How to Sell Invasions to Americans

Eric Zuesse

Here’s an automated email that I received on January 9th from the neoconservative Foreign Policy magazine’s publicity department, pumping the magazine’s five top stories of that day, all of which suggest that the same U.S. Establishment which had deceived Americans into supporting their country’s invading Iraq, Libya, and other countries that hadn’t ever threatened U.S. national security — that this same Establishment should be restored to power in America now, so as to finish the jobs that Barack Obama and George W. Bush began — to help the poor people who live in the benighted lands whose governments this generous U.S. Government wants to improve, like was done to Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and all other countries that the kindly U.S. Government has done so much to help (destroy):


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Subject: Foreign Policy’s Top 5 Reads Today

Date: January 9, 2018 at 9:41:21 AM GMT-5

To: —————————

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Foreign Policy’s Top Reads


If You Thought 2017 Was Bad, Just Wait for 2018

Last year, Trump corroded U.S. foreign policy, but avoided disaster. This year, there are powerful reasons to think that matters will worsen.

BY HAL BRANDS | JANUARY 8, 2018, 2:10 PM

Dancing to Russia’s Tune in Syria

As the United States stands back, the Saudis and even the U.N. special envoy are now open to a greater Russian diplomatic role in shaping the future of Syria.

BY COLUM LYNCH | JANUARY 8, 2018, 10:28 AM

It’s Time to Bomb North Korea

Destroying Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal is still in America’s national interest.


How to Break Up Europe’s Axis of Illiberalism

If the EU really wants to punish Poland, it should turn up the pressure on Hungary.


China’s War on Poverty Could Hurt the Poor Most

The government is pushing people out of rural squalor — and into urban dependence.

BY EUGENE K. CHOW | JANUARY 8, 2018, 11:45 AM


Contact  ————— with requests relating to today’s top reads.



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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  • John

    Note that “Foreign Policy” magazine has been owned by the Washington Post Company since 2008.

  • washingtonsdoo

    Nothing more ignorant than a person who claims to understand reality and then spoon-feeds their interpretation onto others.

    Note, Zeusse isn’t simply ignorant, he is dangerous. I have a high level of confidence that he is an employed disinformation agent.

    For those who have had their intelligence shredded by this intellectual fraud, Trump is engaged in draining the swamp. Don’t take that as good guys defeating the bad guys. More like one group of bad guys getting rid of a competing group. However, and this is key, the MSM and virtually all alternative sites, including this one, are fighting on behalf of the entrenched bad guys that Trump’s group is fighting. Their goal is to incite rebellion against Trump, as a final gasp to save themselves from destruction.


    Trump has gained sealed indictments for more than 10,000 rogue politicians, career officials, pentagon, business, media, and other related agents of the entrenched corruption. Many of these people are now in gitmo facing a military tribunal for treason. Many others have been pressured to step down from their positions. So let me ask you, if Trump has the Bushes, Clintons, Soros and others locked up in gitmo facing trial for their crimes, and Obama is avoiding US soil while seeking asylum elsewhere, is that really such as bad thing on Trump’s part? Trump has gone to war with the Satan-worshipping, human-trafficking, financial-fraud, war-mongerers and they are fighting back with all of the misinformation they can manage to paint him as a fool, a fascist, … . Which side is truly objectionable? So why is that the side you take your information from?

    Because you listen to the ignorant and the evil, like Zeusse.

  • Sparticus

    You do not sell Americans Anything.

    “You simply tell them that they are under Attack, and Denounce the Opposition for putting the Nation in Danger, it works the same in any Nation No Matter what Style of Government.” -Herman Goring 1945.

    However, why tell them anything because they all support a Government “by and for” the people. Telling Americans that their government is evil will get you Attacked for lack of Patriotism. Americans are a lost cause.