American propagandists have dusted off their old Cold War training manuals and are engaged in a renewed propaganda war with primarily Russia, but also with other foes of American neo-imperialism, including China and Venezuela.
Unlike the Cold War years, the Obama administration has resorted to childish disinformation tactics against Russia, including one that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered one of his intelligence agents to break into the home of a U.S. diplomat and defecated on his carpet.
Tales of Russian “phantom shitters” and Russian agents shooting the dogs of American diplomats are being spun from whole cloth by “secret” State Department memos being leaked to The Washington Post and “confirmed” by ex-diplomats like former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a notorious neocon, and former U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen, who claims he only heard about the incidents in Russia. As far as Eisen’s credibility is concerned. he was the Assistant Director of the Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League, a well-known spinner of what was allegedly found on the carpets of U.S. diplomats in Russia.
The adolescent humor reporters at the Washington Post dutifully echoed the “background” reports they were handed without demanding to see the “secret” memos. This is unprofessional reporting even considering the low journalistic standards of the Post under the management of Amazon owner Jim Bezos. In fact, when it comes to coprophilia, it is some of Bezos’s fellow dot com billionaires on the West Coast excel in the fetish, not Russian intelligence agents who have more important items on their plate, like fighting the Islamic State and bringing to justice Russian mafia oligarchs who travel at will with Israeli passports. If Bezos believes coprohilia terrorism is such an outrage, he should have a private chat with a fellow senior IT executive at Google.
The U.S. Navy is at it again also. U.S. warships are reporting that Russian Navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea ignored established “rules of the road” and sailed dangerously close to the USS Harry Truman. The Russian frigate Neustrashimyy stands accused of raising false “day shapes” on her mast. In fact, when it comes to lying, The U.S. Navy has few rivals. This editor was forced on numerous occasions to transmit false and misleading naval messages to higher command. The U.S. Navy, like the State Department, has little in the way of credibility to make such astounding claims about Russia. The charges by the U.S. follow similar accusations about the Chinese Navy and Air Force in the South China Sea. The recent U.S. propaganda provocations signal a renewed battle for the minds of people everywhere. However, given the track record of false American statements in things like torture, kidnapping, and terrorist attacks, the world is not buying what Uncle Sam is selling.
If one were to believe the nonsense from the State Department and Washington Post, signs like these may soon appear in front of the residences of U.S. diplomats abroad. Obama’s ambassadorial appointments are no different than snickering children in school telling fart jokes.
During the Cold War, it was the State Department that was fond of accusing the Soviets of engaging in aktivnyye meropriyatiya or “active measures,” propaganda that was said t be false. One such accusation was that the Soviet news agency TASS alleged in 1981 that the CIA was behind the death of Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos. The world now knows that TASS was correct and that the CIA had, in fact, assassinated Torrijos.
In the 1980s, the State Department accused the Soviets of using their favorite foreign media outlets to report on stories based on lies and forgeries. These “lies” included Soviet reports on the American use of “death squads” against leftist guerrillas in El Salvador. The State Department called this a “disinformation” campaign crafted by the Soviets and Cubans to assist their political allies in El Salvador. Fast forward the clock to today: the world now knows the Soviets were spot on. The U.S., through diplomats John Negroponte and Robert Ford, the latter the godfather of the Islamic State in Syria, who were assigned to Central America, created the death squads to deal with leftist groups and their sympathizers. That is a fact of history, not Soviet “active measures.”
Another alleged Soviet “lie” was that the U.S. was violating the 1972 Convention on Biological Warfare and was creating dangerous pathogens, such as HIV/AIDS and cancer weapons, at the Pentagon’s “bug lab” at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Today, after the anthrax strain used after 9/11 was traced back to Fort Detrick, no one with an ounce of sense in their heads will deny that the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has repeatedly and routinely violated the 1972 convention.
The U.S. State Department and its “toilet humor” pals over at The Washington Post can make up all the stories they want about “KGB phantom shitters” and “dig killers.” But, given the track record of the U.S. government, only the ignorant will believe the nonsense being proffered by people like John Kerry, McFaul, Eisen, and their sycophants at the newsroom of the Post.
At this very moment, the disinformation artists at the State Department, along with their colleagues at the Post, are working on their latest story about food trucks and supermarkets in Venezuela being attacked by angry and hungry hordes of people. Or they are concocting stories about how the president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse, is trying how to evade justice for an alleged government massacre of his regime’s opponents in the December 1982. The State Department and the Post deserve one another — they likely have a number of coprophiliacs in their employment who would relish in the visit of a late night KGB phantom shitter to their living rooms.