Daily Archives: December 9, 2017

Walking into Armageddon

The Foreign Policy Journal has the article Walking into Armageddon

A few days ago former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry added his voice to mine and to those of the few who understand the danger. Perry said:

When the Cold War ended, I believed that we no longer had to take that risk [nuclear annihilation] so I put all my energy into efforts to dismantle the deadly nuclear legacy of the Cold War. During my period as the Secretary of Defense in the 90s, I oversaw the dismantlement of 8,000 nuclear weapons evenly divided between the United States and the former Soviet Union. And I thought then that we were well on our way to putting behind us this deadly existential threat, but that was not to be.

Today, inexplicably to me, we’re recreating the geopolitical hostility of the Cold War, and we’re rebuilding the nuclear dangers. … We are doing this without any serious public discussion or any real understanding of the consequences of these actions. We are sleepwalking into a new Cold War, and there’s very real danger that we will blunder into a nuclear war. If we are to prevent this catastrophe, the public must understand what is happening.

My previous post Undoing the New Deal: Truman’s Cold War Buries Wallace and the Left, demonstrates our long, sad history of getting talked into wars with Russia.

Undoing the New Deal: Truman’s Cold War Buries Wallace and the Left

The Real News Network has the story Undoing the New Deal: Truman’s Cold War Buries Wallace and the Left.

Historian Peter Kuznick says Truman bought into the Republican’s post-WWII campaign against Russia and used the hysteria to purge the Democratic Party and defeat former VP Henry Wallace in the ’48 Presidential election; with host Paul Jay.

When I watched this video, I found it to be very disturbing. I got too lazy to blog it, but it became so relevant today, that I decided to go back, find the story, and post it here for future reference.

I have blogged about the article that has made this so obviously relevant. The subsequent blog post is Walking into Armageddon.

December 25, 2017

I have watched 3 of the 6 hours of WWII Confidential on AHC TV. The story of the workings of Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin during WW II are much more complicated than what was covered by The Real News Network. It is hard for me to completely reconcile the two views. The parts I watched only went up to the Yalta meeting and a little beyond. If it covered the ascension of Harry Truman to the Presidency, I did not watch the episodes that may have covered that.

The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages

Glenn Greenwald has published the article The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened.

Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.

I want to have a record of this story here on my blog. I’ll be able to refer to it when people brag about the veracity of our corporate press or disparage propaganda from other presumably less reliable sources. We have to remain skeptical of everything, including this Glenn Greenwald article. We will probably never know the truth behind many of the things we have grown to believe.