Skip to content

Hypocrisy of US Elites Over Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is Out Of Control

Isn’t it ironic how the architects and supporters of the illegal US invasion of Iraq are screaming the loudest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

One of the most laughable denunciations came from David Frum, the neoconservative Bush speechwriter who coined the phrase “Axis of Evil” and till this day remains confident in the rightness of the Iraq war.

But the hypocrisy isn’t limited to neocons.

Lecturing Russia about its invasion of Crimea on Sunday’s Meet the Press, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, “[Y]ou just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests.”

I agree. But where was this sentiment when Kerry, as a Senator in 2002, voted to authorize use of force against Iraq based on a “phony pretext”? Before you start pointing to his many criticisms of the Bush administration’s “shock and awe”, keep in mind that Kerry later admitted that in hindsight he would still vote yes.

So really, the only thing praiseworthy about Kerry’s condemnation of Russia is his ability to say it with a straight face.

In case we needed anymore proof that David Gregory, host of Meet the Press, is a hack rather than a journalist, it’s worth noting that he responded to Kerry’s brazen hypocrisy by demanding to know if the US was prepared to hit back at Russia with a “military option.”

It’s an embarrassment that no one in the mainstream media, which unquestioningly cheerled the Iraq war, has challenged Kerry on this.

At a news conference during his visit to Ukraine yesterday, Kerry proclaimed: “It is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve. That is not 21st-century, G-8, major-nation behavior.”

Again, what about Iraq? Unless I’m mistaken, the US invaded Iraq in the 21st century to do exactly that. Still, the New York Times said nothing about this blatant contradiction in its reporting.

Keep in mind that the Iraq war—which killed upwards of a million Iraqis, leaving in its wake 5 million orphans, 2 million widows and 4.5 million refugees—isn’t over, at least not for Iraqis.

As I write this, the US-installed Iraqi government is slaughtering civilians in Fallujah, a crime that has been largely ignored in the establishment press. But who cares about US-backed atrocities in Iraq when there is an anti-US superpower to vilify, right?

Meanwhile, President Obama—a man who extra judicially executes people abroad (including American citizens) based on secret evidence—has accused Russia of violating international law.

“When it comes to preserving the principle that no country has the right to send in troops to another country unprovoked, we should be able to come up with a unified position,” said Obama on Monday.

If only he would preserve that principle in his own foreign policy, which just this morning resulted in a US drone strike that killed three “suspected militants” as they rode in a car in Yemen. (Media outlets should be required to add a disclaimer next to that phrase to make it clear to their readers that Obama labels all military-age males in a strike zone “suspected militants”)  

Drone strike supporters on twitter have been quick to criticize my comparison between Obama’s drone policy and Russia in Ukraine. But war crimes are war crimes, whether they take the form of an on-the-ground or sky invasion.

More importantly, the glaring contrast between the media’s obsession with Ukraine versus its collective apathy toward nations that have their sovereignty routinely violated by the US war machine (Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, etc.) reveals a colossal double standard.

On Monday, even the local evening news in my area was talking about Ukraine. But not a word was said about the US drone strike that killed three Yemenis, including a man sleeping near his car, that very morning.

That’s because outrage over Russia has nothing to do with genuine concern about violations of international law and everything to do with maintaining US hegemony.

About these ads
7 Comments
  1. Imagine if Russia pumped $5 billion into overthrowing the democratically-elected Prime Minister in Canada and a pro-Russian Canadian government ensued. The US would never stand for it.

    During the Cold War, the US invaded country after country on the false premise that they stopping the Soviets from spreading communism.

    March 5, 2014
  2. One million likes! May I point you to something I wrote over a month ago? – http://buildingzeelowly.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/thank-god-the-russians-are-back/

    March 5, 2014
  3. Reblogged this on maha's place.

    March 5, 2014
  4. very true & wise words.

    they’re throwing stones while being in a glasshouse. I’m by far not a fan of the actions taken by Putin. however I have some understanding for it.

    what i see is:

    + mass surveillance
    + invading countries because of non existing mass destruction weapons
    + pumping billions into at least partially fake riots (good for penetrating new markets)
    + torturing inmates in so called political jails

    done by the US GOV and legitimated by EU countries….

    March 5, 2014
  5. I think the admin of this web page is actually working hard in support of his web site,
    since here every information is quality based stuff.

    March 23, 2014
  6. I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This article posted at this
    web site is genuinely good.

    March 31, 2014

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Muftah » Hypocrisy of US Elites Over Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is Out Of Control

Comments are closed.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 57,697 other followers

%d bloggers like this: