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Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Says Americans have been brainwashed

Paul Craig Roberts, nationally syndicated columnist and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration wrote today:

The success of the Bush Regime’s propaganda, lies, and deception with gullible and inattentive Americans since 9/11 has made it difficult for intelligent, aware people to be optimistic about the future of the United States. For almost 8 years the US media has served as Ministry of Propaganda for a war criminal regime. Americans incapable of thinking for themselves, reading between the lines, or accessing foreign media on the Internet have been brainwashed.

Anyone who has done even a little research into the Georgian/South Ossetian/Russian conflict understands where Dr. Roberts is coming from with his statement, given the complete misrepresentation of these events by the U.S. media. Most of the headlines you see in major news networks/papers in the U.S. have headlines like this to make Russia appear as the aggresor:

Russia keeps up attacks on Georgia, Yahoo/AP

Russia intensifies attack on Georgia, Washington Times

Eastern Europe Anxious as Russia Attacks Georgia, ABC News

Even the Wikipedia entry makes it clear that Georgia started the conflict by attacking South Ossetia first (Russia later came to South Osettia’s aid and defence). Optimism in the face of complete lies, lawlessness, and complacency is difficult. While many Americans may continue to lack discernment and/or show indifference/ignorance to national and international politics and politically-motivated events, those that seek truth need to and will still press on and get the word out. Thank you to those who do.

Here’s an interview with Paul Craig Roberts that aired on Russia Today where Roberts further discusses the situation in the Georgian/South Ossetian/Russian/U.S. conflict.

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3 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I googled for something like this and all the rest of the top ten were just the pro-Georgia perspective, incredible. It took me so little reading, what is going on here and how can we gain support for S. Ossetia and Abkhazia?

    Check this link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7558619.stm

  2. Excellent article Michael, thanks for linking to it.

    As far as getting support in the U.S. and other Western countries for S. Ossetia and Abkhazia, that’s a tough question. I don’t have all the answers but possibly more than anything we need to get the truth out about it all. The posts we’ve done about Georgia and Russia are the least we can do here at DLR to help get the word out. Send this info to friends, write political leaders and newspapers, call in to talk shows, etc. The apathy and ignorance that is so prevalent in our society today is sometimes discouraging — let’s hope more people wake up or it may also contribute to our downfall.

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