By Frank Schier
Editor and Publisher
The people of this country were lied to about the presence of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” in Iraq, and accordingly, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were never charged with war crimes as they should have been. The media went along with this deception and has let it lay, like the live hand grenade that living lie is.
That deception created the quicksand of the consequences of the Iraq War that keeps trying to claim more American lives with the new mass destruction threat of ISIS.
Polls show 40 percent of the gullible American public would agree to put “Boots on the Ground” in Iraq and the new death hole of Syria.
How can we forget those “Boots” are filled with red-blooded American youth wanted by the vampires of sorrow ISIS that lay ruin to the good name of the Muslim religion and its historical contributions to world civilization. Go to any U.S. Veterans Hospital, and see many of our proud soldiers with only one boot or none. For what?
With the Syrian immigration crisis, the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, and the ever-flapping, ever-growing mouth of The Offald, the fear machine is being cranked up to lead us to more a greater loss of privacy, a greater loss of freedom on the internet and the saber rattling for more constant war. Amazingly, some of the media act like the PR department for a police state and the military industrial complex.
The last Republican Presidential Debates on CNN clearly displayed CNN’s promulgation of the fear and war mentality in the content of its many questions by the appropriately named Wolf Blitzer.
“Blitzer: Since you last debated, Americans have witnessed terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. The FBI director says the country now faces the greatest terror threat since 9/11. You all have different approaches to keeping the country safe. And that will be the focus of tonight’s debate.
“Blitzer: … Governor Christie, if the U.S. imposed a no-fly zone over Syria and a Russian plane encroached, invaded that no-fly zone, would you be prepared to shoot down that Russian plane and risk war with Russia?”
Put on your critical thinking hat and look at all of CNN’s war machine questions from the debate.
Thankfully, President Obama is acting like a president, not a hotheaded broadcaster or reality-show host whose main attribute is to pose in toughness or loudly fire people. Thankfully, Obama has the strength of character on this issue of further Middle East disaster to proceed with very-much-needed caution. Deliberate and considered long-term decision making and tempered action are the keys to a workable solution in a region of the world really run by Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. ISIS, Syria, Iraq and Yemen are being manipulated as surrogates in these two countries’ competition for primacy in the Arab world.
As noted in the very fine Wall Street Journal video, this Sunni/Shiite political conflict in the heart of the Muslim religion and region has been going on for 1,400 years.
Only a fool, Mr. Trump, would think a simple term like “strength” can solve this historical problem that requires bringing Saudi Arabia and Iran to the same diplomatic table. Hopefully, with the cooperation of the complicating presence of Russia, Obama has such an effort underway.
Obama’s restraint and empathy in reacting to the San Bernardino tragedy is also admirable. The value of the lives lost there can never be downplayed. Yet, so far this is an isolated incident of one couple that should be a consideration in the decision making on Syrian immigration and general domestic security, but this tragedy should not color all or our rational thinking. And very importantly, we should not let our negative imagination or anyone’s insult-driven rhetoric walk us off the plank of another extended loss of taxes and lives in the Middle East.
Rational and critical thinking should be the primacy of the day for citizens and the media, rather than the ad-selling, rating-driven sensationalism of the weaker moments of media decision making.
I am one of the most avid critics of Fox News. I do not believe they are “Fair and Balanced.” I think they are an organ of the Republican Party. Yet I was very pleasantly surprised to hear Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer call Trump a “demagogue” after the last debate. That was honesty, mainly because they are right to challenge a threat to their traditional Republicanism. I like the first definition I found in an internet search of “demagogue:” “A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.” Does that definition sound like some emissions you’ve heard from a so-called human, The Offald, or a weapon of crass destruction?
How sad it is to watch the former levels of this nation’s semi-civilized political discussion fall to weapons of crass destruction hurled out of the mouth of The Offald.
Falling into this pit of prejudice and the gaping hole of the war machine shows how short our memories are about “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and how we were all deceived and still can be deceived. When CNN and Fox News seem to become interchangeable, and The Offald ties Pope Francis as Gallup Polls’ “Most Admired Man”, I know we are in a parallel time to pre-World War II Germany. God save us.