War as Lie

January 26, 2011

State of the propaganda of the US war machine.


(Illustration found here).

Paul Nash (1889-1946) created the above artwork in oil, titled: “We Are Making a New World.”
And Nash had a horror epiphany while on the bloody Western Front.
He wrote his wife in 1917 (from the link above):

I have seen the most frightful nightmare of a country … It is unspeakable … I am no longer an artist interested and curious, I am a messenger…

“I am no longer an artist interested and curious.
I am a messenger who will bring back word from the men who are fighting to those who want the war to go on forever.
Feeble, inarticulate will be my message, but it will have a bitter truth and may it burn their lousy souls.”

Which was the exact opposite of what occurred last night with President Obama’s so-called State of the Union speech, which glossed over the confused state of the US war campaigns in far-off lands, and painted a rosy picture for families waiting for loved ones to return from those killing fields — there was no ‘bitter truth‘ at all and the only effect on ‘their lousy souls‘ was all the back-patting and glad-handing of the lie.

Opening of the speech last night was of pure narsistic political bullshit and would make any knowing American sick to his bowels.
And the economy, which supposedly was the focus of the one-hour spiel?
Doesn’t add up, at least to the fact-checking done by USATODAY.
And on the Afghan war?
According to Jason Ditz at antiwar.com, Obama was ho-hum, same-as-same:

He once again claimed combat was over in Iraq, despite the number of US troops who have died in combat since he last made that announcement.
He cheered how sanctions were really sticking it to the Iranian economy, without mentioning last weekend’s talks.
He patted himself on the back for getting the New START Treaty through a lame duck Congress last month.
Beyond that, he lauded the Afghan War and the “enduring partnership” it was creating.
Perhaps the only interesting thing, and I say this only for desperation to find something, is that he insisted troops would begin to withdraw from Afghanistan in July.
Of course, he announced the July drawdown in December, and the comments seem to be taken largely from that, but it seems that his speechwriters forget that he publicly disavowed the July 2011 drawdown date in June, and several more times since then.
Ultimately the speech was over an hour of vague references to the future and jokes about TSA patdowns, which were extremely funny to the Congressmen on hand, since they of course are exempt from those.

Move along, nothing to see here.

And the horror of horrors from Obama?
Because he has become a warmonger-like guy since taking office, Obama in his way has vindicated The Dick and all his war-making glory.
Via Glenn Greenwald on Dick Cheney’s change of heart (hahaha — he has no heart, hahaha) with Obama in making the US less safe from terrorists:

Well, when I made that comment, I was concerned that the counterterrorism policies that we’d put in place after 9/11 that had kept the nation safe for over seven years were being sort of rapidly discarded.
Or he was going to attempt to discard them. . . .
As I say, I think he’s found it necessary to be more sympathetic to the kinds of things we did.

And there’s no greater praise than praise from The Dick.

And so it goes…

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