Thinking about the massive failure of the US media to report
truthfully is sobering. The United States, bristling with nuclear weapons and
pursuing a policy of world hegemony, has a population that is kept in the dark
-- indeed brainwashed -- about the most important and most dangerous events of
The power of the Israel Lobby is an important component of
keeping Americans in the dark. Recently I watched a documentary that
demonstrates the control that the Israel Lobby exercises over Americans� view
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The documentary is available here.
As a result of the US media�s one-sided coverage, few
Americans are aware that for decades Israel has been ethnically cleansing
Palestinians from their homes and lands under protection of America�s veto in
the United Nations. Instead, the dispossessed Palestinians are portrayed as
mindless terrorists who attack innocent Israelis.
If one reads Israeli newspapers, such as Haaretz, or publications from Israeli
organizations, such as the Israeli
Committee Against House Demolitions, one gets a radically different view of
the situation than the propagandistic version delivered by US media and
Most Americans know of the 2000 attack by Muslim terrorists
on the USS Cole in
Aden harbor that resulted in 17 dead and 39 wounded American sailors. But few
have heard of Israel�s 1967 attack on the USS Liberty that
left 34 American sailors dead and 174 wounded. Pressured by the Israel Lobby,
President Johnson ordered Admiral McCain, father of the presumptive Republican
presidential nominee, to cover up the attack. To this day there never has been
a congressional investigation.
The failure of the American media is again evident in the
coverage of the Georgian-Russian conflict. The US media presented the conflict
as a Russian invasion of Georgia, whereas in actual fact the American and
Israeli trained and equipped Georgian military launched a sneak attack to kill
and to drive the Russian population out of South Ossetia, a separatist
Russian peacekeepers, together with Georgian ones, had been
stationed in South Ossetia since the early 1990s. On orders from Mikheil
Saakashvili, the American puppet �president�
of Georgia, the Georgian peacekeepers turned their weapons on the unsuspecting
Russian peacekeepers and murdered them.
This action by Saakashvili, elected with money from the
neoconservative National Endowment for Democracy, an election-rigging tool of
US hegemony, was a war crime. In truth, the Russians should have hanged
Saakashvili, as he is far more guilty than was Saddam Hussein. But it is
Russia, not Saakashvili, that the US media has demonized.
Americans have become perfect subjects for George Orwell�s
Big Brother. They sit stupidly in front of the TV news or the New York Times
or Washington Post and absorb the lies fed to them. What is wrong with
Americans? Why do they put up with it? Are Americans the nation of sheep that
Judge Andrew P.
Napolitano says they are? Americans flaunt �freedom and democracy� and live under a Ministry of Propaganda.
Two decades ago, President Reagan reached agreement with
Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to end the dangerous Cold War. But every one
of Reagan�s successors has sought to pick a new fight with Russia. In violation
of the agreement, NATO has been taken to Russia�s borders, and the US is
determined to put former constituent parts of Russia herself into NATO. In an
effort to neutralize Russia�s nuclear deterrent and compromise her
independence, the US is putting anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia�s
The gratuitously aggressive US military policy toward Russia
will lead to nuclear war. I am confident that if Americans elect John McCain,
or the Republicans steal another presidential election, there will be nuclear
war in the second decade of the 21st century. The neocon lies, propaganda,
macho flag-waving, and use of US foreign policy in the interests of a few
military security firms, oil companies, and Israel are all leading in that
The November election is perhaps the last chance to avoid
nuclear war. But the opportunity might already have been missed. The
Republicans have chosen as their candidate one of the most ignorant warmongers
alive. The Democrats� choice was between one of the most divisive women in
America and a man of mixed race with a funny name. Considering Americans� taste
for war, the Democratic candidate could fail to defeat the GOP war candidate.
Many Americans will vote against Obama because he is black.
Why does mixed ancestry confer the black label? If America�s population were
predominantly black, would Obama be considered white?
Race and propaganda are more likely to determine the outcome
of the November election than any awareness or consideration of real issues by
The real issues are suffocated by the media. The American
middle class is being destroyed by jobs offshoring and work visas for foreigners,
while the incomes of the super rich are soaring. The US dollar�s reserve
currency status is eroded. The US is massively in debt at home and abroad.
Health insurance is unaffordable for the vast majority of the population.
Injured veterans are being nickeled and dimed, while Halliburton�s profits
escalate. Americans are losing their homes, while the US government bails out
banks. Wars with Iran, Russia, and China are being planned in order to secure
Americans no longer have a government that is for the people
and by the people. They have a government for and by special interests and an
But Americans have war, which lets them take out all their
frustrations, resentments, and disappointments on �Muslim terrorists� and �Russian
aggressors.� Few Americans are disturbed that 1.25 million Iraqis and an
unknown number of Afghans have died as a result of American invasions based on
Bush regime lies and deceptions. Even Americans, like Senator Biden, Obama�s
selection for vice president, who understand that the wars are based on lies,
still want the US to win. So, it was all a mistake and a deception, but let�s
win anyway and keep on killing.
I know people who still complain that the US did not nuke
North Vietnam. When I ask why Vietnam should have been nuked, they reply, �if we had nuked them we would have won.�
What would America have won? The answer is world loathing
and the loss of the Cold War.
For many Americans, war is like a sports contest in which
they take vicarious pleasure and cheer on their side to victory. Millions of
Americans are still bitter that �the
liberal media� and war protesters caused America to lose the Vietnam
war, and they are determined that this won�t happen again. These Americans have
no realization that there was no more reason for the US to be fighting in
Vietnam 40 years ago than to be fighting today in Iraq and Afghanistan or
tomorrow in Iran.
Obama, if elected, is no guarantee against nuclear war.
Obama has shown that he is as much under the Israel Lobby�s thumb as McCain.
Obama�s foreign affairs advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is not a neocon, but he
was born in Warsaw, Poland, and has the Poles� animosity toward Russia. The
Bush administration has already changed US war doctrine to permit preemptive
nuclear attack. With the US government determined to ring Russia with puppet
states and military bases, war is inevitable.
Presidential appointees face confirmation in the Senate. Any
of Obama�s appointees who might be out of step with plans for US and Israeli
hegemony could expect opposition from large corporations and the Israel Lobby.
There is no assurance that an Obama administration would not be positioned on �the issues� by the same special
interests that have positioned the Bush administration.
Americans are filled with hubris, not with knowledge. They
have no awareness of the calamity that their government�s pursuit of hegemony
is bringing to themselves and to life on earth.
Craig Roberts [email
him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President
Reagan�s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University,
and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was
awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the
author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider�s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M.
Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for
Peter Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.