2013 July 17 Wednesday
Why Didn't Anyone Tell Egypt That Stability Is The Ticket?

The Voice Of America, which is now finally allowed to distribute propaganda on US domestic cable channels just like PBS, has an important report about the sagacious wisdom of US Secretary of State John Kerry. John Kerry seeks to tell the Egyptian military something they haven't already thought of.

AMMAN, JORDAN U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Egypt's new interim leaders need to restore stability following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

Picture a room full of Egyptian generals smacking themselves upside the head: Oh right, stability. We forgot! Our bad. But wait, not really our fault. Morsi was in charge he probably forgot too. Gotta be more careful. One minor oversight and, bam, the whole country is falling apart with battles in the streets. Governing sure is hard. Our deep thanks to the American Secretary of State for cluing us in. Stability, that's the ticket. But couldn't he have told us sooner? Sir, please tell us sooner next time. Please?

I can haz stability!

More wisdom: It is not a coup. What a relief. That was a close call. Or if it is a coup, well, it takes time to think about it (months, maybe years) to collect all the evidence and perhaps even develop a computer model to process all that information. Who said what to whom? Did Morsi just need a rest from being a dutiful public servant? Hey, the military handed the country off to a court judge. That doesn't seem like a coup to me.

He told Arab League foreign ministers in Jordan that the Obama administration is not rushing to declare this a coup, an important legal distinction that would affect U.S. aid to Egypt.

Just mozying along taking our time. Aw shucks.

When the US government has sufficient motive to lie it lies (and the motives to bribe the Egyptian military elite to make nice with Israel are very strong among American elites). Just like the American press.

Getting back to Voice of America and The Cathedral: Birds of a feather recognize each other. Love this Foreign Policy (deep cathedral) article title by Rosa Brooks: The Case for American Propaganda: Complain all you want. But Uncle Sam produces better journalism than most of you yahoos. This you get from a graduate of Harvard, Oxford, and Yale.

I rarely read political speeches because I hate to watch people who are lying to me.. Plus, I do not watch them on TV because, oops, I seem to have thrown out the TV last time I moved. Even before then I accidentally cut the cable TV cable (it is not for nothing that they call it cable) one day out cutting the shrubbery. I took that as a sign. So I kicked the boob tube and this has helped me deprogram. Not watching TV is like not taking the blue pill every day.

Political speeches: Why subject yourself to propaganda? That includes TV shows. They culturally program you. Why subject yourself? Break free.

So what is my point? We have a very great need to get inoculated against and deprogrammed from propaganda. We also have a need for techniques that will let us extract useful information out of the press with filters for propaganda. The propaganda is so relentless that we run the risk of developing false beliefs out of weariness. We do not have the time to pick apart every single piece of spin in written work and the job is even harder when watching TV.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 July 17 10:15 PM 

Black Death said at July 18, 2013 5:52 AM:

I've always loathed Jimmy Carter, but I may have to change my opinion, at least a little bit. From Der Spiegel:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was in the wake of the NSA spy scandal criticized the American political system. "America has no functioning democracy," Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the "Atlantic Bridge" in Atlanta.

Previously, the Democrat had been very critical of the practices of U.S. intelligence. "I think the invasion of privacy has gone too far," Carter told CNN. "And I think that is why the secrecy was excessive." Overlooking the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Carter, whose revelations were long "likely to be useful because they inform the public."
Carter has repeatedly warned that the United States sharply declined due to excessive restriction of civil rights, their moral authority. Last year he wrote in an article in the "New York Times", new U.S. laws "never before seen breach our privacy by the government".


Well said, Jimmy.

not anon said at July 18, 2013 9:29 AM:

That Case for American Propaganda link is fouled up.

Check it out said at July 18, 2013 4:43 PM:

Agree with Black Death. America does not deserve men like Snowden. Nor does it deserve Manning or any of the dozens of others who are now imprisoned or dead for trying to expose the hypocrisy of the police state that has now become a jailer, murderer and owner. Americans are now an owned slave race, as few have ever been.

What Snowden, Manning and others have been foolish about is actually believing those myths that American parents teach their children and in believing that if only they exposed the lies and hypocrisy of your rulers and owners, you would in shook rise up and retake your mythical freedoms. Naive.

America now means blind statist and obedience in the name of security from "them", and them is about any boogeyman the state media organs can create.
Americans go happily and quite willingly, as long as the state gives them goodies and missile footage to watch; bread and circus. Pathetic.

Men like Snowden should be given Russian citizenship, they are much more valuable than aging French movie stars.

Eastside School said at July 30, 2013 6:35 PM:

Please don't use the vile, inaccurate, and anti-Christian term "The Cathedral" to refer to our hostile elites.

Check it out said at August 9, 2013 4:47 PM:

Catholic Elites are also hostile and many times even anti-christian.

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