by Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture:
This will be exposing typical U.S.-regime propaganda. That’s propaganda favoring U.S. imperialism, which actually violates the intentions of America’s Founders, and the spirit of the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. regime’s propaganda doesn’t come from the Government directly, but instead from the 607 billionaires who control the regime, via their corrupt control over the successful politicians (in both Parties), financing their careers, and by their owning (and otherwise controlling) the regime’s ‘news’-media, which are privately owned and which carry the same propaganda as the Government’s ‘publicly owned’ ‘news’-media do — all of America’s mainstream ‘news’-media being in favor of the U.S. Government’s sanctioning (economic-blockading) and trying to overthrow by means of coup or sometimes outright invasion, countries (such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Libya, etc.) that had never invaded, nor even threatened to invade, the United States. U.S. imperialism is commonly called “neoconservatism,” but it is basically the same as other imperialistic regimes throughout history — it is controlled by the given invading nation’s aristocracy, which deceives in its propaganda regarding the reasons why “regime change” is supposedly needed in the targeted countries. By means of these lies, the nation’s public are made willing to fund these invasions in their taxes and can even think that it is their patriotic duty, instead of being a massively criminal enterprise that they’ve been fooled into supporting with their dollars and sometimes with their very bodies.
First here will be essential historical background, in order for a reader to be able to understand typical U.S.-and-allied propaganda; and, then, will come a typical example which displays the results of that history and which thereby exposes the crucially implicit lies in that propaganda, and which cause it to be effective propaganda — the sort of deceits that fool most of the public into favoring these invasions and other international aggressions, which aggressions routinely produce mass-murders, benefitting only the aggressor-nation’s aristocracy and the aristocracies that are allied with them. This is the way that wealth in the U.S. has come to be so extremely narrowly held, so that, for example, a January 2018 study done for Deutsche Bank, “US Income and Wealth Inequality”, reported (p. 9) that “US: Top 0.1% owns as many assets as the bottom 90%”, and (p. 11) that, out of all the 34 OECD nations, America has the most unequal incomes — the most extreme inequality, of them all. The billionaires and their agents say that this is okay because, as the wealthy economist Lawrence Summers once put it, “we should accept inequality of results, recognizing that those who earn more are in a better position to contribute more to support society.” (In other words: poor people are less worthy than rich people are. Rich people tend to believe that, and to reward economists such as Summer for teaching that. It’s essential to their propaganda — and they fool especially themselves into believing it.)
The example to be dissected here will be from Wall Street’s Michael Bloomberg. Though he doesn’t deceive the public more than other billionaires do, he is running to become America’s President in order to replace another deceptive billionaire, Donald Trump, and so his ‘news’-operation provides a typical example of the mendacity of America’s mainstream (that’s to say, its billionaire-controlled) ‘journalism’ (virtually everything concerning international relations in U.S.-and-allied ‘journalism’ is propaganda: written so as to deceive). In Bloomberg’s case, the medium isn’t merely billionaire-controlled; it is billionaire-owned, just like Jeff Bezos’s Washington Postis. Washington DC and NYC both get their ‘news’ from such highly compromised, billionaires-owned-and-controlled, ‘news’-media, as these. America’s broadcast media then spread that ‘news’, nationally, and internationally.
The individuals who report ‘news’ at a ‘news’-medium such as Bloomberg ‘News’, do what the operation’s owners and its advertisers want them to do, which is to propagandize for their aristocracy — their own and allied billionaires’ corporations’ expansion so as to extend their empire into more countries and push aside the local aristocracy there, and, in this way, to concentrate the world’s wealth into their own and allied corporations. An expansionist or “imperialistic” aristocracy’s goals are analogous to gangland operations, except that an aristocracy writes and enforces the laws, instead of merely violates the laws (as gangland-operations do). It creates laws within its own nation, and it creates laws also internationally via alliances and treaties, and it uses alliances and treaties against ‘enemies’, such as the military alliance and treaty organization NATO, in order to pump increased sales of their own nation’s corporations’ weaponry (such as from Raytheon Corporation), and it also uses those international laws via sanctions and secondary sanctions, which can become the preliminary phase of an outright military invasion of the targeted country after finally declaring the nation to be an ‘enemy’ and thus ‘acceptable’ to invade and take over, for ‘us’ against ‘them’. (For example: Trump is outright refusing the demand by Iraq’s sovereign Government for all U.S. forces to leave.) Mere gangsters cannot do any such things, and so they are much more under the gun than “banksters” (aristocrats and their agents) are.
Controlling the ‘news’-media is essential to any expansionist aristocracy’s operations. No empire can be achieved or maintained without deceiving the nation’s public, who must pay the taxes and sometimes supply the corpses to build and increase the aristocracy’s empire.
This is the difference between imperialistic operations versus organized-crime operations. Organized crime is lower-class because it doesn’t control the government, but, when the anti-organized-crime Kennedy brothers were briefly in power in the U.S., organized crime did at least provide crucial assistance to eliminating the Kennedys; and, in that sense, organized crime was itself part of America’s Establishment, at least at that time. Furthermore, as Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair documented in their classic 1998 WHITEOUT: The CIA, Drugs and the Press (p. 134), “From the moment of its inception, the CIA held to the same policies of its progenitors in keeping gangster organizations in business. By 1947 the Agency was backing heroin producers in Marseilles, Burma, Lebanon, and western Sicily.” Organized crime is often essential to the CIA’s “Special Operations.” Organizations such as the Mafia are valuable assets of the CIA. They are experts at getting things done secretly. And such operations are less likely than any other to ever be exposed as having been CIA operations. Organized crime is thus a terrific asset to international intelligence agencies — especially to America’s CIA, which promotes itself as representing a ‘democracy’, even though it represents, instead, a fascist-imperialist regime.
Two years before the CIA got into protecting the heroin trade, U.S. President Harry S. Truman was, on 26 July 1945, persuaded by his top general, Dwight David Eisenhower (hypocritical inventor of the PR phrase he used against the Establishment — which he actually always supported — “military-industrial complex”) that if the United States wouldn’t conquer the Soviet Union, then the Soviet Union would conquer the United States, and so the suckered-by-Eisenhower Truman launched the Cold War on that date; and, on that basis, he turned America’s most essential WW II ally, the Soviet Union, into an enemy, and the Cold War secretly remains U.S. policy till this very day. (This was exactly the opposite of what Truman’s immediate predecessor, FDR, had intended.) The strategy, after U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush (on 24 February 1990) secretly ordered America’s leading vassals to continue the Cold War on the U.S.-and-allied side after the Soviet Union and its communism and their Warsaw-Pact mirror to America’s NATO would all end the following year, has been to surround Russia with enemies (Russia-allied countries that would be flipped to become U.S.-allied countries, by means of CIA subversion, coups, etc.), with the aim being ultimately to go in and conquer Russia. This plan requires a massive amount of propaganda, but it has been very successful, in ousting Russia-friendly governments such as in Yugoslavia in 1991-99, Iraq 2003, Libya 2011, and Ukraine 2014, though not yet achieving its final destination, winning World War III (WW-III) by grabbing control over Russia itself.
The first CIA coup (these coups were done by their “Special Operations” division) was in Thailand in the second year of the CIA’s existence, 1948, and it was done in order to take over the opium-heroin trade in southeast Asia (including Burma — now Myanmar) and to use it for providing essential off-the-books finance to the CIA in order for the CIA to do its part of the job of conquering Russia, “Special Operations.” As WHITEOUT (p. 136) put it:
This was the modus operandi of the CIA for the next fifty years. Though Truman was pressing for the secret operations [Special Operations], his signature was on no compromising document. The authority for the operations was given by the National Security Council. There was no congressional appropriation, so funding came from private sources inside the U.S., through a network of proprietary front organizations, millionaires, and criminal enterprises.
That was how the “The Buck Stops Here” President, Truman, actually functioned. (Similarly, Hitler’s “signature was on no compromising document” about the Holocaust, but, as I documented in my own 2000 WHY the Holocaust Happened, Hitler was the individual who ordered it — that was an executive action from the very top. It wasn’t any truer that Truman was a ‘weak dictator’ than that Hitler, whom some Hitler-supporters label with that phrase, was. However, there were important differences between them: Truman’s impact turned out to shape subsequent history even more than Hitler’s impact did. And, whereas Truman’s vastly harmful impact resulted from his being the Deep State’s fool and thus his starting the Cold War on 26 July 1945, Hitler’s vastly harmful impact was from his own, very private and longstanding, personal and always secret obsession against “blood-poisoning” of pureblooded Christians or “Aryans,” by Jews, which had started obsessing him in him in 1919, twenty years before the war to impose this exterminationist goal upon the the entire world became publicly unveiled — a war that he partly lost when WW II ended, whereas Truman’s war already partly won in 1991, and continues on even now, with the U.S. regime still planning to go in for the final kill, if and when it ever can.)
WHITEOUT also noted (p. 138) that,
CIA officer Miles Copeland wrote twenty-five years later that had it not been for the Mafia the Communists would have been in control of Italy, so crucial had the criminal organization been in murdering labor organizers and terrorizing the political process.
The CIA’s financing mechanisms for these abuses of its charter came in the form of large subventions from American businessmen among whom Allen Dulles and Forrestal passed the hat at New York’s Brook Club, getting contributions from fearful millionaires such as …
And (p. 225),
General Phao had been made director of Thailand’s national police after the CIA-backed coup of 1948 led by Major General Phin Choohannan. Phao’s 40,000-member police force, the Police Knights, immediately engaged in a campaign of assassinations of Phin and Phao’s political enemies. These troops also assumed control of Thailand’s lucrative opium trade. … Phao’s control of the opium trade was directly abetted by the CIA, which had funnelled him $35 million in aid. Thailand would thereafter become the CIA’s main base of operations in the region.
In the 1950s the CIA backed General Phao in a struggle with another Thai general for monopoly of control of Thailand’s opium and heroin trade…Backed by squads of CIA advisers, Phao set about the task of turning Thailand into a police state. The country’s leading dissidents and academics were jailed. … Phao also cornered the country’s gold market, played a leading role on the top twenty corporate boards in the country, charged leading executives and businessmen protection fees and ran prostitution houses and gambling dens. Phao became great friends with Bill Donovan, at that time U.S. ambassador to Thailand.
So: that was the CIA’s first coup, and it happened in 1948, to Thailand: this operation was aimed at reducing the amount of off-the-books funds for U.S. intelligence “Special Operations” that needed to come from America’s aristocrats. Such Special Operations are crucial to the illegal, treasonous (anti-Constitutional), control over the U.S. Government, by the Deep State (the aristocrats — America’s hundreds of billionaires who finance the bulk of successful political campaigns for federal office; these are the individuals who determine who will and who won’t be able to become a serious contender for Congress, the Presidency, and judgeships). Not all of the money to fund Special Operations comes from the billionaires. An unknown percentage of it comes also from organized criminals — violators of laws, instead of writers of laws. America’s billionaires (via their paid agents, including gangsters) are the ones who write the laws. Organized criminals aren’t that powerful, because they can only violate the laws. And when a gangster serves a billionaire, only the billionaire is standing above the law.