Zero Dark Thirty, Manhunt and Obama Admin. Justify Use of Torture
By Bill Blum
“Arseniy Yatsenuk, it should be noted, has something called the Arseniy Yatsenuk Foundation. If you go to the foundation’s website you will see the logos of the foundation’s “partners”. Among these partners we find NATO, the National Endowment for Democracy, the US State Department, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs in the UK), the German Marshall Fund (a think tank founded by the German government in honor of the US Marshall Plan), as well as a couple of international banks. Is any comment needed?”
So, what do we have here? In Libya, in Syria, and elsewhere the United States has been on the same side as the al-Qaeda types. But not in Ukraine. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in Ukraine the United States is on the same side as the neo-Nazi types, who – taking time off from parading around with their swastika-like symbols and calling for the death of Jews, Russians and Communists – on May 2 burned down a trade-union building in Odessa, killing scores of people and sending hundreds to hospital; many of the victims were beaten or shot when they tried to flee the flames and smoke; ambulances were blocked from reaching the wounded. Try and find an American mainstream media entity that has made a serious attempt to capture the horror.
And how did this latest example of American foreign-policy exceptionalism come to be? One starting point that can be considered is what former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates says in his recently published memoir: “When the Soviet Union was collapsing in late 1991, [Defense Secretary Dick Cheney] wanted to see the dismemberment not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world.” That can serve as an early marker for the new cold war while the corpse of the old one was still warm. Soon thereafter, NATO began to surround Russia with military bases, missile sites, and NATO members, while yearning for perhaps the most important part needed to complete the circle – Ukraine.
In February of this year, US State Department officials, undiplomatically, joined anti-government protesters in the capital city of Kiev, handing out encouragement and food, from which emanated the infamous leaked audio tape between the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, and the State Department’s Victoria Nuland, former US ambassador to NATO and former State Department spokesperson for Hillary Clinton. Their conversation dealt with who should be running the new Ukraine government after the government of Viktor Yanukovich was overthrown; their most favored for this position being one Arseniy Yatsenuk.
My dear, and recently departed, Washington friend, John Judge, liked to say that if you want to call him a “conspiracy theorist” you have to call others “coincidence theorists”. Thus it was by the most remarkable of coincidences that Arseniy Yatsenuk did indeed become the new prime minister. He could very soon be found in private meetings and public press conferences with the president of the United States and the Secretary-General of NATO, as well as meeting with the soon-to-be new owners of Ukraine, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, preparing to impose their standard financial shock therapy. The current protestors in Ukraine don’t need PHDs in economics to know what this portends. They know about the impoverishment of Greece, Spain, et al. They also despise the new regime for its overthrow of their democratically-elected government, whatever its shortcomings. But the American media obscures these motivations by almost always referring to them simply as “pro-Russian”.
JP Sottile investigates the international assault on Ukraine. US corporate giants are deeply involved in the illegal coup there and the contorting of US foreign policy in their own private interests. Does this surprise anyone on earth?
Among the luminaries working tirelessly and no doubt selflessly for a better, freer Ukraine are:
–Melissa Agustin, Director, International Government Affairs & Trade for Monsanto
–Brigitte Dias Ferreira, Counsel, International Affairs for John Deere
–Steven Nadherny, Director, Institutional Relations for agriculture equipment-maker CNH Industrial
–Jeff Rowe, Regional Director for DuPont Pioneer
–John F. Steele, Director, International Affairs for Eli Lilly & Company
And, of course, Cargill’s Van A. Yeutter. But Cargill isn’t alone in their warm feelings toward Ukraine. As Reuters reported in May 2013, Monsanto — the largest seed company in the world — plans to build a $140 million “non-GM (genetically modified) corn seed plant in Ukraine.”
Political Film Blog readers:
I have amended the tagline at the top of this blog to include anti-fascism. That concept is a firm motivating factor that drives much of the content here. It is simply not okay to tolerate fascism, fascistic ideas and fascistic abuses out there in the real world nor those promoted in the cinema or on television.
Fascism is clearly understood as a highly nationalistic merger of corporate and state power, an unaccountable, corrupt regime that pits those two interests against those of the common citizens. Corporate/state partnerships are rife with abuse, and they enable resource wars around the globe, imperialism and the destruction of civil liberties at home – even those guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
Fascism is a plague upon the earth, and its current iterations are more covert than in the old days. They no longer dress up in pompous attire and march through the center of town. They no longer need to. Fascism today is largely a matter of selling a false reality to the masses so that they remain indifferent to the atrocities of the corporate/state complex. Propaganda has succeeded in creating myths that replace factual reporting and investigation. It is no longer important to find out the truth if one believes the myth, the Big Lie surrounding whatever issue the corporate/state sees fit to spin.
Examples are too numerous to name here. See the blog itself for more on that.
It disheartens me that most of these cutting-edge reports, from reliable sources are ignored here. The Ukraine, Syria and Libya fiascoes garner few to no “like” clicks, as people seem to be too afraid to register their approval, or else they are so disinterested that they simply don’t care about large piles of dead civilians. Either explanation is abhorrent to me.
The citizens of this empire allow the government a free hand to operate with impunity around the world. There are no marches against Obama’s atrocities. There are no calls for an end to drone murder and covert wars across numerous nations. Most of these conflicts stay pointedly out of the corporate news, the spinners of myth, which approximately 90% of Americans rely upon for their views. One might quote George Dubya at this point with his “Fool me once, shame on you…” shtick.
You have been fooled by a highly censored corporate media. You will be fooled again by this same highly censored corporate media.
What we have today is a plummeting freedom index. All our digital communications and online presences are under surveillance. This is illegal, and yet it continues without legal accountability by a military industrial complex that now treats innocent citizens as the enemy in its self-styled global battlefield. If that doesn’t give one pause, then it’s pointless communicating with them whatsoever. The implications of a totalitarian surveillance regime are too odious to bother explaining. This should be obvious to grown adults.
America fundamentally lacks an anti-imperialist major party. Both the Democrats and the Republicans are reliable, corrupt perpetrators of imperial aggression. This record is long, bloodstained and highly consistent. The only difference is in style. The Democrats prefer covert actions that stay out of the newspapers. The Republicans prefer overt bombing and invasions that bolster their egos. Both are fundamentally immoral and unrestrained by international or even domestic laws.
And so each year we become a more belligerent, unaccountable empire: a more fascistic place, a more dangerous place, a more destructive place. When the corporate/state no longer needs to worry about the opinions of the masses, then we are in deep trouble.
Fascism used to be frowned upon. Today we have top leaders posing for photographs with an unabashed Ukrainian Nazi, Oleh Tyahnybok, as they brag about $5 Billion of US tax money spent to overthrow the democratically elected government there. This overthrow helps US oil and gas giant Chevron, which is bragged about by Obama’s state department functionary Victoria Nuland.
When US officials like Victoria Nuland and John McCain feel no aversion to posing for photographs with open Nazis, we have a serious problem. America has long partnered with tyrants, such as the regimes of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and across the globe. These tyrants are junior partners, critical instruments in the functioning of the empire.
Not until the implications of this post are widely understood and acted upon. Not any time soon.
“That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power.”
-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”
“Public Apathy Enables Leaders To Ignore Voters.”
-The Central Intelligence Agency
Publisher, Political Film Blog
There has been no Russian “invasion” of Crimea, at all, just as there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, just as there was no policy of rape in Libya, just as there were no babies thrown out of incubators in 1990, just as the government of Syria launched no gas attacks against its own people.
Paul Craig Roberts sets the record straight:
The fact of the matter is that those 16,000 Russian troops have been in Crimea since the 1990s. Under the Russian-Ukrainian agreement, Russia has the right to base 25,000 troops in Crimea.
…No such dispatch has occurred. Putin has been granted authority by the Russian Duma to send troops to Ukraine, but Putin has stated publicly that sending troops would be a last resort to protect Crimean Russians from invasions by the ultra-nationalist neo-nazis who stole Washington’s coup and established themselves as the power in Kiev and western Ukraine.
…In an intercepted telephone call between EU foreign affairs minister Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet who had just returned from Kiev, Paet reports: “There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.” Paet goes on to report that “all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides . . . and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened.”
John McCain poses with Ukrainian Neo-Nazi coup leader Tyahnybok.