The Make-Believe Crisis in Iran

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Patrick Foy writes at Counterpunch:

What if the White House were deliberately misleading America and the world about a major foreign policy issue involving war and peace, would it not be something worth investigating? What if, on top of that, the US Congress and Senate were going along with the subterfuge, remaining silent and not questioning it in the slightest? Wouldn’t that phenomenon be remarkable?

What if the mainstream news media, both television and print, were also enabling the same White House campaign of misrepresentation? Would this not be even more shocking? Should not a free press be checking the facts, asking basic questions, instead of blindly parroting a government party line which could be little more than war propaganda?

If you guessed I am describing Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, hyped at every opportunity by the Obama White House and the Congress and by the Republicans and Mitt Romney, you would be on target. The nonstop campaign of harassing and demonizing Tehran, premised upon the existential threat supposedly posed by an Iranian atomic bomb, is a determined bipartisan affair in Washington.

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  • Ted Heistman

    I am not a gamer but I decided to try a video game called “kingdoms of Camelot” where basically you have to build a little city, like a little middle age fiefdom and  grow crops, build stone quarries and mines, collect taxes, appoint Knights train troops, build alliances. Then when you are ready you go to War and conquer shit.

    Some people play this game in real life. Not everyone is aware that this game is being played. One gage in this game is “happiness” Part of being successful in the game is just keeping people happy. In real life various fictional narratives are propagated onto the public for this end.

    The game is coming to a close because the board is filling up and there are no frontiers left and the common people are becoming aware of what the game is. Who knows what will happen next? 

    • MoralDrift

      its like Civilization, but in Civ you do have options for cultural, diplomatic, or scientific victories…along with outright domination. Most addictive game around

    • MoralDrift

      its like Civilization, but in Civ you do have options for cultural, diplomatic, or scientific victories…along with outright domination. Most addictive game around

    • Phillipede

      There’s also a game called Evony that is much the same. In that game it’s usually the people who pay to play that last the longest and have the best armies. The people who try to play for free or for fun are constantly harassed and their cities are destroyed and/or conquered.

    • Phillipede

      There’s also a game called Evony that is much the same. In that game it’s usually the people who pay to play that last the longest and have the best armies. The people who try to play for free or for fun are constantly harassed and their cities are destroyed and/or conquered.

  • alizardx

    As usual, “Follow The Money”. Some well-connected people and organizations extracted a lot of money from the rest of the economy (that’s us) using Iraq as an excuse without improving national security one bit. Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, time for the new scam.

  • alizardx

    As usual, “Follow The Money”. Some well-connected people and organizations extracted a lot of money from the rest of the economy (that’s us) using Iraq as an excuse without improving national security one bit. Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, time for the new scam.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Uncle Homeland needs an enemy
    without one, the Military-Industrial-Bankster Complex is at a loss
    the free press is its shill

    facts you never hear in a Homeland classroom:
    in every year of it’s existence
    the US government has been involved in military action
    it has only been invaded by a foreign military once
    but it has invaded other countries hundreds of times

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Uncle Homeland needs an enemy
    without one, the Military-Industrial-Bankster Complex is at a loss
    the free press is its shill

    facts you never hear in a Homeland classroom:
    in every year of it’s existence
    the US government has been involved in military action
    it has only been invaded by a foreign military once
    but it has invaded other countries hundreds of times

  • kowalityjesus

    The concept of a lazy media reminds me of a Dilbert comic involving Dogbert and a female journalist:

    Journalist:  I hope you don’t expect me to write a favorable review of your company just because you bought me drinks
    Dogbert: No [hands her papers] I expect you to publish this press report and pretend like you wrote it.
    Dogbert: You can work or you can get drunk, but the pay is exactly the same.

  • kowalityjesus

    The concept of a lazy media reminds me of a Dilbert comic involving Dogbert and a female journalist:

    Journalist:  I hope you don’t expect me to write a favorable review of your company just because you bought me drinks
    Dogbert: No [hands her papers] I expect you to publish this press report and pretend like you wrote it.
    Dogbert: You can work or you can get drunk, but the pay is exactly the same.

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