“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence [against] foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended.” – James Madison at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia June 26, 1787.
Who would dispute the reality that is the American Empire? The standing military force and overgrown Executive are here today, playing policeman on at least 700 bases in 135 countries. How did a constitutionally limited government designed to protect the public trust become a fiend for global hegemony? If you don’t know the answer yet, re-read James Madison’s words on war.
The American Empire, with its challenger Iran, is currently constructing a case for the next war with the stakes getting higher and higher with every Fox News Channel headlines of “Iran Nuke Program” and “Iranian Nuclear Threat.” These programs are usually preceded by publication arms of European or Israeli State war propagandists, better known to Americans as “think tanks.” Deception runs so deep in mainstream news that the politicians need not be pressed to make the case themselves but to delegate all granted authority to “the experts.” If people only knew the truth then the media would no longer be of use to either them or the politicians. But that would mean people reading more, and are they reading this? No, you are.
It is going too far to suggest that proponents of war against Iran do not read. Exactly what they are reading is what matters. The worst “informed” among us are the ones who read no news below the headlines, particularly on the Drudge Report, and consider themselves untainted by the “Lame Stream Media.” Take for example 3 headlines on Drudge Report, the 73rd most visited website in the U.S., this past weekend February 3-5.
“Iranian warships dock at Saudi port”
That is the Drudge headline and this is the story. It’s a relative non-event and the Iranian regime is touting its “power” for 70 days by making a round trip out to one of Saudi Arabia’s city ports. This “warship” is a 207 meter ship powered by steam turbines, 2 boilers and 1 shaft giving it a speed of 26,870 shp (20,037 kW), 21 knots (39 km/h). In 2011, the USS Enterprise, a 342 meter nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was in the Persian Gulf. The difference is Iran has big worthless ships and the U.S. has ginormous technologically advanced ships and even guided missile cruisers and destroyers coming along for the ride too. This headline, reposted by Drudge Report from Breitbart, is an invented story about “warships” to grab the attention of the reader while the naval exercise from Iran was played off by them as a proof of power to their peasants.
“…mass producing cruise missile that could reach America”
Visitors of the Drudge Report saw that headline and this is the story. And also this story. Production has begun on “a short-range, anti-ship cruise missile capable of destroying small- and medium-sized targets with high precision.” What about the whole reaching America part? Well, it’s made up. Moshe Yaalon, vice prime minister and minister of strategic affairs, exaggerated the stakes just as Iranian officials do when they claim they can fire a missile into Israel. Yaalon called Iran “a nightmare for the free world” and then he said Israel is the “little Satan,” while America is “the larger Satan” to Iran. This is the kind of propaganda you get from the war mongers who can’t even face the facts in their own government’s intelligence agencies’ conclusions with regards to Iran’s nuclear program. Over and over again it is reaffirmed that the Iranian regime has maintained the non-diversion of enriched uranium. Unfortunately, the truth doesn’t always come in headline form. But, oh wait, there’s more.
“Iran warns world of coming ‘great event’…
That is what visitors to Drudge Report read and this is the story. The link goes to World Net Daily, so basically the Islamic New World Califate is coming according to the Ayatollah of Iran. Yeah, yeah political speeches are popular in America too.
Americans are bombarded with this insane depiction constantly and what’s worse, I repeat, the people who believe these headlines from Drudge Report even feel they’re getting correct information outside the TV networks and newspapers. But of course, on Iran it’s all the same everywhere, just catered to various demographic sensibilities.
Now, the good news is that even some in the Obama Administration, as deadly as it is, are cautious on the war with Iran or even assisting Israel in the plan. But this is an election year and the electorate is afraid and angry as ever. War is coming not only in the eyes of those who seek to profit from it, but just as much so in the eyes of passive self-affirming readers of arguably the most influential news blog in American politics.
Seeing as Drudge serves a conservative viewpoint, it is ironic that conservatives will be made into fools if the war is carried out. In their imagined crusade against tyranny, they forget the words of James Madison on “the instruments of tyranny at home.” To be sure, even if the war does not break out, the lead up to it is exactly what Madison warned against, a perceived foreign threat used to usurp more executive control.