12/27/16, "A Sour Holiday Season for Neocons," Robert Parry, Consortium News
"Exclusive: For the past couple of decades, the
neocons have ruled the roost of American foreign policy, but they have
now suffered some stunning reversals that have left them fuming, reports
"America’s extended Christmas holiday season, stretching through much
of November and all of December, has not been a happy time for Official
Washington’s dominant neoconservatives and their liberal-interventionist
First, they had to lick their wounds over the defeat of their preferred U.S. presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton; then they had to watch as their “moderate” Syrian rebel proxies and their Al Qaeda allies
were routed from east Aleppo; and finally they watched in disbelief as
the Obama administration permitted passage of a United Nations Security
Council resolution condemning Israel’s illegal settlements on
To say that the neocons and liberal hawks have not taken these
reversals well would be an understatement. They have pretty much blamed
Clinton’s defeat on everyone but themselves and Clinton herself. They
have been apoplectic over Aleppo and their lost dream of “regime change”
in Syria. And they have sputtered in outrage over President Obama’s
failure to veto the Israeli anti-settlement resolution.
Regarding Clinton’s defeat, her embrace of the neocon/liberal-hawk
“regime change” obsessions siphoned off enthusiasm among the peace
faction of the Democratic Party, a significant and activist part of the
Clinton’s alignment with the neocon/liberal hawks may have helped her
with the mainstream media, but the MSM has lost much of its credibility
by making itself a handmaiden in leading the nation to wars and more
Average Americans also could feel the contempt that these elites had
for the rest of us. The neocons and liberal hawks had come to believe in
the CIA’s concept of “perception management,”
feeling that the American people were items to be controlled, not the
nation’s sovereigns to be informed and respected. Instead of “We the
People,” Official Washington’s elites treated us like “Us the Sheep.”
Though this “perception management” idea took hold during the Reagan
administration – largely in reaction to the public’s distrust of U.S.
foreign policy following the Vietnam War – it became a bipartisan
practice, extending through George W. Bush’s WMD sham about Iraq and
into the behavior of the Obama administration in manipulating public
opinion about Syria, Libya, Ukraine and Russia, pretty much any country
targeted for “regime change.”
So, when this establishment tried to force Hillary Clinton’s
coronation down the nation’s throat, enough Americans choked at the idea
– even to the extent of voting for the eminently unqualified Donald
Trump – to deny Clinton the White House. Indeed, many Americans who
reluctantly did vote for Clinton did so only because they considered
Trump even more unfit to lead the nation. The two candidates were in a
fierce competition for who would arouse the most public revulsion.
But the neocons and liberal hawks are not ones for self-reflection
and self-criticism. They move from one disaster to the next, finding
others to blame and justifying their own failures by publishing
self-apologias in the editorial pages of The New York Times, The
Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
Thus, for the past several weeks, we have witnessed daily meltdowns
across the mainstream media as neocons and liberal interventionists fume
about all the forces that conspired to deny them their God-given right
to select who runs America.
The mainstream media ranted about a few incidents of “fake news”
– concocted stories designed to get lots of clicks from Trump
supporters – despite its own long history of publishing false and
misleading stories. The MSM then tried to tar with that “fake news”
broad brush serious independent Web sites that simply displayed professional skepticism toward propaganda emanating from the U.S. State Department.
The smear blurred the “fake news scandal” with what was deemed
“Russian propaganda.” Anyone who wouldn’t march in lockstep with the
State Department’s messaging must be a “Kremlin stooge.” Mainstream
media outlets even began demanding
that major technology companies, such as Facebook and Google, join in
establishing a modern-age Ministry of Truth for the Internet that would
punish independent Web sites that didn’t toe the Official Line.
Then, there was the hysteria over the CIA’s still-unproven claim that
Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a scheme to hack into
Democratic emails and expose embarrassing facts, such as the Democratic
National Committee’s tilting the primary playing field to favor Clinton
over Sen. Bernie Sanders, the contents of Clinton’s paid speeches to her
Wall Street benefactors, and pay-to-play features of the Clinton money
Though this information all appeared to be true — and revealed
dubious or improper actions by Democratic officials and the Democratic
presidential nominee — this truth-telling was also mixed in with the
“fake news scandal” and other excuse-making for why Clinton lost. Her
defeat was Putin’s fault. It was also FBI Director James Comey’s fault
for chastising Clinton for her “extremely careless” handling of U.S.
government secrets because she insisted on using a private email server
as Secretary of State.
And, of course, there was the supposed
over-reaction to Clinton calling many Trump supporters a “basket of
In other words, the Clinton campaign appears to have been done in by
various people telling the truth about a variety of unsavory aspects of
Hillary Clinton’s behavior and decision-making. If none of these facts
had come out before the election, the thinking was that Clinton would
have won and the neocons/liberal hawks could have continued and even
expanded their dominion over U.S. foreign policy.
Yet, to me, the biggest head-scratcher about Clinton’s disastrous
campaign was why – after she left the State Department in 2013 – did she
jump into the sleazy business of collecting hundreds of thousands of
dollars for brief speeches to Wall Street and other special interests.
Her prospective presidency was crucial to the Clinton business model
of soliciting huge donations and fees from corporations and foreign
governments to the Clinton Foundation and to allied consulting firms,
such as the Podesta Group. These corporate and foreign leaders were
pre-paying for “access” to the future U.S. president. However, instead
of shielding Clinton from the grubby business of collecting the money
herself, she was dispatched to join in the money grabbing.
This greed or hubris left millions of Americans troubled by what a
restoration of Clinton control of the Executive Branch might mean.
Whether Trump was sincere or not, he hit a nerve when he talked about
“draining the swamp.”
‘Regime Change’ Reversals
The neocons and liberal hawks also watched their “regime change” plans for Syria – something that has been on their agenda since the mid-1990s – collapse with this month’s fall of east Aleppo to Syrian government troops, backed by Russia and Iran.
This propaganda strategy reached its apex in Aleppo, which was
portrayed in Western media as a case of the Syrian government and its
allies willfully slaughtering helpless children. The fact that the
“moderate” rebels were operating under the command structure of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, such as Ahrar al-Sham, was almost blacked out from the West’s mainstream media coverage....
The last piece of coal in the neocon/liberal-hawk stocking came last
week with the U.N. Security Council’s repudiation of Israel’s illegal
settlement building on Palestinian lands. Though the Obama
administration only abstained from the vote, the lack of a U.S. veto
enabled the resolution to pass unanimously, 14-0....
There is some hope among hardline pro-Israeli Americans that Donald
Trump will support Israel as it encroaches more and more onto
Palestinian lands. But the neocons and liberal hawks recognize that
Trump’s “America First” rhetoric is implicitly critical of undertaking more “regime change” projects against governments on Israel’s enemies list....
Thus, 2016 is ending on a decidedly sour note for the neocons and
liberal interventionists. They had high hopes that 2017 would mark the
beginning of an escalated “regime change” adventure in Syria and the
start of their “mother of all regime change” schemes for destabilizing
nuclear-armed Russia and somehow staging a “color revolution” in Moscow, all while Hillary Clinton took the relationship with Israel “to the
next level” as she promised in her speech to the American Israel Public
Now, the neocons and liberal hawks find themselves on the outside
looking in and one can expect their anger to be voiced at increasing
decibels across the mainstream media. But whether anyone still takes
them seriously is another question."
"Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s."...
News that doesn't receive the necessary attention.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Sour Holiday Season for Neocons and liberal interventionists poised for "Mother of all regime change" war with nuclear-armed Russia via election of Hillary. After decades running US foreign policy, endless war industry is on outside looking in-Robert Parry, Consortium News
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