US The Most Manipulated Population on Earth:The Art of DeceptionSubmitted by Susan on Sat, 05/10/2008 - 10:50
"Americans and the rest of the world are watching different wars on TV: the real one presented by the foreign media all around the world, and the other sanitized war presented to the American people by the American networks. The United States population is probably the most manipulated population on the face of earth."
"People are watching different wars on television. Depending on where you are located, there are two wars going on—the one presented all around the world by the foreign media, and the other sanitized war presented to the American people by the American networks (in the US, from what I have seen so far, only the CNN, "BBC," the English television channel, and the Spanish television channels are giving war coverage more in line with the rest of the world media)".
"False information (misinformation and propaganda) becomes true information in the minds of even normally rational and smart people. I always wondered why Adolf Hitler was able to become so powerful in a nation such as Germany—when the German people as a group (in terms of the intelligence of the average German), are considered the smartest people in the world. How was it possible to make these very smart people stop thinking and becoming just a herd of brainless sheep? The German people in the 1930's, also a very patriotic people, probably became blind by the call for patriotism by their leader Adolf Hitler to build the most powerful army in the world. After you build such a powerful machine, there is the seduction of why not use it against other weaker people, and take over their countries".
"I see on television all the time Americans asking themselves why people around the world hate us? They must be jealous of how rich and prosperous we are.
Let's stop for a moment and analyze the current world events not from the American perspective, but from the point of view of what the rest of the world might be seeing from their perspective.
Let's see if we can find a recent parallel in world history. For example: In the 1930's Hitler was building the greatest armed forces of his time. Then he decided to take over the rest of the world starting with Europe. The rest is history.
Today, the US is considered, at least by the American press, to be the only surviving world superpower. The US already has one of the largest armies in the world, and one of the largest arsenals of any country in the world. In 2003 the US defense budget accounts for 50 percent of the entire defense spending of our planet.
From the rest of the world's perspective, the other countries must be wondering why the US is spending so much money on defense. The US is spending much more money on defense than can be justified, if the main purpose is the defense of the country.
The rest of the world has the right to be suspicious of US intentions. Why is the US spending so much money on defense when at the same time it has so many other more pressing needs?
American dominance and the new world order
The rest of the world has the right of being even more suspicious when they read articles such as the one published by The Record on February 23, 2003, "American dominance. The making of a blueprint for a new world order." I was surprised to read that article in The Record, because that newspaper leans more to the right than to the left.
Quoting from that article: "An attack on Iraq. Vast increases in military spending. Planting new American bases all over the world, from the jungles of South America to the steppes of Central Asia. Embracing the concept of preemptive war and unilateral action as cornerstones of national strategy."
These policies may seem like reactions to the changed world confronting America after the September 11 terrorist attacks. But in fact, each one of them—and many other policies now being advanced by the Bush administration—were planned years before the first plane ever struck the doomed Twin Towers.
They are the handiwork of an obscure but influential conservative group called Project for the New American Century (PNAC), whose members—including Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld—now sit at the highest reaches of power. The papers they produced during the 1990's are like a roadmap of the course that America is following—a course that PNAC hopes will lead to an utterly dominant America in world affairs.
PNAC was formed in 1997, with a roster of conservative heavy-hitters, many of whom are now major players in the Bush administration. In addition to Cheney and Rumsfeld, the lineup included Paul Wolfowitz (now deputy defense secretary) Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff), Zalmay Khalilzad (special emissary to Afghanistan), John Bolton (undersecretary of state for arms control)...Other influential participants included publisher Steve Forbes, Gary Bauer, former Secretary of Education William Bennett, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and Jeb Bush, brother of the president and now governor of Florida.
In 2000, this group published a highly detailed 90 page blueprint for transforming America's military. The document, "Rebuilding America's Defenses," advocates a series of "revolutions" in national defense and foreign affairs—all of which have come to pass, in a very short time, since the September 11 terrorist attacks. The measures proposed in PNAC's 2000 report included:
1) Projecting American dominance with a "worldwide network of forward operating bases"—some permanent, others "temporary access arrangements"—in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. These additions to America's already extensive overseas deployments would act as "the cavalry on the new American frontier"—a frontier that PNAC declared now extended throughout the world.
2) Withdrawing from arms control treaties to allow for the development of a global missile shield, the deployment of space based weapons, and the production of a generation of battlefield nuclear weapons, especially so-called "bunker-busters" for penetrating underground fortifications.
3) Raising the US military budget to at least 3.8 percent of gross domestic product, with annual increases of tens of billions of dollars each year.
4) Developing sophisticated new technologies to "control the global commons of cyberspace" by closely monitoring communications and transactions on the Internet.
5) Pursuing the development of "new methods of attack—electronic, non-lethal, biological...in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and perhaps the world of microbes."
6) Developing the ability to "fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars." This means moving beyond the two-war standard of preparedness that has guided US strategy since World War II in order to account for "new realities and potential new conflicts." It lists countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Libya as targets for those potential new conflicts, and urges Pentagon war planners to consider not merely containing them or defeating them in battle, but "changing their regimes."
The article was too long for me to quote it in its entirety, but the article followed by giving actual examples of how PNAC's plan is being implement by the Bush administration in every way. It is a plan for the US to dominate all the nations of the world. It is the American version of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler presented the world with his vision of the world. Many years later he attained the political power to realize that vision. The world dismissed his book as the work of a madman and ignored his message; the result was a tragedy of unprecedented proportions".
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