Conspiracy Theorist: 3/24

Ukraine, Iran and government’s lies

By Mark Luedtke

Watching “Argo” reminded me how easy it is for government to lie to us through the media. It was easy in 1980 when government agents were inexperienced at it and propaganda was illegal in America. Thirty-five years later, domestic propaganda is legal and government agents are experts at it. The Federal Communications Commission has cartelized the U.S. media into a handful of giant corporate agents which control 90 percent of the information we receive. While pretending to be independent and adversarial, media bigwigs all report what they’re told to report so they can enjoy their ill-gotten seven figure salaries. If you don’t believe me, check out the story of former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson. They lie to us with what they report and what they don’t. Our family members, friends and acquaintances regurgitate propaganda to us, reinforcing it. That’s why all the major narratives the media immerses us in all day, every day are lies.

One of the major narratives today is that Russian aggression caused the war in Ukraine and the U.S. must intervene to save the Ukrainians from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who wants to reestablish the Soviet empire. In support of this narrative, our rulers periodically claim Russian tanks and infantry have invaded Ukraine. For example, last August Fox News reported, “Ukrainian border guards retreated Thursday as two columns of Russian tanks streamed into the nation, prompting fears that Russia is creating a land link between its territory and Crimea.”

These stories are invariably reported as fact with no questions asked even though no supporting evidence is provided. They’re also invariably lies, but that doesn’t matter to the propagandists. These are boys who cry bear for personal gain.

In reality, the U.S. and its European Union (EU) allies started the Ukrainian war when they instigated a coup against Ukraine’s popularly elected government, installing fascists and neo-Nazis instead. The coup-meisters subsequently ordered the ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine to stop speaking Russian, provoking conflict. Ukrainians dodge the draft the coup-meisters employed in droves. The Islamic State (ISIS) recently joined the coup-meisters. Putin brokered a ceasefire with the EU while the U.S. failed to negotiate, and the U.S. immediately violated it by sending National Guard troops to Ukraine.

If you think it’s insane to send U.S. troops – supposedly trainers, another lie – to fight alongside ISIS against Russian separatists on Russia’s border, you’re not alone. The Germans are pushing back against U.S. fearmongering. Spiegel Online recently wrote, “False claims and exaggerated accounts, warned a top German official during a recent meeting on Ukraine, have put NATO – and by extension, the entire West – in danger of losing its credibility.” That credibility is long gone. The Germans are pushing back because they know a conflagration between the U.S. and Russia starting in Ukraine will engulf Germany too.

Another major narrative of the last decade is Iran is developing nuclear weapons to destroy Israel then U.S. cities. This is also presented as fact with no questions asked. One of the main propagandists of this message is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In 1992, while in the Israeli parliament, Netanyahu predicted Iran was 3-5 years from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Wrong. In 2006 Netanyahu predicted Iran would have a nuclear weapon within five years. Wrong again.

Netanyahu is the boy who cried nuke. He’s become filthy rich by fearmongering. He was recently busted for making a video in his servants quarters to fool voters about being filthy rich.

Netanyahu doesn’t limit himself to Iran either. In 2002 he pushed the lie Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction. CNN noted, “[Netanyahu] went on to advise: ‘If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.’” Wrong. Fearmongering is profitable for all rulers no matter how much they lie and are wrong.

Despite Netanyahu’s lack of credibility, Speaker Boehner invited him to speak before Congress to further demonize Iran two weeks before a hotly contested election in Israel, hoping he would get the same political bump presidents get when they lord their power over Congress during State of the Union Propaganda Addresses. The Washington Post called Netanyahu’s speech Churchillian. That term was used liberally by the U.S. media.

Israelis were more sober. USA Today reported, “Although [Israelis] largely shared his view that Iran can’t be trusted, many saw his speech Tuesday more as an attempt to woo Israeli voters in the elections March 17 than to persuade American lawmakers to oppose an agreement President Obama is negotiating with Iran’s leadership.” Thirty-thousand protested Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. John V. Walsh posted a hilarious Israeli video of Netanyahu orchestrating U.S congressmen as they jumped out of their seats and applauded like trained seals at his every command. It’s well worth watching.

This false narrative never admits both U.S. intelligence and Israeli intelligence that Iran has no nuclear weapons program or that Iran voluntarily allows United Nations inspectors to inspect its nuclear facilities.

For our own safety, we must break free from government’s bubble of lies.

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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