FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

NPR Leads the Charge to War

by MIKE WHITNEY

 

“We are ready to do everything necessary to give guarantees that we won’t seek nuclear weapons.”

President Mohammad Khatami

When did “liberal” NPR become a champion of American aggression against Iran?

Listeners to National Public Radio are increasingly apt to criticize the “rightward shift” in the station’s news coverage. The August 30 “Morning Edition” program, however, reached a new low for slanted journalism and for making the Bush Administration’s case for war with Iran.

The commentary titled “US Presses UN Agency on Iran Nuclear Program” was a textbook example of propaganda dressed up to look like unbiased reporting.

All three interviewees were charter members of America’s “far right” establishment; haling from the American Enterprise Institute, the Nixon Center and the Project for the New American Century. All three of these groups were “front and center” in facilitating the unwarranted attack on “unarmed” Iraq. The Bush Administration is looking for an excuse to attack Iran; that much is clear.

Having failed to coerce the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) into recommending “punitive action” be taken against Iran at the Security Council, the US is trying to cajole its European allies to take steps (sanctions?) that will further isolate Iran.

As Condoleezza Rice has said, “Iran will either be isolated or it will submit to the will of the international community.” (ie the USA) NPR reporter Vicki O’ Hara never mentions the conspicuous (malicious) intent of the US, choosing instead to emphasize the “real concern” among the Bush team that Iran may be developing nuclear weapons.

It’s déjà vu, all over again?

Never the less, O’ Hara gives these dubious allegations the highest respect and proceeds to corroborate her case by questioning the three aforementioned “impartial” observers.

The State Dept’s, John Bolton is the first to respond with his entirely speculative analysis of Iran’s capabilities. He said that Iran may be able to “enrich uranium within a year and “weaponize” within three years. Bolton, of course, produced no evidence to substantiate his charges and failed to mention that the IAEA gave Iran a clean bill of health less than one month ago. As George Jahn of the Associated Press reported:

“New findings by the UN agency appear to strengthen Iran’s claim that it has NOT enriched uranium domestically and (this) weakens US arguments that the country is hiding a nuclear weapons program.”

Such “science-grounded” analysis never satisfies the fanatical appetites of the current occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, nor does it discourage men like Bolton who prefer to make their accusations out of “whole cloth”.

He is already on the record as favoring “regime change” in Iran, now he merely needs to assemble the appropriate fabrications to support his case.

Following Bolton, O’Hara questioned the equally “hawkish” Geoffrey Kemp; a man whose civility and British accent disguise his otherwise warmongering proclivities.

Kemp agrees with Bolton that new suspicions about Iran signal (as Kemp says) “an ominous shift in rhetoric and, therefore, in policy.”

In other words, even though the IAEA says with complete authority that there is “no conclusive evidence that Iran is involved in illicit activity”, Kemp prefers to “cast his lot” with a madman like Bolton.

These sentiments are also shared by Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute; that bastion right wing nut-jobs who “spearheaded” America’s rush to war with Iraq. (Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle etc)

Rubin reasons that, “What would constitute proof (for the IAEA) would be nuclear weapons componentswhich would be too late!”

Too late! Too late, for what?

Iran is surrounded on four sides by nuclear powers already. (Russia, US, Israel and Pakistan) Does Rubin expect that the Mullahs will get nukes and suddenly go “Jackie Chan”?

Consider Rubin’s “mind-bending logic for a moment. By applying his dubious rationale, we could justify attacking any country we chose without even the slightest proof of wrongdoing.

In fact, this is precisely how the neocons have always felt; only now, their aspirations have become part of an NPR platform for spreading their wisdom to the benighted masses.

(We note that none of those interviewed referred to the new generation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons currently being developed by the Bush Administration in violation of previous international treaties)

“Liberal NPR?”

How could anyone call themselves a journalist and use three right wing loonies as their sourcing for a report on a topic as hyper-sensitive as Iran?

Is this the new benchmark for “evenhandedness” at NPR; a standard of “fair play” that even exceeds those at rival FOX News?

“We malign; you decide?”

It boggles the mind.

NPR has done the public a colossal disservice by feeding the hysteria that is tilting the country towards war with Iran.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He can be reached at: fergiewhitney@msn.com

 

 

 

More articles by:

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com.

Weekend Edition
February 23, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Richard D. Wolff
Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story
Paul Street
Where’s the Beef Stroganoff? Eight Sacrilegious Reflections on Russiagate
Jeffrey St. Clair
They Came, They Saw, They Tweeted
Andrew Levine
Their Meddlers and Ours
Charles Pierson
Nuclear Nonproliferation, American Style
Joseph Essertier
Why Japan’s Ultranationalists Hate the Olympic Truce
W. T. Whitney
US and Allies Look to Military Intervention in Venezuela
John Laforge
Maybe All Threats of Mass Destruction are “Mentally Deranged”
Matthew Stevenson
Why Vietnam Still Matters: an American Reckoning
David Rosen
For Some Reason, Being White Still Matters
Robert Fantina
Nikki Haley: the U.S. Embarrassment at the United Nations
Joyce Nelson
Why Mueller’s Indictments Are Hugely Important
Joshua Frank
Pearl Jam, Will You Help Stop Sen. Tester From Destroying Montana’s Public Lands?
Dana E. Abizaid
The Attack on Historical Perspective
Conn Hallinan
Immigration and the Italian Elections
George Ochenski
The Great Danger of Anthropocentricity
Pete Dolack
China Can’t Save Capitalism from Environmental Destruction
Joseph Natoli
Broken Lives
Manuel García, Jr.
Why Did Russia Vote For Trump?
Geoff Dutton
One Regime to Rule Them All
Torkil Lauesen – Gabriel Kuhn
Radical Theory and Academia: a Thorny Relationship
Wilfred Burchett
Vietnam Will Win: The Work of Persuasion
Thomas Klikauer
Umberto Eco and Germany’s New Fascism
George Burchett
La Folie Des Grandeurs
Howard Lisnoff
Minister of War
Eileen Appelbaum
Why Trump’s Plan Won’t Solve the Problems of America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
Ramzy Baroud
More Than a Fight over Couscous: Why the Palestinian Narrative Must Be Embraced
Jill Richardson
Mass Shootings Shouldn’t Be the Only Time We Talk About Mental Illness
Jessicah Pierre
Racism is Killing African American Mothers
Steve Horn
Wyoming Now Third State to Propose ALEC Bill Cracking Down on Pipeline Protests
David Griscom
When ‘Fake News’ is Good For Business
Barton Kunstler
Brainwashed Nation
Griffin Bird
I’m an Eagle Scout and I Don’t Want Pipelines in My Wilderness
Edward Curtin
The Coming Wars to End All Wars
Missy Comley Beattie
Message To New Activists
Jonah Raskin
Literary Hubbub in Sonoma: Novel about Mrs. Jack London Roils the Faithful
Binoy Kampmark
Frontiersman of the Internet: John Perry Barlow
Chelli Stanley
The Mirrors of Palestine
James McEnteer
How Brexit Won World War Two
Ralph Nader
Absorbing the Irresistible Consumer Reports Magazine
Cesar Chelala
A Word I Shouldn’t Use
Louis Proyect
Marx at the Movies
Osha Neumann
A White Guy Watches “The Black Panther”
Stephen Cooper
Rebel Talk with Nattali Rize: the Interview
David Yearsley
Market Music
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail