Gullible Americans Forever
By Paul Craig Roberts
August 18, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
“Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies,
putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man
will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will
diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of
them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is
just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this
process of grotesque self-deception.” — Mark Twain
Listening to NPR news today I was reminded how
throughly this once independent voice has sold out.
I was also reminded of the Mark Twain quote above.
NPR reported that Syrians were lined up in Turkey waiting on passage
on inflatable rafts to Greece. According to the NPR report, there
are 2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and 250,000 Syrians have
been killed. NPR said nothing about the cause of this murder and
displacement of vast numbers of people. It was if the plight of
these people materialized out of thin air. The fact that Washington
sicced ISIS, al Qaeda, Turkey, the US and NATO Air Forces, and
Washington’s Middle Eastern vassals on Syria was not mentioned. The
view on NPR is the same as Washington’s — that if only Assad would
resign and hand Syria over to Washington, everything would be fine.
Americans don’t go to bed every night unable to
sleep from shame from the atrocities that the US government has
inflicted on Syria. And on Iraq. And Libya. And Afghanistan. And
Pakistan. And Yemen. And Somalia. And Ukraine. And Serbia. According
to the prostitute media, all of these human catastrophes are the
work of dark forces that America must combat. It is all a clever
orchestration of public emotion in favor of the military/security
complex’s bank balance.
The corruption of public discourse in America,
indeed throughout the West, is total. There are no reliable reports,
not from public or private institutions. The economic reports are
propaganda to keep alive the image of a successful America. The
reports about Russia, Ukraine, and Muslims are propaganda designed
to inculcate fear in the gullible, fear that ensures more power and
profit for Washington and the military/security complex.
Americans have proven themselves to be the easiest
sheep ever to be shorn.
The gullibility of Americans threatens the world
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and
associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for
Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate.
He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have
attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are
The Failure of Laissez
Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West
How America Was Lost.