It does get tiresome to list all the nations the USG has messed with, undermined, occupied, and terrorized. This is not something one can write about if he or she is a corporate war propaganda journalist. It’s verboten, an assured career killer.
If bribery of autocrats and sadistic dictators does not work, if rigged elections are not possible and if a population resists the dictates of an imposed neoliberal financial order, that’s when the military steps in, cheered on by the likes of the pathocrat Sen. Lindsey Graham and other neocons.
Graham is not calling for the assassination of Vladimir Putin due to Putin’s imagined “New Hitler” personality and behavior. He is calling for the murder of Putin and the destruction of Russia because the USG client state on Russia’s border is losing the war big time. Graham wants Putin double-tapped, or maybe sadistically carved up like Moammar Gadaffi by CIA mercenaries. It appears it is the only solution his pathological mind may conceive.
Few condemned Graham for his remarks. Few, it would seem, find his threats immoral, brutal, and medieval.
It is, however, the new normal in America for the state to deal with problems through the naked application of violence, murder, trauma, misery, and the wholesale destruction of property. From a militarized domestic police to trained killers sent abroad, the rulers are constructing, piece by piece, the edifice of a total, global control system. The current objective is to get rid of the competition.
The neoliberal normal now does away with obfuscation and doing dirty deeds in secret. It now tells us what it will do, almost exclusively based on lies, fabrications, or contrived rationale stripped of context and injected with manipulative emotional appeal. Millions are conned, like children.
Prior to Bush and Iraq, I cannot recall hearing an American politician publicly call for the assassination of a foreign leader. It just didn’t happen, although behind the scenes bloody acts were routinely committed.
How things change. Now Senate fixtures stand up like Mafia thugs, calling for war and ruthless murder of designated enemies, most urgently competitors. This is now politically normal, perhaps in part due to the decadence and moral turpitude of the nation, much of it culturally induced.
We are told about murders, they are right out in the open, and we yawn. Moammar Gaddafi. Saddam Hussein. A multitude of unknowns is killed sans trial or conviction by way of sophisticated drones bristling with Hellfire missiles.
If a politician has regrets about the largely Democrat march to nuclear annihilation, he or she is moronically linked to Putin, without a shred of evidence, of course
Consider Kurt Eichenwald, a rather combative Democrat propagandist wedded to the drive to end life on the planet, although he does not see it that way. He clings to the repeatedly discredited idiocy that opposition to war makes one a Putin stooge (and for far too many, by extension within that warped mindset, a domestic terrorist).
I could go on, but there is little use. Point is that the USG, its bureaucrats, “stakeholders,” associated death merchants, and NYT Twitter blue-checked apologists, are free range, peddling a demented mantra, a passel of lies insisting, without evidence, that Putin and Russia want to take over Europe, maybe the entire world, just like Hitler supposedly want to do.