The State of the Union

W.J. Astore

My Daily Helping of Propaganda from the New York Times

In this image, Joe Biden is “showing vigor,” according to CNN

This morning I read the New York Times’ coverage of Joe Biden’s “State of the Union” address and found this gem of a paragraph on the Russia-Ukraine War:

Ukraine has defied expectations so far, and could continue doing so. But if Ukraine falls, it would signal to the world that autocrats can get away with invading democratic countries. It would suggest the Western alliance isn’t as powerful as it once was — shifting global power away from democracies like the U.S. and members of the E.U. and toward authoritarian powers like Russia and China. And for Biden, it could damage his standing domestically and globally, much as America’s messy exit from Afghanistan did.

A few comments on this:

  1. Note how negotiations aren’t mentioned. Cease fire? Forget about it. 
  2. If Ukraine were to fall, would that truly be a signal to autocrats everywhere that democratic countries were ripe for the plucking? Which autocrats and which democratic countries?
  3. Was Ukraine a democracy? Is the USA a democracy?
  4. What about invasions and occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya by the US and its allies? Were those costly and disastrous wars OK because a so-called democratic entity invaded a more autocratic one?
  5. Was Biden’s standing truly damaged by that messy exit from Afghanistan? Or was America’s standing truly damaged by persisting in an unwinnable war for 20 years?
  6. If NATO suffers a blow to its prestige due to Ukraine’s fall, that will be the US and NATO’s fault. There was and remains no formal alliance between NATO and Ukraine. Recall that Ukraine was a Soviet republic and that Ukraine is far more closely linked to Russia historically than it is to Europe, let alone the USA.
  7. To answer my own question at (3), the US is not a democracy. It’s an authoritarian oligarchy controlled by Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, and other big financial and corporate interests. Choosing between Corporate Stooge 1 (D) and Corporate Stooge 2 (R) every two or four years is not democracy.

I was further fascinated by how the NYT’s summary began:

President Biden used his State of the Union speech to portray the U.S. as a country in recovery, and he is right that there has been a lot of good news lately.

Price increases have slowed. Covid deaths are down about 80 percent compared with a year ago. Ukraine is holding off Russia’s invasion. Congress passed legislation addressing climate change, infrastructure and gun violence, and some of it was bipartisan.

That Ukraine “is holding off Russia’s invasion” is a sign of “recovery” for the United States! If that’s not a tacit admission of proxy war, I don’t know what is.

It’s nice to know Ukrainians are fighting and dying so that the NYT can brag of the US as being “in recovery.”

A nod of thanks to the NYT for my daily helping of propaganda.

(Also, please detail any important legislation that seriously addresses climate change and gun violence; climate change continues apace, as does gun violence in the US. Finally, Covid deaths are down mainly because of a less virulent strain and increased immunity due to infections, not because of any decisive action taken by the Biden administration.)

22 thoughts on “The State of the Union

  1. Reblogged this on Unorthodox Truth and commented:

    If, in fact, covid deaths are down 80%, then we need look no further than the PCR test and reporting debacle that the NIH et al abandoned about the time the jabs were introduced. Over-reporting became under-reporting and smiley faces at the top of all NIH letterheads.

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  2. Thank you for your column today. I cannot stand to watch Biden or read the NYT anymore. So thanks for doing it and providing your thoughts. I agree wholeheartedly with what you have written and am so discouraged and afraid there will be nuclear extinction of most of life on earth.

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    1. Helen I feel exactly the same way – can’t stand Biden or the Times and I was thinking exactly same thing when I read Astore’s comment, and I too (along with countless others) am afraid of nuclear war, which apparently our military/industrial complex does not.

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  3. That Ukraine “is holding off Russia’s invasion” is a sign of “recovery” for the United States! If that’s not a tacit admission of proxy war, I don’t know what is.
    Bill, this is so discouraging. My family in the USA is clinging to “Putin is Hitler”.
    They just can’t see this!

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  4. LEVIATHAN MUST BE STOPPED by Jeffrey A. Tucker 020723

    The past three years have been a demonstration project in tyranny. A mighty hegemon of government, media, tech corporations, and medical elite took charge of most nations, overriding the law, traditions, and civic rituals of billions of people. In the wake of this great experiment, all we see is catastrophe.

    But that isn’t what they see. What they see is opportunity and a path to the future. That’s why there have been no apologies, no reforms, and no coming to terms. There have been some mild utterances to the effect that not everything has gone as planned. Even those have been few and far between.

    IN THE SWEEP OF HISTORY, THE PAST THREE YEARS HAVE BEEN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL EXERCISE OF POWER ON A GLOBAL SCALE EVER SEEN—IF BY SUCCESSFUL, WE MEAN DRAMATICALLY INTENSIFYING THE WEALTH TRANSFER FROM THE PEASANTS TO ELITES AND CONTROL OF A RULING CLASS OVER THE WHOLE POPULATION IN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE AMOUNT OF TIME.

    In that, what began in disease panic has been more successful than any heresy hunt in the Middle Ages, sedition purge in the early modern era, or war in our times. IT WAS BRILLIANT AND SPECTACULARLY EFFECTIVE. THEREFORE, OF COURSE, THEY WILL TRY IT AGAIN, BUILDING FROM THIS EPISODE TO DO EVER MORE. Whatever victories we seem to have won—the rollback of vaccine mandates, the successful court cases, the opinion polls showing that people are angry—need to be understood in this light.

    THERE WILL BE MORE AND THEY WILL BE INSTITUTIONALIZED.

    Continued at https://www.theepochtimes.com/leviathan-must-be-stopped_5032634.html [EMPHASES added.]

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  5. There are not many genuine “Investigative Journalists” remain but Seymour Hersh is still around.

    ‘How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline’
    The New York Times called it a “mystery,” but the United States executed a covert sea operation that was kept secret—until now

    The U.S. Navy’s Diving and Salvage Center can be found in a location as obscure as its name—down what was once a country lane in rural Panama City, a now-booming resort city in the southwestern panhandle of Florida, 70 miles south of the Alabama border. The center’s complex is as nondescript as its location—a drab concrete post-World War II structure that has the look of a vocational high school on the west side of Chicago. A coin-operated laundromat and a dance school are across what is now a four-lane road.

    The center has been training highly skilled deep-water divers for decades who, once assigned to American military units worldwide, are capable of technical diving to do the good—using C4 explosives to clear harbors and beaches of debris and unexploded ordinance—as well as the bad, like blowing up foreign oil rigs, fouling intake valves for undersea power plants, destroying locks on crucial shipping canals. The Panama City center, which boasts the second largest indoor pool in America, was the perfect place to recruit the best, and most taciturn, graduates of the diving school who successfully did last summer what they had been authorized to do 260 feet under the surface of the Baltic Sea.

    Last June, the Navy divers, operating under the cover of a widely publicized mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22, planted the remotely triggered explosives that, three months later, destroyed three of the four Nord Stream pipelines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the operational planning.

    Two of the pipelines, which were known collectively as Nord Stream 1, had been providing Germany and much of Western Europe with cheap Russian natural gas for more than a decade. A second pair of pipelines, called Nord Stream 2, had been built but were not yet operational. Now, with Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border and the bloodiest war in Europe since 1945 looming, President Joseph Biden saw the pipelines as a vehicle for Vladimir Putin to weaponize natural gas for his political and territorial ambitions……………………………………………..

    https://seymourhersh.substack.com/p/how-america-took-out-the-nord-stream

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  6. In my personal prayer life I petition God to fulfill this Biblical Prophecy, “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”

    It’s coming out only in drips and drabs, and reasoning why it’s so slow, the only answer is there is so much lying, deceiving and corruption in this World, if it came out all at once, too many people would not be able to absorb and handle it, as we can already see this World is going crazy as it is.

    Bill’s Blog has the record in some article in the early stages of the WAR last year, my account of going Daily to the OSCE tasked with reporting the Truce violations between the 2014 US/CIA installed proxy anti-Russian Ukraine government, and the Civilian Russian speaking UKRAINIANS in the Donbas bordering Russia.
    In the week BEFORE the Russian SMO, I reported the Ukraine government increased the shelling of the Russian speaking UKRAINE Civilians in the Donbas dramatically, reaching some 2000 Truce violations every Day before Russia intervened to stop it.

    So from the opening sentence, I’m satisfied to see more articles like this one appearing, confirming what was posted here long ago.

    ‘Setting the Record Straight; Stuff You Should Know About Ukraine’
    On February 16, 2022, a full week before Putin sent combat troops into Ukraine, the Ukrainian Army began the heavy bombardment of the area (in east Ukraine) occupied by mainly ethnic Russians. Officials from the Observer Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) were located in the vicinity at the time and kept a record of the shelling as it took place. What the OSCE discovered was that the bombardment dramatically intensified as the week went on until it reached a peak on February 19, when a total of 2,026 artillery strikes were recorded. Keep in mind, the Ukrainian Army was, in fact, shelling civilian areas along the Line of Contact that were occupied by other Ukrainians.
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    We want to emphasize that the officials from the OSCE were operating in their professional capacity gathering first-hand evidence of shelling in the area. What their data shows is that Ukrainian Forces were bombing and killing their own people. This has all been documented and has not been challenged.

    So, the question we must all ask ourselves is this: Is the bombardment and slaughter of one’s own people an ‘act of war’?……………………………………………………

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/setting-the-record-straight-stuff-you-should-know-about-ukraine/5807548

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    1. Why would I check out the OSCE site before the WAR started?
      I’m retired and have the Time to look into things most people just concerned of acquiring stuff and paying the bills don’t have the inclination to do.

      It’s also an Historical fact The Kansas City Times was quoting me over 2 Generations ago publishing these brief excerpts on September 13, 1976, “He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November TO DO GOD’S BIDDING: To tell the World, from Kansas City, this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered […] He gestured toward a gleaming church dome. “The gold dome is the symbol of BABYLON,” he said.” […] He wanted to bring to the Public’s attention an “idea being put out subtly and deceptively” by the government that we have to get prepared for a War with Russia.”

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  7. ‘Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: Have Western leaders lost their values or never existed?’
    A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Turkey and Syria, leaving at least sixteen thousand dead and tens of thousands injured, with the death toll expected to rise as countless people are trapped under the rubble. According to emergency services, people trapped under the rubble can survive for between 5 and 7 days from the date of the earthquake, depending on weather conditions and their location. More than 75 countries have flocked to Turkey to offer all kinds of help, including countries such as Armenia, Greece and Sweden, which are deeply at odds with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey, which is theoretically prepared for natural disasters, believes that technical and human assistance is not commensurate with the scale of the disaster. But the West, led by the US and Europe, has not sent any immediate aid to Syria, which has yet to emerge from nearly 12 years of a devastating war, is subject to harsh Western sanctions and lacks even a fraction of Turkey’s capabilities. Have Western leaders abandoned their values and put politics before human solidarity, or have these values always been flexible?

    The European continent accumulated its wealth by colonising other countries and continents. The Portuguese, Spanish, British, Italian, Austro-Hungarian, French and German empires plundered countries to steal their natural resources to bring the wealth back to the European continent and build a strong industry and economy.

    After the Second World War, the US empire emerged on the European continent. It extended its control and authority over the continent, where it reaped the spoils of war after the defeat of Germany. After the end of the Cold War and the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from the international arena, the US remained unchallenged on the world throne. Europe, with its colonial mentality, decided to join in, hoping to share in the future spoils left by the United States of America for its loyal allies……………………………………

    https://ejmagnier.com/2023/02/09/earthquakes-in-turkey-and-syria-have-western-leaders-lost-their-values-or-never-existed/

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  8. My son, who is in the 101st Airbourne & is being deployed to Romania in a month’s time, also noted how Biden never mentioned diplomacy as a solution to the Ukraine-Russian crisis. He is only supposed to be over there for 9 months, a year at the most, but if this turns into a NATO conflict, he could be there indefinitely. He is the father of a lovely 10-week-old daughter & of course, leaving his family is the LAST thing he wants to do. Of course, Biden has no control over any of this … it’s the military-industrial complex who’s calling the shots. If they want a war to maximize profits, they’ll get a war. I just want my boy to come home as soon as possible & in one piece.

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    1. I don’t think “they” want a wider war. The present Russia-Ukraine War is making them plenty of money as it is. A wider war could lead to economic calamity, which wouldn’t be favorable to (most) of the oligarchy.

      But sometimes we get what we don’t want because of miscalculation, hubris, or what have you.

      Hopefully, your son will have a peaceful tour, for him, his family, and for all of us.

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  9. One answer to the question of “Why is there still War?” is because there is a great deal of money to be made from it. One way to confront, combat, and eliminate that would be… :

    A NO WAR-FOR-PROFIT AMENDMENT to the Constitution of The United States

    Any and/or All organizations or individuals doing business with the Military-Industrial-FatherLand Security Complex [MIFLS, aka the MICC and the MICCIMATT] will and thus must be publicly-held NON-PROFIT enterprises.
    No individual, bank, and/ or any other financial or other institution [including foreign nations’ and their money-lenders] doing business with the MIFLS-C may earn any interest or other profit from loans, bonds, or any other fiduciary instruments used by the Government of The United States to finance or otherwise “pay for” this nation’s Wars-by-Credit Card of the 21st century.
    No print, electronic, and/or internet-based news or otherwise info-entertainment media organization may be owned and/or operated by any organization or individual doing business with the MIFLS-C.

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  10. THE CHINESE SPY BALLOON HOAX by Paul Craig Roberts 020823

    After the Russiagate Hoax, the Covid hoax, and the Insurrection hoax, We now Have the Chinese Spy Balloon Hoax

    According to Washington and the whore media, China sent a balloon that the Pentagon said “could” be loaded with explosives to spy on America. A top general said that similar balloons have entered US airspace undetected before. The balloon is huge–200 feet tall weighing in excess of a couple thousand pounds. So if such a large object can enter our airspace undetected, does this mean far smaller ICBMs can also?

    DO UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE IS THE PURPOSEFUL CREATION OF AN INCIDENT FOR PROPAGANDA PURPOSES TO STOKE UP MORE ANIMOSITY AGAINST CHINA, AND TO SPEND MORE MONEY ON DEFENSE IN ASIA. WE DON’T HAVE A MALAYSIAN AIRLINER TO BLAME ON CHINA, BUT WE DO HAVE A WEATHER BALLOON.

    After receiving a brainwashing by a Pentagon briefing, Rep. Jim Himes (D,Conn.) says that US officials will “learn a lot” from the pieces of the “Chinese spy craft” that was shot down.

    Two other d…..t House members, one a Republican, one a Democrat declare the blown-off-course weather balloon “a violation of American sovereignty.”

    The Chinese explanation is the only one that makes any sense:

    “It is a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes. Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course. The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into US airspace due to an unforeseen and unintended outcome. The Chinese side will continue communicating with the US side and properly handle this unexpected situation caused by wind and limited steering capability.” (A translation uses the term “force majeure,” an unforeseen event.)

    But THE SPY STORY CONTINUES. IT IS NEEDED IN ORDER TO WORSEN RELATIONS WITH CHINA, THE SECOND NUCLEAR POWER THAT WASHINGTON IS DOING EVERYTHING IT POSSIBLY CAN TO ANTAGONIZE. KEEP IN MIND THAT IN THESE DAYS SPYING IS DONE BY SATELLITES, NOT BY WEATHER BALLOONS. IF CHINA IS USING BALLOONS TO SPY ON THE US, WHY DID CHINA SEND A BALLOON OVER COLUMBIA. WHY IS CHINA SPYING ON SOUTH AMERICA?

    The Columbian military determined that the balloon posed no threat to national security, defense, or air safety. Washington lacks the capability of the Columbian military, because Washington is in the business of creating a hoax issue.

    TRY TO THINK OF SOMETHING THE GOVERNMENT HAS TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT. Dallas? Tonkin Gulf? Ruby Ridge? Waco? Oklahoma City Bombing? 9/11? Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? Assad’s use of chemical weapons? Gaddafi? Russiagate? January 6 insurrection? Covid? Covid vaccine? Ukraine? Malaysian airliner? FIND ONE THING THAT WAS TRUE.

    All the government’s lies, parroted by the presstitutes, are designed to advance secret agendas. THE PEOPLE ARE BRAINWASHED WITH LIES SO THAT THEY GO ALONG WITH THE AGENDAS. THAT IS THE WAY THE US GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS. THERE IS NO LONGER AN AMERICAN MEDIA. JUST AN INDOCTRINATION MINISTRY. ONLY OFFICIAL NARRATIVES PLEASE. ALL ELSE IS MISINFORMATION.

    Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2023/02/paul-craig-roberts/the-chinese-spy-balloon-hoax/ [EMPHASES added.]

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  11. Twitter is not the place for any in-depth discussion of anything.

    Reading ‘Morning Jolt’ in the National Review with this heading, ‘The Biden Administration Seems to Be in No Rush to Aid Ukraine’ before getting into it, my 1st thought was the Ukraine People would really be helped if Biden called for an immediate ceasefire and the start of Good Faith Peace Negotiations without any
    preconditions. That is the only way to stop the Death and Destruction.

    The US and it’s proxy Zelenski is insisting there will be no negotiations until Russia unconditionally surrenders, and withdraws from Crimea and the East.
    Never going to happen, so what’s next?

    That is not the attitude in the article by the senior political correspondent of National Review.
    https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/the-biden-administration-seems-to-be-in-no-rush-to-aid-ukraine/

    The only way to reply to the writer was via Twitter so I sent this, including the link.
    twitter.com/@jimgeraghty
    Blessed are the PEACE Makers, for THEY shall be called the CHILDREN OF GOD.
    Reading ‘how to help Ukraine,’ you’re in the WAR making Business.
    Ukrainians are the cannon fodder for US Power that PROVOKED the WAR.

    SIGNS OF THE TIMES

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  12. Heh. And now we’re shooting down unidentified objects over Alaska. It’ll be interesting to see what happens this weekend, what with the Super Bowl and all, eh?

    Or as Cipher put it to Neo: “Buckle up, Dorothy, cuz Kansas is goin bye-bye.”

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  13. JG, Dennis, JAV, anyone! The MSM and Alternate media all agree calling it a proxy WAR between US/NATO and Russia.
    If US/NATO is paying the total cost of running the Ukraine government, plus the cost waging the WAR and providing the Weapons, Intelligence and everything, by the LAWS of WAR is the US/NATO already a direct participant and a legitimate Target?
    I could not find anything specific online.

    When you have the 31 Nations of US/NATO against Russia, I see the very real Legitimate Reasons Putin would see Russia facing an EXISTENTIAL THREAT from the US.

    Just a few comments in The Washington Post ‘Ukraine’s rocket campaign reliant on U.S. precision targeting, officials say’
    Ukrainian officials say that they almost never launch HIMARS rounds without detailed coordinates provided by U.S. military personnel situated elsewhere in Europe

    Gee, if one happened to hit the Kremlin, I’d be okay with it. Just make sure Putin is there.
    Anything short of a nuke that kills Russians is fine by me. The more dead Russians the merrier.
    Aim for the Onion Domes in Moscow.
    The west especially the US needs to give Ukraine longer range weapons and modern fighter planes ASAP
    There’s nothing Putin can do to stave of the defeat of his troops in Ukraine.

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