Eric Zuesse – America’s voters want to remain deceived

America’s voters don’t want to acknowledge that they were fooled, by lying Presidents and by their stenographic ‘free press’ transmitting Governmental lies – they were thus deceived into invading and destroying Iraq in 2003, and Libya in 2011-, and Syria in 2011- ( U.S. is globally the most frequently mentioned nation as being “the greatest threat to peace in the world today” ( The biggest threat to peace isn’t Iran, and isn’t Russia, and isn’t China, and isn’t Venezuela, but it is, in fact, their actually aggressive enemy, the United States of America, which wants to dictate to them all – this dictatorship demands to impose its ‘democracy’ ( throughout the world, as it has tried to do in hundreds of coups ( and invasions ( It destroyed Iran’s democracy in 1953. It destroyed Guatemala’s democracy in 1954. It destroyed Chile’s democracy in 1973. And there are many other such instances, less well-known – including many even after the so-called ‘ideological’ ( Cold War ended in 1991. But the American people don’t want to know, and don’t even care, about the ugliness of the Government that they allegedly ‘elect’ (but really do not, – and they don’t want to know that, either). Americans aren’t physical slaves, but mental slaves – they don’t even want to know the reality, of the regime that rules them.

Americans prefer to remain deceived, and to blame-the-victims – Iran, and Russia, and China, and Venezuela, etc. – even as our Government imposes entirely unjustified and unjustifiable strangulating economic blockades (“sanctions”) against countries that America’s voracious and vicious megacorporate aristocracy (America’s billionaires) want to control so as for those lands to become additional parts of the U.S. regime’s global dictatorship.

This is a 1984 country, where white is black, and good is bad, and war is peace, and deception is routine, and the masses are satisfied, with their intellectual enslavement, to these lies and liars.

Here’s an example:

On August 1st, the largest Republican Party online news-medium, Breitbart, headlined “Donald Trump: Tulsi Gabbard ‘Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About’ on Al Qaeda” (, and reported:

President Donald Trump criticized Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday for claiming that he was supporting Al Qaeda.
During the Democrat debate on Wednesday, Gabbard accused the president of betraying the American people on terrorism.
“We were supposed to be going after Al Qaeda,” she said ( “But over years now, not only have we not gone after Al Qaida, who is stronger today than they were in 9/11, our president is supporting Al Qaida.

Gabbard had asserted during the July 31st Democratic debate:

We were all lied to ( This is the betrayal. This is the betrayal to the American people, to me, to my fellow servicemembers. We were all lied to, told that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, was working with Al Qaida, and that this posed a threat to the American people.
So I enlisted after 9/11 to protect our country, to go after those who attacked us on that fateful day, who took the lives of thousands of Americans.
The problem is that this current president is continuing to betray us. We were supposed to be going after Al Qaida. But over years now, not only have we not gone after Al Qaida, who is stronger today than they were in 9/11, our president is supporting Al Qaida.

Donald Trump can’t stand the truth, and neither can Gabbard’s own Democratic Party voters, who refuse to recognize that their own beloved President Obama had been protecting Al Qaeda in Syria in order to overthrow Syria’s sovereign Government and replace it with one that would be appointed by the Saud family who own Saudi Arabia (

The scum that is at the top of the U.S. Government (including all recent Presidents) is bipartisan in supporting the Sauds and their Israeli ally, both of whom crave for America to invade and destroy Iran, which both of them consider to be their mortal enemy. Trump wants economically to strangle Iran to death without physically invading it, but that’s hardly less barbaric, and less unjustifiable, than an outright invasion (which still he might do) – and Iran never invaded nor even threatened to invade America. This is pure U.S. aggression, which is the American Government’s way. Israel and the Sauds aren’t rich enough to protect themselves? What? They really can’t protect themselves (and Iran won’t attack either of them, unless it’s invaded; so: what’s all of this about, anyway, other than lies and power-grabbing, by the U.S. Government and its allies?)?

One of the rare intelligent and well-informed readers at that Breitbart article commented:

windship Doug Dannger: I’m not American, so am neutral on Gabbard, but most of the world that pays attention knows full well that al Qaeda owes it’s entire existence to the astounding generosity of three deceptive nations: the US, Israel and the KSA. Great teamwork produces things like 9/11.

Why don’t Americans know and understand what that person knew and understood? They refuse to. There are exceptions, of course, just as there are some Americans who know and understand that the U.S. regime is the biggest threat to peace throughout the world, but there are only few exceptions. The rest are mental slaves – they insist upon believing lies.

Fox News headlined on August 1st, “Tulsi Gabbard defends debate claim that Trump supports Al Qaeda” (, and reported:

“Gabbard cited Trump’s “support and alliance with Saudi Arabia that is both providing direct and indirect support directly to Al Qaeda,” when she spoke to Shannon Bream of “Fox News @ Night” after the debate.” “’How can you say Saudi Arabia is a great partner in fighting terrorism when they are fueling and funding terrorist groups in Yemen?’ she added.” She said that Saudi Arabia is pushing for a war with Iran, which would be “far more devastating, far more costly” than the U.S. war in Iraq.

Most of the reader-comments there were pure partisan (i.e., suckered) bunk, like “Democrats never back down from a lie even when they’re proven wrong.” But one was partly realistic:

RobtheOld: Whose to blame on this one…Tulsi or Fox? The Saudis have been giving money to Al Qaeda for years thru radical clerics, under the table and not so under the table. Clinton, Bush and Obama all knew this in real time. What did they do about it? What does she expect Trump to do about it? The Saudis are one of our “best” friends in the region, or so the experts say.. I don’t see how that means President Trump is supporting Al Qaeda. I do know that Tulsi once took a volcanic stone from the Big Island and that’s why Kilauea erupted. That means Tulsi started the volcano, right?

The reality is that Gabbard spoke the truth ( But Americans don’t want to know this. Trump, like Obama, is a supporter of the Sauds, and protects Al Qaeda. Even the neocon The Daily Beast acknowledged on 13 March 2017 (two months after Trump became President) “The American air campaign has notably not targeted al Qaeda in Syria, known as Jabhat al Nusra” ( Trump continued Obama’s policy ( Trump does whatever he can ( to place the Sauds in control of Syria ( The U.S. regime lies through its teeth ( And Americans believe it, each time, as if the U.S. Government’s track-record in its allegations regarding international affairs were good, instead of disgusting and loaded with lies. Donald Trump protects Al Qaeda in Syria, just as did Barack Obama (

Back on 4 April 2007, when the New York Times headlined “Pelosi Meets With Syrian Leader [Assad]” (, Democrats approved but Republicans did not; but, now, when on 26 January 2017 Rep. Gabbard met with him, the headline at CBS was “Rep. Tulsi Gabbard defends meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” (, and she was not only condemned by Republicans, but abandoned by Democrats. The U.S. is in lock-down mode, now – bipartisan fascism – and its public just go along with this. Not to be fascist is treated as if that were to be unpatriotic (this is like the McCarthyism,, period; but, this time, there’s not even the ideological rationalization for it, just sheer evil on the party of the perpetrators, plus callousness on the part of the public). The American people accept a fascist regime; this has even become bipartisan, in America. Never before has Americans’ self-deception been quite this pervasive. Only around 1% of Democratic voters are supporting Gabbard, and the media do everything they can to bring that number even lower. Right after the July 31st debate, a ten-minute Anderson Cooper interview with her ( presented him (at 5:10-8:10 in that video-clip) basically challenging her patriotism and even her decency, because she had met with Assad. Jamil Smith (, of Rolling Stone, MSNBC, and The New Republic, said that her answers there were “disqualifying” ( Americans today don’t mind invading on the basis of sheer lies.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010 (, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity (