The New York Times Pushes Propaganda War Against Russia

by “Publius Tacitus”, via Sic Semper Tyrannis, August 1, 2017

There is no longer any doubt that the New York Times is nothing more than a willing cog in the establishment war machine and is happy to serve as a propaganda platform. While there are times that newspapers and electronic media outlets are unwitting dupes for propaganda, the article penned by Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt (published on 31 July 2017) is the work of willing puppets masquerading as journalists:

Russia’s Military Drills Near NATO Border Raise Fears of Aggression

This screed starts with this piece of artful dishonesty:

Russia is preparing to send as many as 100,000 troops to the eastern edge of NATO territory at the end of the summer, one of the biggest steps yet in the military buildup undertaken by President Vladimir V. Putin and an exercise in intimidation that recalls the most ominous days of the Cold War.

Since when is it an act of “aggression” for a country–Russia in this case–to conduct military exercises in its own territory? Gordon and Schmitt also conveniently omit the facts that the United States has been engaged in a variety of military exercises on the border of Russia for the last year. Yet, rather than acknowledge that truth, Gordon and Schmitt push the lie that this is an unprovoked action by a militaristic Russia hell bent on conquering the world.
How else is one to interpret the following quotes:

The military exercise . . . .is part of a larger effort by Mr. Putin to shore up Russia’s military prowess, and comes against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive Russia. Beyond Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election in support of the Trump campaign, which has seized attention in the United States, its military has in recent years deployed forces to Syria, seized Crimea and intervened in eastern Ukraine, rattled the Baltic States with snap exercises and buzzed NATO planes and ships. . . .

“There is only one reason you would create a Guards Tank Army, and that is as an offensive striking force,” General Hodges said. “This is not something for homeland security. That does not mean that they are automatically going to do it, but in terms of intimidation it is a means of putting pressure on allies.”

If you read only this article you would be excused for assuming that Russia is on the prowl for no good reason. Fortunately, our media is not totally subservient to the war machine. NPR reported last week that the United States is actually carrying out the largest military operations on Russia’s border in 27 years:
The U.S. and NATO are staging their largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, and they’re doing it in countries of 3 former members of the Warsaw Pact: Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: Yes, I did. This is all part of what’s been called the European Deterrence Initiative, and it’s a reinforcement of U.S. forces that had been depleted in Eastern Europe before Russia annexed Crimea three years ago. And as part of this sort of hardening of the U.S. presence here, there was an armored combat brigade team of about 4,000 Army troops from Fort Carson, Colo., that arrived here in Eastern Europe early this year. And they’re here in Romania, and they’re taking part in military exercises along with about 20,000 other troops.

On Saturday, I was in the Carpathian Mountains, and I watched a pretty impressive live fire, land and air assault there on an imagined enemy. And then yesterday, along the banks of the Danube River here, there was another assault staged to retake the other side of the river from another imagined enemy.

GREENE: You keep saying imagined enemy. Who is the imagined enemy?

WELNA: Well, no doubt it’s Russia. And, you know, while this wasn’t really a D-Day invasion along the Danube – there was no fire return from the other side – there was a lot of sound and fury. And here’s a bit of what it sounded like.

The US military exercise is dubbed Saber Guardian:

Exercise Saber Guardian 17 is a U.S. European Command, U.S. Army Europe-led annual exercise taking place in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in the summer of 2017. This exercise involves more than 25,000 service members from over 20 ally and partner nations. The largest of the Black Sea Region exercises, Saber Guardian 17 is a premier training event for U.S. Army Europe and participating nations that will build readiness and improve interoperability under a unified command, executing a full range of military missions to support the security and stability of the Black Sea Region. It is deterrence in action.
Some of the more notable aspects of SG17 include: the massing of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (3/4ID) from several locations across the Operation Atlantic Resolve area of operation to the exercise joint operations area (JOA) in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria; and the movement of 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR) from Vilseck, Germany, to numerous locations throughout the JOA.

But that’s not all.  The United States also has been busy in the Baltics in early June 2017:

The U.S.’s European Command, which is based in Germany, said Thursday it had deployed an unspecified number of F-16 Fighting Falcons from Aviano Air Base in Italy to the Krzesiny Air Base in Poland in support of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) and Saber Strike, two massive annual drills intended to boost the U.S.’s military presence in Europe and to support regional allies. European Command’s statement came a day after it said a number of B-1B Lancers had been sent from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota to join three B-52H Stratofortresses at the Royal Air Force base in Fairford, U.K. Meanwhile, 800 U.S. airmen in Europe were poised to train with NATO allies this month as the Western military alliance escalates its rivalry with Russia.

And there was US activity in Poland in January:

U.S. troops arrived in the small town of Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, as part of the largest armed military brigade deployed in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

The U.S. troops, along with 53 track vehicles, including the M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer, reached Poland after a three-day journey through Germany. The show of force falls under Operation Atlantic Resolve, designed to show the United States’ commitment to its European allies in the face of what NATO sees as Russian aggression.

This is not a comprehensive list. If you take time to do further research you will discover that the United States military in tandem with other countries has carried out several military exercises from the Black Sea in the south, all along the western border of Russia and in the Baltic Sea in the north.
If you are Russia and you are witnessing repeated deployments of U.S. infantry, armor, air and naval units on the frontier that produced that last military invasion of Russia (which left at least 20 million dead) would you sit back and do nothing?
What would the United States do if Russia managed to convince Mexico to sign a mutual defense treaty and then proceeded to conduct tank and military air exercises along our southern border? Would we do nothing?
Gordon and Schmitt are an embarrassment to the profession of journalism. Rather than actually report facts and place them in their proper context, they chose instead to push lies as truth and try to help shape public opinion into believing that Russia poses an imminent threat to the west.
One other point worth remembering–Russia spends $60 billion annually on defense spending while the United States is slated for $650 billion. How much is the US spending on just EUCOM exercises targeted at Russia? Sadly, there is bipartisan stupidity and ignorance when it comes to the issue of properly assessing Russia and the threat it does (or does not) pose to the United States. My cynical conclusion is that as long as Russia is portrayed as the great Red menace bent on world domination we can justify spending $650 billion dollars to thwart an invasion that is not coming.


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rehmat1
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rehmat1

Don’t forget the NYT admitted a few years ago that it follows Israeli Hasbara instructions before publishing major news concerning the Middle East. On July 15, its Baghdad Bureau chief Tim Arango said in an article, entitled, Iran Dominates Iraq After US ‘Handed the Country Over’. Without mentioning the real reason the US wanted to remove its best Arab ally Saddam Hussein who fought 8-year US-proxy war against anti-Israel Islamic regime in Tehran – Tim Arango gives the impression to its readers that if the US occupied forces had not withdrawn from Iraq in December 2011, Iran would not be… Read more »

Peter
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Peter

Your point is worthy of discussion, but the article concerns Eastern Europe and NATO, not Iran and Iraq.
I’m not sure the NYT ‘follows instructions’, either. The most effective propagandists are the ones who believe their own lies. The main media problem today seems to lie in the training and recruitment of journalists.

michaelk
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michaelk

The neo-conservatives are almost a cult, a ghastly death cult determined to destroy anyone or any idea or any country that stands in the way of their dream of establishing a giant world empire ruled by the United States and its vassals. If it requires a surging river of blood full of bodies, so be it, on the other side, once we’ve waded through it… there lies their promissed land. That the neo-cons have been wrong about almost everything over the last few decades doesn’t seem to matter at all. We’ve got the river of blood but the ‘promissed land’… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

The upshot of this economic warfare could find NATO itself as collateral damage? And quite possibly the EU too. If America forces itself on Europe in the form of LNG: Germany would be forced to take its gas from either or both Poland: or from the unbuilt Zeelink from Zeebrugge. Both options are more costly than NordStream 2. Hungary seems to be setting itself up as an alternative gas hub to Poland: benefitting from Turkish Stream (and a future deal with Israel?) As important gas hubs: the EU balance of power could pivot toward the Visegrad dissenters? Or fracture along… Read more »

Arthur Cadbury
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Arthur Cadbury

Human beings created this mess – human beings can clear it up – When you abandon hope you betray humanity

volodya60
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Well, here we go again….maybe NATO hasn’t noticed, it has been so busy gobbling up countries in which to put it’s troops, missiles and bases, ……that NATO has now expanded to completely encircle Russia…..and Russia has…????? Expanded where? Yes, East Ukraine is the levering point for NATO aggression….but….looking at the facts….East Ukraine, which consists of predominantly Russian speaking Donetsk and Lughansk, have no wish to be governed by Poroshenko’s Kiev….an American puppet….still not a legal leader….they say they want autonomy from Kiev (and truthfully who can blame them.?) And has it been overlooked over a million Ukrainians have moved to… Read more »

mohandeer
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Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented: By stealthy use of propaganda and the manipulation of the masses by duplicitous MSM and gutter press journalists, an all pervading cognitive dissonance is now all but complete. The ambivalence of western populations has removed any ability they might have had in refuting the “Russian Aggression” lie. Everything the US and NATO war criminals do serves only the interests of the few, with the cost to be borne by the many. Unfortunately the many are now incapable of critical analysis of the real truths and have no understanding that they are the pawns, the… Read more »

bevin
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bevin

The lyrics vary, a little, but the tune is centuries old: the NY Times has been running silly propagandistic scare stories about Russia forever. It is a central theme of the old British Empire now being run by Washington. The Cold War wasn’t about communism but integrating Russia and Eurasia into the Empire. While Imperialism was desperately trying to crush the USSR, and complete its domination of the globe most of Eurasia slipped out of the Empire (in part thanks to the USSR) so that now, while the campaign to conquer Russia continues, the Empire itself is crumbling, reduced to… Read more »

Greg Bacon
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Michael Gordon was the butthead–along with Judith Miller–that pushed numerous Iraq has WMD’s lies leading up to that illegal and immoral war. If we lived under the rule of law, he and others would be indicted, arrested and tried for his involvement in that massive war crime. The point of this new sanctions law is revealed simply. If AIPAC controls the Unites States Congress, and if the President of the United States has surrendered his executive authority to that body, then the Israeli lobby controls the Government of the United States – lock stock and barrel. In other words, a… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

There is a child-like simplicity to the propaganda campaign. First of all, you expand your military forces right up to Russia’s borders, incorporate Russophobic nut-jobs like the Baltics and Poland into NATO; dump your war materiel there, and hold provocative war games involving tens of thousands of troops. Funnily enough, Russia takes this as a provocation and then engages in counter-measures from its own side of the border. Aha, caught them, proof positive of Russian aggression, best expand NATO’s presence in the region. The whole exercise is simply a self-fulfilling prophecy. It rather reminds me of German propaganda in 1936… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

I suspect (or hope) Russian High Command are having a little laugh at our expense? I’m not denying the seriousness of the situation: but the current ground deployment, large as it is, would need a force multiplier to the factor of 100 to pose a real and present conventional warfare danger. NATO can huff and puff and exercise all it wants: but what can they actually do? Neither contain nor invade. It really is expensive sabre rattling. The real threat is the nuclear capable missile systems. Aegis Onshore; the deployment of Aegis destroyers in the Black Sea and Baltic; and… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

”Take out the silos; mop up the mobile launchers; use Aegis and THAAD to intercept what may survive: that’s the plan.” Yep, a walk in the park really. Hmmm, with all due respect Big.B, I don’t think things are going to turn out like this. How many harebrained military plans have you heard in that particular vein which have not exactly gone according to ‘the plan’ in the pitched heat of war and conflict? As Moltke (the elder) perceptively commented: ‘No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.’ War is a… Read more »

Peter
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Peter

The best analysis of the pointlessness of war and the fathomless stupidity of miltary and political leaderships was made in the 1969 film ‘Oh What A Lovely War’.
In view of the anti-Russian hysteria currently sweeping the Western MSM, along with the lies about Syria and Trump’s chest-beating blustering about North Korea, there is every reason to believe nothing has changed. The film would be well worth showing again, but almost certainly won’t be, as it would show up too many uncomfortable contemporary truths.

BigB
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BigB

Of course, Frank: there is only one sane plan – immediate nuclear disarmament. That said, it’s not me or thee that makes the plans. As for the analysis I linked too: that too is the worst plan in military history – for all the reasons you point out and because they have discounted the resultant nuclear winter. They would eradicate us all with their own hubris. The point is that with Aegis in Europe; and THAAD in Guam and S Korea: the Russians have to cover the possibility of a pre-emptive strike. The actual plan: its feasibility, or lack thereof… Read more »

mohandeer
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“…..For the moment, all those toy soldiers are just a joke. For the future, let’s hope the neocons love their children too?…..”
Do they “love” anyone but themselves – proof required in any affirmative response, please.

BigB
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BigB

Even heartless psychopaths claim to love their children: so I guess the question is – do they love other people’s children? Clearly not. I believe that those empowered and capable of making the decisions that could lead to war (the Pentagon Joint Chiefs of Staff ) have rejected the nuclear winter research: so they must believe such a scenario “winnable.” Despite the massive loss of civilian life. The brutal assessment is that the continuation of life on the planet is in the hands of 6 vainglorious psychopaths who think they can win a nuclear war. And the Orange Lunatic gave… Read more »

betrayedplanet
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betrayedplanet

We are disintegrating world wide under the force of the psychopathic US, the Anglo Zionists. We have never been in such a dangerous situation before as this coming war will be fought for one purpose, world domination both financial and otherwise by the US and its vassal states. The level of ignorance amongst western populations is terrifying, the MSM just as corrupted as the criminal politicians it serves. There is no longer any loyalty to the populace of these countries, people are fodder, used, abused to make the rich richer, used in Middle Eastern wars, the psychological welfare of many… Read more »

Dead World Walking
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Dead World Walking

The US war machine has ‘needed’ enemies since the ceasefire of 1945.
The economy feeds on war.
The oligarchy feeds on power.
The MSM feeds on the fear.
The citizens are fed lies.
It has led to a ugly obesity of mammoth proportions.
The corpse cometh.

Kevin Morris
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Kevin Morris

I don’t doubt that the establishment in the US wishes to see Russia destroyed. However, it is likely that this portrayal of Russia is as much about further humiliating President Trump.

Yonatan
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Yonatan

There is much more to it that that. There was the deliberate extension of NATO towards RUssia’s borders. The Balkan war was aimed at dismembering Serbia, a cultural and political ally of Russia. Russia and China had significant political and economic connections with Libya under Gaddafi. They were eliminated, at least so it seemed. One of the primary motives for the US-organized regime change in Ukraine was to force RUssia out of Crimea, treaties be damned. A secondary motive was the restoration of Nazi ideology on Russia’s borders. Similarly in Syria, one motive was to kick Russia out of its… Read more »