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NBC Invents War-o-tainment


By davidswanson - Posted on 29 July 2012

If you've watched the Olympics on NBC you've probably seen ads promoting a war-o-tainment reality show cohosted by retired U.S. General Wesley Clark, co-starring Todd Palin, and with no apparent role for reality. 

The ads brag about the use of real bullets in a way that promoters of the new Batman movie probably wouldn't try. But the chances that any of the celebrities engaged in "war competition" on NBC's "Stars Earn Stripes"  will be shot and killed is essentially what it was for John Wayne, as he promoted war while dodging it (even if nuclear weapons testing got him in the end).

RootsAction.org and Just Foreign Policy have set up a website at StarsEarnStripes.org to push NBC to show the real cost of war, and to help get them started.

"Stars Earn Stripes" is being produced by the TV “genius” behind Donald Trump’s “Apprentice” and “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” (Husband Todd Palin is a “Stars Earn Stripes” co-star.) NBC is promoting the show during its Summer Olympics telecast as the next big sporting event.  But the sport it's exhibiting is war.

On "Stars Earn Stripes," celebrities will pair-up with members of the U.S. military to compete at war-like tasks, including "long-range weapons fire." Only there won't be any of the killing or dying.

Our wars kill huge numbers of people, primarily civilians, and often children and the elderly.  NBC is not showing this reality on its war-o-tainment show any more than on its news programs.  Other nations' media show the face of war, giving people a very different view of war-making.

NBC news programs have repeatedly used retired generals, pretending independence but getting their pro-war talking points from the Pentagon. See New York Times: Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand and Glenn Greenwald: The Pulizer-Winning Investigation That Dare Not Be Uttered on TV.

In the United States, our tax dollars are spent by the billions each year marketing the idea that war is a sport and associating the military with sporting events.  Media companies like NBC are complicit in the propaganda.  While 57% of federal discretionary spending goes to the military, weapons makers can't seem to get enough of our tax dollars.  In the spirit of transferring veterans' care to the realm of private charity, "Stars Earn Stripes" will give prize money each week to "military-based charities" in order to "send a message." 

One of NBC’s corporate parents, General Electric, takes war very seriously, but not as human tragedy -- rather, as financial profit.  (GE is a big weapons manufacturer.) A retired general hosting a war-o-tainment show is another step in the normalization of permanent war.  And consider for a moment who that retired general is.  During the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia commanded by Gen. Wesley Clark, civilians and a TV station were bombed, while cluster bombs and depleted uranium were used. Had Clark done these things for another nation, NBC would probably favor his prosecution and certainly not employ him. See Democracy Now! Confronts Wesley Clark Over His Bombing Of Civilians.

StarsEarnStripes.org  is asking NBC to stop treating war as a sport, and to air an in-depth segment showing the reality of civilian victims of recent U.S. wars, on any program, any time in the coming months.  We've provided some resources to help NBC research and show the reality of war, at http://StarsEarnStripes.org

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There is a reason why the best intellectuals, activists are social theorists, generally OUTSIDE of power, class systems because they fight generic corruption, class/empire totalitarianism, especially our emerging global Fascist culture, which uses class hierarchies and their sycophantic ideolological whores, shills, thugs, to promote exclusion, inversion of reality, instead of the falsely claimed Enlightenment principles, for inclusive, social, universal power that benefits social classes. This is but an example how class CO OPTION, of celebrities is used to promote class systems, class patriotism or class nationalism, that enables a global Fascist Empire to enslave its citizens.    Some of the best intellectuals should take on these military, class whoring celebrities by confronting their corporate sponsors, the CORRUPT CORPORATE MEDIA, with their own challange.......a DUAL TO REALITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE WHICH PUTS HISTORY AND IDEOLOGY  on the forefront AGAINST CORPORATE/MILITARY FASCISTS, and their sick demented, pyschopathic elites.   Corporate media, whether it falsely labels itself as liberal or conservative have morphed into SICK FASCIST CORPORATIST CULTURE AND DESERVES TO GO DOWN FOR THEIR DUPLICITOUS, CORRUPT IDEOLOGICAL THUGGISHNESS:


New York Times on Israel's Democracy


http://warisacrime.org/content/new-york-times-israels-democracy


excerpt:


"The Times is a longtime imperial apologist. It's no different on Israel. On July 21, its editorial headlined "Israel's Embattled Democracy." 


 


Instead of discussing the real Israel, it did more to defend than criticize it. The Likud/Kadima divorce occasioned it.


 


In early May, unity was announced. Ten weeks later it dissolved. Collusion between Israel's two major parties dealt another blow to its faux democracy.


 


Netanyahu was called "a disappointing, risk-averse leader." Saying so conceals his real faults. He's Israel's worst ever prime minister. He's a world class thug...."


 


There is a reason why Stephen Lendman, Paul Craig Roberts, Glenn Greenwald, Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky are ignored in their warnings to the world, how CLASS SYSTEMS, class instiutitions, exclude, co opt, corrupt, invert reality, which promotes generic corruption, and generic war mongering that is now bordering on GLOBAL FASCISM.  These degenerating class cycles are leading social classes to enslavement, destruction, extinction of Humanity by our Fascist class elites and their totalitarian class systems. The world is at war with its own class politicians, class parties, which CANNOT represent social justice, CANNOT represent social, popular wll and its  social demands, because class systems represent parasitical ruling classes and their parasitical, hierarchical, servile class shills, who are the shock troops for class systems, totalitarians, and today's GLOBAL FASCISM.  Class systems have never represented, enabled the establishment of independent social agents, social middle layers, who would dissolve these class hierarchies at once and their fascist sycophants, tied to the generic Patriarchal class mechanism.   Asking, appealing to class parties, class politicians, who represent class systems to PUHLEEZE represent them is farcical, clueless, based on class illusions, a willing ignorance, that still HOPES for social justice, and throws its social demands, social votes into the fires of Fascist class elites, WHO WILL BETRAY THEM. Only a global revolt against ALL class parties , ALL class politicians, religious or secular, can establish an independent, indivisible social mechanism, social control over wealth and labor and real democracy, social power:


Romney 'Backs Israeli Strike on Iran' (video)


http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/330-131/12670-romney-backs-israeli-strike-on-iran


LET THE RECORD SHOW THAT ROMNEY SUPPORTS FASCIST AGGRESSION BY BOTH AMERIKA AND ISRAELI NAZIS, A WAR WHICH NBC AND ITS MILITARY/CELEBRITIES ARE BEING CO  OPTED TO SERVE WESTERN FASCISM, GLOBAL FASCISM, WITH OBAMA DECLARING THAT HE SUPPORTS FASCIST ISRAEL AND ITS WAR CRIMINALS TO THE HILT.


We must end class history LINKED to the generic PATRIARCHAL CLASS MECHANISM, with its class/property laws, already corrupt, degenerating into NO RULE OF LAWS, to promote fascist Totalitarianism.   We must stop both Romney, Obama, as class whores, class thugs, class shills, Empire warmongers, who defend not only ISRAELI FASCISM, FASCIST ZIONISM, BUT PROMOTE GLOBAL FASCISM, THROUGH NATO AND corruption of international agencies, FROM THE U.N. itself, its Security  Council tied to Western Fascism,  even into U.N. agencies, where puppets, sycophants, Western corrupt liars, are ensconsed within these CLASS HIERARCHIES, corrupting HUMAN RIGHTS AGENCIES, and ignoring the majority demands not only of the world and its masses , TO STOP THEIR PSYCHOTIC MARCH TOWARDS WAR AND FASCISM:


How we know what we know about Syria


http://warisacrime.org/content/how-we-know-what-we-know-about-syria


WHEN WESTERN FASCIST ELITES CORRUPT EVERYTHING IT TOUCHES, THROUGH CLASS HIERARCHIES AND SERVILE, CORRUPT CLASS ELITES, THE U.N. AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS THEMSELVES ARE SUSPECT IN THEIR MARCH TOWARDS GLOBAL FASCISM.  WIKI LEAKS HAS ALREADY SHOWN THE WESTERN FASCIST COLLUSION, CORRUPT  ALLIANCES WITH MERCENARIES, FASCIST AND RELIGIOUS SECTARIANISM AND ITS COLLUSION IN FRAMING UP INDIVIDUALS, WHISTLEBLOWERS WHO CONFRONT THEIR NAZISM.



Syria's WMD?


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/28-1


EXCERPT:


"Is Washington giving Israel a green light to attack Syria as a consolation prize for delaying an attack against Iran? Certainly, overthrowing the Asad government has become an obsession in Washington. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus, chant US neoconservatives and many bellicose Republicans.


Further raising the temperature, Turkey is threatening to occupy a heavily Kurdish chunk of northern Syria which it claims is being used to launch attacks into Turkey. Why Turkey is thinking about acquiring more rebellious Kurds when it can’t handle its own remains unclear. But formerly neutral Turkey is getting more deeply involved each day in Syria, arming and supplying anti-Asad rebels and now rumbling about “security zones” on the border. Ankara’s machinations in Syria threaten to undo the success of its previous “no problems” policy with its neighbors.


The US, France, Turkey and Israel have all finalized plans for attacking Syria. The biggest winner in such a scenario would be Israel, as it was in the US war against Iraq. Sending Syria into turmoil would eliminate the most important supporter of the Palestinians resistance, cut off Hezbullah, leave it vulnerable to a final assault, isolate Iran, and cement Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights...."


 


SAY SIEG HEIL TO THE FASCIST, WESTERN ALLIANCE, SECOND AXIS OF FASCISM, OF FASCIST ISRAEL, FASCIST AMERIKA, FASCIST NATO!!!!   IT WILL TAKE HUMAN WAVES AND CHAINS AROUND THE WORLD TO SURROUND CRIMINAL, FASCIST CLASS POLITICIANS, WITH THEIR FASCIST AUSTERITY, FASCIST CAPITALISM, FASCIST MILITARISM, BUT ABOVE ALL A WORLD WIDE REJECTION OF THE CLASS MYTH THAT VOTING FOR CLASS PARTIES PRODUCES KITTENS, SOCIAL JUSTICE, LIKE ASKING ELEPHANTS TO BIRTH KITTENS:



Human Chain: Anti-Nuke Protesters Surround Japanese Parliament


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/29


A CIVIL WAR AGAINST ALL CLASS POLITICIANS MUST END IN ITS DESTRUCTION OF ALL CLASS PARTIES FOR SOCIAL PARTIES WITH A SOCIAL AGENDA THAT TAKES DOWN FASCIST CORPORATIONS, FASCIST CLASS ELITES, FASCIST MILITARISM, CLASS HISTORY ITSELF.

If we are going to head off a regional war in the Middle East, including the possibility that it becomes a GLOBAL NUCLEAR WAR between the SECOND AXIS OF WESTERN FASCISM, by Obama, Romney, Western class states and Israeli Fascists, WE MUST ORGANIZE HUMAN CHAINS, WAVES OF SOCIAL MASSES SURROUNDING ALL DEGENERATED, FASCIST CLASS POLITICIANS, WHO PROMOTE FASCIST AUSTERITY, FASCIST CAPITALISM, FASCIST AGRESSION AGAINST THE WHOLE WORLD.   OBAMA & ROMNEY are putting the whole world at risk for their FASCIST CAPITALISM, FASCIST GLOBAL TYRANNY.......WHICH CAN ONLY BE STOPPED BY A GLOBAL BOYCOTT OF ALL CLASS POLITICIANS, ALL CLASS PARTIES FOR SOCIAL PARTIES WITH SOCIAL AGENDAS......SAVE YOURSELF AND STOP OBAMA'S FASCIST ALLIANCE WITH ISRAELI NAZIS.........THREATENING THE WORLD WITH NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION.  THESE SOCIOPATHS, CLASS POLITICIANS, HAVE MORPHED INTO PSYCHOPATHIC NAZI, FASCIST, WAR MONGERING CRIMINALS.    THE U.N. HAS BECOME A PAWN, CO OPTED INTO THIS WESTERN NAZISM.


US presents Israel with Iran strike plan


http://warisacrime.org/content/us-presents-israel-iran-strike-plan


EXCERPT:


"JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that the Obama administration's top security official has briefed Israel on U.S. plans for a possible attack on Iran, seeking to reassure it that Washington is prepared to act militarily should diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to abandon its nuclear enrichment program.


A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential talks, said the article in the Haaretz daily was incorrect.


Haaretz said National Security Adviser Tom Donilon laid out the plans before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a dinner at a visit to Israel earlier this month. It cited an unidentified senior American official as the source of its report, which came out as presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was telling Israel he would back an Israeli military strike against Iran....'


 


SAY SIEG HEIL TO THE FIRST BLACK AMERIKAN , FASCIST PRESIDENT, IN CHARGE OF FASCIST DEMOCRATS, WHO BECAME THE TROJAN HORSE FOR FASCIST CAPITALISM, AND WESTERN'S SECOND AXIS OF FASCISM.......TAKE DOWN THESE CORPORATE, CLASS PARTIES AND VOTE FOR SOCIAL PARTIES THAT STOPS THESE THUGS BEFORE THEY DESTROY THE WORLD.  THE FACT THAT FASCIST ISREALI NAZIS ARE PROMOTING THIS STORY, THIS FASCIST AGGRESSION, SUGGETS THAT THEY MAY BE GOING TO WAR AND DRAGGING, OBAMA AND ROMNEY TO DEFEND ISRAELI NAZI AGGRESSON. BOTH OF THEM HAVE ALREADY TOLD THE WORLD THAT NO AMOUNT OF CRMINALITY , WAR CRIMES, TOTALITARIANISM BY ISRAEL WILL BE CONDEMNED, THEY WILL "STAND BEHIND" FASCISM, FASCIST ZIONISM, WESTERN FASCISM.   HERE IS DEMOCRACY NOW IN ITS HEADLINES AND VIDEO EXPOSING OBAMA AS A FASCIST SHILL FOR ISRAEL AND WESTEN NATO FASCISM:


Obama Unveils New Military Aid to Israel (VIDEO)


http://www.democracynow.org/2012/7/30/headlines#7305






President Obama: "I have made it a top priority for my administration to deepen cooperation with Israel across the whole spectrum of security issues, intelligence, military, technology and in many ways what this legislation does is bring together all the outstanding cooperation that we have seen really at an unprecedented level between our two countries to underscore our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security. I’m also very pleased that this week we are going to be able to announce $70 million dollars in additional spending, $70 billion dollars excuse me, in additional spending for Iron Dome."




Report: U.S. Shares Contingency Iran Bombing Plans With Israel



Yes, the fascist Congress, bi partisan fascist, class/empire parties, democrats and republicans have become THE SECOND AXIS OF WESTERN FASCISM!!!!!!!


Iran Diplomacy Runs into Sanctions-Happy US Congress


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/30-6


EXCERPT:


"WASHINGTON - Congress’s rush to pass new sanctions against Iran ahead of the August recess comes amidst an intensified drive to pin the Iranian government to deadly acts of international terrorism and amplified moves by U.S. politicians to demonstrate their support for Mideast ally Israel ahead of the November presidential election.


The push to implement more punitive measures against an increasingly demonized Iran could undermine efforts to resolve the longstanding impasse over Iran’s nuclear program peacefully. The push to implement more punitive measures against an increasingly demonized Iran could undermine efforts to resolve the longstanding impasse over Iran’s nuclear program peacefully.


Jamal Abdi, policy director for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), told IPS that even the mere “threat” of the new sanctions, which will be a combination of two bills passed in December and May by the House of Representatives and the Senate that target Iran’s energy sector and its ability to conduct financial transactions electronically, “have had a negative effect on the Iran nuclear talks and limited the president’s ability to use sanctions as a tool for leverage”.


"When this bill passes, it will further aggravate the chain of escalation between Iran and the U.S., and if it includes ‘economic warfare’ measures on top of those already in place, the Iranians will be inclined to respond with equal escalation,” he said.


A Jul. 25 hearing on Iran’s alleged support for international terrorism saw testimony from expert witnesses recommending that U.S. policy should be focused on gathering international support for holding Iran responsible and weakening its influence in the region.


According to the written testimony of Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP or the Washington Institute), “…Iran cannot win a conventional war against the West, but it can exact a high price through asymmetric warfare.”


“Exposing Iran’s involvement in international terrorism is now more important than ever, both to deny the group its coveted ‘reasonable deniability’ and to build an international consensus for action against Iran’s support for terrorism,” he wrote.


Danielle Pletka, vice president for foreign policy programming at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI), wrote in her testimony that “the fall of the house of Assad would be devastating to Iran. So we clearly have an interest in Syria’s future.”


Pletka also claimed that U.S. policy is geared towards “tolerance for Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism” and during her oral statements asked why U.S. officials had not publicly declared that Iran was responsible for a bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists. To date, no evidence has been presented to support that allegation.


Amidst ongoing efforts to tie Iran to international terrorism, the U.S.-led sanctions regime charges ahead. But while the full traditional legislative process has now been bypassed so the pending Iran sanctions can be passed before Friday, the details of the bill in question have been waiting to be finalized for more than half a year.


Republican-spearheaded efforts to include harsher measures have clashed with Democrat-led moves to pass the bill as is, resulting in gridlock until a compromise is reached.


According to a NIAC press document, one such provision, the “Kirk Amendment”, would result in “unintended consequences” that would harm ordinary Iranians such as prohibiting Iranian-American citizens from sending money to family members in Iran and stopping pharmaceutical companies from selling medicines to Iranian hospitals “regardless of whether the Treasury Department granted them a license to do so”.


M. J. Rosenberg, a veteran Israel analyst who worked for years at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), told IPS that Congress is rushing to pass the sanctions because they “promised AIPAC that they would and want to deliver before the election season goes into full swing in September”.


“Sanctions bills seem to originate from Congress, but they actually originate from inside AIPAC,” he said.


Rosenberg, who has been consistently critical of AIPAC and other U.S. Israel lobby groups in his writings and commentary, also said that Iran is at the top of AIPAC’s agenda.


“Look at AIPAC’s conference in the spring. The Iran sanctions issue was AIPAC’s main issue. If you want to show your donors that you are 100 percent for the cause – the cause being first sanctions and then war with Iran – you have to cosponsor bills and get them passed,” he said.


On Jul. 27, President Barack Obama’s signing into law of the “United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012”, which gives Israel an additional 70 million dollars in military aid and expands military and civil cooperation, coincided with the presumptive Republican White House Nominee Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel for the foreign-policy focused portion of his campaign....."


SAY SIEG HEI L TO BOTH CORPORATE, FASCIST, MILITARIST, CLASS PARTIES IN AMERIKA SUPPORTING FASCIST ZIONISM,, FASCIST ISRAEL, AND DRAGGING WESTERN EUREOPEAN CLASS WHORES, POODLES INTO THEIR GLOBAL FASCISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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