A study by the
Program on International Policy Attitudes at the
University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks
reports [pdf] that
the US is a country in which sizable percentages of the
population believe, incorrectly, that
- Evidence exists linking Iraq to al Qaeda (Osama
bin Laden`s terrorist organization),
- Weapons of mass destruction have been found in
- World opinion favored the US invasion of Iraq.
Americans are filled with disinformation, because TV
networks, fearful of being branded “unpatriotic” and of
losing viewers and advertising revenues, uncritically
passed on Bush administration war propaganda to the
The University of Maryland study found that an
astounding 80% of Americans who rely on Fox News hold at
least one of the three erroneous beliefs. The
percentages for CBS, ABC, NBC, and CNN respectively are
71%, 61%, 55% and 55%.
Newspapers and magazines managed to deceive only 47%
of their readers, while only 23% of Americans who rely
on NPR/PBS are snowed by Bush administration propaganda.
There is a partisan element in the results. Fox News,
neo-Jacobin to the core, is known as the Republican News
Station, and NPR/PBS are known to belong to the
Democrats. Naturally, Republicans were more trusting of
Bush, and Democrats less.
Now that we know that Americans` support for invading
Iraq was based in disinformation, what are we going to
do about it?
George F. Will
asked a good question last week: why doesn`t the
Bush administration admit it was wrong?
President Bush had his chance last week when David
Kay, the head of the administration`s WMD search team in
Iraq, turned in his $300 million
report: No WMD found.
Bush blew his opportunity, claiming instead that the
report justified his war against Iraq. He wants $600
million more to search forever for the phantom WMD.
The challenge we face is to wrest news away from a
propaganda operation gone wild. And we had better get on
with it before we end up in a wider war.
Bush`s neo-Jacobin cabal and their Likud Party allies
are doing their best to spread the conflict.
Undersecretary of State John Bolton is recycling the
administration`s lies about Iraq and leveling them
Israel, fearful that the US, chastened by the cost of
Iraq, will not go forward with the plan to invade Syria
and Iran, used Bolton`s charges as a green light to
strike deep into Syria on Sunday, October 5.
Following Bush`s lead, Israel claims the preemptive
privilege to strike anywhere it believes (rightly or
wrongly) its interests to be threatened.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister
Sergei Ivanov promptly added Russia to the growing list
of countries claiming preemptive first strike
privileges. According to the BBC, Putin
stated last week that Russia has “at her disposal
a considerable stockpile of heavy ground-launched
strategic missiles. Their combat characteristics,
including the surmounting of any systems of anti-missile
defenses, are unrivaled.”
Bush and his warmongering cabal have revived serious
saber-rattling not heard since the end of the Cold War.
But not to worry. We have Bush`s assurances that his
gratuitous invasion of Iraq has made the world a safer
Bush must know that lies have placed him in a
difficult position. Yet no heads have rolled. Does this
mean that Bush has been co-opted by the neo-Jacobins and
that he is not in control of his government?
Neo-Jacobin leader Norman Podhoretz boldly set out
the real agenda in the September 2002 issue of
Commentary magazine. Podhoretz
wrote that Bush, in his post-911 speeches (written
by neo-Jacobins), brought “the entire Muslim world,
`friends` and enemies alike, into his conception of the
war against terrorism.”
Podhoretz saw Bush`s remarks on the Middle East as
“a great breakthrough.” US policy “now includes a
fourth pillar: the assimilation of Israel`s war against
terrorism into our own.”
The aim of the war against terrorism, Podhoretz
wrote, is to deracinate Islam. Podhoretz identified
Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt
and the Palestinian Authority as “regimes that richly
deserve to be overthrown and replaced.”
Far from serving our interests or Israel`s, our 21st
century secular crusade against Islam leaves America and
Israel more isolated and less secure.
Foundering in hubris, the US is less able to muster
world opinion in defense of Israel.
Despite serious and costly US setbacks in Iraq, wider
war remains the agenda of the neo-Jacobin cabal that
controls the Bush administration.
More invasions, the return of the draft, and national
bankruptcy are what the neo-Jacobins have in store for
Paul Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M.
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
here for Peter Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the
recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.