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It is amazing sometimes, when we do this, to notice how things stay the same even though we have a perception, created by the propaganda media, that all things are changing.
Regular readers know that Dredd Blog has pointed out that the oil wars have been the same for a long time (The Peak Of The Oil Wars), and Dredd Blog has pointed out recently that the war propaganda about Iran has been the same for a long time too:
That plank is old and rotting, but fundamentally, so is most of their illusive platform of ideology:(The Fruits of A Celebrity World of Illusion). So, here is the post from today's date in 2009 showing the 2009 version of that redundant, tiring propaganda:
For more than quarter of a century Western officials have claimed repeatedly that Iran is close to joining the nuclear club. Such a result is always declared "unacceptable" and a possible reason for military action, with "all options on the table" to prevent upsetting the Mideast strategic balance dominated by the US and Israel.(Christian Science Monitor). Celebrity has even morphed into a propaganda tool that is used to forge our ideas about war (see The Government of MOMCOM: Wartocracy).
And yet, those predictions have time and again come and gone. This chronicle of past predictions lends historical perspective to today’s rhetoric about Iran.
The Bush II regime had a "you are with us or against us, bring it on" foreign policy that seemed to implement an "offend everybody except oil sheiks" type of result. One of the pieces of that puzzling dogma was to put up a missile base near the Russian border but within Poland and the Czech Republic.
That ill fated move was propagandised as a safety shield from Iranian missiles, a nation so mighty that it fought Iraq for 8 years, resulting in the two nations taking on a million or so casualties, but gaining not an inch of either nation's territory.
Some threat. Gotta build them star wars gadgets to "purtek Amurka" was the ruse that fooled only the fools.
They created a mega-department that liked searching Americans who were only trying to get on aircraft to go to a business meeting or vacation, like they had for decades before.
In the Bush II movie they were to be accosted by Mr. I.M Purtekting-Yoo who had a runaway paranoid imagination and a low paying job. Mr. Purtekting-Yoo once netted Senator Ted Kennedy trying to get on a plane home to rest up. Big Fish!
Bush II was strongly "guided" by military oil media complex participants, and was acting out their screenplay scripts constantly.
This see-through plot was one of those puffing moments they do to scare up some new, unnecessary, and money wasting boy toys.
They religiously hoped to scare them up some citizens who would eventually be whipped up into a frenzy of rhetorically glorifying them.
But instead, the war gained in being more and more unpopular, and the used car salesman media did too for spouting bad propaganda.
In what sane people everywhere hope signals a return to reality based fiscal policies, before we are bankrupt beyond recovery by military spending, this ill advised plan has been stopped:
The Obama administration is shelving an Eastern European missile defense plan that has been a major irritant in relations with Russia, a U.S. ally said Thursday. The Pentagon confirmed a "major adjustment" of the system designed to guard against Iranian missiles.(AP Yahoo, The Daily Progress). This ranks up there with shutting the abominable GITMO, pulling out of Iraq, and stopping torture; all gestures to the world showing that the United States is recovering from its decade long bout of dementia.
Jan Fischer, the prime minister of the Czech Republic, told reporters that President Barack Obama phoned him overnight to say the U.S. "is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory."
The missile defense system, planned under the Bush administration, was being built in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Even Israel acknowledges that Iran is not an existential threat to them, so Poland, the Czechs, and even podunk Arkansas can give up the bull.
And that was the way it