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John Chuckman

COMMENT ON SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO’S CAIRO SPEECH

 

The American Secretary of State gave a big speech recently in Cairo, Egypt, a speech about the Middle East and America’s role there as a force for good.

Of course, just putting those two thoughts together – America as a force for good and the Middle East – would be bizarre enough, in view of the fact that America has killed, or helped kill, a couple of million people in the region over the last fifteen years or so, all while creating many millions of refugees and bringing chaos to what were some well-ordered societies.

But the Secretary of State’s speech ventured even further into the bizarre and included an anecdote about his always having an open Bible on his office desk, an anecdote told as though it were somehow a merit or claim for good.

My God, the Bible, with all its superstitious myths and tales of destruction and human perversion and hatreds and, yes, even the promise of the world’s coming to a terrifying end, and here’s the highest-ranking cabinet member in the world’s most powerful country bragging about its influence on his work. Well into the Twenty-first Century. How very reassuring.

One thinks of the late Jerry Falwell having been appointed to high office to help run the planet. Even the blubbery looks are a good match.

And to say nothing of the fact that Pompeo was giving the speech in and about a region, the Middle East, where the Bible does not enjoy quite the position it does in rural South Carolina. The Middle East is a region where the Bible is way down the list of best sellers.

But we can at least agree that a good deal of the Bible – from the blood-drenched barbarities of the Old Testament to the New Testament’s frenzied nightmares in the Book of Revelations – does read like antique inspiration for America’s march through the region. So, perhaps the anecdote was not completely misplaced.

 

 

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Posted January 18, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SOME DEMOCRATS COMING TO ACCEPT THE REALITY OBAMA WAS A BAD PRESIDENT – BUT A VITAL POINT IS LOST – TRUMP IS AS BAD AND THE TWO CASES SUPPORT REALITY OF THE “DARK STATE”   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN ZEROHEDGE BY TYLER DURDEN

 

“Democrats Turn On Obama’s “Establishment” Legacy As 2020 Approaches

“As Vanity Fair’s T.A. Frank notes, Democrats surveying their options going into 2020 have begun to genuinely question the state of their party – and an increasing number of them are settling on the conclusion that Obama was a bad president”

 

The proposition that Obama was a failed president, it seems to me, is beyond dispute.

Obama’s eight years of bombing, intervention, war, and mass extrajudicial killings – all by a sometimes sandal-wearing Peace Prize winner – were demonstration enough.

But added to that horrible record was his total failure to do anything serious for better regulation of a financial system that had failed through excess and poor regulation. And now, again, a huge financial threat hangs over the country and the world.

And, yes, there was his awful health-care program, an ugly, costly compromise which made almost no one happy, instead of a new initiative.

I would add his failure to do anything for his own people. He lured their votes and hopes with preacher-sounding, caring words, and then he did nothing for them.

I actually view him as close to a total failure, except that he did create the Iran nuclear agreement despite Israel’s intense advocacy for war. That was his only really good moment in eight years.

Destroying a stable society in Libya? Fomenting a right-wing, anti-elected government in Ukraine? Pushing American forces towards the Russian border? Starting a dirty proxy-mercenary war in Syria? Playing with poison gas in Syria to create an excuse for bombing? Allowing Egypt’s first democratically-elected president to be overthrown and tossed into prison like a common criminal? Starting an industrial-scale extrajudicial killing program? Shameful, all of them.

I still am not certain whether he was just weak in office (vis-a-vis the power establishment) or whether he was a secret devote of American imperialism. I tend to believe the former.

It is an amazing reflection on American society that in the press and from the mouths of many figures, Obama’s baritone voice and boyish smile are still regarded as having been something worthy. This l tend to see as the influence of the “Dark State,” or American Power Establishment, on public perceptions.

Of course, Trump has been a terrible disappointment, too.

As we have seen, especially in the case of the Syria “withdrawal” decision, Trump’s words carry little weight inside Washington’s power establishment.

His own appointees go abroad and contradict him. His own military does not respond promptly to his orders, unless those orders are to hurl missiles at someone, in which case, the response is instant.

Much of what Trump says is treated by officials as though just part of his verbal-diarrhea stream of “tweets.”

That, of course, is his own fault to some degree. He talks too much without giving the words much thought. And he jumps around from topic to topic, without ever seeming to finish his thought on any of them.

But the ugly situation in Washington goes well beyond that.

I do believe that what we have seen in recent years vividly demonstrates the serious power of what is called by some, and ridiculed by others as, the “Deep State.”

 

 

 

Posted January 16, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MORE ON “FACT-CHECKING” AND AN OMINOUS NEW AMERICAN OUTFIT CALLED NEWSGUARD – WHAT FREE SPEECH AND FREE PRESS AND A FREE SOCIETY REALLY MEAN – EMPIRE AND FREEDOM?   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Ominous New ‘Fact Checker’ Approves MSM Lies to Start Wars While Attacking Alternative Media

“Newsguard attempts to set itself outside of the other allegedly “unbiased” fact checkers like Snopes and Politifact by setting out to monetarily cripple independent media sites by having their ads pulled”

 

I don’t see a lot of point in citing a selection of past transgressions by the mainstream press. It has never done anything but support the establishment, including supporting every conflict in which America engages.

That is, almost by definition, part of its job. It is the corporate mouthpiece for a corporate government establishment. It is beholden to the establishment for its place and patronage and privileges, so that it could not do otherwise if it tried.

Just as one example, The New York Times has been described as the house organ of the American establishment. You could not come up with a more apt description. And surely, we all understand that the house organs you find provided to employees in any large corporation are provided to make employees feel good about their company, to make them feel proud, and to support what the company undertakes, not to search for truth.

Anyone who believes that the principles of journalism, as espoused in schools, are applied in the mainstream press and broadcasting simply is confessing to the fact that he or she does not read or listen with much understanding.

The old saying, attributed to more than one author, about the only way to have a free press is to own one, is one of the truest things ever said on the subject of journalism and publishing.

Well, that, of course, is just what the many diverse writers and publishers in our Internet universe have done – gone and got their own presses.

Technology has made it possible to have more and more diverse publications and perspectives published than anyone could have imagined just fifty years ago.

We all understand how new technology made the Industrial Revolution possible, but similar revolutionary effects come from any important new technology, such as home computers and the Internet.

Of course, the establishment house organs do not like it, and they like it even less in a new technology-driven environment which has stripped them of traditional revenue sources, revenue such as want ads, once a gold mine for many of them.

The only opinion that counts about any news source is the opinion of its readers. That is the only way it should be in a free society.

NewsGuard is a genuinely insidious concept which effectively tries to put up old-fashioned “quarantined” notices on the front doors of houses to prevent anyone from visiting. But we are not talking about deadly disease here, we are talking about ideas and free speech.

Free speech comes with risks, inherently. Some speech will be misinformed, some prejudiced, some just dumb, but you cannot have free speech without its accompanying messiness. There is no such thing as scrubbed, pre-washed, lab-tested free speech. To even think that you can have it so is to think along the lines of the Soviets.

All of NewsGuard’s interviews and research efforts are intended to give the appearance almost of a scientific research operation supporting their judgments. But, in the end, it is all as phony as the guys with fellowships and titles from “think-tanks” or “institutes” who pose as independent scholars and thinkers while, in fact, being full-time paid advocates for a cause, all much resembling the actors who wear white lab coats and carry clip boards in television ads as they advise you, in authoritative baritone voices, about which headache remedy to buy.

Judgments are what NewsGuard is peddling, judgments and absolutely nothing else. Judgments as dependable as the customer product reviews on many large Internet sales sites, which is to say, not at all. These are then applied with a mechanism intended to destroy revenue sources for the publications they target. You really need to know nothing more than that to reject and condemn this effort to control the flow of free speech.

The very concept is inhibiting, controlling, and unwarranted in a free society.

But who ever regarded an empire as a free society? The American empire is somewhat unique in history as being one that has been carefully tailored over generations to provide a good illusion of a free society. Operations like NewsGuard only remind us of the reality.

 

Posted January 15, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: POLL SHOWS AMERICAN MILITARY OCCUPATIONS ARE SUPPORTED MORE BY DEMOCRATS THAN REPUBLICANS – WHY THIS SHOULD NOT SURPRISE – WHAT LIBERALS ARE AND WHY THERE ARE NONE IN AMERICA   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY CAITLIN JOHNSTONE IN ZEROHEDGE

 

“US Military Occupations Now Supported By Far More Democrats Than Republicans”

 

This shouldn’t be a big surprise.

Truman was a war president. As very much was Lyndon Johnson. Clinton too. And Obama. And we could go back and add Woodrow Wilson.

All of them Democrats and all of them killed lots of people.

The truth has always been that both American parties are just wings of the establishment imperial party.

And references to “liberals” when you are talking about America seem a bit silly to me.

There are virtually no liberals in America.

Elizabeth Warren, for example, voted for the obscene Pentagon budget, makes hostile and unwarranted comments about an Iran, a country that has never started a war and scrupulously abides by the nuclear agreement.

She parrots Israel, the most aggressive and lawless society we have.

That is not my idea of being liberal.

Real liberals honor human rights, rule of law, democratic government, and peace.

And there just ain’t room for much of that in the imperial corporate state of America.

 

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Posted January 15, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S CHRYSTIA FREELAND MAKING A CHEAP SHOW WELCOMING ONE AFFLUENT RUNAWAY SAUDI GIRL AS A REFUGEE – A PUBLICITY STUNT WHILE IGNORING NUMBERLESS VICTIMS’ SCREAMS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO CBC NEWS

 

“Saudi teen [claiming refugee status] on the run from her family arrives in Canada”

 

I am glad for the girl if she is what she claims to be.

But, first, that truly is not at all clear.

Look at that beautiful smile of hers in the photos, full of perfectly manicured teeth, unmistakably the teeth of a child from a well-off family who took care of her.

Second, we do have kids run away from home, daily, in Canada. They don’t have the knowledge or the resources, most of them, to do what this girl has done in moving through several countries. They certainly receive no special attention or help.

Third, and most important to my mind, there are so many hundreds of thousands of others in terrible plights, and Freeland is silent about all of them.

We have families literally being blown apart in Yemen. Blown apart not just by the Saudi princes but by the Americans through their direct assistance, armament sales, and behind-the-scenes moral and diplomatic support, Americans with whom Ms. Freeland appears to be on the best of terms.

We have three million refugees living in tents in Turkey, all pretty much thanks to America’s bombing and wars in the Mideast, but I never hear a word of objection from Freeland.

We have the piteous people of Gaza whose situation is as outrageous as that of the Rohingya of Burma. Do we hear a word of objection from this government? Do we see any serious effort to help? How can you watch people struggle miserably in the world’s largest concentration camp without a word? How can you watch gangs of Israeli army snipers behind a fence shoot thousands of unarmed people, including women and children, only demonstrating for their rights, and say nothing?

There are the people of Eastern Ukraine, the Donbas region, who are shelled regularly by the Poroshenko government in Ukraine. Thousands have died, and the entire population lives under threat, but Ukraine’s president, Poroshenko, is well-received by Freeland. After all, he represents American policy in action.

And there is Freeland regularly echoing American attacks on Maduro, a man twice democratically elected as President of Venezuela. Canada goes beyond just echoing America, it has been active in the unofficial outfit called the Lima Group whose aim it is to support American interference in Venezuela. The Lima Group represents far less than half the members of the Organization of American States, the long-standing official organization which has avoided supporting American claims about Venezuela.

So, Freeland effectively supports the misery America has inflicted on Venezuela through threats (including the threat of invasion), dirty tricks, severe sanctions, an assassination attempt, and constant interference in its internal affairs.

Freeland’s Russophobia, made clear in many statements, undoubtedly reflects American influence, although there may well be an element of her own native prejudice, coming as she does from a Ukrainian-Canadian family, many such families being virulently anti-Russian as a heritage of the Soviet era. But her Russophobia represents an unwelcome voice speaking for Canada.

This one small, small act in a dubious case – accepting as a refugee one affluent-looking teenage runaway who claims to be afraid of her family – resembles a publicity stunt to me, especially with all the photos of the girl with Freeland, complete with silly props like the girl’s brand-new Canada hat and shirt. It might prove otherwise, but that is what it strongly resembles.

The girl is a poster child for this government’s tenuous claims to humanity and traditional Canadian human rights values, a rather costless claim supported by taking in and being photographed with one well cared-for, middle-class kid, while ignoring the numberless screams out there.

Posted January 13, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE COMING OF NEWSGUARD TO A WEBSITE NEAR YOU – AMERICA SLIPPING INTO INSANITY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Neocons Unleash New Weapon to Crush Independent Media

“While even a quick glance at its advisory board alone would be enough for many Americans to decline to install Newsguard’s browser extension on their devices, the danger of Newsguard is the fact that it is diligently working to make the adoption of its app involuntary”

 

https://russia-insider.com/en/neocons-unleash-new-weapon-crush-independent-media/ri25862

 

My God, this is genuinely Orwellian.

NewsGuard, the name and logo resemble a brand of toothpaste or deodorant, a harmless consumer product.

But the actual substance is closer to a form of rat poison.

I really do think the United States is slipping into a state of national insanity.

All thinking people understand that the world’s greatest purveyor of falsehoods and “fake news” is the American government itself.

In all its huge web of international sanctions and punishments and threats and wars and protection of monsters, there is not an honest word to be heard.

 

Posted January 13, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE DEMOCRATS’ REAL REASON TO DENY TRUMP FUNDING FOR A WALL – IT AMOUNTS TO NOTHING MORE THAN PUTTING HIS NATIVE QUALITIES ON DISPLAY FOR VOTERS TO SEE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN INVESTMENTWATCH

 

“The Dems don’t want Trump to have a win on his signature policy, because they figure that will cement his re-election. Everything else is noise.”

 

Not quite.

It is not an overwhelmingly popular idea, the wall. And there are many sound arguments against it.

It is very important to his political base, though, but they are a minority, and you must remember he is a minority president.

And I think he might not even be able to secure the same minority because he has badly failed on much more crucial issues of peace and war, his views as expressed during the campaign having caused him to receive a fair number of crossover votes.

But because the wall is his signature issue, denying it to him puts him up for re-election looking weak and ineffectual.

Truth be told, that is exactly what he is, weak and ineffectual, beneath all the noise and bluster and bullying.

And just wait for him to help send the world’s economy crashing, something towards which he is working very hard. Herbert Hoover déjà vu.

Posted January 13, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized