Our dangerous new McCarthyism: Russia, Noam Chomsky and what the medias not telling you about the new Cold War
Perverse, diabolical obsession: Policy cliques in D.C. have no
intention of desisting in this war until they win it
It is time to attempt that hardest of things—to see ourselves for who
we are, to see what it is we are doing and what is being done to us.
things prompt the thought. We have the latest news on Washington’s
confrontation with Russia, and we have a newly precipitous decline in
the national conversation on this crisis. In my estimation, we reach
dangerous new lows in both respects.
One of the running arguments this past year
has been just who started the trouble in Ukraine and who authors the hostility
now prevailing between Russia and the West. Relying on half-truths, untruths,
and the good old “power of leaving out,” the orthodoxy solidifies on the
unsubstantiated presumption that Russia must be wrong, especially given Putin
presides over it. No need of evidence; saying it is enough.
A few reporters and analysts who refuse to
surrender their integrity—Robert Parry at Consortium News, Stephen Cohen at
Princeton, a couple of others—marshal the plentiful and persuasive evidence of
Washington’s responsibility: It extends back to the Soviet Union’s collapse. The
Europeans are reluctant tag-alongs.
We can now comprehend Washington’s logic—a perverse, almost diabolical
logic, Strangelovian logic. In last week’s column I used the term
“monomania,” single-minded obsession. I hesitated to keep it in—too
strong, I worried—but there was no need. The policy cliques in
Washington have no intention of desisting in this war until they win it.
Recognize this and you will find the prospect of hot war staring you
Incessant red-baiting, incessant Russia-baiting, incessant Islamophobia,
incessant what have you: The deafening noise of jingoism and contempt
for others’ perspectives renders people unable to think. Such people are
no longer self-governing. They are the powerless subjects of masters.
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~ Patrick Smith is the author of “Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century.” He was
the International Herald Tribune’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and then
Tokyo from 1985 to 1992. During this time he also wrote “Letter from
Tokyo” for the New Yorker. He is the author of four previous books and
has contributed frequently to the New York Times, the Nation, the
Washington Quarterly, and other publications.