What many Americans have failed to notice is that over the course of the last 20 years, Americans have lost all ground to stand on. We’ve managed to destroy the ground we stand on. We have nothing left to stand on as we criticize (in any way), let alone condemn, any other country for any kind of offense, small or great, whether or not said country is correctly criticized, or whether its offenses exist only in our own wildly distorted imaginations.
In either case, when we criticize any other country, or any other country’s leader, something for which we very clearly now have an absolutely inexhaustible appetite — that alone is clear sign that there’s something fundamentally wrong with us — we’re doing so bouyed, for the moment anyway before we fall, and keep falling, and keep falling, and keep falling; we’re bouyed having no ground, floating lighter than air, for now, as long as we can maintain this bizarre illusion of ourselves, an illusion that only those of us still under its bizarre spell can see, the spell of a world-denying, reality-denying, fiction of America.
The rest of the world sees this:
The United States has become, over the last 20 years particularly, literally nothing but an instrument of power, power and nothing more, a completely out of control war-mongering rogue state that very clearly in fact is ungoverned, a power instrument that literally, has no government.
Don Harder says:
“If you think it’s funny or ok to publicly mock and shame a film maker and historian simply for having the gall to interview an important world leader and attempt to provide more information for the public to help it reach its own conclusions, then you’re part of the problem.
Something is really wrong with America right now. Leadership in the country is only a symptom. The problem is much more base. 😢“
Phil Rockstroh says:
Headline of a hit piece from the Washington Establishment house organ the Washington Post: “Oliver Stone defended Vladimir Putin to Stephen Colbert. The audience laughed at him. The “Late Show” host had some tough questions for the director.”
Propaganda works, in particular in the United States Of Infotainment e.g., the kind served up by Colbert, Saturday Night Live et. al. The above is an object lesson in the type of propaganda that serves to reenforce the worldview of smug liberals in behalf of the neoliberal/imperialist order.
It is funny in itself, in a velvet painting of a vain, preening clown sort of way, the manner that liberals view themselves superior to “low information”-addled Red State yahoos. When, in reality, we are confronted with the elitist version of the wilful and belligerent ignorance they smirk and guffaw at in those they perceive as their labouring class lessers.
It is the reason, everyone but themselves find liberals insufferable. What a klavern of supercilious ass-rockets.
Do you know who Robert Parry is? Check his credentials beneath his article: https://consortiumnews.com/2017/06/13/putin-ukraine-and-what-americans-know/
I paste the first part of the article:
Exclusive: In an interview with Oliver Stone, Russian President Putin explained his take on the Ukraine crisis, one that contrasts with what the U.S. mainstream media has allowed the American people to hear, writes Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
A prime example of how today’s mainstream media paradigm works in the U.S. is the case of Ukraine, where Americans have been shielded from evidence that the 2014 ouster of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych was a U.S.-supported coup d’etat spearheaded by violent neo-Nazi extremists.
As The New York Times has instructed us, there was no coup in Ukraine; there was no U.S. interference; and there weren’t even that many neo-Nazis. And, the ensuing civil conflict wasn’t a resistance among Yanukovych’s supporters to his illegal ouster; no, it was “Russian aggression” or a “Russian invasion.”
If you deviate from this groupthink – if you point out how U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland talked about the U.S. spending $5 billion on Ukraine; if you mention her pre-coup intercepted phone callwith U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt discussing who the new leaders would be and how “to glue” or how “to “midwife this thing”; if you note how Nuland and Sen. John McCain urged on the violent anti-Yanukovych protesters; if you recognize that snipers firing from far-right-controlled buildings killed both police and protesters to provoke the climactic ouster of Yanukovych; and if you think all that indeed looks like a coup – you obviously are the victim of “Russian propaganda and disinformation.”
But most Americans probably haven’t heard any of that evidence revealing a coup, thanks to the mainstream U.S. media, which has essentially banned those deviant facts from the public discourse. If they are mentioned at all, they are lumped together with “fake news” amid the reassuring hope that soon there will be algorithms to purge such troublesome informationfrom the Internet.
So, if Americans tune in to Part Three of Oliver Stone’s “The Putin Interviews” on “Showtime” and hear Russian President Vladimir Putin explain his perspective on the Ukraine crisis, they may become alarmed that Putin, leader of a nuclear-armed country, is delusional.
See if you can put your feet on the ground again. Can you find some ground to stand on again? Read the rest of Parry’s article.