With all that is currently going on with the Obama regime's continuation of the neocon war on the world - ISIS, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Syria, Nigeria, Russia and the ongoing government war on civil liberties in The Homeland it was wholly expected that this week's Sunday morning propaganda shows would feature a spectacular upchucking of bullshit to sell to the masses in the upcoming week. The major television networks and selected cable "news" titans certainly didn't fail as they trotted out a parade of fiends and criminals with the heavyweights being right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu and arguably the greatest mass murderer in United States history Dick Cheney for tour de force performances that will reverberate through the war machine echo chamber for days.
The weekly spin cycle of lies and shilling for the regime change du jour and all of the accompanying fear-mongering and raw demagoguery actually got an early start when Cheney called out President Barack Obama in the pages of the crown jewel Rupert Murdoch media empire of sleaze The Wall Street Journal: "Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many" conveniently forgetting the name George W. Bush like Ronald Reagan in his late stages of Alzheimer's Disease. That a man like Cheney is still able to command attention in this rotten star-spangled cesspool of war, avarice, surveillance and paramilitary police is a shining example of just how far that our once great country has fallen. Cheney at the very least belongs rotting in one of our for profit Supermax prisons for his crimes against the Constitution and were the actual ideals of the Founding Fathers adhered to instead of reduced to bullshit political talking points he would long ago have been tried and convicted of treason and hanged just like all of those defeated Nazis were at Nuremberg, many for lesser offenses than Cheney perpetrated.
The Cheney piece - along with the saturation media bombing of the entire cast of lairs and lunatics responsible for the ruinous Iraq war in the first place who were given forums to defend their own war crimes set the table for the lies and deceptions to follow. I have to give it to Bush, at least he had the decency to stay out of the limelight painting his bizarre pictures while every bit of the foulness responsible for the hijacking of this country since September 11, 2001 did their victory tour and were greeted as elder statesmen as they revised history without any of the celebrity media figures (themselves responsible for the death and destruction) gave them a free pass do do so.
There was also a bit of the now standard gratuitous sleaze directed at the patriotic NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden who on this week's Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO was smeared as a traitor and exposing the the USA!, USA!, USA! to terrorist threats during an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. In a segment that degenerated very rapidly into a shouting match between Greenwald and activist and Iraq war veteran activist Paul Reickhoff who is a reliable media go-to guy for his slimy insinuation that:
“There’s a larger debate here if Snowden did release these documents and we find out it does serves a purpose. But at the same time he’s still hiding in Russia. I mean, it would be a different story if he came back, and made his case, and faced the music,”
Maher is one of the most dangerous and effective propagandists that exists in that (1) he is able to use humor in order to defend the warfare and surveillance state, and shill for Israeli human rights abuses, (2) his atheism only serves as a veil from which to launch his virulent hatemongering against Muslims, as vile as anything that appears at Front Page Magazine and others and (3) he is a complete stooge of the Democratic party and his mocking of the truly dumbest elements of the Republicans - particularly in the so-called tea party - he gets away with essentially being a spokesman for Obama and soon Hillary Clinton. Reickhoff too is suspect in that he is far too cozy with major media outlets and also is guilty of wearing military medals that he was undeserving of. It was a perfect tag teaming meant to provoke Greenwald and slime Snowden as a Russian dupe, usually this stuff is confined to the political circus like the Sunday morning orgy of ass-kissing, pandering and narcissism but it is gaining crossover appeal by being delivered by a charlatan like Maher and promulgated by a guy like Reickhoff who is able to hide behind his military service and the national reverence that exists towards the cult of the uniform. During the Maher bit he comes off as a self-serving piece of shit in using the same tactic as fascists like Mike Rogers and Michael Hayden in saying that Snowden's revelations cost American lives but offering zero proof, he did however defend whistleblowing when it came to the VA scandal and his own organization's leeching off of it. Get a real veteran next time, not a mouthpiece like this guy who in his media-friendliness is essentially sleeping with the enemy.
But I digress..
This morning the defense contractor owned NBC outdid itself by bringing in Netanyahu for one of David Gregory's famous electronically delivered blow jobs, ostensible to weigh in on Iraq but to really give Bibi another opportunity to campaign to the American public over his seething ancient religious hatred of Iran and relentless efforts to sink the deal on economic sanction relief in exchange for agreements on their civilian nuclear program. Bibi is first and foremost a liar and were he not the top dog in Israel he would be a natural for high office in our won contemptible and corrupt system.
The following is excerpted from the Meet the Press transcript:
P.M. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Thank you, David. Good to be with you.
DAVID GREGORY: Let me pick up on the reporting from Chuck Todd and hearing the president's comments. His cautious approach to intervening in Iraq: Do you fear that that could strengthen Iran?
P.M. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU:Look, I think it's a complicated situation. There are no easy answers. But what you're seeing in the Middle East today, in Iraq and in Syria, is the stark hatreds between radical Shiites, in this case led by Iran, and radical Sunnis led by Al Qaeda and ISIS and others.
Now, both of these camps are enemies of the United States. And when your enemies are fighting each other, don't strengthen either one of them; weaken both. And I think by far the worst outcome that could come out of this is that one of these factions, Iran, would come out with nuclear weapons capability. That would be a tragic mistake. It would make everything else pale in comparison. I think the ultimate and the most important goal in the Middle East is to make sure Iran does not have nuclear weapons capability--
DAVID GREGORY: To that point--
P.M. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: --because those weapons, unlike mortars and machine guns that can kill thousands, and chemical weapons that kill tens of thousands, these weapons, nuclear weapons, could kill millions. That should be prevented at all cost.
DAVID GREGORY: You're well briefed on how the United States is approaching its negotiations with Iran to get it to abandon a nuclear weapons program. Are you concerned, based on anything that you've seen, that the U.S. is softening its negotiating stance to try to get Iran's help in Iraq?
P.M. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Well, I hope they don't come up with a bad deal. I'll tell you what a good deal is. A good deal is actually what was negotiated by the United States and President Obama in the case of the chemical weapons in Syria. They haven't solved the problem in Syria between Sunnis and Shiites, but you did remove the bulk of the weapons, and soon all of the weapons and the stockpiles. You removed them.
What is I think being discussed in the case of Iran by the international community is that you remove most of the sanctions and Iran gets to keep most of the capabilities, most of the stockpiles, most of the ability to manufacture the means to make nuclear weapons. That's a terrible mistake. I hope it doesn't come to pass because I think this would change history. It would be a monumental mistake. In the context of the world at large, and the Middle East as it is today, this would be a tragic, tragic outcome.
This is a man who is hellbent on feeding American blood and treasure into what would be such a bloodbath in Iran that the only serious way that it could be undertaken would be the restoring of the draft - military conscription would be a cure for long-term US joblessness too - which would follow the Israeli model of mandatory military service in the IDF. This would solve a lot of the Empire's problems with the eternal quest for global hegemony and being that America is a "Christian nation" as self-serving politicians so often remind us it could be easily sold in that the Israelis' after all are God's chosen people and there is no sacrifice too great for Americans than to commit the next generation or so into the jaws of the meat grinder. Check out Gareth Porter's book on the total bullshit of the Netanyahu case against Iran - "Manufactured Crisis", you an bet that it isn't on the required reading list for David Gregory and the rest of the mouthpieces for the enemies of the American people who are relentlessly pushing for their goddamned wars.
Then finally there was Cheney - AGAIN. Appearing on ABC's "This Week", I excerpt the following from the show transcript but it is just more of the same Cheney demagoguery and horseshit that we have had foisted off on us since he lied about the Saddam Hussein-Al Qaeda link and other distortions that lead to the Iraq disaster, one which if you believe the tales about ISIS is only beginning to take a turn for the worse:
With all -- all due respect, John, I was a strong supporter then of going into Iraq, I'm a strong supporter now. Everybody knows what my position is. There's nothing to be argued about there.
But if we spend our time debating what happened 11 or 12 years ago, we're going to miss the threat that is growing and that we do face. Rand Paul, with all due respect, is basically an isolationist. He doesn't believe we ought to be involved in that part of the world.
I think it's absolutely essential.
One of the things I worried about 12 years ago and that I worry about today is that there will be another 9/11 attack and that the next time, it'll be with weapons far deadlier than airline tickets and box cutters.
And when we have a situation developing in Pakistan, for example, where there are nuclear weapons, where supposedly that technology has been sold to the North Koreans, at the same time, the president announces the complete withdrawal from Afghanistan right next door, that we're -- we're missing the boat. We don't understand the nature of the threat and we're unwilling to deal with it.
As for 9/11 itself the question remains on where was Dick? The American people have been deprived of an honest accounting of the events of that day since Cheney and Bush were able to evade giving testimony under oath to the Kean Commission and allowed to be interviewed together under restrictive conditions.
Cui Bono? That is the question that an free press in a free country should be free to ask of scum like Cheney but the answer would be an indictment of the entire system and Christ knows we can't have that.