Actors and other Useful Idiots for Empire

by Cindy Sheehan

In 2005 while I was roasting for peace under the hot Texas sun at Camp Casey in Crawford, Tx, Rob Reiner sent his wife Michelle and a crew there to film a commercial with me.
Before the end of 2005, a lot of the people/groups who supported our antiwar effort kicked us to the curb when they figured out we really were against war and not just against Bush’s wars.
The Reiners were among the ones that I discovered didn’t so much care about the wars, but cared more about getting Demo-quacks elected.
Soon after Camp Casey temporarily shut-down that summer, I was invited to the Reiner’s house to have a meeting. I was never the kind of person who got all twittery over so-called celebrities, but if the Reiners could help our cause, I was anxious to further our collaboration.
Rob Reiner and his team had already offered to do the paperwork and pay for getting Gold Star Families for Peace (my organization at the time) non-profit (501c3) status which we gratefully accepted.
Anyway, at the meeting (which included billionaire, Demo-quack funder, Steve Bing), after the niceties were over, both Steve and Rob got down to the real brass-tacks of the meeting.  They wanted me to throw my influence (which was then pretty considerable) behind the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Bing looked me in the eye, with a serious face and said, “Mrs. Clinton is our only hope.”
I gasped and averred how she had not only voted to support the very war that killed my son, but was the Bush regime’s Demo-quack cover for war propaganda. Then Steve said this with a straight-face and no sense of how hurtful this statement could be to a mother whose oldest child was killed for these lies, “Mrs. Clinton is really against the wars and she will come out against them when it is politically expedient for her to do so.” What?! People are still dying in Iraq and Afghanistan (and elsewhere) and how can mothers like me even understand a little about “political expediency” when our hearts are ripped out of our chests? Not just for one day, but for the rest of our lives.
The meeting didn’t end really well, but I thanked them for their help and still refused to support Clinton for anything. When I wrote an article a couple of months later about how the antiwar movement should NOT support Clinton that was posted at Huffington Post, the attack dog of the Reiners called my sister and told her that they were pulling all support from me and Gold Star Families for Peace. In fact, Dede and CODEPINK, L.A. were protesting at a fundraiser for Clinton when Rob and Michelle pulled up and gave them the middle-finger.
The above is recounted for background on why the motives and credibility of Reiner should be viewed with suspicion.
The Meathead goes full-Archie Bunker and Produces Tripe
Enter this week’s outrage from Rob Reiner: A video he made with Morgan Freeman as the “star,” which is a complete, unabashed, total piece of lying propaganda against Vladimir Putin and Russia.
Interestingly enough, this video was posted about the same time that 41 Demo-quack US senators voted to give the regime tens of billions of dollars more in Pentagon funding: almost 700 billion. This amount is three times more than China spends and TEN times more than Russia spends on defense.
Of course, Rob Reiner could use his considerable wealth and influence to talk about something real like election fraud, but, since the DNC and Clinton campaign stole the 2016 primaries from Bernie Sanders, that wouldn’t be productive for doing what is his life work, getting his only “hope,” in the Oval Office.
The tens of thousands of people in Libya murdered by Clinton and Obama matter not to Reiner; the ongoing slaughters in Iraq and Afghanistan are not even in his remote consciousness. Rather, blaming Russia and Putin for the loss of one of the most (rightly) unpopular politicians in US history and fomenting for more war is what he wants to join with other neocons like David Frum and Max Boot, to do.
Besides the treacherous motivations behind this piece of rotting tripe, there is actually not one shred of proof that Russia had anything to do with Clinton’s loss. I know she and her lackeys would like to blame everything from Putin to bad weather, but putting out a video like this is like playing with nuclear winter.
Other neoliberal/neoconservative idiots say, “Russia hacked” like it’s accepted wisdom. “Russia hacked and in other news, water is wet.”
Reiner, Freeman, and their ilk are not only liars, but they are dangerous propagandists approaching the level of a Riefenstahl.
Reiner and other useful idiots for Empire have formed a group called, “Committee to Investigate Russia,” to, “help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy.” Besides the fact that the USA has never been a democracy, and even if it were, elections here with one War Party under Wall Street have been compromised and invalid for decades, not just since his Grating Hope got creamed by a carnival huckster.
I challenge this “committee” to produce any hard evidence for their malignant horseshit.
 Unpacking the Horseshit: Clump by Clump
Face it, Morgan Freeman’s voice does have a nice, authoritative kind of benevolent principal tone to it, but in Reiner’s irresponsible piece of doggerel, he uses it to unashamedly promote fear-mongering.
We have been attacked
We are at war
That’s how we begin.
From what I have been able to glean, the powers that be in Russia are treating this like an infantile joke, which on the surface it is.
However, the video obviously was made to sink us back into the lowest depths of the McCarthy witch hunts and HUAC hysteria and as a Cold War Kid, “I don’t find this stuff amusing any more,” (Paul Simon, Graceland).
I don’t appreciate being dragged back into a time when I was abused into believing the the Soviet Union was the most evil entity on earth, and as I study about the Bolshevik Revolution (Slogan: Peace Bread Land) on this 100th anniversary, I resent these Hollywood elites’ participation in this skewed “history.”
But, of course, the US is “at war,” and the US has been at war for all but about two dozen years of its existence.
He (Putin) Uses Cyberwarfare to Attack Democracies
After going on with the video’s undocumented “Putin for Dummies,” (truly, one has to be a dummy to believe any of this) we “learn” how this “KGB” agent uses his trickster wiles to “attack democracies around the world.” We don’t know which democracies Russia has “attacked” because this is a commercial to sell the commodity of fear, not a fact-based narrative.
Hmmm….The CIA was formed to be a bad actor on the world stage and here is a list of the Democracies the US has attacked and overthrown just since World War II:

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

By William Blum – Published February 2013

Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *
Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
Ecuador 1960-63 *
Congo 1960 *
France 1965
Brazil 1962-64 *
Dominican Republic 1963 *
Cuba 1959 to present
Bolivia 1964 *
Indonesia 1965 *
Ghana 1966 *
Chile 1964-73 *
Greece 1967 *
Costa Rica 1970-71
Bolivia 1971 *
Australia 1973-75 *
Angola 1975, 1980s
Zaire 1975
Portugal 1974-76 *
Jamaica 1976-80 *
Seychelles 1979-81
Chad 1981-82 *
Grenada 1983 *
South Yemen 1982-84
Suriname 1982-84
Fiji 1987 *
Libya 1980s
Nicaragua 1981-90 *
Panama 1989 *
Bulgaria 1990 *
Albania 1991 *
Iraq 1991
Afghanistan 1980s *
Somalia 1993
Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
Ecuador 2000 *
Afghanistan 2001 *
Venezuela 2002 *
Iraq 2003 *
Haiti 2004 *
Somalia 2007 to present
Honduras 2009
Libya 2011 *
Syria 2012
Ukraine 2014 *

He (Putin) Convinces people in democratic societies to distrust their media
Do I even have to go there? Reiner and Freeman and the other neocons and Useful Idiots for Empire are aware that all the worldwide “mainstream” media are owned by a handful of very powerful people and entities and if we don’t “distrust” our media, then we are the foolish ones.
It has been proven, just in the Iraq War that killed my son, that outlets like MSNBCia used paid Pentagon shills to sell that war to a seemingly gullible American population. The White House had a group to make up crap like, “Mushroom Clouds,” that Hillary Clinton participated in. Garbage in, garbage out.
Morgan then sits behind a desk in what looks to be a bomb shelter and calls on Donald Trump to use the resources of the USG to determine “how this happened.” As far as I can tell, it has not even been determined “if” it happened. Let’s not skip any steps here.
For 241 years, our democracy has been a shining example of what we can all aspire to
To me, this is the most dangerous and irresponsible lie of the entire video and I don’t know how a black man can even utter those words without vomiting, because they make be throw up a little in my own mouth.  Morgan Freeman is a sellout to the struggle for black emancipation and the struggle for people under the terrible yoke of US occupation and oppression around the world.
The USA was one of the the last “democracies” to (allegedly) abandon slavery, and it took the lives of almost 700,000, mostly poor working-class young men, to do it. I say “allegedly,” because if anyone thinks slavery has been abolished in the USA, I suggest you watch “13th,” a most enlightening Netflix documentary on how the 13th Amendment to the US constitution just transferred slavery to the prison systems.
Like I pointed out above, the founders of the US didn’t frame our government as a democracy and most of the founders owned black slaves that were stolen from their continent and forced to perform labor in this “shining example;” the “shining example” that also committed genocide on its native population and has worked overtime to overthrow many democracies—true democracies; not just the feeble representation of democracy propagated by this horseshit.
Paul Robeson was a black man who realized how oppressed his people were and how that oppression connected to the liberation and anti-colonial struggles around the world. He paid a price for his courage and integrity, saying, among other things “why should the Negroes fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you they will never fight against the Soviet Union, or the peoples’ democracies.”
More than Reiner, who is just a tool for the demented Clinton wing of the Demo-quack party, Freeman should be ashamed of himself. I am sure Malcolm X would define him as a “house negro” always looking out for the interests and well-being of the master and not the enslaved masses.
And we owe it to the brave people who have fought and died to protect this great nation and save democracy
This bold declaration of exceptionalist horseshit is posted over young American troops being sent to slaughter and I know my son didn’t die to “protect” this “great” nation or save democracy. Like every single troop sacrificed before and after him, he was a victim to capitalism and imperialism.
It can be, and has been argued rather convincingly that the United States have never waged a war to “save democracy,” and the Soviet Union bore the brunt of Nazi savagery in World War II, yet was the first to liberate the death camps.
Reiner, et al., are enemies of truth;
They are enemies of peace;
They are enemies of true democracy.
They should be exposed and shamed.
Watch the horseshit here, if you must.


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Sep 27, 2017 1:40 AM

Once a meathead always a meathead. Western grey matter has been reduced to fast food politics. Oh how the times are changin? was the phrase during Archie Bunkers time. From where i am sitting nufin has changed same as it ever was. Delusional belief of our western ideals( lack of ) Our mindset has been brainwashed to this consumer frenzy that effects all aspects of our lives. Self gratification self absorbed in this total lie of is and shall be. Identitarianism taking front stage while the wage disparity between we the sheeple continues to widen beyond the Gilded age. We as humans have become disposable like a used diaper. Not one western politician or economic model in the last 70 years has ever addressed equity in life . So yes freedom justice and the american way is just like another ad for COSTCO /WALMART just like meatheads fear porn. for… Read more »

Sep 27, 2017 11:35 PM
Reply to  falcemartello

Well said. I would say it goes back beyond 70 years to the founding of this nation. As I recall, not one poor or working class person was ‘invited’ to the meeting to create the constitution/bill or rights. Governments are inherently corrupt; created by narcissists and psychopathic capitalists for continuation of the collective, and for continuation of power, control, and wealth and the advancement of. An extortion, larceny, and racketeering scheme.

Sep 25, 2017 11:01 PM

“Like I pointed out above, the founders of the US didn’t frame our government as a democracy…” Howard Zinn certainly agrees. I always wonder when I refer to Hollywood/CIA/Pentagon online, which I do most of the time when I refer to Hollywood, whether people’s eyes roll. I still wonder, but now, with this crap, I’ll bet fewer eyes roll.
“Morgan Freeman’s Wrath”

Sep 27, 2017 11:36 PM
Reply to  Arrby

Right on. Pentagon/Intelligence/Hollyweird one and the same: The Collective.

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Sep 25, 2017 10:39 PM

Morgan still has a way to go to beat former matinee idol, Ronald Reagan, the man who diverted cash from illegal arms sales (in Iran) to fund Contra death squads in Nicaragua.
Apparently murdering priests while razing the local village to the ground is the kind of democractic freedom Freeman fears could be jeopardised if enough Russian geeks get their hands on a laptop.

Sep 26, 2017 9:02 AM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

”Apparently murdering priests while razing the local village to the ground is the kind of democractic freedom Freeman fears could be jeopardised if enough Russian geeks get their hands on a laptop.”
Not to mention the rape and murder of American Nuns. ”In December 1980, members of the National Guard of El Salvador abducted, sexually assaulted and executed four American churchwomen. ” (from the Daily Beast of all places!)

Sep 26, 2017 2:25 PM
Reply to  Frank

Born & love the Constitutional USA this is what many of us believe in, swear by. It’s the state we all believed is how the USA’ is. Why many have given their lives for her, we love the pretext this country is found upon, not this military dictator ship which has all interests in Corp. monopolies, the systematic killing off USA’s own people , fracking with unknown chemicals, GMO foods, (many organically grown to fool people), Chemtrail, creating media frenzy either Blacks/whites or weather modifications or political bureaucratic lies & how those multimillionaire greed driven politicians hurt the American people by fooling them keeping the house of cards going/alive! The ACTORS are the same mold as politicians as they both put on different faces pending on which one fits the scene/play/movie. I truly believe on this front there is a devil, these so called people (actors politicians) have given their… Read more »

Sep 27, 2017 11:38 PM
Reply to  Frank

The nuns and others were there as part of a U.S./CIA capitalist regime change/take over program. Like the 100 others we have and are involved in.

Sep 28, 2017 1:30 PM
Reply to  jwtwd

I am proud to say I’m Capitalist, a Dr. Ron Paul follower, free enterprise would work great if only people learned to control themselves with POWER & GREED, two of the worst things people can do to each other. MORAL’S are lost, it shows politicians are evil doers, hell bent on GREED & POWER, everyone are millionares why? I rememeder that funny guy on SNL, now he’s a senitor & one of the most evil ones around. These people give up thier souls, not joking or trying to be a holly-roller we really need to look at the truth. Regard each politican as if they have the plague, a desease, some kind of infestation you could catch, why not? They are evil!

Oct 3, 2017 9:26 PM
Reply to  estatestyle

I agree about giving up their souls for power. And that greed and lust drives this world in which we are apart. Will that ever go away, that their will be those whom which to have domination over others, that feel that they are entitled to such control? I do not believe so. I believe that as long as we have a monetary/currency based system we will never achieve true independence. Liked reading your thoughts though, thanks.

Sep 25, 2017 7:31 PM

Possibly a handful of those involved in the committee to investigate Russia actually believe in American mythical history. Most I suspect just need to turn a dollar. As for Mr Freeman….say it ain’t so Morgan.

Sep 25, 2017 7:05 PM

Reiner’s dad (I kid you not), Carl Reiner, who is still alive at 95 and a Bernie supporter, was lead actor in the 1960s spoof “The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming:
You could not make this up.

Sep 26, 2017 2:37 AM
Reply to  Shyaku

Carl Reiner doesn’t seem a Sanders supporter here:
carl reiner‏Verified account @carlreiner · Sep 20
“Is there anything more exciting that the possibility of Trump’s election being invalidated & Hillary rightfully installed as our President?”
Naseer Ahmad‏ @manfromatlan 21 Sep 2017
Replying to @carlreiner
“Did the apple fall not far from the tree and hit Rob on the head? You’re both pandering to the worst elements of society.”

Sep 26, 2017 2:37 PM
Reply to  Shyaku

I just watched this on the TMC it’s almost the way it is only it’s our own people who are the Russians , then newest is in Germany the ballets in voting process was ruined by Russians! When asked where’s the proof, the response is ‘we know it’s a fact’! it’s like the boy who cried wolf how many times before it really happens & no one comes!

Russia made me bone my grandbaby
Russia made me bone my grandbaby
Sep 25, 2017 5:43 PM

These propagandists come in various flavors for different IQ levels. Freeman for morons, Eric Zuesse for the 95-104 range. Zuesse made his name proving that Republicans suck more. Now he’s blaming breaches of the non-intervention principle on… liberals. Not the Democrats who voted for the wars. Now Zeusse is broadcasting a lot of bullshit about sovereignty. The international consensus on sovereignty is affirmed by acclamation in the Summit Outcome Document and in Implementing the Responsibility to Protect. Sovereignty is responsibility. The only disagreement is traditional US doctrine, as stated by Lansing, that sovereignty is absence of responsibility. So you’ve got the whole world affirming the tradition of responsible sovereignty that goes back at least to the Germanic frontiers of the late Roman era; and you’ve got the USA flatly contradicting it based on a half-baked notion of absolute sovereignty derived from an atavistic orientalist kingship model. But what’s responsibility? That’s… Read more »

Sep 25, 2017 4:22 PM

The bucket list man parades tinsel town’s (as a department of the CIA) – contempt for the American public. He provides an example of how US democracy is really at war with its aristocracy and attendant deep state.
Now officially a junta the soft US military coup which has taken place seems to have gone unnoticed by the media and such privileged idiots as Freeman himself.
Producing such a video,though, does indicate the fear and desperation of the US ruling class.

Sep 25, 2017 4:19 PM

I sympathise with a stranger I have never met for the loss of her son. She will know better than I how few sons of leading political warmongers see front line action. Tony Blair’s sons have never done so, indeed I suggested that the minimum price for Tony Blair to retun to UK public life should be his son Euan seeing three years front line action in Syria, a war Blair claims is just. Pigs might fly before that happens….and I would prefer Blair to be banned for life from any Uk public service position courtesy of self-serving anti-democratic warmongering, sidelining half the Cabinet, all of Parliament and the entire nation to support Cheney-Bush in Iraq……
It is a useful question to ask: are warmongering politicians’ sons and daughters acceptable collateral damage? If not, why not????

Sep 25, 2017 3:26 PM

Reblogged this on Susanna Panevin.

Sep 25, 2017 2:45 PM

Cindy hits the nail on the head .Democracy is dead in the US ,if it ever existed . The best democracy money can buy is what it is.
The bull$hit is becoming so ignorant it tends to give me the heaves and what is worse is that people actually believe it .

Sep 25, 2017 2:20 PM

I confess I did not know anything about Cindy Sheehan so I googled her. First up, a very nasty hit piece from the Guardian in 2007. She has clearly hit a few neocon nerve points. Good on her. And I fully agree with this piece. I was shocked at the Freeman video that starts by saying the US is at war with Russia, then throws in all manner of slurs against Putin – KGB, little man, angry at the collapse of the USSR etc., etc. The worst thing is that the average US citizen will believe it. I was in New York a few months ago and was told unequivocally that Russia had invaded Ukraine and had ‘fixed’ the election of Trump. I asked for proper evidence not simply media statements. USA is no place for thinking people.

Big B
Big B
Sep 25, 2017 2:37 PM
Reply to  JJA

JJA: my loss and my bad – but I did not know Cindy Sheehan either: I’m certainly feelin’ her now!
On the few occasions someone has parroted “Russian hack” to me: I’ve asked them “Hack? Hack how?” People really believe it was a cyber-attack on the voting machines?!? Again my bad: but it was almost not worth putting them right.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Sep 25, 2017 5:01 PM
Reply to  JJA

New York does not represent the entire country.

Sep 26, 2017 8:10 AM
Reply to  JJA

I found that Guardian hit piece on Sheehan and what I noticed is that this, for want of a better term, “designated opposition” are at their most vicious when attacking those who are genuinely oppositional. One comment below sums it up:
“I get it, when she went for Republicans, she was a saint, when you goes for Democrats, shes a hag.”
Precisely – the Democrats are the permitted opposition. And everyone must follow the script.

Sep 25, 2017 1:57 PM

I BEWILDERTED at the HEARTLESS IDEALS of these actors- radio-TV personalities siding with immoral war mongers, Its like something out of horror film but worse, it’s REAL! Europeans (yeh who cares about them right) are attempting to get out of this WAR based trap (especially in Hungry, Greece, Spain) then most of planet, people don’t want WAR, even American PEOPLE don’t want WAR if they knew the truth! USA, last 100 yrs have forgotten or never learned to read the writing between the lines. All politician’s say ‘small business backbone of Economy’ yet have allowed corporations to buy out all smaller companies till they are none, all during politician’s watch against monopoly act. Watch [email protected]! Point is all of congress & senate (note not capitalized) those actors in favor of Democratic BS, are all multi-millionaires, not one represents the other 300,000 million people in USA. as media through paid television… Read more »

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Sep 25, 2017 12:40 PM

They lay down with dogs, they get up with fleas.
(Apologies to the canine world).

Sep 25, 2017 12:38 PM

Sheehan and Vaska FOR PRESIDENT!
Cindy! What a Great Statement!

Sep 25, 2017 12:00 PM

Sheehan > Zizek.
“Reiner, Freeman, and their ilk are not only liars, but they are dangerous propagandists approaching the level of a Riefenstahl.”
B-b-but I thought Clooney/ Affleck/ Hanks/ Downey/ Jackson/Howard/ Johansson/ Paltrow/ Freeman, Gaga, Tarrantino and the Eagles of Death Metal were my funny, wise, deeply-caring, unpretentious LGBT-positive friends who work selflessly to defend civilization and the planet from Moozlims, Russkies, Global Warming and Mansplaining Hillary-Haterz …?

Sep 25, 2017 2:14 PM
Reply to  StAug

Hollywood actor/director, and Israeli Mossad agent George Clooney, became western media idol for co-founding the so-called ‘Humanitarian NGO’ Save Darfur which donated $50 million toward building illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the Western war on Sudan (2004-2011).
Last year, George Clooney announced to produce a film on Syria’s ‘White Helmets’, a CIA-MI6-Mossad funded ‘humanitarian’ group which operates only within Syrian areas occupied by pro-Israel ISIS, al-Nusra, and al-Qaeda terrorists. Clooney’s finance partner is Israeli film-producer Grant Hezlov, and partner at the Smokehouse Pictures. The two Zionist Jewish oligarch produced the 2013 anti-Iranian Oscar-winning Argo, a film many activists believe was timed to prestage public opinion against a nuclear settlement with Iran.