Our Time of Universal Deceit Needs An Orwell
If we were to be blessed with a
George Orwell, he would coin a new
apply to "support
the troops." Would he call this
Or would he be more clever?
The words certainly deserve an
Orwellian name. The catch-phrase was rolled out
the minute the war started, which makes one wonder about
its public relations origin. Who can oppose
supporting the troops, at least before we learned from
Ghraib of the intentional killing of civilians and
torturing of whoever happened to be rounded up in the
various sweeps? All for the fun and games of it.
troops" originated in the public relations
department of the military/security complex. What
troops" really means is to support the profits of
the armaments industry and the neoconservative ideology
of US world hegemony.
troops" is a clever PR slogan that causes Americans
to turn a blind eye to the brutal exploitation of our
soldiers and military families for profit and for an
Our soldiers and military families
are paying for the Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon wars with
lives, limbs, post-traumatic stress, suicides, broken
marriages, children without fathers, wives without
husbands, and parents without sons and daughters.
troops" is one of the most cruel hoaxes in human
history, and yet the vast majority of the population has
fallen for it. "War Is Peace."
When a people are so gullible, it
is little wonder that they can be marched off to
unaffordable open-ended wars based on nothing but lies,
deceptions, and fabrications.
America produces an endless supply
of material for a new Orwell. Imagine what an
Orwell could do with Hilary`s
recent speech on America`s firm commitment to
dissent and the First Amendment. CIA veteran Ray
McGovern stood with his back to Hillary in an act of
dissent from the Obama administration`s policy of
coercing Internet companies into helping to eliminate
WikiLeaks as a source of information. McGovern was
dragged beaten and bloody from the room, while
Hillary continued praising America`s commitment to
dissent and freedom of information.
To capture this level of hypocrisy
requires a George Orwell.
is another doctrine that needs Orwell`s illumination.
Globalism, which presidents since Clinton have told us
we can`t do without, enriches transnational corporations
and turns workers into serfs who cannot earn enough to
pay their bills.
The police state measures that
accompany the fake
"war on terror"
subject Americans to far more danger and insecurity than
could ever be realized from terrorists other than those
of the state itself.
"Captivity Is Freedom."
In his marvelous book, The Emotional Lives Of Animals, Marc Bekoff
describes the devastating impact on animals of being
kept in small cages. US soldier Bradley Manning
has been kept illegally in an even smaller cage for
eight months with no end in sight. At his press
conference on March 11, one reporter found the courage
to ask President Obama about the conditions of Manning`s
confinement. The great and noble president of the
United States replied that he had asked the Pentagon and
was assured that the conditions of Manning`s confinement
and are meeting our basic standards." Only
a George Orwell could do justice to an American
president who thinks that keeping a US soldier in
conditions worst than those that drive caged animals
insane is "appropriate."
The US government, which is
profligate in its wars, profligate in tax cuts and
bailouts for the mega-rich, and profligate in giving
unlimited monopoly power to unregulated financial
institutions, blames the resulting financial crisis on "handouts" to
the poor and
"entitlements" to the elderly. Such deception
needs more than exposure. It cries out for a 21st
Paul Craig Roberts
was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during
President Reagan`s first term. He was Associate
Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the
William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and
International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford
University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French
President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington;
and the Soviet Economy
Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy,
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
for Peter Brimelow`s
interview with Roberts about the epidemic of