every medium.
Some women are even transforming into creatures of extreme aggressiveness. Female violent crime is at an all-time high. Female involvement with gangs is a growing problem. Orange is the new black. In fact, at the moment, female mixed martial arts is exploding in popularity.
What is behind these traumatic changes in female behavior? What is behind things such as the bizarre epidemic of female adult teachers sexually abusing very young students?
The male violence and pornographic addiction seems easier to make sense. I would argue that male violence–if state sanctioned–is given a free pass. Men for decades have been fed a steady diet of the handsome action hero. It is as American as baseball. From the fifties, sixties, and seventies, paperback books, the Rambo movies, Chuck Norris, to the hyper-violent video games of today are a good primer in understanding the violent American male as well as his love affair with military firearms and all the regalia that comes with them.
For many men, the ‘gold standard’ in life is a combination of playboy Hugh Hefner and James Bond, the male adventure hero with no wife or children but with lots of female playmates.
Even the liberals do not dare question the narrative of the American war hero. Not to take away from the valor of men who have been wounded, captured, or killed under conscription. I am talking about the carefully-crafted Hollywood version of the ‘American’ hero.
You will notice even the liberals dare not directly confront war heroes anymore. In a roundabout and very clever way the media defends them.
You may recall how even the powerful Hillary Clinton came under fire for the abandonment of special ops units in Benghazi.
Before he died the CIA operative E. Howard Hunt wrote about just how clever the propaganda behind the TV program ‘24’ was. It got wildly popular in the years preceding 9/11 The lead male character ‘Jack’ tortures the hell out of his enemies to stop terror. A fantastic cover for any war crimes. Any politician who did not advocate torture or subsequent invasions would look like a weak fool.
Now how will they combine the men and women into a lunatic army of killers who kill without any real remorse?
The America media complex features countless movies and tv shows ready to be ‘binge watched’ featuring attractive male and female characters (and now, increasingly gay and transgender as well) who work in exciting civil servant jobs. Or the military directly.
The females are now more often than not the alpha team leaders. Since the 1980’s (perhaps even before that) we have witnessed the male and female roles change until the present age where the male and female combine in endless adventure stories.
Or many races and genders combine to form teams and task forces. They fight the ‘war on drugs’, the ‘war on cancer’, and, of course, the endless ‘war on terror’. The enemy more often than not is the white male and the Islamic militants.
Grey’s Anatomy, ER, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Jack Reacher, and on and on.
The gender-friendly, non-racist, transgender militaries of the US and Great Britain will free the world from racism, anti-Semitism nationalism and homophobia.
The soldiers resemble the clean cut crew of Star Trek…They are ‘multicultural’ and can do no wrong.
There is not only a back door draft with America’s poor needed to sign up for combat. It’s deeper than among the eroding middle class has formed a new military class. Just in time for the post 9/11 world I might add.
The question becomes thus–can the American Empire, which in reality is the Israeli Empire, be able to succeed at what is clearly it’s goal, i.e. complete world domination?
They want it.
But the empire is spread thin–700 bases and a Middle East that knows that the US is under control of Israel.
The pro-US elements want to stay on top and it has come into direct conflict with Israel and the Israel-first wing of the American empire.
This battle extends to a battle for the hearts and minds for want I am referring to as ‘the lunatic army’.
This will be one factor.
Men often don’t want to harm people so the military makes a thorough psychological study of what enables men to kill without restraint.
In other words, normal men resist the idea of killing another human being. They sometimes don’t want to shoot to kill.
S.L.A. Marshal was a chief U.S. Army historian during WWII and the Korean war and did a study on the firing rates of soldiers in World War II. He found that the ratio of rounds fired vs. hits was low; he also noted that the majority of soldiers were not aiming to hit their targets. This was a problem for the US military and its allies during World War II. New training implements were developed and hit rates improved. The changes were small, but effective. First, instead of shooting at bull’s-eye type targets, the United States Army switched to silhouette targets that mimic an average human. Training also switched from 300 yard slow fire testing to rapid fire testing with different time and distance intervals from 20 to 300 yards. With these two changes, hitting targets became a reaction that was almost automatic.
This was long ago…What have they done in the interim?
Needless to say the military and the think-tanks have weaponized the woman. With the worldwide reach of Mossad and Soros and his ‘color revolutions’ they pull the standard coup d’etat in the steady increase in the use of women for military purposes.
Woman were part of the torture program celebrated by Mossad and Shin Bet…
Madonna shouts out ‘Free Pussy Riot’, lighting fires in Russia…
Now there is a call for the women of Iran to ‘set Iran free’. A woman who took off her hijab during anti-government protests in Iran has been branded ‘a heroine’ in the Western (Zionist) media.
Be free like the women in the United States? Free to be a slave to your passions and your sexuality?
Take off the hijab put on the G-string?
Woman in America and much of Europe have been unleashed on the world. Can they be reasoned with?
No. They are no different than the average American dolt on 9/11 who chanting ‘KILL THE AY-RABS…KILL THE AY-RABS…’
One thing is for certain, there is a price to pay, as the suicide rate in the American military is very high. And in America’s ‘porn army’ there is a growing epidemic of suicide as well.
War propaganda and or outright conscription has been very successful in getting America into a lot of wars. Both the soldiers and the civilian population were sufficiently convinced or coerced into many different wars.
Time and time again the people still go to war and even–as in the case involving the Gulf of Tonken incident–the pretext for the war proves to be false.
The military knows how to turn men into killers and this is beyond dispute. When the professional propagandist is assigned the task of priming a country’s minds for war, they never fail.
What I think is something new is the behavior modification of women in the United States and the 1st world countries.
They have become not only hypersexualized but weaponized.
One may ask ‘what could be wrong with that’? Netflix has a category featuring a ‘strong’ female lead.
How many films and now video games feature a sexually attractive women who kills countless people? Over and over again, and not by accident.
Could it be the powers that be want women to enter the military and die in combat? Women could not go wrong being ‘strong’.
Could it be they are turning women into warriors and lunatics? Yes, no doubt. Feminism in the academic world has destroyed the minds of women and Hollywood has expanded and improved upon it to the point where we may soon see a breaking point.
The battle has just begun.
The DNC and Hollywood continues to attack Trump with even much more intensity then they did during the era of Watergate and Nixon.
Notice how this has some of the same feel to it. The elite left-wing are dreaming about the ‘good old days’ and they are releasing a film glorifying The Washington Post the organ of propaganda that took Nixon down. The Washington Post is not just some ‘newspaper’. It is the CIA itself and an extension of the Deep State.
If you’re looking for James Bond or your cousin the Navy Seal forget it. The power of the press can crush anyone.
The news is the Deep State and it is out to crush Trump.
Due to the development of sophisticated technology they can get on cable news networks and social media and attack the president 24/7.
He can tweet right back at them that it’s all “Fake News”.
I am not saying that Trump is going to “win” in his battle against the “New World Order”, but then again, who knows?
What is apparent however is that there is a fight going on. Some in the ‘truth’ movement say ‘Trump is safe’ because he has ‘sold out’ to the Jews.
BS. If he were ‘safe’, the JMSM would cease and desist in its seek and destroy mission against him.
But if you think President Trump has not done anything to fight the ‘Deep State’ and organized Jewish power, then re-read this one I wrote.
Yet again the ‘Truth Movement’ fails on Trump’s Secret War with Israel. Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will force a ‘deal’.
To say he is a puppet of the Zionists or that his son in law runs the entire White House is a lie.
Trump needed the help of Jared aka ‘Kush’ and the powerful Mercer family to win the election anyway. Yes, that’s the way politics works.
Who knows it may turn out to be a good thing Trump has split from Bannon. Those of us who read between the lines know Breitbart News, Drudge, etc are interesting but essentially pro-Israel. Robert Mercer himself remains a mystery. More on him latter. Nevertheless Trump needed these people to win the election period. They know Data. They knew how to use sophisticated technology to win. the Mercer controlled corp Cambridge Analytica (CA) was the only one that polled Trump to win and he did win. It was all shady but not compared to killing Seth Rich and perhaps even Victor Thorn and others.
So in some ways a split with Bannon might be good, might be bad, too early to say. Trump likes to fire people anyway.
If the Russia probe goes near Trump’s finances, ‘he’s sunk,’ so says ‘Fire and Fury’ author Michael Wolf (a disgusting fake news/deep state liar) and who may be right about this, because the Russia probe is not going away and the liberal elites and Jews are not going to stop saying Trump is crazy.
Many women of America don’t care about war with Russia. The only issue that swirls around in their tiny little skulls is that they want Trump dead. Identity politics rules the day.
Whoever is able to support Trump should. This includes American Jews who should do their best to avoid some kind of violence that may erupt if Trump is thrown out of office in this illegal coup.
The stars of the Alt-Right or ‘truth’ movement who have had the guts to speak out against crimes of the State of Israel have folded on Trump. This continues to baffle me.
Trump is not crazy and Russia wanted Trump to win. Is that against the law? Israel and Saudi Arabia wanted Clinton and did everything outside the aw possible to help her and yet there are no ‘probes’ going on in that regard.
Some of us simply don’t seem to understand that at this moment if the enemies of Trump break him the rule of law of the land will be broken. The US will go back to where it was with Obama, along with a truly aggressive posture towards China and Russia. The Donald was and is bluffing on North Korea.
Can you not see the names and faces of the media people and politicians who are after Trump? And no, it is not just a ‘left wing’ or ‘Democrat’ thing. The very same Neo-cons who controlled the Bush WH for 8 years and who are dead set on war with Iran are TO A MAN opposed to Trump ad want him gone. If Trump is–as claimed by various ‘experts’ these days–owned completely by Jewish interests or “illuminati” power then why the drive to declare him insane under article 25? Saying they are ‘behind’ Trump and controlling his every move is the equivalent of some of the inanity post-9/11 such as ‘hologram planes’ hitting the WTC.
WHY DO THAT TO YOUR AGENT IN PLACE?
They the Jews already worked with Trump in New York and already did not like him. It’s is true they installed him as a front man for Resorts International, and yes, his son in law is a Jew and Ivanka is a liberal. Some of Trump’s friends are Jewish. That is New York City life and business. That does not mean they ‘like’ Trump. Furthermore they know what he can do. It was Trump who was the real prime mover behind ‘fixing’ Manhattan, not Rudy Giuliani and even Chief of Police Bratton. No Trump fixed NYC. Did he kick the poor and the drug addicts out of Manhattan island and gentrify it? You bet your life. That was mean but it worked and he did it. Is he flashing some Masonic hand sign? More than likely. So did Nixion. Look at what they did to Nixon. He is portrayed as a nasty American Hitler. And by the way, under Nixon the US got out of Nam.
Recall that JFK was put in power by Jewish power. Once in the seat of power it was a different game as he and his brother RFK worked hard to thwart the corruption
My point is in this case the lesser of two evils is a lot better. We’re not going to get a Ron Paul for president. We’re not going to get a peace activist president. So instead of saying Trump is under control I recommend full support of Trump and take care when being critical of Trump so it does not add to the power of the forces that are out to remove him
A “good deal” for America of the Jerusalem gambit. Is better than a 100% pro-Israel deal.
We don’t know where Trump truly stands on Iran. I think he prefers to stay out of any real conflict with Iran. It’s bad for business. Oil companies for instance don’t want a fight with Iran. (However, Trump may have caved to the Deep Ste on Iran. Bad but this doesn’t matter because Iran can withstand a Deep State coup). We know the Deep State and Israel want Iran destroyed. We don’t know if the “agency’ attempted a coup or whether it was Saudi Arabia or merely an internal matter for power consolidation. It is difficult to say if it went well for the Trump team. Afghanistan Trump should pull the troops out. But can he. The “Deep State” wants the opium poppies protected by the US military. Hence there is not much he can do.
One thing is for certain many Trump supporters are very pro-Israel. That would like to be the only ones aboard the Trump train. Driving the train? You bet.
Award winning journalist James Risen has recently described in some detail his sometimes painful relationship with The New York Times. His lengthy account is well worth reading as it demonstrates how successive editors of the paper frequently cooperated with the government to suppress stories on torture and illegal activity while also self-censoring to make sure that nothing outside the framework provided by the “war on terror” should be seriously discussed. It became a faithful lap dog for an American role as global hegemon, promoting government half-truths and suppressing information that it knew to be true but which would embarrass the administration in power, be they Democrats or Republicans.
If one were to obtain a similar insider account of goings-on at the other national “newspaper of record” The Washington Post it is quite likely that comparable trimming of the narrative also took place. To be sure, the Post is worse than the Times, characterized by heavily editorializing in its news coverage without necessarily tipping off the reader when “facts” end and speculation begins. In both publications, stories about Iran or Russia routinely begin with an assertion that Moscow interfered in the 2016 U.S. election and that Iran is the aggressor in the Middle East, contentions that have not been demonstrated and can easily be challenged. Both publications also have endorsed every American war since 2001, including Iraq, Libya and the current mess in Syria, one indication of the quality of their reporting and analysis.
A recent op-ed in the Times by Bret Stephens is a perfect example of warmongering mischief wrapped in faux expert testimony to make it palatable. Stephens is the resident neocon at the Times. He was brought over from the Wall Street Journal when it was determined that his neocon colleague David Brooks had become overly squishy, while the resident “conservative” Russ Douthat had proven to be a bit too cautious and even rational to please the increasingly hawkish senior editors.
Stephens’ article, entitled Finding the Way Forward on Iran sparkles with throwaway gems like “Tehran’s hyperaggressive foreign policy in the wake of the 2015 nuclear deal” and “Real democracies don’t live in fear of their own people” and even “it’s not too soon to start rethinking the way we think about Iran.” Or try “A better way of describing Iran’s dictatorship is as a kleptotheocracy, driven by impulses that are by turns doctrinal and venal.”
Bret has been a hardliner on Iran for years. Early on in this op-ed he makes very clear that he wants it to be dealt with forcibly because it has “centrifuges, ballistic missiles, enriched uranium [and] fund[s] Hezbollah, assist Bashar al-Assad, arm[s] the Houthis, [and] imprison[s] the occasional British or American citizen.” He describes how Iran is a very corrupt place run by religious leaders and Revolutionary Guards and proposes that their corruption be exposed so that the Iranian people can take note and rise up in anger. And if exposure doesn’t work, they should be hammered with sanctions. He does not explain why sanctions, which disproportionately hurt the people he expects to rise up, will bring about any real change.
Stephens cites two of his buddies Ken Weinstein of the Hudson Institute and Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), who are apparently experts on how to squeeze Iran. Weinstein prefers exposing the misdeeds of the Mullahs to anger the Iranian people while Dubowitz prefers punitive sanctions “for corruption.”
The article does not reveal that Weinstein and Dubowitz are long time critics of Iran, are part of the Israel Lobby and just happen to be Jewish, as is Stephens. The Hudson Institute and the FDD are leading neocon and pro-Israel fronts. So my question becomes, “Why Iran?” The often-heard Israeli complaint about its being unfairly picked on could reasonably be turned on its head in asking the same about Iran. In fact, Iran compares favorably with Israel. It has no nuclear weapons, it does not support any of the Sunni terrorist groups that are chopping heads, and it has not disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of people that it rules over. The fact is that Iran is being targeted because Israel sees it as its prime enemy in the region and has corrupted many “opinion makers” in the U.S., to include Stephens, to hammer home that point. To be sure, Iran is a very corrupt place run by people who should not be running a hot dog stand, but the same applies to the United States and Israel. And there are lots of places that are not being targeted like Iran that are far worse, including good friend and ally of both Jerusalem and Washington, Saudi Arabia.
Oddly enough Stephens, Weinstein and Dubowitz do not get into any of that back story, presumably because it would be unseemly. And, of course and unfortunately, the New York Times opinion page is not unique. An interesting recent podcast interview by Politico‘s Chief International Affairs correspondent Susan Glasser with leading neoconservatives Eliot Cohen and Max Boot, is typical of how the media selectively shapes a narrative to suit its own biases. Glasser, Cohen and Boot are all part of the establishment foreign policy consensus in the U.S. and therefore both hate and fail to understand the Trump phenomenon. Both Cohen and Booth were vociferous founding members of the #NeverTrump foreign policy resistance movement.
Boot describes the new regime’s foreign policy as “kowtow[ing] to dictators and undermin[ing] American support for freedom and democracy around the world,” typical neocon leitmotifs. Glasser appears to be in love with her interviewees and hurls softball after softball. She describes Boot as “fantastic” and Cohen receives the epithet “The Great.” The interview itself is remarkably devoid of any serious discussion of foreign policy and is essentially a sustained assault on Trump while also implicitly supporting hardline national security positions. Cohen fulminates about “a very serious Russian attack on the core of our political system. I mean, I don’t know how you get more reckless and dangerous than that,” while Boot asks what “has to be done” about Iran.
Pompous ass Cohen, who interjected in the interview that “and you know, Max and I are both intellectuals,” notably very publicly refused to have any part in a Trump foreign policy team during the campaign but later when The Donald was actually elected suggested that the new regime might approach him with humility to offer a senior position and he just might condescend to join them. They did not do so, and he wrote an angry commentary on their refusal.
Hating Trump is one thing, but I would bet that if the question of a hardline policy vis-à-vis Russia or the Jerusalem Embassy move had come up Cohen and Boot would have expressed delight. The irony is that Trump is in fact pursuing a basically neocon foreign policy which the two men would normally support, but they appear to be making room for Trump haters in the policy formulation process to push the national security consensus even farther to the right. Indeed, in another article by Boot at Foreign Policy he writes “I applaud Trump’s decisions to provide Ukraine with arms to defend itself from Russian aggression, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to send additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, and to accelerate former President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting the Islamic State.” Cohen meanwhile applauds the embassy move, though he warns that Trump’s success in so doing might embolden him to do something reckless over North Korea.
Perhaps one should not be astonished that leading neocons appearing in the mainstream media will continue to have their eyes on the ball and seek for more aggressive engagement in places like Iran and Russia. The media should be faulted because it rarely publishes any contrary viewpoint and it also consistently fails to give any space to the considerable downside to the agitprop. It must be reassuring for many Americans to know that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is preparing itself to deal with the aftermath of a nuclear attack on the United States and it will be sharing information on the appropriate preparations with the American people. There will be a public session on how to prepare for a nuclear explosion on January 16th.
CDC experts will consider “planning and preparation efforts” for such a strike. “While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the Center elaborated in its press release on the event.
That the United States should be preparing for a possible nuclear future can in part be attributed to recent commentary by the “like, really smart” and “very stable genius” who is the nation’s chief executive, but the fuel being poured on the fire for war is the very same neocons who are featured in the mainstream media as all-purpose experts and have succeeded in selling the snake oil about America’s proper role as aggressor-in-chief for the entire world. It would be an unparalleled delight to be able to open a newspaper and not see Bret Stephens, Eliot Cohen, Max Boot or even the redoubtable Bill Kristol grinning back from the editorial page, but I suppose I am only dreaming.