PBS NewsHour Uses Russian Airstrike Footage While
Claiming U.S. Airstrike Successes
By Moon Of Alabama
November 20, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Moon
Of Alabama" - U.S. media can no
agree with itself if
Russia is giving ISIS an airforce or if
Russia pounds ISIS with the biggest bomber raid in decades. Such
confusion occurs when propaganda fantasies collide with the
To bridge such divide requires some fudging.
So when the U.S. claims to act against the
finances of the Islamic State while not doing much, the U.S Public
Broadcasting Service has to use footage of Russian airstrikes
against the Islamic State while reporting claimed U.S. airstrike
The U.S. military recently
claimed to have hit Islamic State oil tankers in Syria. This
only after Putin
embarrassed Obama at the G-20 meeting in Turkey. Putin showed
satellite pictures of ridiculous long tanker lines waiting for days
and weeks to load oil from the Islamic State without any U.S.
The U.S. then claimed to have hit 116 oil tankers
while the Russian air force claims to have hit 500. But there is an
important difference between these claims. The Russians
how their airstrikes hit at least two different very large oil
tanker assemblies with hundreds of tankers in each. They also
of several hits on oil storage sites and refinery infrastructure.
I have found no video of U.S. hits on Islamic
State oil tanker assemblies.
The U.S. PBS NewsHour did not find any either.
yesterday about Islamic State financing and the claimed U.S. hits on
oil trucks they used the videos Russia provided without revealing
the source. You can see the Russian
videos played within an interview with a U.S. military spokesperson
at 2:22 min.
The U.S. military spokesperson speaks on camera
about U.S. airforce hits against the Islamic State. The video cuts
to footage taken by Russian airplanes hitting oil tanks and then
trucks. The voice-over while showing the Russian video with
the Russians blowing up trucks says: "For the first time the U.S. is
attacking oil delivery trucks." The video then cuts back to
the U.S. military spokesperson.
At no point is the Russian campaign mentioned or
the source of the footage revealed.
Any average viewer of the PBS report will
assume that the black and white explosions of oil trucks and tanks
are from of U.S. airstrikes filmed by U.S. air force planes.
The U.S. military itself
admitted that its strikes on IS oil infrastructure over the last
year were "minimally effective". One wonders then how effective the
claimed strike against 116 trucks really was. But unless we have
U.S. video of such strikes and not copies of Russian strike video
fraudulently passed off as U.S. strikes we will not know if those
strikes happened at all.
Propaganda and reality also collide in the larger
U.S. policy on Syria. President Obama
claims that the "overwhelming majority of people in Syria" want
the Syrian President Assad to leave. But independent British polling
found (pdf) that a strong plurality of Syrians prefers him as
president over any of the available alternatives.
And while new research
reveals extensive cooperation between NATO member and U.S. ally
Turkey and the Islamic State the U.S.
is asking for more cooperation with Turkey to shuffle more
weapons into the Syria conflict and thereby, inevitably, also to the
Islamic State. Some other U.S. allies are likewise
deeply involved in financing and equipping the Islamic State.
But Kuwait just
arrested a gang that was
smuggling weapons from the new U.S. client state Ukraine to the
Islamic State. Iraqi military and Shia militia find
of cash (vid) which were to be smuggled to the Islamic State.
How does it come that the otherwise all-seeing (including
your emails) U.S. secret services are unable to uncover Islamic
financing and smuggling when smaller states with much less
resources can do so?
Does all this sound like the U.S. is really
campaigning against the Islamic State? Or is this whole campaign
just as fraudulent as the PBS video and Obama's proclamations? Why
is the U.S. so deeply
lost on the ‘Dark Side’ in Syria?