Six Things I Think: Masters of War Edition
I spent thirty-three years & four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street & for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.” – retired Major-General Smedley Butler
Six Things I think About American War Propaganda
1 ) I think after yesterday’s shameful performance, it’s time for White House press secretary Sean Spicer to resign immediately. To say that Sean Spicer had a “very bad day” at the office on Tuesday would be an understatement of the highest order; between unfavorably comparing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to Hitler, denying that Hitler used chemical weapons (and in the process maybe not-so-accidentally whitewashing the Holocaust on the first day of Passover) and then doubling down with a clarification that somehow actually made things even fucking worse, the soon-to-be former White House press secretary probably can’t skate away from this one no matter how hard he tries to walk back his blunder on CNN today. Did I mention that he also accidentally blurted out Trump’s intentions to “destabilize” the Middle East not once, but twice yesterday? While his outrageous comments about which method of gassing your own people to death qualifies as worse are naturally the focus here, don’t sleep on the fact that Spicer was justifying continued US military operations in Syria by comparing Assad to Hitler; warmongering rhetoric that seems completely in line with Trump’s declaration this morning that Assad is “an animal.”
2 ) I think mainstream western media is largely sleeping on one of the most horrifying stories of the US missile strike against Syria; namely Eric Trump’s revelation that the President may have been influenced into launching 59 tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase by his daughter Ivanka’s emotional response to coverage of the chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun. Simply put, Ivanka Trump is and this is not the first time her bizarrely outsized influence on her father (who happens to be President of the United States) has come to the forefront. No matter how much Donald Trump wants to pretend he’s emperor of the United States and that the country can be run like an insular family business, there is simply no fucking way a thirty-five year old woman of privilege who previously ran a fashion company should be influencing whether or not we launch missiles at a nation allied to the other major nuclear power on the planet, Russia. Nobody, anywhere in the country elected Ivanka Trump and her unpaid advisor’s role in the Trump administration remains highly-unethical if not outright illegal; the next time Trump’s daughter “has a sad” she should just take another fucking ski trip instead of weighing in on choices that could legitimately start World War Three.
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