Listen to a reading of this article: ❖ In a major walkback from his campaign pledge to make Saudi Arabia a "pariah" for human rights abuses like the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, President Biden will reportedly visit Riyadh with the goal of persuading Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to help the US alliance win its economic war against Russia.
Even if every single allegation about Russia were true (it isn't, but whatever) it would be a pimple on the ass of the Saudi tyranny.
Ethical consistency is redundant; ethics is consistency. Thank you for pointing out that the US isn't hypocritical, it's consistent to its ethic of serving the oligarchy.
"Biden will be courting a tyrannical war criminal whose country has no freedom or democracy." Geez, no need to generate CO2 with all that flying, Joe. Far simpler to look into a mirror while holding up a map of the US.
the Kasshoggi murder was done in the full knowledge that it would pass muster in the US and West generally, because their records don't bear close scrutiny either: Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Iraq, Julian Assange and Belmarsh, and so many more are all about torture and killing, some en masse. There are pictures of George Bush senior literally grovelling to the Saudis: it's called "honour among thieves". Or something.
As an American (or am I a USAian, man this ID stuff gets so complicated) I really want the USA to be the "good guys", but at the same time, I can't really point to any time in history that the USA really was the "good guys".
I have to go back to WWII and the US efforts to win against the Axis. But then it want until June of 1944 that the US finally landed on Normandy. It was Russia that won the war against Nazi Germany. (I have to ignore the war in the Pacific at the moment because that gets really complicated. Well, except for the fact that there was no reason to drop Nukes on Japan. None. Period.)
I want to think of myself as a good person. I want to think of myself as an American. It is becoming clearer every day that I can't be both.
Who remembers that old SteppinWolf song? "America where are you now don't you care about your sons and daughters. Don't you know we need you know we can't fight alone against the monster".
It seems that "America" never really existed. It was only a fantasy, like Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy.
Biden is like the Emperor with no clothes. He's surrounded by sycophants who tell him how amazing he is so they can go to the Kennedy center and watch remakes of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. But there is truly no "there, there"
Same thing with Obama, but he was a "magic man" who was able to spin the right tale and make us "believe". It is only in retrospect that we can see what a con-artist he really was. He was the "HOPE" dammit. The savior from the previous decades of Republican corruption, malfeasance, and war.
I'm an American. I was stupid and naive. It took me decades to finally realize who really controls our nation. Others have tried to tell me -- OWS comes to mind -- but while I wished them success, I had no understanding of the consequences of their failure.
Well, now I see that it is too late. The American Century is about to collapse. It isn't like i want Russia to win, but it does appear that it will be inevitable. I cannot in good conscience encourage anyone to fight for the "Empire".
Biden is just a face. He's not the Oligarchy. Kind of funny though, I can easily see the Oligarchy recognizing Biden's breakdown and scrambling to do "something" about it. Maybe like they did with JFK.
Outstanding piece!!! It amazes me that the Brzezinski-ites are still running D.C. The Eurasian strategy is completely untenable.
The United States of America is ruled by Harkonens.
It's not just the government. The press is equally complicit. Every day we see "journalists" talking to poor Ukrainian refugees and sometimes even visiting bombed out towns and villages. Why don't we see these same "journalists" visit a god forsaken Yemeni village with fly covered human skeleton babies? Is it just unalloyed racism that a dying Arab is not as important as a displaced Ukrainian? Is it because we are supporting the war in Yemen? The hypocrisy is sickening. You are correct, human rights, freedom and democracy have absolutely nothing to do with who we support and who we try and destroy.
Amazing as always Caitlin 🤩🤩🤩🤩
Wow. So true. I have more respect for the person who admits they are selfish and greedy than the person who pretends they are selfless and generous while their actions totally speak otherwise. More and more countries are becoming all too aware of the US empire's hypocrisy (or rather complete alignment with its true values of domination, control, and power over).
The ironic hypocrisy of US "policy" still at certain times continues to astonish me....Astonishing in that normal citizens are so brainwashed by incomprehensible bleating by corporate(MSM) media that they fail to actually look, with their own two eyes, at the facts. Ukraine is a great example. I get the Washington Post whose demonization of Russian president Vladimir Putin has their readers seeing Putin as a monster. They fail to mention why he's de-Nazifying Ukraine as neutralizing their army. It's like 4th grade when the "bad guys" are easy to see. Ya know, the ones terrorizing the little tykes at the sandbox. Except here the "bad guy" Nazis are never mentioned in their control of Ukraine. Just that bully Putin is"bad" without further analysis.
They also fail to mention that peace could be has if Ukrainian president Zelensky would just get rid of the Nazis that the US installed as control at Russia's border. Of course that would mean throwing the US and EU goons out of his domain. The US "obviously" doesn't want peace. Making war materiel is its(US's) bread and butter and what better than to poke Russia with a big stick, nuclear armed Russia at that. It is amazing that we're here at all. May reason somehow blanket these morons, all the way around. Peace,--so simple a concept that a child intrinsically knows this at a very early age--The Ol' Hippy
My best friend calls me an authoritarian groupie-I must confess I find both VVP and MBS quite hot. I do hope MBS tells Biden to shove it.
I really like that @caitoz is writing shorter, tighter pieces. At least, they seem that way. Read everything you write.
"US government's intimacy with Saudi Arabia undermines American values"
I read that at first as "underlines", and it makes perfect sense that way.
The US is a festering boil on the world's bum. Biden and his gang are the pus in that boil.
Another insidious problem with the blatant US hypocrisy is not only the lack of morality - but the deteriorating US credibility and reliability, which will, and has eroded the US's capability of negotiating any kind of believable diplomatic negotiations now or in the future. Which then leads to an increasing reliance on brute force, lying, cheating and violence to get its way - like any typical abuser in life.