Friday, May 4, 2012

Disinformation On Every Front

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Paul Craig Roberts
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Some readers have come to the erroneous conclusion that the Matrix consists of Republican Party disinformation as if there is no disinformation from the left. Others think that propaganda is the business of Obama and the Democrats. In fact, propaganda from the right, the left and the middle are all part of the disinformation fed to americans.

If I may give some examples: The other day Chuck Colson, one of the Nixon officials imprisoned for Watergate crimes, died. This gave NPR the opportunity to relive the Nixon horror.

What precisely was the Nixon horror? Essentially, there was no such thing. Watergate was about President Nixon lying about when he learned about the Watergate burglary.

When Nixon learned about the burglary, he did not act on it prior to his reelection, because he reasoned, rightly, that the Washington Post would blame him for the burglary, although he had nothing to do with it, in the hopes of preventing his reelection.

By going along with a cover-up, Nixon enabled the Washington Post to make an issue of the precise date on which Nixon learned of the burglary. White House tapes indicated that Nixon had learned of the burglary before he said he learned of it. So Nixon had permitted a cover-up and had to go, but what was the real reason?

What was the Watergate burglary? We don’t really know. A group of men including former CIA operatives were hired by the Committee to Re-elect the President to break into a Democratic campaign office in the Watergate complex. We don’t know the purpose of the burglary. Some claim it was to wire-tap the telephones in the belief that the Democratic Party was getting re-election money from communists in Cuba or elsewhere. Others claim that the burglars were looking for a list of call girls, that compromised a White House official, as his fiancee was allegedly one of the call girls.

Looking back from our time during which Bush and Obama have deep-sixed the US Constitution, violated numerous US and international laws, and behaved as if they were caesars unconstrained by any law or any morality, Nixon’s “crimes” appear so trivial as to be unremarkable. Yet, Nixon was driven from office and is regarded as a criminal.

What was Watergate really about?

I doubt we will ever know. But I can offer one possible explanation. Nixon, like John F. Kennedy before him, alarmed the military/security complex with his plans to withdraw US troops from Vietnam (Vietnamization) and his determination to open communication with communist China and improve relations.

As President Eisenhower warned in his last address to the American people, conflict brings power and profit to interest groups that benefit from conflict. Nixon, like Kennedy before him, was perceived as a threat by these powerful interests, because he was working to reduce conflict.

James W. Douglass in his documented book, JFK and the Unspeakable, attributes the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secret Service. Douglas reports that these powerful government institutions were concerned by Kennedy’s refusal to approve Operation Northwoods, to back the CIA’s invasion of Cuba, and to confront the Soviets militarily over the Cuban missile crisis and by Kennedy’s plans to end US military intervention in Vietnam. JFK also told his brother Robert that after his re-election he was going to break the CIA into a thousand pieces.

The right-wing view that Kennedy was too soft to stand up to communism was intensified when it was learned that Kennedy was working with Nikita Khrushchev through back channels to defuse the Cold War. In his “A Strategy of Peace” speech (June 1963), Kennedy announced the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the suspension of atmospheric nuclear testing.

“What kind of a peace do we seek?,” Kennedy asked. “Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.” With his words and deeds, President Kennedy made himself into a threat against the interests of the military/security complex.

There was enough suspicion of JFK’s assassination that yet another president assassinated by another “unhinged lone gunman” might raise more eyebrows. Nixon was disliked by the media, which made him a good candidate for political assassination. The Watergate burglary provided the opportunity. The Washington Post did the job with reports of “Deep Throat” meeting with reporters in spooky underground parking lots after midnight. Little, if any, information of consequence was contained in these reports. Instead, the newspaper’s reporting transferred the spooky danger of the deserted parking garages to Nixon and an aura of evil was attached to Nixon that eroded his support.

It is interesting that it is only presidents who work to reduce conflict who become targets for assassination. Reagan’s anti-Soviet rhetoric was strong enough to fool the left-wing, but the military-security complex knew of Reagan’s intention to end the Cold War. The CIA, formerly headed by Reagan’s vice president, opposed Reagan’s plan to put the pressure of an arms race on the creaking Soviet economy. The CIA argued that the centrally planned Soviet economy allowed the Kremlin to control investment and that the Communist Party could allocate whatever percentage of Soviet GDP to the military as was needed to win the arms race. In other words, the CIA argued that the US would lose the arms race if Reagan raised the stakes as a means of bringing the Soviets to negotiate the end of the Cold War. Did the CIA really believe this, or was the military/security complex trying to keep the profitable Cold War stalemate going?

Washington cannot exist without conflict. Now that the “Muslim threat” is wearing thin, Washington is stirring up a conflict with China. Washington is sticking its nose into every dispute China has with its neighbors and building up its military presence in the Asian-Pacific. As I wrote in my previous column, a China threat is being created as a long-term threat to take the place of the former Soviet threat.

Moving on to another topic, americans are told that education is the answer to unemployment. Get that university degree and live happily every after.

As RT recently reported, the truth is that more than half of recent US university graduates are unemployed or very underemployed. So much for the mantra that “education is the answer.”

“Education is the answer” serves the colleges and universities who want the tuition payments. It serves the companies who make student loans. It helps the offshoring corporations disguise that they are the main cause of unemployment.

Education is not the answer when high value-added, high wage manufacturing and professional service jobs, such as software engineering, are moved offshore in order to enhance short-term profits for shareholders and multi-million dollar bonuses for CEOs, while domestic employment and purchasing power are destroyed. Unless American university graduates can emigrate to China and India, there is no one to employ them. Yet, we still hear the call to run up student loan debts beyond the ability of salaries to repay the loans.

Professional tradable service employment in the US is so scarce that the University of Florida has abolished its computer science department. As few of the graduates can find employment, the university has reallocated the department’s budget to football, a paying sport.

Americans plugged into the Matrix are programmed to believe that they have correct information provided by a varied and “independent media.” In fact the media is owned by 5 or 6 mega-media companies run by corporate advertising executives and Washington.

Recently, Bloomberg gave us the report that “Japan, Denmark and Switzerland are among the countries to rally this week to [IMF chief] Lagarde’s call for a bigger lending capacity beyond the current $380 billion to shield the world economy against any deepening of Europe’s debt turmoil.”

This Bloomberg report is nonsensical. The loans are not shielding the world economy. The loans are shielding the private banks from their own mistakes at the expense of the world economy. The Bloomberg report shows how completely the Western media is involved in forcing ordinary peoples to subsidize private bankers. It could not be more clear; yet, there is no embarrassment at Bloomberg for serving as the bankers’ propagandist.

Indeed, there is only honor. Serving the Matrix is where lie the rewards. Those who oppose the Matrix are the outcasts whose efforts might, as in the film, save the race of humans from the domination of evil, or else, if they lose, confine the outcasts to prosecution and death.

Across every front Americans are fed lies. The official media line is that the Japanese Fukushima nuclear threat from the earthquake and aftermath is well contained and over. However, the fact of the matter appears to be that an amazing radioactive inventory of both spent and unused fuel rods is in damaged cooling pools that could suffer collapse at any time (especially if there is another earthquake), thus releasing enormous radioactivity (reference link). This possibility presents a greater threat than the initial molten cores of the reactors themselves. Michael Chossudovsky points out that the media is yet to acknowledge the widespread contamination resulting from the Fukushima disaster, and there may be worse to come.

But who cares? Back to the Matrix and the “reality show.”

This article first appeared at Paul Craig Roberts' new website Institute For Political Economy.  Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Donations are much appreciated.


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Anonymous said...

Dr. Roberts,
Thank you, again, for your excellent analysis. Your continued writing and analysis helps reinforce our efforts to stop the fascist control of our country and the World.
Best Wishes, Doug

Anonymous said...

While American acceptance of government lies might be attributed to some long term psychological conditioning over the years by our controlled mass media, how is it possible that a thinking person can accept the widely used term "secret" when it comes to what our government can do to us?

We're ruled by secret laws that even our government isn't permitted to see (Continuity of Government), secret interpretations of laws (Patriot Act), secret evidence against us (NDAA, Patriot Act), secret prisons, secret approvals for wiretaps (FISA), secret locations for counting OUR votes (Iowa GOP), secret birth certificate and history for OUR president, secret meetings regarding the North American Union, secret agreements we're told about after the fact (North American perimeter security), and on and on.

Would you play poker with me if I just told you what I had in my hand instead of laying the cards on the table? Come on, people; Are we really this stupid? Apparently, our government thinks we are and it looks like they're correct!

Chuck Dudley Jr said...

There is no Left,Right or political parties in the United States. Period. It is all a huge game of smoke and mirrors to keep you the public appeased.

Wake up America.

Anonymous said...

This article is yet another reason why I consider Paul Craig Roberts one of our great "sages". He has been in and around the seat of power and influence and is more than willing to analyze and inform us about it.

I'm old enough to remember the debacle the "Watergate" incident caused. .It is in fact nothing compared to the crimes being committed in plain sight today.

While comparisons are futile, the truth never is. It's one thing for any president to make a poor decision, but quite another to believe they can do no wrong. One of the things attributed to Richard Nixon is his belief, "When the president does it, it is not illegal". Thanks to him,and those usurpers of power that followed him, this mindset has become policy! Our current resident in the WH is one of the best, (or worst) examples in history. (o

While nothing could be further from the truth, our politicos have allowed all sorts of atrocities to occur, "in our name". Why do we accept this?

I do believe our "founding fathers" are rolling over in their graves. . but not because of today's politicians. They fully understood the machinations of men and tyranny. I fear they must be shaking their heads in disbelief at how we have over the decades allowed their once great "experiment" to be squandered. . said...

Amazing article. Several things here i didn't actually know about Nixon and his administration. Great work as always!

Anonymous said...

Re: "It's one thing for any president to make a poor decision, but quite another to believe they can do no wrong." the latter reminds me of what their freemason buddies within the dark illuminati vatican say about their satanic pope and his co-Luciferian slavebots when they are in "session" (i.e. they are "infallible"
). and to think of the millions across this planet who unwittingly have sold their souls to/are mind-controlled by these systems...

Anonymous said...

Lot's of analysis but nothing offered as to what can be done to stop the insanity.

Roland.T.Flakfizer said...

So Paul Craig Roberts tells us that those who "fight against the Matrix" are harassed, jailed, destroyed.

Well, isn't Robert's fighting the Matrix? And is he being raided by police? Bank accounts closed? Killed by Illuminati assassins?

Roberts is just another part of that Matrix. The part that feeds the need for people to think they are oppressed, and that by reading about it they are doing something about it.

Is getting paid to write about the Matrix, fighting the Matrix? Or is it serving it, while making a few bucks in the process?

Neo, he ain't.

Anonymous said...

Sources have said that while Hillary Clinton was in China, she met with the elite Chinese ruling class and told them that if they didn't give the global money changers their rights to take over China's banking and media system, then Hillary and the global money changers would turn China's girls into welfare ho's and baby breeders. Then they would turn China's economy into the world's biggest Arkansas. Try becoming a military super power with that kind of an economic system.

Anonymous said...

"What was the Watergate burglary?"

The best story I have heard was the democrats got hold of some juicy evidence that tricky dick was tied in with LBJ,JEH and a few other murderous types into the JFK killing.

You know the coup where the democratically elected president of the United States of America was murdered and overthrown by the DC Cabal.

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