As the eight-year term of America’s first black President draws to a close, the media are already in the process of myth-making. There’s room for an honest autopsy of a man who promised a new kind of world, and delivered merely warmed-over soundbites and a few fake tears.
I consider Nick Cohen an unpleasant man. His columns are smug, rude, ill-informed, intellectually dishonest, hypocritical and self-righteous. A perfect example of the modern journalist, in his natural habitat. However, before today, I never considered him to be truly, literally insane.
Fifteen years ago the idea of large scale false flags or government deceptions seemed absurd to all of us. But the unraveling of so many official narratives in recent years; the lies over WMDs, the lies over Ghouta, the lies over Libya and Ukraine, the repeat evidence for wholesale manipulation, if not fabrication, of events to promote war, means we don’t feel able to simply take the events of 9/11 on trust any more
by Kit Philip Hammond is talking again, lying again, contradicting proven facts again. Pushing an hysterical pro-war agenda again. Demonizing Russia, again. And, again, nobody believes him. Even the Guardian seems lack energy in its reporting of the same handful of lies Hammond et al have been telling for months. Namely that Russia aren’t bombing ISIS, that they are bombing the (entirely fictional) “moderates” 70% of the time. That Russia are inhibiting the peace process, despite the fact that they have been calling for the use of diplomacy for years, and that the most peristant block to negotiation has been the West’s war-cry: “Assad must go!”. That the inscrutable Putin has some master plan, that we simply can’t guess what their plans are for Syria. At moments like this Hammond, and his ilk, seem like programmed automatons rather than people – they have set responses, set behaviours, set language, and can only repeat them endlessly. Regardless of the appropriateness, apparent irrationality or the simple fact that nobody believes them anymore. A simple look at the …