Media Cannot Contain its Enthusiasm for War in Syria

This direct quote from MSNBC’s Brian Williams is pretty much representative of the cheer-leading going on in the U.S. media for the latest act of imperialist aggression:

“We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean. I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen, ‘I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.’ And they are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making what is for them a brief flight over this airfield.”  

13 thoughts

    1. Interesting article. I don’t think having a clear strategy matters too much to those in charge anymore, especially under the Trump administration. It’s just showing force anywhere possible, and Afghanistan is always a convenient target since it’s been under military occupation since the beginning of the century.

  1. When bullets are flying, and those “bombs (are) bursting in air”, only a fool would ever
    become mesmerized by the “beauty” of it all! I was not in a combat unit, but, almost 50 years since Vietnam, I can remember walking by an infantry squad’s tent. The sergeant was, assumedly reciting a prayer, or sharing his thoughts, and the squad was in a loose formation.

    In front of them was a rifle, stuck in the ground by its unsheathe bayonet, with their former squad-mate’s, their friend’s boots in front of the rifle. I still think of that sight often. RIP!

    1. I’m glad someone shares my thoughts about that line in the American “National Anthem”. I’ve always thought it was strange that “the bombs bursting in air” was something to celebrate in such a fashion, as if those bombs were bursting apart the bodies of innocent victims.

  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘How cool is that?’ … he became president, AGAIN?
    ‘Beautiful pictures at night …? ‘More decisive than the previous Prez?’ … WTF? I can’t believe the fawning over Drumpf!
    Sycophants …

    1. I would rather look at the photos of the Cherry blossoms, around the Potomac Basin, which the NY Times printed last year at this time. There was the spendid beauty, and the Peace that they represent, between Japan and the U. S. But, that sort of slender doesn’t challenge the Regime!

      Unfortunately, we only have one such setting in Washington and, oh so very many Monuments to War! WHY?

      1. I’ve been reading “The Coldest Winter”, by David Halberstom. It’s one or the few good books about the Korean War. It shows how much of an A/H MacArthur was, and most of his preferred group of subordinates. For those who think that there is glory in war, its mostly the guys at the top who get the medals.

        But, “Mac” was so much of a model for Donnie Boy, its no wonder that MacArthur was one of his idols. But so similar! Each was a for unto themselves, and their staffs one to provide them with information that they already “know to be ‘true'”. Mac road out Bataan in Australia, and Korea in Tokyo. Not bad gigs. Unfortunately, he hadn’t put in his reservation at Mar-a-Lago soon enough.

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