Between the Lines

The Liars and the Credulous

I am writing this very close to March 20, the 15th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, and I’m wondering: Have we learned anything from that experience?

One has only to look at the headlines to understand that no, we haven’t learned anything from the experience of being lied into war by a bunch of neocons.  The same neocons are all over the media, telling us that Russia got Trump elected, and that Putin personally ordered the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil.  We aren’t given any evidence for these claims; they are simply assertions that we are supposed to take on faith.  After all, the governments of the U.S. and Great Britain wouldn’t lie—would they?

It’s as if the Iraq war, and the events leading up to it, never happened, and this is especially true for the media.  In their relentless war against Trump, they have become a megaphone in the hands of elements in the “intelligence community” who hate the President and all he stands for.  And they’re all lined up for the new cold war against Russia.  Only a few marginal characters (e.g., Craig Murray, former U.K. ambassador to Uzbekistan) are challenging the “Novichok” narrative, which blames Russia for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, despite the fact that no evidence for this very serious accusation has been presented by the British government.


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