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Posted May 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY AMERICA CAN’T WIN ANY WARS DESPITE SPENDING MORE ON ITS MILITARY THAN THE REST OF THE PLANET – THE RAW TRUTH ABOUT THE NATURE OF AMERICAN WARS SINCE WWII – NEW YORK TIMES ANECDOTE

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Why the Most Expensive Military Still Can’t Win a War

“Spending money has become its primary purpose”

 

The Pentagon used to prepare fresh, hot pizzas in Vietnam and helicopter them out to troops in the field.

I think that says something important about America and war.

But we have to keep in mind that America’s wars aren’t like other people’s wars to start with.

Since WWI, every single war had absolutely nothing to do with defense.

They were all colonial wars fought, not for the protection of the American people, but for the interests of America’s power establishment.

None of them inspired the troops involved.

All of them were viewed as dirty little jobs.

Except by the psychopaths, a type always attracted to the military, for whom they were playtime with real human beings, free of all constraints and laws.

Morale, bravery, heroism, and purpose – all the stuff of epoch war stories of the past – pretty much have been missing from three-quarters of a century of American colonial wars and interventions. There are no Jimmy Stewart types with tears on the cheeks to bring a lump to your throat.

I noted with interest that back in the time of the illegal American invasion of Iraq, the New York Times – always an imperial drum-beater despite its reputation inside the United States as “liberal” – made an effort for a while to revive the old American WWII expression “GIs.”

“GIs” [Government Issues, for those unfamiliar] was an affectionate term for citizen-soldiers fighting aggressors in faraway places seventy-five years ago. The term was used in films and in newspaper reports and cartoons.

When I saw the New York Times trying to label well-paid, well-equipped modern American mercenaries who were illegally invading a country as “Aw shucks, Ma” GIs, it brought bitter laughter.

These guys actually lived in air-conditioned tents, generating immense electric bills on the desert.

I believe The New York Times abandoned the effort, but I’m not certain since I stopped reading the paper. Again, that pathetic effort tells us something about America’s modern wars.

Perhaps it helps explain why so many of America’s wars are so unsuccessful, despite the huge amounts of money spent on them and all the public relations hype from Washington and the pitiless destruction of other people with practices like carpet-bombing.

There can be no success when you attempt meaningless tasks. It’s often not even clear what success would be, say for example, in a war like that in Afghanistan. The only certainty is lots of death and destruction.

Posted November 16, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: PLAYING THE ESTABLISHMENT’S GAME BY DEMONSTRATING THIS OR THAT PAST DISHONESTY AS WITH INTELLIGENCE AND THE IRAQ INVASION – WHERE EMPIRE IS CONCERNED POLITICIANS AND AGENCIES AND PRESS ARE ALL COMPLICIT AND UTTERLY DISHONEST – MANUFACTURING TRUTH IN AMERICA

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY RAY MCGOVERN IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“Clapper Admits Gross Intelligence Failure

on Iraq WMDs But Still Escapes Justice”

 

I am always glad to see confirmation in such matters, however, for people who work to inform themselves, there are no real surprises to be discovered about the invasion of Iraq. It was a dirty imperial project from the start, and the fact was knowable at the time.

It could clearly be seen as a fraud because there were a number of experts, experts not working for the American government, and people in other governments who, in effect, told us then that it was a fraud.

What the whole experience with Iraq reveals is a couple of profound truths about imperial America, truths that are quite unpleasant and yet seem to remain lost to the general public.

One, lying and manipulation are virtually work-a-day activities in Washington. They go on at all levels of the government, from the President through all of the various experts and agency heads who in theory hold their jobs to inform the President and others of the truth in making decisions.

Indeed, these experts and agency heads actually work more like party members from George Orwell’s Oceania in 1984, party members whose job it was to constantly rewrite history, making adjustments in the words and pictures of old periodicals and books to conform with Big Brother’s latest pronouncements and turns in policy.

America has an entire industry devoted to manufacturing truth, something the rather feeble term “fake news” tries to capture, although its accusations are often not accurately focused. Still, its use reflects the widespread and true impression of being lied to and often.

The public’s reaction to officials and agencies in Washington ought to be quite different than it generally is. Under the American imperial system with its elite power establishment, it should be a presumption that officials and agencies are not telling us the truth, that they usually have ulterior motives, and that they are tailoring a story to fit a policy.

It sounds extreme to say so, but it truly is not in view of recent history. There is almost not an important event in American foreign policy in recent decades where this assumption would not yield something closer to truth than its opposite. That is the dark nature of empire with its powerful and large, and largely unaccountable, agencies, and with its utter corruption for the benefit of a privileged few.

We are all watching actors in a costly play used to support already-determined destructive policies.

Two, the press lies, and it lies almost constantly in support of government’s decided policies. You simply cannot trust the American press on such matters, and the biggest names in the press – the New York Times or Washington Post or CBS or NBC – are the biggest liars because they put the weight of their general prestige into the balance to tip it.

Their fortunes and interests are far too closely bound to government to be in the least trusted for objective journalism. Journalism just does not exist in America on the big stuff.

This support by the press is not just done just on special occasions, such as the run-up to the illegal invasion of Iraq, but consistently in the major affairs of state. We see it today in everything from “Russia-gate” to the Western-induced horrors of Syria.

Russia-gate is almost laughable, although few Americans laugh, immersed as they are in a stream of non-stop propaganda. But a matter like Syria, with more than half a million dead and terrible privations, isn’t laughable, yet no effort is made to explain the truth and bring this monstrous project – the work equally of Republicans and Democrats – to an end.

Three, while virtually all informed people understand that Israel’s influence in Washington is inordinate and inappropriate, many still do not realize that the horror of Iraq, just like the horror today of Syria, reflects the interests of Israel.

When Ariel Sharon was lobbying George Bush to attack other Middle Eastern countries following the Iraq invasion, Bush made a rarely-noticed remark to associates along the lines of, “Geez, what does the guy want? I invaded Iraq for him, didn’t I?”

Well, today, pretty much all of the countries that Sharon thought should be attacked have indeed been attacked by the United States and its associates in one fashion or another – covertly, as in Syria, or overtly, as in Libya. And we are all witnessing the ground being prepared for Iran.

It has been a genuinely terrifying period, the last decade and a half or so. War after war with huge numbers of innocents killed, vast damages inflicted, and armies of unfortunate refugees created. All of it completely unnecessary. All of it devoid of ethics or principles beyond the principle of “might makes right.”

It simply cannot be distinguished, except by order of magnitude, from the grisly work of Europe’s fascist governments of the 1930s and ‘40s.

All the discussions we read or see from America about truth in journalism, about truth in government, and about founding principles are pretty much distraction and noise, meaningless noise. The realities of what America is doing in the world make it so.

 

Posted November 16, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A FREE PRESS – USELESSNESS OF POLITICAL SERMONS ON THE SUBJECT – THE HYPOCRISY SO OFTEN DISPLAYED BY THE PRESS ITSELF – THE CASE OF CBC – NOTHING LIKE THE GROTESQUERIES OF THE GUARDIAN BUT HYPOCRISY JUST THE SAME

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ON CBC NEWS

 

“Journalists barred from Morneau speech in Beijing a day after Trudeau praises free press

“Business council says media excluded due to ‘misunderstanding’; minister’s office says it wasn’t consulted”

 

First, it goes almost without saying, people who love a free society embrace a free and healthy press.

But I don’t think preaching about it, as Trudeau did, is very helpful, just as preaching about almost anything is not very helpful. Its main usefulness is for a political impression back home.

And I actually thought some of Trudeau’s words missed the mark even for us in Canada.

They certainly missed the mark in China, a proud, ancient society which very much resents preaching from the outside.

I wish we could just respect our differences, and the differences are real and will not fade away because of sermonettes.

As they say about writing, it is always more powerful to show than to tell. Our best effort should be in showing a good and peaceful and decent Canadian society. Something I have to say we do not always succeed at, making it even less appropriate to preach.

Actually, I thought Trudeau was mainly addressing, without saying so directly, the situation in Washington.

But what a waste of breath there. In the world’s self-declared “indispensable nation,” the true believers in American exceptionalism who run the place and try running the planet are not even tuned to the right channel to hear the sermon.

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Response to another reader’s comment:

Yes, a fair number of comments do get censored, and I don’t mean comments using vulgarity.

The CBC, while it does a good job overall in these forums, can’t help but reflect political pressures with regard to certain topics and how they are treated in the articles and certainly how they are commented upon.

For people who do a lot of reading in the world press, this is fairly obvious.

My own view on a free press is included in the fabulous old quote about freedom of the press being possible only for those who own one.

Our Western journalism is full of a lot of high, airy notions which in fact, day to day, are ignored, just as we see, say, in our politics.

It is a complex issue, and that reality gives us even less cause to be preaching.

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Further response to the same reader:

They’ve already disabled my previous response to you, a response containing no vulgarity or name-calling.

Gee, there is sure a lot of hypocrisy around notions like a “free press.”

Posted November 16, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A NOTICEABLE CHANGE IN THE CONTENT OF THE SPUTNIK INTERNET SITE

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY M K BHADRAKUMAR IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Russia Keeps Israel’s Netanyahu at an Arm’s Length

“Moscow is signaling there can be no ‘business as usual’ after the shot down of Russia’s Il-20 plane over Syria with the loss of 15 crew”

 

On the general topic of Israel and its relations with Russia, I wonder whether other readers have noted the changed treatment of Israel by the Sputnik news site?

Now, almost a day doesn’t go by that there is not a story about Israel. Sometimes two.

This includes some pretty unimportant stuff, not just matters of consequence.

It is a quite noticeable change, and it makes me wonder just what is going on.

Deliberate instructions to play Israel up more, including just human-interest stories? If so, why?

This is, after all, a very tiny country with a population only somewhat more than one-one thousandth of the globe.

So, just in terms of numbers, it is strange to have daily stories and often small stories.

 

Posted November 15, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HOW THE MIGHTY ARE FALLEN – THE NORWEGIAN WARSHIP IN AMERICA’S BIG POINTLESS WAR GAMES IS NOW VIRTUALLY UNDERWATER – A FITTING EPITAPH TO ARROGANT STUPIDITY – AMERICA NEEDS TO “GET A LIFE”

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“NATO Drills Fallout: Norwegian Frigate Is Pretty Much Toast

“It is now almost completely submerged”

 

https://russia-insider.com/en/nato-drills-fallout-norwegian-frigate-pretty-much-toast/ri25361

 

The entire event is right out of Monty Python.

I can’t help laughing every time I see another photo of this modern warship underwater as a result of colliding with an oil tanker.

It serves as a very fitting epitaph for America’s gigantic, overblown, and pointless war games in the region.

America simply looks ridiculous with all of its hostility and bluster over nothing, nothing, that is, except its own compulsive drive to dominate.

It’s a nation badly in need of “getting a life,” as people sometimes say in America about others doing or saying pointless things.

Posted November 15, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BRITAIN’S PRIME MINISTER BRAGS OF RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE BEING DEGRADED AFTER SKRIPAL AFFAIR – BUT WASN’T THAT THE POINT OF THE ENTIRE EFFORT BY THERESA MAY WHO NEVER PRODUCED A COHERENT EXPLANATION OR PROOF OF WHAT SHE CLAIMED HAPPENED?

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Russia’s intelligence services ‘fundamentally degraded’ after Salisbury attack, says Theresa May

Prime minister hails ‘international unity’ after UK blamed Moscow for poisoning”

 

Well, yes, and that was the point of the entire Skripal Affair, wasn’t it? The very reason for all that noise about a supposed effort at state murder with no real explanation of the event and no real evidence ever provided?

When you send enough diplomats packing, you naturally send intelligence officers packing because all countries use diplomatic cover for intelligence. All of them. And with several Western countries closely following May’s hasty lead, Russia naturally lost experienced intelligence people in several countries.

The entire business was just one more anti-Russian scam.

Theresa May’s voice has been notably missing following a number of genuine, terrible events. She stands neither for fairness nor justice that I can see.

There is her empty response to the Khashoggi killing, the clearest possible instance of gruesome state murder. It just happens to be one by a government spending billions on contracts with Britain and doing Western dirty work in Yemen. Her government has even been provided by Turkey with the tapes of Khashoggi’s death, but she says not a word.

We see that, too, in her lack of response to Israel’s wholesale mass killing in Gaza where the victim toll now stands at over 200 plus thousands wounded. All unarmed. All guilty of no crime. All shot by cowardly Israeli military snipers hiding behind a fence.

We see that in her ignoring what Ukraine does in the Donbas region and in its failure to follow the protocols of the Minsk Agreements for peace.

May brings neither honor nor dignity to the role of Prime Minister. She is proud to play an utterly subservient role in America’s imperial efforts. And she explains herself with drivel.

Posted November 12, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MORE ON THE TRUMP PRESS CONFERENCE-JIM ACOSTA AFFAIR – IT DID NOT REALLY GO TO THE HEART OF PRESS FREEDOM IN AMERICA WHICH IS IN A DISMAL STATE ANYWAY – AMERICA LOVES A FOOD FIGHT WITH LOFTY-SOUNDING WORDS – JOURNALISM AND EMPIRE SIMPLY DO NOT MIX – CNN’S OWN QUITE DOUBTFUL RECORD

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY SAM HUSSEINI IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“Trump and Big Media: Clash or Collusion?

“Now that the media is protesting the suspension of Jim Acosta’s credentials Sam Husseini asks why he and the other journalists didn’t intervene on his behalf when he was expelled from a news conference.”

 

Yes, but there is no getting away from the basic fact that the principles of journalism are at odds with an imperial state.

Always.

There’s no avoiding it.

Really powerful entities, such as the American government, have absolutely no use in private for journalism or a free press. None, although they would never say that in public.

American corporate journalism understands this perfectly, and virtually everything it does is informed by its truth.

The Acosta Affair, I agree, was not some fundamental principled fight. Not at all.

But it is entertaining to see this bizarre President driven to such lengths in a public gathering.

It has, however, very little to do with journalism or freedom of the press.

It is the just the kind of stage drama America loves.

America’s culture of complaint just loves to play act at fighting over high principles when in fact it has none operating.

Food fights using lofty words about principles – that’s America.

By the way, and I am not at all picking up on Trump’s rhetoric about the press here, CNN has always been quite a disgraceful operation.

There are countless examples of crappy, shameful work. but a few stand out for me.

There was the obvious phony documentary at the time of America’s blundering invasion of Afghanistan about poison gas labs and experiments in Osama’s “mountain redoubt,” a redoubt which truly was little more than some primitive caves for hiding in.

It showed elements of a lab with equipment and records and had images of sandals shuffling around, and its disgusting piece de résistance was a dog dying, supposedly as part of a poison test. It was the cheapest, most obvious piece of manufactured propaganda, yet CNN broadcast it, over and over.

CNN has participated in many frauds, but this one was memorable for its comic book character at a time when America was bombing a country with which it was not legally at war, killing a great many people.

Then there was their pathetic coverage of that poor security guard, Richard Jewell, who was completely innocent but was accused by some in the press for the Atlanta Olympic bombing. CNN had truly garbage stuff like a reporter ambushing him outside his house, shoving a microphone into his face, asking aggressive and inappropriate questions.

He properly declined answering and simply drove away in his car. CNN actually broadcast his driving away at length as though something real was happening. And there was the reporter, standing, watching, doing pantomime gestures as CNN photographed nothing.

 

Posted November 12, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized