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Subject: OpEdNews: Guilt By Lies and Insinuation — How US Administration
propaganda works by Paul Craig Roberts
July 21, 2014
Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts
As U.S. officials blame pro-Russian separatists and their sponsors in
Moscow, Russia is deflecting responsibility for the deadly MH 17 shoot down.
Why hasn’t Washington joined Russian President Putin in calling for an
objective, non-politicized international investigation by experts of the
case of the Malaysian jetliner?
The Russian government continues to release facts, including satellite
photos showing the presence of Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missiles in
locations from which the airliner could have been brought down by the
missile system, and documentation that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet rapidly
approached the Malaysian airliner prior to its downing.
The head of the Operations Directorate of Russian military headquarters
said at a Moscow press conference today (July 21) that the presence of the
Ukrainian military jet is confirmed by the Rostov monitoring center.
The Russian Defense Ministry pointed out that at the moment of destruction
of MH-17 an American satellite was flying over the area. The Russian
government urges Washington to make available the photos and data captured
by the satellite.
President Putin has repeatedly stressed that the investigation of MH-17
requires “a fully representative group of experts to be working at the site
under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).”
Putin’s call for an independent expert examination by ICAO does not sound
like a person with anything to hide.
Turning to Washington Putin stated:
“In the meantime, no one [not even the “exceptional nation”] has the right
to use this tragedy to achieve their narrowly selfish political goals.”
Putin reminded Washington: “We repeatedly called upon all conflicting sides
to stop the bloodshed immediately and to sit down at the negotiating table.
I can say with confidence that if military operations were not resumed [by
Kiev] on June 28 in eastern Ukraine, this tragedy wouldn’t have happened.”
What is the American response?
Lies and insinuations.
Yesterday (July 20) the US Secretary of State, John Kerry confirmed that
pro-Russian separatists were involved in the downing of the Malaysian
airliner and said that it was “pretty clear” that Russia was involved. Here
are Kerry’s words:
“It’s pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia
into the hands of separatists. We know with confidence, with confidence,
that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at
that point and time, so it obviously points a very clear finger at the
Kerry’s statement is just another of the endless lies told by US secretaries
of state in the 21st century. Who can forget Colin Powell’s package of lies
delivered to the UN about Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” or
Kerry’s lie repeated endlessly that Assad “used chemical weapons against his
own people” or the endless lies about “Iranian nukes”?
Remember that Kerry on a number of occasions stated that the US had proof
that Assad crossed the “red line” by using chemical weapons.
However, Kerry was never able to back up his statements with evidence.
The US had no evidence to give the British prime minister whose effort to
have Parliament approve Britain’s participation with Washington in a
military attack on Syria was voted down. Parliament told the prime minister,
“no evidence, no war.”
Again here is Kerry declaring “confidence” in statements that are directly
contradicted by the Russian satellite photos and endless eye witnesses on
Why doesn’t Washington release its photos from its satellite?
The answer is for the same reason that Washington will not release all the
videos it confiscated and that it claims prove that a hijacked 9/11 airliner
hit the Pentagon. The videos do not support Washington’s claim, and the US
satellite photos do not support Kerry’s claim.
The UN weapons inspectors on the ground in Iraq reported that Iraq had no
weapons of mass destruction. However, the fact did not support Washington’s
propaganda and was ignored.
Washington started a highly destructive war based on nothing but
Washington’s intentional lie.
The International Atomic Energy Commission’s inspectors on the ground in
Iran and all 16 US intelligence agencies reported that Iran had no nuclear
However, the fact was inconsistent with Washington’s agenda and was ignored
by both the US government and the presstitute media.
We are witnessing the same thing right now with the assertions in the
absence of evidence that Russia is responsible for the downing of the
Not every member of the US government is as reckless as Kerry and John
McCain. In place of direct lies, many US officials use insinuations.
US Senator Diane Feinstein is the perfect example. Interviewed on the
presstitute TV station CNN, Feinstein said: “The issue is where is Putin? I
would say, ‘Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You
should say, if this is a mistake, which I hope it was, say it.'”
Putin has been talking to the world nonstop calling for an expert
non-politicized investigation, and Feinstein is asking Putin why he is
hiding behind silence. We know you did it, Feinstein insinuates, so just
tell us whether you meant to or whether it was an accident.
The way the entire Western news cycle was orchestrated with blame instantly
being placed on Russia long in advance of real information suggests that the
downing of the airliner was a Washington operation.
It is, of course, possible that the well-trained presstitute media needed no
orchestration from Washington in order to lay the blame on Russia. On the
other hand, some of the news performances seem too scripted not to have been
prepared in advance.
We also have the advanced preparation of the youtube video that purports to
show a Russian general and Ukrainian separatists discussing having
mistakenly downed a civilian airliner.
As I pointed out earlier, this video is twice damned. It was ready in
advance and by implicating the Russian military, it overlooked that the
Russian military can tell the difference between a civilian airliner and a
The existence of the video itself implies that there was a plot to down the
airliner and blame Russia.
I have seen reports that the Russian anti-aircraft missile system, as a
safety device, is capable of contacting aircraft transponders in order to
verify the type of aircraft. If the reports are correct and if the
transponders from MH-17 are found, they might record the contact.
I have seen reports that Ukrainian air control changed the route of MH-17
and directed it to fly over the conflict area.
The transponders should also indicate whether this is correct. If so, there
clearly is at least circumstantial evidence that this was an intentional act
on the part of Kiev, an act which would have required Washington’s blessing.
There are other reports that there is a divergence between the Ukrainian
military and the unofficial militias formed by the right-wing Ukrainian
extremists who apparently were the first to attack the separatists.
It is possible that Washington used the extremists to plot the airliner’s
destruction in order to blame Russia and use the accusations to pressure the
EU to go along with Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Russia.
We do know that Washington is desperate to break up the growing economic and
political ties between Russia and Europe.
If it was a plot to down an airliner, any safety device on the missile
system could have been turned off so as to give no warning or leave any
That could be the reason a Ukrainian fighter was sent to inspect the
airliner. Possibly the real target was Putin’s airliner and incompetence in
implementing the plot resulted in the destruction of a civilian airliner.
As there are a number of possible explanations, let’s keep open minds and
resist Washington’s propaganda until facts and evidence are in. In the very
least Washington is guilty of using the incident to blame Russia in advance
of the evidence.
All Washington has shown us so far is accusations and insinuations. If that
is all Washington continues to show us, we will know where the blame
In the meantime, remember the story of the boy who cried “wolf!” He lied so
many times that when the wolf did come, no one believed him. Will this be
Washington’s ultimate fate?
Instead of declaring war on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and Syria,
why did Washington hide behind lies?
If Washington wants war with Iran, Russia, and China, why not simply declare
war? The reason that the US Constitution requires war to begin with a
declaration of war by Congress is to prevent the executive branch from
orchestrating wars in order to further hidden agendas.
By abdicating its constitutional responsibility, the US Congress is
complicit in the executive branch’s war crimes.
By approving Israel’s premeditated murder of Palestinians, the US government
is complicit in Israel’s war crimes.
Ask yourself this question: Would the world be a safer place with less
death, destruction and displaced peoples and more truth and justice if the
United States and Israel did not exist?