(FAIR) — If
we’re heading toward World War III, let’s hope that some episodes
of MSNBC‘s Andrea
Mitchell Reports survive
the nuclear winter to provide future civilizations with some clues as
to how we got there.
19 show was
a typical example of the current mentality of the US security state.
A short segment in the show featured Jeremy Bash, currently a
military consultant and formerly the chief of staff for both the
Department of Defense and the CIA under Leon Panetta in the Obama
just over four-and-a-half minutes, Bash recited an alarming number of
pro-war propaganda talking points that went unchallenged (and were
even egged on) by Mitchell.
and Mitchell began their conversation by addressing Monday’s
escalation of the Syrian War, when US forces shot down a Syrian
government warplane. Mitchell wondered if taking the action was
“basically getting us into a conflict with Russia,” while Bash
blamed the whole thing on the Russians refusing to tell Assad to
military conflict in a way that shows the US to be the hard-luck
victim of good intentions is of course not unique to MSNBC, or
even cable news. As FAIR’s Adam Johnson pointed
out on Twitteron
Tuesday afternoon, the US shooting
Iranian drone in southern Syria was blamed on the unmanned robot’s
apparent display of “hostile intent”— reasoning that was then
the headline of
British newspaper the Independent.
asked Bash if the dispute could result in all-out war. From there,
the conversation devolved into Bash and Mitchell doing everything
short of calling for war between the US and Russia, countries with
stockpiles of around 7,000 nuclear weapons each.
US hasn’t done “a very good job pushing Russia out of the way,”
said Bash, implying it would be a good idea to target a country that
only months ago was reported by Newsweek to
have a bomb that could flatten Texas. Bash added that “we’ve let
Russia have too free a hand, in my view, in the skies over Syria.”
the US should have full control over the skies in Syria is not a
position unique to Bash. BothDonald
Trump and Hillary
support for no-fly-zones over the country during the presidential
campaign. But to hear it stated so openly in the context of “pushing”
a major nuclear power “out of the way” is still startling.
replied that “the criticism is that the president is reluctant to
go after Russia.” Of course, that’s largely in line with the
marching orders from her colleagues at MSNBC,
who see Russian
conspiracies and machinations everywhere,
presenting the imperial rival as an existential threat.
agreed, telling Mitchell that “the big issue here has been an
inexplicable lack of resolve regarding Russia,” lamenting that “we
have not been willing to take them on.”
wasn’t all Russia and Syria; other Mideast conflicts were topics of
discussion as well during the segment. Mitchell and Bash placed
resolving the Israeli/Palestinian “way down the list” of things
for US diplomacy to do in the region, far below the dispute between
Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and the latter’s perceived closeness to
that crisis, Bash said, was a top priority, tying all the continuing
conflicts in the Middle East together in one neat package—with
Russia in the middle, naturally.
you look at the regional dynamics,” said Bash, “Russia has been
providing cover for Syria, for the Assad regime and for their friends
in Iran, and that is a dangerous development.”
Bash,” Mitchell said as the show cut to commercial. “Not a
reassuring Monday message.”
lot to worry about,” Bash agreed.
lot to worry about indeed, if Bash and Mitchell are indicative of
corporate media’s enthusiasm for going to war with another