Listen to a reading of this article: ❖ It's not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe the US is pouring weapons into a foreign nation to defend freedom and democracy. ❖ It's not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe serious military conflicts consist of Good Guys fighting Bad Guys like a children's cartoon show.
Americans think about the world in shockingly simple ways. Everything is a Marvel movie to them.
Unfortunately you have just described 60% of grown adults. And even more unfortunately those 60% will never change their minds and will convince the 25% who are unsure to not question anything.
I've lived through several wars, proxy or otherwise, conducted by the U.S. empire. The propaganda around this one is beyond anything I thought possible before, and the effect on people who I thought were capable of at least a modicum of critical thinking has been astounding.
If our schools taught critical thinking skills and basic auto mechanics (which surprisingly utilizes the same thing) we might produce a society capable of rising above a simpleton level, but of course, how would that help the oligarchy to thrive?
Has anyone else seen Lara Logan go completely full-hog and expose the Ukraine situation? One of the biggest tricks the mainstream media has used is to just treat things as “current events.” In reality, this is the response to 8 years of diplomatic attempts to get the radical Nazis elements out of Ukraine.
Lara touched on Western Ukraine, which has historically been a Nazis stronghold. These were the guys being armed up and prepared to slaughter the eastern regions in full. Add in the biolabs and you have a legit full-blown operation to dismantle the fascist state they’ve create in Ukraine, which is even pushing to have nuclear weapons.
The real Anglo-American interests would love nothing more than to see Ukraine and Russia mutually destroy each other in a nuclear exchange.
In light of these things, among others, the Russian calculation was that to not intervene, after 8 years, would have much more dire consequences for them. But Western Ukraine’s Nazi tradition is very dark and very real. You start o wonder how longer a country like Russia, who lost 100,000,000 people in WWII, would have the patience to tolerate the rise of a new neo-Nazi dominated state on its border, hosting bio lands that had a special interest in collecting samples and information on Russian genotypes, but not Ukrainians. For some reason, the Pentagon operated labs were only interested in Russian genotypes.
Putin has talked about this in his speeches, which are very sobering.
The most shocking part was that the Fox News hosts weren’t able to cut her off and she just literally dropped truth bomb after truth bomb on live tv.
A must watch.
As usual, Caitlin, the stone cold truth. I wish they would all read your newsletter!
It's not OK for the West led by the US with British precedents to seize the high moral ground when it's up to its throat in a shit bog of human rights crimes. Russia has been too muted on the issue of its sacrifices for humanity, and the situation in Ukraine is part of that narrative. It is time for them to seize the narrative, honour and celebrate the 14,000 martyrs in Donbas who are a symbol of Russia patience and good faith. A special flag and day is needed to commemorate them, and Russia's present stand against the massacre that the West ignored, along with the 28 millions who died rather than nazify Russia.
Unfortunately, the US government (including all the corporations including non-profits it or its subordinate states have chartered) has spent the last 70-100 years infantilising the American people, with gradually increasing intensity.
Thank you for this. The effectiveness of their propaganda machine is terrifying.
Go back just a minute ago and include all the covid/vaccine/measures - lies, manipulation and propaganda.
Reading your column is like a breath of fresh air and a reminder that investigative journalism is not a dead art. As a former government lawyer and Director of Defence policy I have an appreciation of the many layers of subterfuge, misinformation, disinformation and blatant propaganda surrounding the ongoing Ukrainian issue by the West. From distraction techniques for Covid and cost of living, to financial profiteering by NATO and Arms Dealers on Ukrainian integration and standardisation of kit. To Germany being welcomed into the International Arms trade for the first time since WWII and the supply of cheap labour in the U.K. following the departure of Eastern Europeans by Visas being handed out as hoc to non European Ukrainians without appropriate Security or Criminal record background checks. The willingness and naivety of the general Public to play along and indeed actively participate in this coordinated abuse of power is startling even to this old cynic. Please keep up your excellent work.
My question is WHY are western leaders, who KNOW better, lining up with my nation's idiocy? At what point does the world extricate it's itself from our shabby entanglement. People, millions of people have been KILLED backing our immorality. When is enough, enough?
"It's not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and not understand that starvation sanctions are acts of war deliberately designed to hurt civilians.” Caitlin
What we must never forget regarding US sanctions is that this covered everything they could engineer to bring the target countries to heel and to obey their dictates and this included foodstuffs, items required to repair major equipment, and the most needed item of all, medicines. They knew full well all the while that food and medicines would cause chaos and death. 500,000 children in Iraq alone. Can any thinking person believe for one second the US gives a damn about such deaths or the welfare of any country, anywhere? Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and Iraq. Notice anything? What part of the world are all these US targets? I didn’t forget Iran, currently being eyed off by the nuclear powered Israel with US approval and assistance by way of US drone killings.
The US didn't care about the millions of tons of illegal cluster bombs they dropped on Cambodia and Laos in another time, the thousands of acres of country ruined by the application of Agent Orange by the US and the deaths that caused as well. They didn’t care about the fact that phosphorous was used by Israel against Palestinians, probably supplied by the USA as were the aircraft that dropped the deadly chemicals.
Israel and USA, both morally bankrupt countries.
They do not care about anything except their power plays to achieve world domination and the use of sanctions being their main weapon. They dismiss it all as what they see as nothing more than a minor aberration which they call "collateral damage". Try that on for size.
As I have said before, any future commercial, contractual or required product dealings for any reason by any country anywhere, if you choose the USA as a supplier, you are asking for future trouble in the form of “deadly" sanctions. The alternative is to "toe the bloody USA line"
So, as a "grown adult in 2022", think on that ………..then choose.
I cannot possibly be the only cat who was nauseated at Zelenskii's misappropriation of MLK Jr..
Dr. King was both a pacifist and a ferocious opponent of American militarism.
I'll add one, from my own experience: It's not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and think that "Putin is one of us" must mean "Hooray for Russia, invading Ukraine and killing all those innocent people!" It really is as if the average person's ability to embrace nuance has all but been eliminated.
"We'll Know Our Disinformation Program is Complete When Everything The American Public Believes is False" Jesus Gandhi King
This, hitting right before we're fed to BA.2/ DeltaCron, maskless to bolster our boss-landlord-creditor's sagging NASDAQ is simply to bail-out fracked LNG/ oil export, while 'Murikanz can't afford gas, let alone a usable used car to get to 1099 virtual share-cropping gigs (progressively indentured from cascading PASC as re-re-reinfected, by CCD "mistakes") this will be an interesting summer as Koch's DCCC runs reactionary kleptocrats, having all but crushed us evil BernieBro RooskiBot to populate Congress with crooks & klansmen straight outa a casting call for "Justified" extras? Librul yuppies NEED to constantly gavaged intentionally blatant lies & 1950's agitprop, due to substance abuse & unresolved childhood trauma. NPD/ BPD, removed from DSM V as meaningless as "snow" used to be to Inuit (remember snow?)