by Scott Creighton
“So, I came back to see him (in the Pentagon) a few weeks later (October of 2001) and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan and I said “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” and he said “It’s worse than that.” He said.. he reached over on his desk and he picked up a piece of paper and he said “I just got this down from upstairs today..” meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office… and he said “this is a memo that describes how we are going to take out 7 countries in 5 years.. starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off Iran.” Gen. Westley Clark
When every single MSM “news” outlet is on the same page, reporting “activist said” unsubstantiated propaganda pertaining to Libya, Somalia and Syria as unquestionable fact, the current administration is free to do whatever they want with no fear of reprisal from their so-called “progressive” supporters. That means the Obama administration of “CHANGE” is able to openly continue yet another horrendous and illegal policy of the Bush administration, the neoliberalization of several state centered nations, unencumbered by the inherent restrictions of democracy ie the “will of the people” who would never support premeditated invasions and occupations of other nations for the express interests of multinational corporations and financial institutions.
Just as the complicit corporatist media assisted the Bush regime in manufacturing consent for the illegal invasion of Iraq, they are doing the exact same thing now under the Obama administration as they openly continue to fulfill the “7 countries in 5 years” agenda set so long ago.
What was once “weapons of mass destruction” is now “the right to protect” but notice the similarities between those two justifications: neither actually requires anything to have happened: no real threat to exist. They are both preemptive in nature, expressing a perceived threat supported by a carefully contrived MSM consensus, therefore they are both justifying all out war as an answer to “atrocities” that have yet to happen. As in the case with Iraq we all know there were no WMDs and in the case of Libya we also know Gadhafi’s airstrikes on the demonstrators in Benghazi never happened nor did he provide Viagra to his soldiers so they could rape the women of his country. These things never existed except in the minds of the propagandists who lusted for war and the pages of the complicit media who repeated these claims no matter how ridiculous.
“However, the success “The Libyan Model” will have the unintentional effect—certainly no fault of the Libyan people—of increasing the momentum for more overt and covert interventions utilizing a combination of drones, missile strikes, special forces and the CIA. Indeed, Libya represents a confluence of (predominantly but not exclusively) neo-liberal foreign policy, the CIA’s increased war-fighting capabilities and liberal hawks pushing for the U.S. and the U.N. to formally adopt the “Responsibility to Protect” (RtoP) norm.
The effects of neoliberalism on foreign policy under George W. Bush have been well-documented and I will not address them here. But the militarization of the CIA is relatively new” In These Times
I first started writing about the trending “activist said” “journalism” regarding Syria back in June of 2011. The trend continues and even increases in frequency because it’s a crucial part of the new “successful” model of forced regime change that people like Leon Panetta and Samantha Powers wholeheartedly support. Notice that most of these stories are usually accompanied by a legal disclaimer stating that the news agency cannot verify their own reports.
“… activists said… Activists said… said one activist who declined to be named… Activists say… The activist who declined to be named said… whom activists say…” Reuters June 3 2011
“…. activists said… an activist named Kamal told Reuters… Activists said earlier on Sunday…” MSNBC Jan 30th 2012
“CNN cannot verify reports from Syria… ” CNN
“Al Jazeera cannot independently verify reports from Syria…” Al Jazeera
“Reuters is unable to verify the accuracy of these reports…” Reuters
“Samantha Power, President Obama’s Senior Director and Special Assistant for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights and major supporter for the “Responsibility to Protect” (RtoP) norm.” ITT
Think of the circular nature of this new model they have created. These “activists” in Libya, Iran, and Syria are run by the CIA and the State Department as targeted destabilization campaigns. They commit acts of terrorism targeting civilians and police in order to cause chaos and fear among the population and then they give “unconfirmed” reports to our media about the crimes of regimes the West wants to replace. Then the media uses those reports to manufacture consent of the governed to allow the CIA and the State Department to invade and overthrow those countries.
It’s kinda funny when you think about it. The CIA hands the script to the terrorists who then hand it to the media who then hands it to us and we hand over our unquestioning support to the CIA.
Under the Obama administration the lines between the CIA, State Department, and the military have become more than just blurred, they have been completely erased. Hillary has her own little private army of mercenaries, the former CIA director now runs the Defense Department, and an “ass kissing little chicken-shit” who sucked ass all the way to the upper command heights of the U.S. military has been installed as the CIA director.
The CIA is running the cowardly and immoral drone campaign in various countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya) like they used to help 3rd world dictators set up their death squads. The purpose is to remove the kinds of people who will oppose their efforts to remake the targeted country in their neoliberal model.
They shuffle around members of terrorist organizations like marbles in a game of Chinese checkers, attacking different sections of the board from the same angle all at once. They arm al Qaeda, Bokop Harem, and the MEK with no regard for political or physical blow-back from these proven monsters and murderers.
When Obama put CIA director Panetta in charge of the Pentagon, what he was doing was effectively merging the two departments under one director and propping up the sycophant Petraeus (Betrayus) as the empty suit puppet to Penetta’s invisible hand.
After that merger all they needed was a complicit media made up of career minded stenographers who possessed naturally incurious natures who would never dream of putting something as outdated as journalistic integrity ahead of their own materialistic ambitions.
And thus the new model of “activists said” journalism was created and continues to this day. As a result, Libya has fallen to the propagandists, the CIA backed terrorists, the neoliberal Chicago School economists, and a barrage of multi-ton high explosive bombs dropped by Obama’s “coalition of the willing”, NATO.
Syria is next on the list with Iran already targeted for a similar project in the near future.
This successful model of theirs, this highly profitable formula of manufactured consent (Yellow Journalism) for neo-liberal regime change, can only be challenged by the citizen journalists but there are far too few of us left to make a dent it seems.
As the CIA, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the media blend into one imperialist weapon of mass distortion and the Obama administration and congress pass a bill that includes the United States as part of the new combat zone for their Global War on Terror, one has to wonder just how long it will be before CNN’s “activist said” journalistic standards are used to target and destabilize us as well.
If they continue to get away with it, it’s only a matter of time. The absence of accountability has a certain gallows predictability to it. The more they get, the more they want.
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