sábado, 8 de octubre de 2016

Bombas, mentiras y videos

Lo que sigue no es nuevo, claro, pero cuánta bronca da ver a una banda de irresponsables jugar con la seguridad del mundo. A medida que se desvanece la administración Obama, a medida que se revelan los "errores" de su intervención en Siria, más torpes las respuestas, más descoordinadas, con más cabos sueltos, desprolijidades y manotazos de ahogado para el asombro y la repulsa generalizada. Leemos en el sitio web Moon of Alabama:

Título: A Desperate Obama Administration Resorts To Lying And Maybe More

Texto: On September 28 the French mission to the UN claimed that two hospitals in east-Aleppo had been bombed. It documented this in a tweet with a picture of destroyed buildings in Gaza. The French later deleted that tweet.

It is not the first time such false claims and willful obfuscations were made by "western" officials. But usually they shy away from outright lies.

Not so the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. In a press event yesterday, before talks with the French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault about a new UN resolution, he said (vid @1:00) about Syria:

Last night, the regime attacked yet another hospital, and 20 people were killed and 100 people were wounded. And Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and medical facilities and children and women.These are acts that beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes. And those who commit these would and should be held accountable for these actions.

No opposition group has claimed that such an extremely grave event happened. None. No press agency has a record of it. The MI-6 disinformation outlet SOHR in Britain, which quite reliably notes every claimed casualty and is frequently cited in "western" media", has not said anything about such an event anywhere in Syria.

The grave incident Kerry claimed did not happen. Kerry made it up. (Was it supposed to happen, got canceled and Kerry missed the memo?) Kerry used the lie to call for war crime investigations and punishment. This in front of cameras, at an official event with a foreign guest in the context of a United Nations Security Council resolution.

This is grave. This is nearly as grave as Colin Powell's false claims of WMD in Iraq in front of the UN Security Council.

Early reports, like this one at CBSNEWS, repeat the Kerry claim:

Kerry said Syrian forces hit a hospital overnight, killing 20 people and wounding 100, describing what would be the latest strike by Moscow or its ally in Damascus on a civilian target.

But the New York Times write up of the event, which includes Kerry's demand for war crime investigations, does not mention the hospital bombing claim. Not at all. For the self-acclaimed "paper of record", Kerry's lie did not happen. Likewise the Washington Post which in its own write up makes no mention of the false Kerry claim.

The latest AP write up by Matthew Lee also omits the lie. This is curious as Matt Lee is obviously aware of it. The State Departments daily press briefing yesterday had a whole section on it. Video (@3:30) shows that it is Matt who asks these questions:

QUESTION: Okay. On to Syria and the Secretary’s comments earlier this morning, one is: Do you know what strike he was talking about in his comments overnight on a hospital in Aleppo?

MR KIRBY: I think the Secretary’s referring actually to a strike that we saw happen yesterday on a field hospital in the Rif Dimashq Governorate. I’m not exactly positive that that’s what he was referring to, but I think he was referring to actually one that was --

QUESTION: Not one in Aleppo?

MR KIRBY: I believe it was – I think it was – I think he – my guess is – I’m guessing here that he was a bit mistaken on location and referring to one -- 

QUESTION: But you don’t have certainty, though?

MR KIRBY: I don’t. Best I got, best information I got, is that he was most likely referring to one yesterday in this governorate, but it could just be an honest mistake.

QUESTION: If we could – if we can nail that down with certainty what he was talking about --
MR KIRBY: I’ll do the best I can, Matt. 

This goes on for a while. But there was no hospital attack in Rif Dimashq nor in Aleppo. Later on DoS spokesman Kirby basically admits that Kerry lied: "I can’t corroborate that."

It also turns out that Kerry has no evidence for any war crimes and no plausible way to initiate any official international procedure about such. And for what? To bully Russia? Fat chance, that would be a hopeless endeavor and Kerry should know that.

Kerry is desperate. He completely lost the plot on Syria. Russia is in the lead and will do whatever needs to be done. The Obama administration has, apart from starting a World War, no longer any way to significantly influence that.

Kerry is only one tool of the Obama administration. Later that day the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, made other accusations against Russia:

The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directedthe recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.

Translation: "WE DO NOT KNOW at all ("we are confident", "we believe", "directed") who did these hacks and WE DO NOT HAVE the slightest evidence ("consistent with","based on the scope and sensitivity") that Russia is involved, so let me throw some chaff and try to bamboozle you all."

The former British ambassador Craig Murray calls it a blatant neocon lie. It was obviously the DNC that manipulated the U.S. election by, contrary to its mandate, promoting Clinton over Sanders. The hackers only proved that. It is also easy to see why these accusations are made now. Murray:

That the Obama administration has made a formal accusation of Russia based on no evidence is, on one level, astonishing. But it is motivated by desperation. WikiLeaks have already announced that they have a huge cache of other material relating to Hillary’s shenanigans. The White House is simply seeking to discredit it in advance by a completely false association with Russian intelligence.

The Obama administration is losing it. On Syria as well as on the election it can no longer assert its will. Trump, despite all dirty boy's club talk he may do, has a significant chance to catch the presidency. He (-44%) and Clinton (-41%) are more disliked by the U.S electorate, than Putin (-38%). Any solution in Syria will be more in Russia's than the Washington's favor.

Such desperation can be dangerous. Kerry is gasping at straws when he lies about Russia. The president and his colleagues at the Pentagon and the CIA have more kinetic means to express themselves. Could they order up something really stupid?

3 comentarios:

  1. Ya lo comentamos en un post anterior.

    No hay gobierno en USA en el sentido estricto de la palabra. Solo apariencias de gobierno. La desintegración de la cadena de decisiones es evidente. Pocas veces pasó esto en la historia mundial.

    El gobierno en USA es ejercido por una dictadura de combinaciones oligárquicas que utilizan elementos del Pentágono, CIA, NSA, Departamento de Estado, Departamento de Justicia, entre otros, para conseguir sus fines. Es una especie de "sinarquía" en palabras que el General argentino en el exilio usó para referirse a las combinaciones oligárquicas y los gobiernos de las grandes potencias. Pero es una que ya no puede sostener la ficción y mantener más o menos ordenado el control que ejerce sobre las instituciones de la "República".

    Tal situación es sumamente peligrosa para la situación geopolítica mundial.

    Si USA ataca alguna posición del ejército de Siria ya no va a haber lugar para disculpas alegando "errores". Va a haber una guerra mundial, porque Rusia no va a recular. Los que creen esto en USA son estúpidos, se hacen los estúpidos o persiguen intereses inconfesables.

    Quizá Rusia no responda en el mismo escenario de Siria, pero va a responder en alguna forma no simétrica en alguna parte, si no es en la misma Siria. Y no hay marcha atrás.

    Es curiosa la coyuntura actual en el mundo. Hay un clima objetivo de guerra mundial que solo lo viven en forma más o menos conciente un sector relativamente considerable de la población en Oriente. Y la gran mayoría de la población en Occidente está alienada de ese clima de guerra. Evidentemente, eso es una mala combinación para la población occidental.

    Esa alienación se relaciona con la burbuja informativa que alimentan constantemente las agencias de noticias mundiales dominadas por intereses oligárquicos occidentales.

    Muchos analistas e intelectuales que se consideran a sí mismos gente informada y que consulta "fuentes serias" son víctimas de tales burbujas, porque no pueden romper con sus hábitos y mentalidad normópata. Solo consideran la parte visible del iceberg y haciendo como la no visible (la sumergida) no existiera.

    Mucha gente no tiene recursos para tratar con la realidad, prefiere las apariencias.

    La realidad es que USA hoy se comporta como un violador (con la policía a su favor) que está dentro de nuestras casas y amenaza con violar a nuestras esposas, hijas y madres. Hay gente que quiere negociar con ellos, por ej. si va a usar preservativo o no cuando viole a nuestros fliares.

    Tal es el grado crudo de psicopatía con el que actualmente tienen que lidiar los rusos y los chinos.

    Por supuesto que los normópatas van a rechazar por exagerada esta imagen, porque ellos no pueden pensar otra cosa por su enfermedad. Pero esa imagen es tal cual lo que sucede actualmente en el mundo.

    Hay que lidiar con psicópatas unos y perversos astutos otros que los manejan a los primeros.

    Los países europeos ya se están dando cuenta de esto, prácticamente casi todos los países del mundo se dan cuenta menos 3 o 4 (GB, Ucrania, A. Saudita), pero obvio que temen por las represalias (que las sufrirán sus propios pueblos).

    Nunca una guerra mundial es producto de "intereses nacionales" en disputa. Este es el cuento oligárquico para los libros de historia.

    El sistema monetario y financiero global dominado por las combinaciones oligárquicas a predominio anglosajonas está por sufrir una de sus últimos episodios de desplome en su proceso de crisis de desintegración. Esto alimenta a todos los locos guerreristas y pone al mundo al borde de la guerra mundial nuclear.

    La realidad no es lo que cree la gente. Lo que cree la gente es una dimensión entre tantas de la realidad. Por más que la gente crea que el iceberg es solo lo que se ve la realidad (lo que se ve y lo que no) se lo va a hacer sentir.

    Lamentablemente, la conciencia de muchos ciudadanos es así. Solo se despierta por sacudidas, en el mejor de los casos. En el peor mueren sin despertarse.

    1. Excelente reflexión y precisión, Oti.

  2. Gracias por su comentario, Oti. Yo agregaría que la desaparición de la diplomacia estadounidense en favor de la banda fanática de neocones agrava aun más la cosa. No hay seguimiento racional de los acontecimientos. Un país puede hacer cosas perversas (casi todos los países lo hacen) en pro de sus intereses, pero siempre hay grupos de análisis de costo-beneficio, y un seguimiento de las políticas en marcha. El Imperio ha perdido esa capacidad.

    Cordiales saludos,