US Media Used To Stop The ‘Threat’ Of Peace

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Connecting the dates.

Peace seems to have exceedingly, ridiculously, laughably bad timing, this latest time in Afghanistan. 

This is not a column defending Donald Trump.

Across my career I have said more positive words about the scolex family of intestinal tapeworms than I have said about Donald Trump. (Scolex have been shown to read more.) 

No, this is a column about context. When The New York Times reports anonymous sources from the intelligence community say Russia paid Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers, context is very important.

Some of that context is that Mike Pompeo said, “I was the CIA director – We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses.” So we know for certain that U.S. intelligence agencies lie to you and me. We saw it with WMD, and we might be seeing it again now. 

But that’s not the context I’m referring to. 

We could talk about the context of the fact that the Taliban does not need to be paid to kill American soldiers because their entire goal for the past twenty years has been to kill American soldiers. Paying them a bounty would be like offering the guy sleeping with your wife twenty bucks to sleep with your wife. 

But that’s not the context I’m referring to. 

We could talk about the fact that the U.S. has been funding the Taliban for years! Yes, we fund them, sometimes arm them, and then fight them. This is barely a secret. So for all intents and purposes, the U.S. does the same thing our corporate media is now accusing Russia of doing (with no proof). 

But that’s not the context I’m referring to. 

No, the context I’m referring to is how our military industrial complex (with the help of our ruling elite and our corporate media) have stopped Trump from pushing us toward the brink of peace. …Yes, the brink of peace.

Now, I’m not implying Trump is some kind of hippy peacenik. (He would look atrocious with no bra and flowers in his hair.) No, the military under Trump has dropped more bombs than under Obama, and that’s impressive since Obama dropped more bombs than ever before.  

However, in certain areas of the world, Trump has threatened to create peace. Sure, he’s doing it for his own ego and because he thinks his base wants it, but whatever the reason, he has put forward plans or policies that go against the military industrial complex and the establishment war-hawks (which is 95 percent of the establishment).

And each time this has happened, he is quickly thwarted, usually with hilarious propaganda. (Well, hilarious to you and me. Apparently believable to people at The New York Times and former CIA intern Anderson Cooper.) 

I know four things for sure in life. Paper beats rock. Rock beats scissors. Scissors beat paper. And propaganda beats peace. All one has to do is look at a calendar. 

Trump has essentially threatened to create peace or pull U.S. troops out of a war zone in three countries – North Korea, Afghanistan, and Syria. Let’s start with Syria. 

April 4, 2018: President Trump orders the Pentagon to plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. 

This cannot be allowed because it goes against the U.S. imperial plan. So what happens within days of Trump’s order? 

April 7, 2018: Reports surface of a major chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria.

What are the odds that within days of Trump telling the Pentagon to withdraw, Bashar al-Assad decides to use the one weapon that will guarantee American forces continue attacking him? Assad may not be a chess player, but I also don’t think he ate that many paint chips as a kid. And sure enough, over the past two years we’ve now heard from four whistleblowers at the Organization for The Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) saying the so-called chemical attack didn’t happen. (Notice that the number “four” is even bigger than the numbers “one,” “two,” and “three.”) 

But establishment propaganda beats peace any day and twice on Sunday. The false story succeeded in keeping America entrenched in Syria. 

DPRK

Let’s move on to North Korea. As you surely know, Donald Trump “threatened” to create peace with the hermetic country. Simply saying he would attempt such a thing sent weapons contractor stocks tumbling—one of the many reasons peace had to be stopped.

Feb 27, 2019: Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un meet in Vietnam.

The summit fails, and reports begin emerging that Mike Pompeo and John Bolton succeeded in napalming any progress.

March 15, 2019: Pompeo and Bolton deny derailing North Korea nuclear talks.

From The Nation, “There were reports from South Korea that the presence at the talks of John Bolton, Trump’s aggressively hawkish national-security adviser, helped torpedo the talks.“

But just destroying the peace talks wasn’t enough. The American people needed some good, solid propaganda to reassert the idea that Kim Jung Un was a dastardly bloodthirsty dictator. 

March 30, 2019: The New York Times reports North Korea executed and purged their top nuclear negotiators. 

Yes, apparently Kim Jung Un must’ve fed his top diplomats to his top alligators. Then, two months later we learn…

June 4, 2019: The fate of the North Korean negotiator “executed” after the failed summit “grows murkier” with new reports that he’s still alive.

One would have to say that his being alive does indeed make the report that he’s dead “murkier.” Within the next day or two it becomes quite clear the diplomat is very much in the land of the living. But the propaganda put forward by The New York Times and many other outlets has already done its job.

Far more people saw the reports that the man had been murdered than saw the later retraction. And to this day, the Times has not removed the initial article saying he was executed. Exactly how wrong does propaganda have to be, to warrant an online deletion? Dead versus alive is a pretty binary designation. 

And now we get to the outrage du jour, and it’s a bombshell! 

Bounties!

May 26, 2020: Pentagon commanders begin drawing up options for an early Afghanistan troop withdrawal, following Trump’s request. 

June 16, 2020: “President Donald Trump confirmed in public for the first time his administration’s plans to cut the U.S. military troop presence in Germany from its current level of roughly 35,000 to a reduced force of 25,000.” – ForeignPolicy.com

June 26, 2020: The New York Times reports Russia paid the Taliban to attack U.S. troops. (According to anonymous sources from an intelligence community that proudly admits they lie to us all the time, sometimes just to amuse themselves.)

So when this story first came out, I thought, “You know, Trump has been stopped from withdrawing troops in the past by ridiculous propaganda that seems to land like a giant turd right after he announces his intentions. Maybe I’ll check what happened in the days preceding this jaw-dropping story.”

So just days after Trump goes against the military industrial complex and against the ruling establishment by announcing he’ll be withdrawing about a third of our troops from Germany, and just weeks after announcing an early withdrawal from Afghanistan, a seemingly mind-blowing story drops about Russia paying the Taliban to kill American troops.

This serves to remind everyone what a threat Russia is (so we better put more troops in Germany!) and serves to keep us in Afghanistan (because screw those Russian-funded Taliban!).

Look, I’m not saying Trump is a hero or a great guy or even a man who wants peace. I’m not even saying he’s a man. He very well may be a giant blood-sucking leech in a human skin suit. (A poorly tailored human skin suit.)

All I’m saying is the timing doesn’t add up. Either these landmark stories that destroy every chance of peace are false (in fact we’ve already proven two out of three of them are false), or peace has exceedingly, ridiculously, laughably bad timing. 

Lee Camp is the host of the hit comedy news show “Redacted Tonight.” His new book “Bullet Points and Punch Lines” is available at LeeCampBook.com and his stand-up comedy special can be streamed for free at LeeCampAmerican.com.

  • eight.of.wands

    right on, my dawg….when Estab ‘liberals’ and Democrats (really puttin the moron into oxymoron) are championing John Fckn Bolton the Walrus as a long lost bedfellow, or our ‘intelligence’ agencies (oxymoron squared) as beloved saviors valiantly unearthing bottomless Russiagate nothingness to prop up Rachel Maddow”s despicable goading of Trump towards war, something is SERIOUSLY messed the HELL UP !!
    let Chgo badboy whisper the unspeakable, take the heat and debate anyone one on one that Donald may actually be the lesser of two weevils….sorry, faux ‘Uncle’ Joe, but YOU and Obama and the Clintons are dragging waaaaaaaaay more garbage behind you, and it reeks to high heaven…
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    May we all joyfully celebrate this Independence Day holiday by declaring our independence from conventional ‘wisdom’ (oxymoron exponential!) media prevarication and political manipulation, to think clearly, see with open eyes and open mind, and speak these truths we hold to be self-evident…..Amen

  • Ken Meyercord

    Well and entertainingly said. My great (and sole) hope when Trump was elected was that, ignorant of foreign policy as he was, when it was explained to him he would tell the bemedaled generals, degree-robed experts, and shifty-eyed spooks, “You all are paranoid sociopaths. Peace is possible.” He has met my hopes at times–like when he was meeting with the President of Ireland in the Oval Office and asked John Bolton if Ireland was one of the countries he wants to bomb, but I’ve pretty much given up hope of Trump standing up to the warhawks, despite occasional displays of iconoclasm like his attempted withdrawal from Syria. I think he’s dazzled by all the shiny, explosive toys the military possesses and, like a kid at Christmas, he’s thrilled they are all his (in a sense) to play with. HIs lasting ignorance combined with an outsized ego could actually be more dangerous than the venerable, entrenched dedication to aggrandizement of the ancien regime.

  • Nylene13

    Lee Camp speaks Truth to Power.

  • floyd gardner

    With God and the New York Times on our side, we will soon have Uncle Joe to save us from the dread prospect of peace – and my MIC stocks will continue making me rich.

  • floyd gardner

    I’m backing “John Fckn Bolton for Joe’s VP. If Rachel Maddow can pass for female, I’m sure JFB can, and meet Joe’s gender requirement; [black-face is easy.]

  • Bill Rood

    Lee does a great job of pointing out how Democrats, allied with the permanent bureaucracy of MIC, arm manufacturers and neo-con pundits, have pressured a weak, powerless President to be even more bellicose than his instincts.

    There is no such thing as the “lesser of evils,” so I will not vote for either Trump or Biden. That said, I fear that if Biden is elected we will guarantee continued Endless War, incineration of American wealth, the impoverishment of our children, Big Pharma capture of every federal public health agency, medical martial law and ultimately the loss of every right our ancestors fought to protect in the Bill of Rights. Most everyone is guilty of some esoteric crime or can have one trumped up against them, and there will for sure be continued politically motivated fishing expeditions spearheaded by a thoroughly corrupted FBI, which will scour collected communications of dissidents to locate the one careless quote they can use to indict.

    I don’t know what will happen if Trump is elected. He espoused evil actions as candidate, saying war is OK if you take their oil and that torture and punishing the (presumably innocent) families of terrorists is good. He has renounced none of those promises, but has in fact fulfilled them. On the other hand, electing Democrats will guarantee we stay on the road to a totalitarian dystopia. Democrats must be punished for their crimes or they will not change.

    I will not be complicit with either brand of evil. I will vote for my preferred 3rd party candidate in November. I beg my fellow citizens to likewise refuse complicity and vote for 3rd party candidates at whatever level they are present on the ballot.

  • eight.of.wands

    kudos, William!….i’m right there with ya

  • chetdude

    WITH humor!

    Like music, Humor helps Truth slip through filters…

  • chetdude

    Yep, nothing like putting an authoritarian a**hole in charge of a huge bloated war machine filled with expensive, shiny war toys and slavish gangsters for capitalism ready to roar into action…

  • mwildfire

    There is some discussion in the comment about whether Sleepy Joe is actually the smaller weasel than the orange infant. Once we get that settled, let’s consider the relative merits of Stalin versus Hitler and gonorrhea versus syphilis.