To Trust U.S. Government & ‘News’Media Is to Be a Dupe

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

Who trusts the U.S. government and American newsmedia nowadays? Only dupes possibly can. Just look at the recent history, for the evidence on that:

The U.S. Government and ‘news’media lied us into invading Iraq in 2003, and hid their coup that overthrew the democratically elected progressive government in Iran in 1953, and lied to say that the CIA wasn’t behind the overthrow and ’suicide’ of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973 — and now they’re lying us into war yet again, this war against Syria (where we, and our allied jihadists who are fighting to overthrow Assad, have already destroyed the lives of the people). (We’re doing this, mind you, on ‘humanitarian’ grounds.) It’s also a war against Syria’s defenders Iran and Russia, which war against Russia would be World War III — goodbye to all our dreams. And for what? All this destruction, for what? Will Trump actually take us that final mile, to Armageddon? He’s got a Congress and ‘news’media that are almost 100% supporting his reversal of his previous foreign policy by his outright bombing of Syria — bombing the government that’s fighting against the jihadists — exactly the opposite of what he had been promising to do when he was a candidate for the Presidency.

After these many decades of bloody shameful government, and ‘news’media American Establishment lies, who but an outright fool would trust them now, regarding Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin, Syria, Iran, and Russia? Or: is it actually okay that only decades afterward is the truth being revealed to Americans, that America’s aristocracy and its agents had, decades earlier, perpetrated atrocities abroad (such as in Iran, Iraq, and Chile), and blamed the helpless victims for everything? Is it okay for the lies to be spread as ‘news’, at the time, and to become publicly known as having been lies, only decades afterward, when the history-books get written, and meanwhile for us to be voting for those thug-politicians all the while, whom the ‘news’media had deceived us into thinking to have been acceptable to lead us? This is ‘democracy’?

What about the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK — and what about 9/11? Who but an idiot today would still trust the official story about those events? Who SHOULD trust them? Should you?

Now, regarding specifically the alleged sarin gas attack that was allegedly perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad, on 4 April 2017, and that the U.S. regime is now also alleging that Russia, meaning Vladimir Putin, approved: Is that just another in the long and sordid history of U.S. government and Establishment lies?

Let’s consider the evidence on this matter:

First, read this. Did you click onto the links wherever you had any questions about the authenticity of the evidence in that article? After having read that, do you still believe the official story regarding this gas-attack, which could get the U.S. military into war in the battlefields of Syria against the Syrian government, and against Russia?

And did you read the extensive evidence that the 21 August 2013 East Ghouta sarin gas attack which Obama had said crossed his ‘red line’, was actually a set-up job by the U.S. and allied governments working in conjunction with its jihadists in Syria to create a pretext for U.S. troops to help the jihadists to overthrow Assad? It all needs to be understood in the context of the underlying reasons behind the U.S. government’s longstanding campaign to overthrow and replace Syria’s government.

In any case, more and more evidence is coming to light which is inconsistent with the hypothesis that the Syrian government was behind the 4 April 2017 Syrian gas-attack, and that is consistent with the jihadists — the forces who are fighting against the government — being behind it.

The time when it’s excusable to be a dupe of the U.S. government and its ‘news’media (which are controlled by the same lying aristocracy that controls the top politicians) is long-since past. Americans now need to know our government’s ugly recent history, and to understand today’s ‘news’ in light of it.

Then read this, and decide whether or not you trust the Trump-regime’s allegation that “Russians had foreknowledge of the chemical attack” and that “Russia’s goal was to cover up the Syrian government’s culpability for the chemical attack.”

An American news-site about newsmedia headlined on April 11th, “Out of 47 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed”, and reported that, “Of the top 100 US newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack.”

On April 10th, CBS News headlined “What Americans think about U.S. strike on Syria” and reported, “Fifty-seven percent of Americans approve of the airstrike against Syrian military targets — calling immoral the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons that led to the strike — but most are leery of any military involvement beyond airstrikes, a CBS News poll shows. President Trump’s overall approval rating edged up.” Do those findings show an intelligent American public, or instead a mass of dupes?

On April 12th, Morning Consult bannered “Americans Trust Trump the Most to End Syrian Conflict.” 57% trusted him to end it.

Here’s the actual background of the war in Syria — it’s the war that Trump is continuing and escalating, but which was previously Obama’s (and the Clintons’ and the Bushes’, and going all the way back to Truman’s) war, for pipelines to be built through Syria, to transport the Sauds’ (Saudi Arabia’s) oil, and the Thanis’ (Qatar’s) gas, into the world’s largest oil-and-gas market, the EU. The Sauds and the Thanis are the main funders of Al Qaeda, ISIS and other jihadist groups, and are also the main funders of the ‘moderate rebel forces’ (the Al-Qaeda-led forces) in Syria, and pay for the U.S.-made weapons that those jihadists (most of whom are foreigners imported into Syria, and all of whom are fundamentalist Sunnis, as are the Sauds and the Thanis) are using, to overthrow Assad’s government.

Then, consider this, the most authoritative analysis of all, of the White House’s ‘evidence’ regarding the April 4th Syrian gas-attack:

After detailed decimation of President Trump’s ‘intelligence’ ‘justifying’ his invasion of Syria, the MIT specialist on such intelligence-analysis, Dr. Theodore Postol, concludes:

I have worked with the intelligence community in the past, and I have grave concerns about the politicization of intelligence that seems to be occurring with more frequency in recent times – but I know that the intelligence community has highly capable analysts in it. And if those analysts were properly consulted about the claims in the White House document they would have not approved the document going forward.

I am available to expand on these comments substantially. I have only had a few hours to quickly review the alleged White House intelligence report. But a quick perusal shows without a lot of analysis that this report cannot be correct, and it also appears that this report was not properly vetted by the intelligence community.

This is a very serious matter.

President Obama was initially misinformed about supposed intelligence evidence that Syria was the perpetrator of the August 21, 2013 nerve agent attack in Damascus. This is a matter of public record.

President Obama stated that his initially false understanding was that the intelligence clearly showed that Syria was the source of the nerve agent attack. This false information was corrected when the then Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, interrupted the President while he was in an intelligence briefing. According to President Obama, Mr. Clapper told the President that the intelligence that Syria was the perpetrator of the attack was “not a slamdunk.”

The question that needs to be answered by our nation is how was the president initially misled about such a profoundly important intelligence finding?

The U.S. ‘news’media hid from the public Dr. Postol’s disproof of the Obama regime’s still-continuing assertions that the 21 August 2013 sarin attack was from Syria’s government instead of from the ‘moderate rebels’ (jihadists) whom the U.S. supported. Will they hide from the U.S. public his disproof of the U.S. regime’s latest such scam backing the actual perpetrators of a war-crime — will they do now as they did then?

On 13 April 2017, I posted a news-report on the just-released detailed new investigation by Dr. Postol, of the April 4th Syrian gas-attack (linking, as I always do, to the original document), and submitted it to all of America’s large national-news media (and to most of the medium-sized and smaller ones, as well). I headlined it, “The Money-Quote from the Postol Report on the Recent Gas Attack in Syria”. We shall see how many — if any — of the large ones do publish that news-report. (Just google the headline.) Nobody can say that America’s large ‘news’ organizations are simply ignorant of the reality on this vitally important matter.

Can anyone but a dupe be supporting Donald Trump, now? He may be a knowing and willing participant in these war-crimes, but among the American public, only dupes can still be supporting them in this decades-long effort by the U.S. aristocracy to overthrow the only person whom a majority of Syrians want to be their nation’s leader. The effort hasn’t succeeded, even after all of these decades trying, but is Trump really determined to be the person who would carry it to ‘victory’? How much would he want such a ‘victory’? Should the Americans who voted for him, view him, now, as a traitor, for having so quickly gone exactly against what he had promised when he campaigned for the Presidency? Certainly, he is a liar. But are his dupes remaining dupes? Time will provide the answer to that.

And, maybe, this time, Trump will offer a deal that can and will be rejected by everyone. Maybe his reach, finally, is exceeding his grasp.

The answer could come soon. But, clearly, the people who own America’s ‘news’media are almost 100% supportive of his 100% reversal on Syria, on Russia, and on World War III. And, the American public, if not as uniformly supportive of the American government’s war-crime — unprovoked invasion without even having provided any evidence to back up their asserted and by-now impossible-to-believe cause to invade, as America as the policeman, judge, jury, and executioner, for the entire world — are over 50% duped, even today, even after all those many decades of having been duped into invading countries that had never invaded us.

Regarding Syria, there is no way, now, that either side can back out and still keep its honor. For Russia, and for Syria, and for Iran, its honor is to never yield up its sovereignty. For the United States, its honor is: what is it? What it is, is to coerce the entire world to its aristocracy’s will, no matter what. That, today, is what remains, of America’s honor: international dictatorship, reigning through imposing fear worldwide.

Could this be the way to World War Three? Which side will back down? What if neither side will?

How does anybody make a deal with somebody like Hitler? WW III would be even worse than that — far worse. Is Trump like that? Is the aristocracy that he’s trying to please, so horrific as that? The evidence thus far is clearly yes. And, without a doubt, most Americans are their dupes (just like in 1933 Germany).

The American aristocracy, who are accustomed to winning, might feel that this is just another game, which they must, as always before, win. It’s actually no game at all; and, if they don’t cave soon, it’ll be lose-lose all around, even for the billionaires in their luxurious nuclear-proof bunkers, such as here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here. It’ll be all for naught, even for them — even for the super-dupers.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • awb22

    Only 100 days into his administration, and already it’s the “Trump-regime”

    I still maintain it’s possible Trump painted himself out of a corner, forcing the deep state and Russia’s hand in Syria. There is no further action that can be taken in Syria that wouldn’t precipitate a hot war. What does Russia gain by being in Syria? Why prevent pipelines from running into EU. Probably the same reason the US is in the Ukraine, to prevent pipelines being run into the EU.

    Is that the real reason? Probably. It’s still the hand Trump was dealt. Carter was excoriated for giving up the Panama Canal. How would the public deal with an administration that let’s Russia gain a foothold that they would deny to the ME?

    For now, the matter is settled. It’s a stalemate, as it has been for decades, only the actors have changed. Neither is it going to changes, and I think Trump has already handled the Syria issue better in his first year, than BHO or GWB have done over the past 4 administrations.

    Eric, your disdain for Trump is well established. How about some objective reporting?

    • Eric Zuesse

      Re. your “How about some objective reporting?”

      Just click onto the link anywhere you think I’m not “objective.” Then, if you find the linked-to evidence unpersuasive, say why. Don’t just ask a stupid question such as “How about some objective reporting?” Objective reporting (sometimes with added commentary in order to make sense of it) is all I do.

    • Marko

      “Regime” is the right term , the problem is that we should have been using it for decades. Better late than never , I say.

      Our government and its MSM mouthpiece insists on using the “regime” notation for any country’s leader who they find unacceptable. OK , I can work with that : the Trump regime , the Obama regime , the Bush regime , the Clinton regime , ……….

      • cettel

        The Saudi regime, the Thani regime, the Israeli regime, the Erdogan regime, the U.S. regime, and the term “regime” applies to most of the world today, but another Big Lie from the U.S. aristocracy is that theirs is ‘the American democracy’. It is not.

      • awb22

        “Administration” is the right term, unless you mean it in a derisive manner, which it is used, and demeans the argument by exposing bias.

        I accept Eric is biased against the Trump administration. What we haven’t established is Eric’s agenda as a liberal zionist, or maybe we have.

        • Marko

          Of course I mean it in a derisive manner , but not particularly directed at Trump. He’s just the latest in a long line of placeholder “presidents”. Control of the country is out of their hands , and out of the peoples hands. Instead it’s in the hands of an authoritarian regime that , for the most part , we can’t even describe , but which has been running the show for decades.

          • awb22

            Beginning with Reagan. Carter was the last, best POTUS this country has had until Trump. Carter was the last POTUS to even attempt to take on the federal bureaucracy, and was only a pause between the Nixon and Reagan administrations. The economy sucked under Carter, owing to the nation fully going off the gold standard in 1972 under Nixon. There just wasn’t enough money in the system, and Reagan took care of that, the debt more than tripled under Reagan, doubling under GWB and BHO. No one is suggesting the debt should double again under Trump, but give the man a chance. He’s playing the hand he was dealt in Syria, and called their bluff. He has made it clear he will use all means at his disposal to effect US policy, foreign and domestic, and the odds are not in his favor. Either support him or don’t, but don’t pretend he caused any of it. He ran on a populist platform, and won. Brexit was a populist vote. If Congress is obstructionist, they can be voted out in 2018. No one wants a war, but if you’re in one, winning is better than the alternative.

  • Dr Mindbender

    What Dreams? The Dream of Being an Eternal Debt Slave.
    How about living in a Dream Land ( USSA) with over 1-million Laws, Regulations, Statue, Code and Ordinance … All bent on enslaving and abusing the people.

    How about the Dream of being Charged 97% Interest on Student Loans? That`s Some Dream!!!
    How about the Dream of a Home that has risen in cost 500-percent, or more, while wages declined over the past 40-years! Some Dream, Indeed!

    I can go on, and on …

    Truthfully, if Trump, INC, decides to blow up the world I say, “GO FOR IT JUST,Idiots” but do not FK IT UP because I do not want to feel a thing! I will find you in the Afterlife!

    • Army of Addicts

      Would you settle for, “the dream of the dream”?

      • Dr Mindbender

        NO. I want a Refund, plus a Civil Claim for Damages, due to the Lack of Life, Liberty and Happiness that America forced upon me.

        • Army of Addicts

          Other than these oligarchs tripping over and triggering their own land mines, I don’t see that happening.

          • Dr Mindbender

            There are many “landmines” and those fools are tripping over them on a regular basis. I would like to collect an Army of Abused Americans, like me, and we will march on Wall Street … I bet we get everything we want? Otherwise, WE short that PIG to Zero! If they steal from us, than we should steal from them, besides, we are only taking back what they stole from the beginning. SO … “We” would be doing Gods Work.

            I only need 1-million, and with that Number, I can Checkmate Washington and Wall Street in one move.

          • Army of Addicts

            What? No disgruntled rich fellows willing to donate to your excellent cause?

          • Dr Mindbender

            Depends on their Character?

            Most were made Rich through Crony Capitalism. I consider that Welfare!

          • Army of Addicts

            You need to go after old money. Target the young before they get brainwashed. 🙂

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  • Ol’ Hippy

    It’s too bad working Americans haven’t the time to find and explore the crowd sourced independent news outlets such as this one and several others, Consortiumnews, Counterpunch, Common Dreams, to name a few. I do understand why as more people are working more jobs for less money to make ends meet. As a result they rely on the MSM machine’s propaganda to keep them ‘informed’. Fake news indeed! For some, somewhat unknown reason the psychos of Washington want to destroy things and they have the greatest puppet ever in the drivers seat. And I thought that B-actor Reagan was bad! We are all heading into uncharted territory led by a bunch of raving lunatics elected, bought and paid for, or the ones behind the scenes pulling Trump’s strings. He’s so damn easy it’s not even funny. They just play into his childish vanity and utter desire for admiration. We are in trouble and I’m not sure at this juncture how to arrest this speeding train towards certain doom.

    • Army of Addicts

      This is just business as usual. Hillary would be persuing the same course, only it would sound more respectable and politically correct. I wonder how Bernie would have faired at this point?

  • Army of Addicts

    “When the first Satan 2 hits Washington, the greatest collection of morons in the world will cease to exist.

    The world will breathe a huge sigh of relief.

    Bring it on! Come on morons, eliminate yourselves! The rest of us cannot wait.”

    A Government of Morons
    By Paul Craig Roberts
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46870.htm

    • Dr Mindbender

      Agree … I would love to see it happen! However, I would not get my hopes up, something tells me this is all staged.

  • DebL.

    Again, Zuesse! No mention of ISRAEL–their genocide against Palestinians (they we support with our tax dollars), their synagogue of Satan control of most of the nations on Earth (as ordered by their anti-Christ Talmud), and their desire to enslave humanity (on orders of their Talmud) because, after all, we Gentiles are just cattle, right? Right, blame the Saudis for everything EVEN THOUGH WITHOUT ISRAEL THERE WOULD BE NO SAUDIS! Without Israel, their would be no ISIS, no al-quaida, and the US would not be in constant war! I do not know if you are a Jew, but I do know this, you are clearly a Zionist puppet!

  • K. Chris C.

    My most often used retort to the sheeple that try to impress me with their ability to regurgitate vast amounts of what they have been fed by the US tyranny and/or Khazarian-media is, “How do you know?” “After the Gulf of Tonkin,” WMD, 9/11, Sandy Hook, the Boston Smoke Bombing, etc, how can one even begin to know what’s real and what’s not?”

    The key to understanding propaganda is to look for the agenda–there is always an agenda. Like identifying north when lost in the woods, one may not know where they are, or headed, but they do have a direction.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Dr Mindbender

    Anyone (especially, Christians) who believes the US government, or its lying media, is committing a SIN. There has never been a group of murdering thieves-so rabid and disgusting- that even the Devil is sickened by their Greed. Billions is not enough for these Psychos they need Trillions!

    Today, I will be the Prophet, and I can say, with absolute Certainty, that there is only one Solution for USSA! The book of Revelation Warns, ” Come out of her my people,” -Revelation 18, because God is going to turn USSA into a Parking lot.

    The people were given Time and a Constitution ( rights of Protest, Assembly, Militia, Bearing Arms, Citizens Arrest), but all they could do is serve and volunteer their tax patronage! We will “all” be held accountable for “our Government;” and Christians, do not even try to weasel out of it because You all supported it and never “once” protested it. You showed up, however, to protest for abortion rights though! Satan is a better Christian! Hey, do not be Angry with me … It is the Truth.

    And, to those who think God does not Kill … Read the Bible!