The Big Lies of US Presidents
Norman Solomon, Sean Penn and others bring us the modern history of war propaganda and deception. The American global empire since WW2 is examined, with war pretexts showing similar patterns and designed to rally, not to inform the public. Official enemies are demonized regularly to drum up support for the next war, all the while professing that America never seeks violence. This parlor trick has been done so many times that it still amazes how the public can be so gullible, so ignorant, so stupid.
Archival footage shows the same lies, from Johnson to Bush Sr. to Clinton to Shrub. The same war in the name of peace gibberish that plays so well in the ignorant heartland. When a president starts talking about peace, watch out; Orwellian double-speak is more than a fiction.
“Actually, war becomes perpetual when it is used as a rationale for peace.”
War Made Easy is a compendium, much like What I’ve Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy. But the editing is tighter and more focused. This is the real history of our nation that isn’t permitted on corporate network news, not in this succinct, hard hitting, structured fashion. Voices who call attention to US imperialism and deception do not get invited to corporate news studios.
Sad true fact is that every president in my lifetime should be tried as a war criminal for the same types of aggressive Nuremberg violations that led to the execution of Nazi war criminals after WW2. And yet I did not see the Nuremberg statutes mentioned by Solomon. He cushions his critique, perhaps to appeal to the deluded middle American audience, or perhaps he lacks the gumshen to shoot that straight?
Here Solomon tortures the language to make Obama seem less heinous than McCain in 2008. Of course Solomon is a fixture in foundation-funded professional left-leaning propaganda outfits like Alternet. Interestingly, not one mention is made of third parties in the election, or of a future that includes third parties. With all the verbal contortions, acknowledging the charlatanism of the militarist, Obama, no alternative is even acknowledged as a possibility — ever, in perpetuity, amen.
Anyway, how does one know when the President is lying?
His lips are moving.
The US public has been systematically brainwashed into falsely believing that no criminal conspiracies can occur in the federal government. In reality little else goes on.
In War Made Easy, the lies are exposed, deception called out — but it is never called a “crime.” It is never suggested to demand impeachment. It never compares war criminals from other nations to those here in the United States. Is this a function of the foundation-funded media that critiques within a spectrum, that defines the boundaries of protest?
Thankfully, Solomon does destroy the propaganda of the corporate news media. They are fair game. The media, the willing executioners of imperial propaganda, are simply shown doing what they do now that the truth has come out and exposed their reports as deceptions, embedded war propaganda, hostile frothing partisan Brownshirt barking, etc.
“There’s a kind of an acculturated callousness as to what happens at the other end of US weapons.”
Network cheerleading for war and censoring out peace voices is shown explicitly, as the imperial media is laid bare as willing accomplices of death and destruction. Media profits soar when they hype war and battle coverage. This makes people more likely to tune in and see their commercials. In partnership with the Pentagon and US officials, war lies are not questioned, not investigated, and actual journalists such as Phil Donahue in 2003, are simply fired.
Norman Solomon at the University of California, speech: War Made Easy.
“U.S. journalists don’t win Pulitzers for questioning the U.S. empire.”
This film should make you very angry if you have anything approaching a sense of morality or conscience regarding America’s Crimes Against Humanity and those depraved murderous psychopaths who run it, and who get away with mass murder on a fairly regular basis.