The infamous aluminum tubes that were a vital piece of the tapestry of lies making the case that Saddam Hussein was pursuing nuclear weapons was a critical component in selling the American sheeple on the Shock and Awe attack on Iraq. The story was given added heft in that it was published in the exalted New York Times and was used by the Bush-Cheney regime despite the fact that the story was a lie - not revealed until after it had served the purpose. It was a neocon plant in the nation’s newspaper of record although that led to the attack and invasion of a country that did not even remotely threaten Americans. The writers responsible for that aluminum tube story were the now disgraced Judith Miller - who was later embroiled in the intentional outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame that ultimately resulted in the takedown of Dick Cheney’s hatchet man Scooter Libby as well as another reporter named Michael Gordon. Mr. Gordon is back as an embedded stenographer for the warmongers and his recent piece (where he shares the byline with two others) in the New York Times, featuring pictures that proved that Russian provocateurs were indeed instigating the anti-austerity rebellion in Eastern Ukraine was picked up as a critical piece of the Obama regime's bizarre and furious push towards a war with Russia. The problem is (and of course there are many in the saturation bombing of propaganda in the US state-corporate media) that the pictures are bogus and the story has been quietly retracted just days after it was published.
Not that the retraction - buried inside the paper - matters, the damage has been done and the public, conditioned to get their McNews in bit sized bits and pieces, being the headline readers that they are won't notice that it was all more Kiev crap. Gordon and the White House made a big deal out of the legitimacy of the photos, as per the original piece "Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia" I excerpt:
For two weeks, the mysteriously well-armed, professional gunmen known as “green men” have seized Ukrainian government sites in town after town, igniting a brush fire of separatist unrest across eastern Ukraine. Strenuous denials from the Kremlin have closely followed each accusation by Ukrainian officials that the world was witnessing a stealthy invasion by Russian forces.
Now, photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration on Sunday suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces — equipped in the same fashion as Russian special operations troops involved in annexing the Crimea region in February. Some of the men photographed in Ukraine have been identified in other photos clearly taken among Russian troops in other settings.
That the pics provided by the coup regime and "endorsed by the Obama administration" being exposed as lies is not in any way stopping the ongoing push towards confrontation with Russia and the detested Putin whose humiliation of Obama with saving NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden from a US torture gulag and preventing a war on Syria based on more lies. Preceding the Michael Gordon presstitution was of course that discredited hoax about masked men handing out leaflets in Donestk demanding that Jews register with the authorities. The word that this was a crock of shit (interestingly coming right after CIA director John Brennan visited Kiev) either did not reach Obama officials or they are in on the con because they are still using it. The anti-Semitism card is a very powerful tool, this is especially so in The Homeland where those with agendas that serve Zionist expansionism and the Israeli right-wing regime of Benjamin Netanyahu play it often to discourage honest reportage on the Israel-Palestinian crisis. That is another story for another time though. The point is that the leaflets are still being used by those in the US power structure to further demonize Russia.
Joe Biden, possibly the dumbest motherfucker to occupy the office of Vice President - at since Dan Quayle - just completed his virtuoso whirlwind tour of bullshit visiting the coup government in Kiev invoked the anti-Semite talisman once more. In a piece published by The Times of Israel entitled "Biden in Kiev: ‘No place’ for anti-Semitism in Ukraine" I excerpt the following:
Addressing a reported uptick in anti-Jewish actions in Ukraine, including a flyer distributed in the eastern city of Donetsk calling on Jews to register with pro-Russian authorities, Biden said the US condemned any threat or attack on the Jewish community in Ukraine.
“Just as corruption can have no place in the new Ukraine, neither can anti-Semitism or bigotry,” said Biden, standing alongside acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. “Let me say that again, neither can anti-Semitism or bigotry. No place. None. Zero. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms all threats and attacks against Ukrainian Jewish communities as well as Roma and others, as you do, as well, I know, Mr. Prime Minister.”
In his remarks, Yatsenyuk did not address anti-Semitism or attacks on Jewish institutions, making do with a broader reference to meeting “the highest standards of protecting human rights and the rights of citizens.”
Biden also warned Russia on Tuesday that “it’s time to stop talking and start acting” to reduce tension in its neighbor to the southwest, offering a show of support for the besieged nation as an international agreement aimed at stemming its ongoing crisis appeared in doubt.
That this asinine man can dare to stand right next to the US puppet "Yats" and get on his high horse over some black propaganda anti-Semitic leaflets ignoring the fact that "Yats" occupation was accomplished largely with the help of neo-Nazis and fascist extremists from Svoboda and Right Sector who are really Jew haters is jaw-dropping. That this massive scandal in the use of American taxpayer money to finance neo-Nazis even more so. Those US backed anti-Semites in the Ukrainian government are never mentioned by any of the corrupt swine in the American media, particularly David Gregory or Michael Gordon and certainly not by Biden nor the buffoon that is Secretary of State John Kerry. It doesn't fit the Putin as Hitler narrative.
Obama meanwhile continues to arrogantly instigate global powers, the latest being China when during this “Pacific pivot” trip to Japan where he once again came dangerously close to drawubg one of his idiotic and troublesome "red lines" by taking Japan's side in a long running and contentious dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands. Per a story in The Guardian:
The US is duty-bound to come to Japan’s aid in the event of a conflict with China over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, Barack Obama declared at the start of a tour of Asia aimed at reassuring Washington’s allies in the face of threats to stability from North Korea and an increasingly assertive China.
Obama went further than some analysts had expected in reassuring the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, that Japan’s dispute with China over the Senkakus – known in China as the Diaoyu – were covered by the allies’ post-war security treaty.
But he reiterated Washington’s refusal to take sides in the sovereignty dispute and called on China and Japan to resolve their differences through dialogue.
“Our commitment to Japan’s security is absolute and article five [of the security treaty] covers all territories under Japan’s administration, including the Senkaku islands,” Obama said during a joint press conference with Abe.
While hedging somewhat in calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict it is beginning to look as though the US is now rebuilding the WW II Axis with the inclusion of The Homeland and NATO in a 21st century push for the same global domination of the infamous man with the mustache. History has shown how that turned out but in America there is neither the widespread knowledge of such nor the ability to learn from it.
As the old Chinese curse goes "may you live in interesting times"