Rogue’s Gallery Smiling While Lying You Into World War

See that smile? That’s the shit eating grin of a man who has become wealthy peddling weapons to the U.S. taxpayer. Does going from the board of Raytheon to heading up the Pentagon’s decisions to purchase Raytheon products seem like a conflict of interest? Lloyd Austin says it’s not. (Cue the soundtrack playing in my head since I saw this photo.)

In Austin’s extensive and lucrative catalog of lies we also find that the U.S. envisions a “free, open and secure Indo-Pacific.” He won’t say but we know the U.S. will accomplish this via ongoing coercion and bullying of the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand…there are more, but you get the idea. 

China’s so-called “aggression” toward Taiwan, one of its provinces that the fading U.S. empire has decided to use as the proxy to make war on its biggest economic competitor, is trumpeted by corporate press lackeys like AP constantly now. This collusion between the liars in office and the liars in media means the general public hears such false messages repeatedly and almost nothing to counter them. 

I don’t know how much David Rising of the AP gets paid to help pull the wool over your eyes, but he’s earning it by simply repeating nonsense like this from Lloyd Austin: the war in Ukraine “serves to underline how dangerous the world would be if big countries were able to ‘just invade their peaceful neighbors with impunity.'”

Would be? How about is? Big country U.S. has invaded 800+ spots around the globe with their military bases, and has further attacked and occupied scores of nations.

Here’s one way to look at it:

Here’s another:

Almost everything President Biden has said about Ukraine has turned out not to be true, but he wasn’t lying when he said that the Nord Stream 2 would never open. But he’s kind of dingy now and as such a much less convincing liar than the architects of World War 3 who he fronts for.

Here’s another major player, one whose lies are regularly reported by government stenographer Politico: 

 It was difficult to find a picture of Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor, “smiling.”

For gender equity, here are a couple of the smiling liars helping make our warmongering machine look woke.

Victoria Nuland straddles many administrations, D and R, and was smiling when she handed out cookies to coup supporters in Ukraine in 2014 — but I like this picture of her better. Recently she’s been “helping” Pakistan during their lawfare soft coup of hugely popular PM Imran Khan, and “helping” Sudan.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre‘s entire job is managing lies with a straight, if not smiling, face. Lies like: America is helping Ukraine fight for its democracy. With Ukraine as the most corrupt and arguably least democratic nation in Europe, it takes a lot of poise and keeping one’s eye on the ball of future lucrative employment to offer up this gross canard without LOL.

But here’s the thing: nobody will be laughing once we’ve been lied into a nuclear WW3.

Send In The Clowns

 Detail, James Fangboner’s multi-media piece “Send in the clowns”

Just more post about the entertaining parallels between crumbling empires suggested in Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk and then I’ll get off this jag I’m on.

When the real deciders are hidden behind multiple layers of ostensible rulers, those playing the roles can be as buffoonish as you like. In fact, the more buffoonish the better! Who doesn’t get distracted by a Punch & Judy show with puppets bashing each other?

Part of the comedy in Pamuk’s book is how rapidly the “head of state” can turn over without really affecting much. When the main requirement of the job is telling lies as if they were plausible, the persons doing the job are interchangeable. Weaselly bureaucrat, revolutionary hero, or princess of the blood all fit the purpose.

In the declining days of the U.S. empire, the homeland and its vassals have had some hugely entertaining characters inhabiting the role of decider. Also some sadder acts like an 80 year old showing signs of dementia having others announce for him that he’ll seek a second term. 

In the clown car:

Wants to be top clown again after refusing to admit to losing his last election. Almost does not need clown makeup to look clownish. Brought clowning to social media in a big way.

Sad clown who wanders aimlessly and can’t do press conferences. And a VP clown who can’t run herself because her shtick is hilarious word salads. How could this slapstick duo be in charge of the nuclear hot button that blows up the whole world?

Allegedly a Green, the German minister for foreign affairs is a blurter who comes up with some real doozies. She reminded the EU that they’re not at war with each other they’re at war with Russia, and later told reporters that Russia’s president had better do a 360° turn in Ukraine or else face the consequences. Twice.

The UK prime minister predicted to have a shorter shelf life than a head of lettuce (true at 44 days) who forgot to use her encrypted cell phone to tell her boss in the U.S., “It’s done,” after the Nord Stream pipeline explosion.

These were the three most popular Halloween costumes in Ireland in 2019, according to the Irish Times. It’s enough to give a person coulrophobia (fear of clowns).