Ernest Hemingway gave a great piece of advice to aspiring writers and journalists (or it could have been some intoxicated rant while he was drunk and high on absinthe, but who really cares?). “Develop a built-in bullshit detector,” Papa warned. Of course if you look at mainstream journalism today, particularly in the United States, this “built-in bullshit detector” is about as well developed as a set of testicles on a steer.
So as a writer who actually possesses a “pair” let me emphatically and unapologetically call “bullshit” on this Osama Bin Laden charade that’s been embarrassingly “reported” in what is equally embarrassingly referred to as “news media” in the United States. This same charade these gutless steers in the American media helped play with the government of the United States during the build up to the second Iraq war when not one of them (absent Helen Thomas) had the journalistic competence or integrity or balls to call “bullshit.”
So here it goes President Obama: ”BULLSHIT!”
How gullible is America?
Osama Bin Laden was killed in a “mansion” he had been living in for six years a hundred kilometers outside the capitol of Pakistan (our ally on the “war on terror”) in the midst of a Pakistani military academy, surrounded by Pakistan’s “elite” intelligence agency (the ISI) by an elite American Navy SEAL team that was only now able to locate a six foot five inch Arab who was the most wanted man in the history of the world and who formally worked with the CIA?
You’re seriously reporting this with a straight face without even having the most remote desire to say, “bullshit!”? (This is a serious question.)
Hold on it gets better…
This is the very same Osama Bin Laden who also happened to have a $25 million bounty on his head, who needed to be attached to a dialysis machine three times a week, and was the subject of more conspiracy theories than there are stars in the sky, but who nevertheless was conveniently “buried at sea in accordance with Islamic traditions” by a country that has proven itself so respectful of honoring Islamic traditions as evidenced by Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, a “Ground Zero” non-mosque mosque, not to mention two wars resulting in the deaths, either directly or indirectly, of over a million Muslims premised on WMD’s that never existed and in two countries who this man who is now “sleeping with the fishes” along with Luca Brasi, was never in! (Okay, so apparently he was in Afghanistan 7 years ago, but I’m still calling bullshit.)
How freaking gullible are you and how incompetent is your “free press”?
Just when I thought I heard it all. Just when I thought this country couldn’t possibly swallow another morsel of bullshit, here comes a seven course dinner worthy of a Top Chef finale, with the main ingredient being a mountain of Bandini pâté. And there you are America, eating this steaming pile of manure as though you were eating Roast Magret duck breasts with shaved black truffles.
“Buried at sea in accordance with Islamic traditions?”
Say that out loud three times, so that it can sink in.
Say that out loud and understand the absurdity of that statement. A statement like this coming from a country that has the blood of millions of Muslims on its hands courtesy of three wars over 20 years. A statement like this about a man this same country equates to being an Islamic Adolf Hitler. Then conveniently brush off the absurdity of such a claim made by such a country because this same government that has lied to you about everything from TARP, to WMD’s, to non-existent Iraqi 9/11 connections, to the Gulf of Tonkin, to corporate citizenship, to Social Security, to death panels—this very same government has just told you they “confirmed” the identity of the most wanted man in history by having a Navy SEAL lie next to his dead body to confirm his height, the taking of a few Polaroids by their crack forensic team, a DNA test you will never see conducted either on a helicopter or some navy vessel on the Arabian Sea with no outside confirmation, and then “buried him at sea” in accordance with the dictates of a religion that was founded by DESERT NOMADS.
And you’re cheering about it! You and the press, are holding hands, singing “God Bless America” in front of the White House forgetting about how you just got bent over a barrel and “took” corporate bailouts, a bankrupt economy, cuts in every component of the budget except military spending, the gutting of Medicare, the outlawing of collective bargaining for labor, corporate “citizenship” and “personhood”, and a million other things which are screaming your imminent death as a first world country… But goddamn it, the Arab with the beard was buried at sea because the same government that lied to you about everything else told you it happened, and both you and your free press are jumping around like hysterical monkeys juiced on cocaine and ecstasy while throwing your excrement at the world who are collectively pointing their fingers at you laughing out loud as they’re watching you in the same monkey cage you genuinely have no idea you’re actually in.
You know what though?
It doesn’t really matter anymore. Not for me at least. How Bin Laden was killed, how it was even remotely possible that we weren’t aware of where he was living, how they disposed of his body—all of those questions and their answers are completely irrelevant to me, because I am a serious person who possesses a bullshit detector that apparently no one in main-stream U.S. media possesses (and certainly not the monkeys who regularly watch them).
Here’s the real question serious people are actually asking: “What does the announced ‘capture’ and ‘death’ of Osama Bin Laden actually signal? What’s coming next?” (And if you’re answer to that question is that we are finally going to be able to end our campaigns in Afghanistan and everywhere else in the Middle East—please just stick a rusty fork in my eye and bang be over the head repeatedly with a ball-pein hammer, because that would literally be less painful to me than hearing you think out loud).
“Bin Laden” is “dead” because the government of the United States, and the military industrial complex which runs it, is getting prepared to introduce you to another bogeyman. They are well aware you caught up to their WMD scam with Iraq, and that chasing a phantom Arab with a long beard in Afghanistan has worn thin with you. They are aware you have seen your economy in shambles and observed what has occurred in places like Wisconsin and understand you are aware you are being scammed with corporate bailouts and corporate welfare and are about to take to the streets with pitchforks and torches and start calling for serious changes and reform and heads to roll.
So now they are announcing this victory, and allowing you to wave your flag and sing “God Bless America” in front of the White House and at Ground Zero and in Times Square (with your free press)…and they are going to count on you (and your free press) forgetting about all that, just before introducing you to another “threat” to America and scare the living daylights out of you with another load of bullshit, so that they can divert trillions of more dollars you don’t have to another threat to our national security that doesn’t exist.
Because you are so damn gullible.
Serious people who are seriously looking at this Bin Laden charade are not really curious about the “elite SEAL 6 team” that “got him.” Nor about wife number 5 that stood in their way as a “human shield”, nor about whether Bin Laden had satellite TV in his three story mansion in the outskirts of Pakistan’s capitol nowhere near Afghanistan where 150,000 American troops were aimlessly looking for him in a cave. Serious people are not asking the question of whether this “development” means the death nail to Al Qaida.
Serious people understand Osama Bin Laden served an important purpose for the Bush administration. They realize he needed to be real and he needed to be alive because so long as he was, hundreds of billions of dollars could go into a machine that could drop bombs and build military hardware to chase a phantom in two countries he was never in.
Sometime very soon, America will take a deep breath, have a drink, and while it’s still half drunk waving its flag again, another bogeyman will emerge. One it vaguely recognizes—some brown-skinned hummus eater with multiple wives and a beard.
But this time the bogeyman will be far better armed than the normal babaghanoushi toting a sling shot and an arsenal of firecrackers. Americans may be gullible after all, but after trillions of dollars, even a gullible American is going to need some convincing after 20 years of bullshit—these guys really better have something that goes “BOOM!” this time (with capital letters and preferably an exclamation point) and it better make a big damn noise for Christ’s sake!
And what can be more convincing to a gullible American public with a castrated “free press” than a nuclear holocaust premised, of course, on utter bullshit?
Forget about 3000 dead Americans and a few buildings. America, after you’re done catching your breath, and right before you’re about to start complaining again about your economic meltdown, and while you’re still singing “God Bless America”, waving that flag, right before your buzz wears off, and just as you begin to realize your free press is actually charging you, let me tell you about the new seven course dinner of bullshit you will be getting served. (“They” have been in the kitchen working this crock for quite some time, so I hope you brought your appetite.)
This is season 4 in the Middle East Bogeyman Scare the Crap out of America Series. Forget about IED’s. Forget about milk trucks taken from satellites from outer space that Colin Powel advertised as mobile chemical weapon factories presented to the UN General Assembly. Forget about Hamas firecrackers that re-arrange dirt in Israeli parking lots, translated into American English as “rockets”. Forget about Iraqi Scud missiles that couldn’t hit water if they were dropped off a row-boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Forget about underwear bombs, shoe bombs, and toothpaste bombs that don’t seem to know how to explode.
Folks, this time…THIS TIME… the “secret ingredient” is an honest to goodness Iranian nuclear holocaust from a country that lacks the technology to refine its own oil, and you’ve already seen the previews for this episode, so it just HAS to be true, and you couldn’t possibly be gullible enough not to believe it because THIS TIME it isn’t bullshit (and my fingers are totally not crossed). Why? Because “they” used two really super scary words: 1) NUCLEAR! and 2) HOLOCAUST! (note the use of both capital letters and exclamation points…note they were used on both words…and further note, that this must undoubtedly make it true.)
I know what you’re thinking. There must be some pro-Islamic, anti-American, anti-Semitic voice out there that is attempting to dissuade your astute mind from buying into this crock. You’re absolutely right! Those Anti-American bastards at the International Atomic Energy Agency are attempting to do just that. Just listen to this video that was cleverly made by a suspected Arab-lover named “Scott” in an attempt to con you! (This is actually a short video explaining the Iranian nuclear program by Scott Horton who is a human rights activist and attorney. It’s a 6 minute video. I implore you to watch it. My tongue in cheek banter aside, and my sarcasm displayed in this article aside, please spend six minutes to understand why Iran’s nuclear weapons program is a canard and how the Obama Administration, in Bush-like fashion, has utterly ignored this reality. Please watch this):
But what about the Ahmadinejad claim that he wanted to “wipe Israel off the face of the map”?
Let me first say I am no fan of this man and have no particular interest in defending him. But let me also add that I have had it up to my ears with American gullibility and what the vast majority of Americans are so willing to believe so long as it comes from Israeli and American “main-stream” media. It’s astonishing how if you repeat a lie often enough on the idiot box, the idiots watching said box universally accept said idiocy as unequivocal truth. In this “infamous” speech (which was taken completely out of context incidentally) these were Ahmadinejad’s exact words in Farsi:
“Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.”
This is the literal translation:
Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).
This is the explanation of the passage from a native Farsi speaker explaining that portion of the speech in full context:
That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word “regime.” pronounced just like the English word with an extra “eh” sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase “rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods” (regime occupying Jerusalem).
So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want “wiped from the map”? The answer is: nothing. That’s because the word “map” was never used. The Persian word for map, “nagsheh” is not contained anywhere in his original Farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase “wipe out” ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran’s president threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” despite never having uttered the words “map.” “wipe out” or even “Israel.”
While the false “wiped off the map” extract has been repeated infinitely without verification, Ahmadinejad’s actual speech itself has been almost entirely ignored. Given the importance placed on the “map” comment, it would be sensible to present his words in their full context to get a fuller understanding of his position. In fact, by looking at the entire speech, there is a clear, logical trajectory leading up to his call for a “world without Zionism.” One may disagree with his reasoning, but critical appraisals are infeasible without first knowing what that reasoning is.
In his speech, Ahmadinejad declares that Zionism is the West’s apparatus of political oppression against Muslims. He says the “Zionist regime” was imposed on the Islamic world as a strategic bridgehead to ensure domination of the region and its assets. Palestine, he insists, is the frontline of the Islamic world’s struggle with American hegemony, and its fate will have repercussions for the entire Middle East.
So let’s put this entire Iranian “bogeyman” in context before we move on to the more frightening point of where this is all leading to from an American, Israeli, and Saudi (and yes the Saudis are equally motivated to eliminate Iran as their chief rival in the region) perspective in their collective strategy for regional domination. Remember, Bin Laden and Iraq have been put to bed. There is a military industrial complex that needs another war as they have needed one every decade since World War II. Iraq is already in American hands. Saudi, Iraq, and Iran represent the bulk of the oil reserves in the Gulf. A false flag of an Iranian nuclear threat has been sold to the American people for nearly a decade. Bin Laden and Iraq were Bush’s wars which now act as an albatross for Obama because the American public has become more concerned with a collapsing economy and are therefore not interested in continuing two wars they perceive as not only a colossal waste of money, but also utterly counterproductive to American interests.
After the closest battle for a presidential nomination in the history of the United States, and after weeks of legal battles determining who would become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, on the evening of June 3, 2008, Barrack Obama was announced as the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party.
Twelve hours later, Nancy Pelosi (then the Speaker of the House), Barrack Obama (the newly announced nominee for President), and Hillary Clinton (who lost the nomination by the smallest of margins in American history and who later became Secretary of State), arguably the three most powerful Democrats in the country, made an appearance and gave a speech before guess who? Understand the political climate at the time and the Democratic Party base. Did they appear before the AFL-CIO? A “veterans against the war” organization? The ACLU? The NAACP? A group promoting healthcare reform? Did they appeal to young voters and movements that helped propel their message against the Republican establishment, and speak before a group like Moveon.org to continue their momentum and advance their message for change?
All three, within 12 hours after this battle for the Democratic nomination appeared before AIPAC—the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee—and pandered to a foreign, right-wing, fanatically hawkish lobbying organization who, on top of their agenda, was waging war against your new bogeyman, Iran.
Remember the lie about an Iranian nuclear weapons program that the international community universally denies exists? Remember the lie that Iran threatened to “wipe Israel off the face of the map” with nuclear weapons the entire world knows they don’t have?
Here are some illuminating quotes from that AIPAC event on June 4, 2008 you may find interesting…
Barrack Obama—June 4, 2008 one day after becoming the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party for President of the Untied States:
“There is no greater threat to Israel — or to the peace and stability of the region — than Iran…
“The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear know-how to terrorists. Its president denies the Holocaust and threatens to wipe Israel off the map. The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat…
“We will also use all elements of American power to pressure Iran. I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon…
“We cannot unconditionally rule out an approach that could prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“Finally, let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel. ”
Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State on the same day, delivered this message to AIPAC:
“The second principle is simple one; no nuclear weapons for Iran…Iran is a country whose leaders, whose President denies the Holocaust. He defies the international community…We can never let Iran obtain nuclear weapons. The next President will have to deal with the Iranian challenge from day one. This is not just in Israel’s interest; it is in America’s interest and the world’s interest and this is a threat that I take very seriously… I have also said that should Iran ever–ever contemplate using nuclear weapons against Israel they must understand what the consequences will be to them…it is imperative that we get both tough and smart about dealing with Iran before it is too late.”
Why should you be worried now that Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are conveniently put to bed and after the Bush administration and the military industrial complex have made their trillions off of them?
Because Israel, along with your new President, and your new Secretary of State are convincing you that Iran (as they did with Iraq) wants to “wipe Israel off the face of the map” (which was never said) with nuclear weapons everyone else on the planet (including the IAEA) says they don’t have. DOES THIS AT ALL SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU? For crying out loud this was the precise lie presented to you for the Iraq war by the Bush administration!
Saudi Arabia (as they did with Iraq) wants to eliminate its biggest rival in the region. Don’t think for one minute this is some kind of anti-Semitic finger pointing conspiracy. There is a very significant fear repeatedly raised by the Saudis and the other oil kingdoms not only against Iran, but against a growing Shiite domination in the region. It’s why you heard very little about the Shiite uprisings in Bahrain during the Arab Spring revolutions. The majority Shiite population was massacred both by the minority Sunni government in Bahrain along with the help of the Saudi military (who of course are also Sunni). People were killed en masse. You heard scarcely a peep about it in the American media, unlike what occurred in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia (incidentally other revolts were equally ignored, but that’s a topic for another day).
The United States is in bed with both Israel and Saudi Arabia for different reasons, but they all have a common purpose—they want the Iranian regime eliminated in the same way they wanted the Iraqi regime eliminated, and the military industrial complex is salivating at the opportunity to line its pockets again with trillions more of your tax dollars to do just that. Now that Saddam and Bin Laden (and all Bin Laden was, was a convenient excuse to go after Iraq) are eliminated, Iran will emerge as the new Islamic bogeyman, and the ground work for that has been being laid for years now.
Our military apparatus and intelligence personal (i.e. CIA and NSA) are already conveniently in place. We have nearly a quarter million American troops and tens of thousands American mercenaries (aka “contractors”) surrounding Iran in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, all of whom are either bordering Iran or are within spitting distance of it.
We have the bulk of our Atlantic naval fleet either in the Persian Gulf or the Eastern Mediterranean.
Iran, Iraq, and Saudi represent the bulk of OPEC’s oil reserves.
The only thing missing? Nothing much really—convincing a profoundly gullible American public that there is an imminent nuclear threat from Iran after the ground work has already been laid for it for at least a decade and which was practically applauded and endorsed by a supposedly “liberal” President and Secretary of State before they ever even took office.
The clincher that will get you to forget about corporate bailouts and zero taxes for multi-billion dollar multinational companies that are exporting all your jobs overseas as your pensions disappear, your unions get busted, your Medicare and Social-Security get privatized, your homes get foreclosed, your 401k disappears into oblivion?
Are you familiar with the term “false flag operation”?
If you’re not, do a little research, because this is likely what will happen in the next 18 months. A “dirty bomb” is going to go “BOOM!” in the United States, or in Israel, or in Europe, or in Africa… some group you never heard of linking itself with Iran will “take credit” for it… and just like you’ve done dozens of times before, you’re going to forget about how you just got screwed by corporate America, and you’ll be putting your right hand over your heart while F-16’s do flybys at the Super Bowl right after Whitney Houston lip-syncs the Star Spangled Banner, as you pray to Baby Jesus to give your boys in uniform the courage to drop 2,000 pounds on another group of brown people that had the audacity to call your God “Allah”.
(And you can count on Israel invading Lebanon again to take on the Iranian-backed Hezbollah right around the same time—they will not let their failed campaign against Hezbollah in 2006 go unanswered. This will be a multi-tiered attack against not only Iran, but all Shiite influence in the region).
Contemplate this for a moment: The military industrial complex has started a war of choice overseas every decade since World War II against an “enemy” that never attacked you. Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq I, Afghanistan (and don’t continue to play stupid, Afghanistan never attacked you…the guy who was a CIA asset who you claimed attacked you, you wound up killing in Pakistan, and he was a Yemeni born in Saudi Arabia), Iraq II… and here we are in 2012 and only seven damn years left in this decade…
Anyone willing to bet me we aren’t going to war with Iran?
In “A Farewell to Arms” Hemingway famously wrote a line attributed to the character Passini: “It doesn’t finish. There is no finish to war. . . . War is not won by victory. . . . One side must stop fighting. Why don’t we stop fighting?”
Because my dear Passini, Americans are so damn gullible, and the people who own them make trillions relying on that sad reality.