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Title: Mad Dog Mattis, the destroyer of Raqqa, frets about losing moral authority
Source: From The Trenches/Russia Today
URL Source: http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.c ... -losing-moral-authority/228529
Published: Jun 21, 2018
Author: RT
Post Date: 2018-06-22 19:26:45 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 134
Comments: 18

RT

It’s parallel universe time when US Pentagon chief James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis complains that America’s “moral authority” is being undermined by others – specifically Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

This is the ex-Marine general who gained his ruthless reputation from when illegally occupying US troops razed the Iraqi city of Fallujah in the 2004-2005 using “shake and bake” bombardment of inhabitants with banned white phosphorus incendiaries. 

A repeat of those war crimes happened again last year under Mattis’ watch as Pentagon chief when US warplanes obliterated the Syrian city of Raqqa, killing thousands of civilians. Even the pro-US Human Rights Watch abhorred the repeated use of white phosphorus during that campaign to “liberate” Raqqa, supposedly from jihadists.

These are but two examples from dense archives of US war crimes committed over several decades, from its illegal intervention in Syria to Libya, from Iraq to Vietnam, back to the Korean War in the early 1950s when American carpet bombing killed millions of innocent civilians.

For Mattis to lament during a speech at a naval college last week that America’s moral authority is being eroded by Putin is a symptom of the delusional official thinking infesting Washington.

According to Mattis, the problem of America’s diminishing global reputation has nothing to do with US misconduct – even though the evidence is replete to prove that systematic misconduct. No, the problem, according to him, is that Russia’s Putin is somehow sneakily undermining Washington’s moral authority.

Mattis told his audience: “Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America’s moral authority.” He added that the Russian leader’s “actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals.”

The US Secretary of Defense doesn’t elaborate on how he thinks Russia is achieving this dastardly plot to demean America. It is simply asserted as fact. This has been a theme recycled over and over by officials in Washington and Brussels, other Western government leaders and of course NATO and its affiliated think-tanks. All of which has been dutifully peddled by Western news media.

It is classic “in denial” thinking. The general loss of legitimacy and authority by Western governments is supposedly nothing to do with their own inherent failures and transgressions, from bankrupt austerity economics, to deteriorating social conditions, to illegal US-led wars and the repercussions of blowback terrorism and mass migration of refugees.

Oh no. What the ruling elites are trying to do is shift the blame from their own culpability on to others, principally Russia.

American political analyst Randy Martin says that Mattis’ latest remarks show a form of collective delusion among Western political establishments and their aligned mainstream news media.

“What a powerful delusion Mattis and Western leaders like him are encumbered with,” says Martin. “The US undercuts and compromises its own avowed beliefs and ideals because it has lost any moral integrity that it might have feasibly pretended to have due to decades of its own criminal foreign conduct.”

The analyst added: “America’s so-called moral authority is the free pass it gives itself to topple democracy in Ukraine, replacing it with neo-Nazis; it has turned economically prosperous Libya into a wasteland, after murdering its leader Muammar Gaddafi; it funds and openly sponsors the MKO terror group in Iran for regime change in Tehran; and it is neck deep in fueling the Saudi coalition’s genocidal war in Yemen.”

Despite this litany of criminality committed by the US with the acquiescence of European allies, Washington, says Martin, “preaches a bizarre doctrine of ‘exceptionalism’ and somehow arrogates a moral right to dominate the world. This is the fruit of the diseased minds of sociopaths.”

This week, three headline-making issues speak volumes about America’s declining moral authority.

First, there are the harrowing scenes of thousands of migrant children being ripped away from parents at the Mexican border, forcibly housed in wire cages, sobbing relentlessly from the trauma. There has been an outcry around the world over the heartless “zero-tolerance” policy by the Trump administration. The United Nations condemned it as “unconscionable”.

One editorial writer for the Washington Post called Trump’s policy “barbarous”, and said it was inflicting “great damage to the fabric of our democracy”.

Secondly, the Trump administration is recklessly pushing ahead with a trade war against China and its Western allies. The unilateral imposition of tariffs by the White House in disregard for international trade laws has prompted European officials to deplore how Trump is “undermining the global rules-based system”.

Thirdly, there is widespread horror at the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen where millions of civilians are in danger of starving to death due to the US-backed Saudi and Emirati offensive on the critical port city of Hodeida.

Lastly, the US withdrawal this week from the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, which UN ambassador Nikki Haley lambasted for being a “cesspool of prejudice” against Israel, caused consternation that Washington was cynically trying to shut down criticism of its support for Israel and its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.

In all three issues, US global standing is tarnished by its own policy-making, decisions and conduct. Increasingly, Washington is becoming the full-fledged rogue regime that many observers had already concluded it was from decades of illegal wars and subterfuges. What is different now is that the rogue image is becoming impossible to not notice or to conceal by self-serving propaganda and myths that the Western media indulged in for decades.

Mattis’ protests about the US losing its moral authority are more to do with a growing fear of one’s own nakedness. Like the emperor who had no clothes, the naked ugliness of American global power is becoming more and more exposed.

Arguably, it is not a case of US power becoming more malevolent or wayward over time. That has always been the case; only in the past the perniciousness was handily concealed by an efficient, servile news media.

With increasing global communications and alternative sources of news and analysis, the erstwhile media monopoly that the US enjoyed along with its Western lackeys is no longer dominant. Western public in particular have more information sources to allow a more critical, independent assessment of their governments and the official narratives. This is why the supposed “moral authority” of the US government is being challenged. People are seeing through the veil of lies and misinformation, and making the correct conclusions.

Not only no clothes, but the emperor’s hands are covered in blood from massive crimes against humanity and atrocious wars of aggression that were previously denied or hidden.

One suspects that what’s really agitating Mattis and other apologists for US illegal wars and malevolent conduct is that the unvarnished truth is being told by alternative sources.

America’s purported “moral authority” is not being lost. It never had any in the first place. What’s being lost is the illusion of authority.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/430299-mattis-moral-authority-putin/

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

It has turned economically prosperous Libya into a wasteland, after murdering its leader Muammar Gaddafi

Who were the president and SOS when that occurred?

rlk  posted on  2018-06-22   21:47:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: The Resistance Media, Deckard (#0)

AND ladies and gentlemen, THE Money Quotes and entire reason for this propaganda piece:

...Harrowing scenes of thousands of migrant children being ripped away from parents at the Mexican border, forcibly housed in wire cages, sobbing relentlessly from the trauma. There has been an outcry around the world over the heartless “zero-tolerance” policy by the Trump administration. The United Nations condemned it as “unconscionable”.

One editorial writer for the Washington Post called Trump’s policy “barbarous”, and said it was inflicting “great damage to the fabric of our democracy”.

This is just another GLOBALIST hit-piece on the President's policy of BORDER ENFORCEMENT. As though the UN and WaPo give a rat's behind about "Democracy".

Chyeah -- let's all take the pro-New World Order UN and Leftist Bezos' WaPo seriously. Because THEY and 0bama are moral paragons, right?

NOBODY with a brain is buying this fake, pro-One World Gummint narrative, Deckard.

Oh -- and then there is THIS gem:

Washington was cynically trying to shut down criticism of its support for Israel and its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.

GET BENT.

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-23   12:39:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: rlk, Deckard (#1)

Who were the president and SOS when that occurred?

HA! (that detail is conspicuously missing, isn't it?)

Kinda reinforces the sham-fest of this BS "analysis"/propaganda.

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-23   12:41:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

Not only no clothes, but the emperor’s hands are covered in blood from massive crimes against humanity and atrocious wars of aggression that were previously denied or hidden.

Did someone say, "Empeor with no clothes"? I must have missed the mention of BARRY 0BAMA.

Wasn't it HE and Hillary who assassinated Libya's Qaddafi, deposed Egypt's Mubarak, and generally CREATED the fake "Arab Spring", aka "RADICAL MOOSLEM CIVIL WAR" designed to crush Middle East democracy?

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-23   12:46:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Liberator (#4)

Not only no clothes, but the emperor’s hands are covered in blood from massive crimes against humanity and atrocious wars of aggression that were previously denied or hidden.

Did someone say, "Empeor with no clothes"? I must have missed the mention of BARRY 0BAMA.

So...it was bad when it happened under Obama's watch, but somehow magically becomes good when the same policies continue under Trump?

OK - got it.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff.

Deckard  posted on  2018-06-23   12:49:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#5) (Edited)

"It was bad when it happened under Obama's watch, but somehow magically becomes good when the same policies continue under Trump?"

"Same"? Wrong narrative.

Amazing. So you're telling me that "Trump's policy" is extending 0bama's "Arab Spring"? But...but...and what about 0bama's supposed "Red Line" policy?

Funny how WaPo and the UN, and apparently you ALL bemoan the policies of Trump -- who's barely into a 17 months of his admin -- but *don't* mention 0bama and his obviously Dumpster-Fire ME policies through 8 YEARS??

Yeah, right.

Get back to me what you don't parrot NWO WaPo/UN propaganda, ok?

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-23   13:14:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#5) (Edited)

Why don't you just admit that what you posted was pure propaganda and excuse to bash and undermine Donald Trump's pro-MAGA policies?

That's NOT "analysis" by the way; Neither is there anything "journalistic" OR honest about it.

Why are you constantly undermining support of a President who the Left and Globalists hate? Didn't you *used* to be Independent, concerned over NWO fascism and Statism?

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-23   13:19:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Liberator (#7) (Edited)

Why don't you just admit that what you posted was pure propaganda

So...anything critical of Trump and/or does not come from Trump/Liberator-approved sources is considered "propaganda" by you?

When did you become the supreme arbiter of truth?

... excuse to bash and undermine Donald Trump's pro-MAGA policies?

That's what you got from this artivle?

This article had one short paragraph about the plight of illegal immigrant children, which I don't agree with.

Everything else is pretty much spot on. The U.S. has no right to claim moral authority considering the level of criminality it engages in all over the world.

You fret about the NWO, yet the U.S. is the tip of the spear when it comes to globalism.

Trump is trying to throw a monkey wrench into the gears of their machinations - I get that - but at the end of the day, what really has changed?

Oh - and your point about the controlled media hating Trump - they sure do love him when he shows his hawkish side, don't they?

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff.

Deckard  posted on  2018-06-23   14:44:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard, Lubricator (#8)

Lubricator

hondo68  posted on  2018-06-23   15:01:31 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Deckard (#8)

In appears the part of your brain that *used to* prioritize Logic 101, Honesty 101, and Critical Thinking 101 has left the building. Hopefully, temporarily.

The reason FOR the article was to mask its contempt of Trump and blindly jabbing at his policies. It only blathered on about past 0bama Admin policies that were NOT. CALLED. OUT. Can you tell me why 0bama's name and his 8 years of destructive policy and aiding and abetting Mooslem radicalism were NOT mentioned?

This was only one reason to discredit the entire article and the author' fake concern for the direction American military policy in the Middle East (which hasn't fully been determined yet and is necessarily fluid thus far.)

This article had one short paragraph about the plight of illegal immigrant children, which I don't agree with.

Everything else is pretty much spot on.

Even its pro-Pali terrorist/anti-Israel position?

It quoted WaPo and the phony NWO UN for heaven's sake. They totally distorted/lied/propgandized over the actual truth of US Border protocol over the invasion and children.

Trump is trying to throw a monkey wrench into the gears of their machinations - I get that - but at the end of the day, what really has changed?

Good grief...Are you serious??

Despite the all-out war declared on Trump by the Media and Democrat/Globalist "Resistance", Trump's acheivements are already several and well-documented.

I realize you are now somehow blind and deaf to the obvious, but there's been an ongoing attempted frame up of Donald Trump and coup by 0bama's FBI, DoJ, and 0bma holdovers in Foggy Bottom. Why and HOW can you still be ignoring/discounting THE biggest scandal in US History?? We're at the brink of CW2. (Man...you used to be so sharp.)

The ONLY "job" of this phony "Media" is attempting to foment "The Resistance" and anarchy, character assassinate Trump, his family, and ANY one associated with Trump-support; AND the "job" of sabotaging and undermining American sovereignty and Trumpian MAGA policy, and manipulating public opinion.

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-23   15:48:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Deckard (#8) (Edited)

You fret about the NWO, yet the U.S. is the tip of the spear when it comes to globalism.

Anti-Globalist Donald Trump has been in office 17 months. He's had to fend off a coup. And *somehow* you indict *him* and his admin as being the "tip of the globalist's spear"?

Do you realize that it is the Globalists, the UN, the EU, Leftists who've ALL declared war of Trump's MAGA policy?

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-23   15:51:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Deckard (#0)

Another one of your absurd posts, and I would say that this one is worse than the previous ones if that were even possible.

Mad Dog is the best general and head of the Pentagon that we have ever had. He should be highly praised for wiping out ISIS, and you are criticizes him? Nothing could be more utterly absurd.

Every war throughout history has resulted in some civilian deaths, and sometimes millions. Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki for example?. 50 million people died in WW II. Compare that to about 1800 in Raqqa, and maybe 7000 in Fallujah (total, but most of them were killed by ISIS and/or Iraqi forces, not the US). See how ridiculous you are?

Mad Dog will be remembered in history as one of the best generals ever. And a big part of the reason is, he limited civilian casualties the best he could without compromising the objective (the defeat of ISIS).

interpreter  posted on  2018-06-24   7:58:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: interpreter (#12)

Nothing could be more utterly absurd.

I'd say your ludicrous prophecies that never come true are infinitely more absurd Nostra-dumbass.

Oh, I forgot, God has a different timetable than yours.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff.

Deckard  posted on  2018-06-24   10:07:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Liberator (#2)

Washington was cynically trying to shut down criticism of its support for Israel and its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.

That the same "israel" that legalized the abomination of nature in 1963?

 

https://www.haaretz.com/israel- news/tel-aviv-pride-parade-2018-everything-you-need-to-know-1.6156540

 

VxH  posted on  2018-06-27   10:10:21 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: VxH (#14)

Yeah, so Israel's homo contingent is out of hand. AS IN THE USA. (Does that negate and invalidate the entire nation?)

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-27   10:15:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Liberator (#15) (Edited)

Does that negate and invalidate the entire nation?

The only thing Balfour and Rothschilde's "nation" has ever validated is the "need" for the goods and services of the Military Industrial Complex.

AS IN THE USA.

YEAH SO - Herbert Marcuse and his NEOcon Bolshevik successors can ESAD.

VxH  posted on  2018-06-27   10:46:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: VxH (#16)

You're conflating cause and effect AND also dismissing the overall NWO agenda to divide & conquer through the demolition of Bible-base morality.

Liberator  posted on  2018-06-27   11:19:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Liberator (#17) (Edited)

I'm not conflating or dismissing anything -- And neither was Alexander Solzhenitsyn.


The so-called "NWO" is nothing new under the Sun. Just ask Korah and Co. who it was that propped up the Pharaohs and their predatory caste of theocratic parasites.

VxH  posted on  2018-06-27   13:05:12 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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