Washington’s hawks are doing it again!Powell’s former chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, recently wrote a piece titled “I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again.”US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke at the Anacostia-Bolling military base in Washington, D.C., in front of pieces of metal she claimed were parts of an Iranian-made missile supplied to the Houthis in Yemen, which the Houthis allegedly fired into Saudi Arabia, on December 14th last year.Weapons experts widely criticized Ambassador Haley’s speech , saying the evidence was inconclusive and fell far short of proving her allegations that Iran had violated a U.N. Security Council resolution.According to Wilkerson, Haley’s claims were not only inconclusive, they were also oddly reminiscent of the false claims about weapons of mass destruction the George W. Bush administration used to sell the public on the war with Iraq.As he explained to Amy Goodman and DemocracyNow!:When I saw Nikki Haley give her presentation, certainly there was not the gravitas of a Powell, not the statesmanship of a Powell, not the popularity of a Powell. What I saw was a John Bolton. And remember, John Bolton was her predecessor, in terms of being a neoconservative at the United Nations representing the United States. I saw a very amateurish attempt.I can’t imagine how anyone could haul some metal in front of the TV cameras and assert, the way she did, with the details she did—some of which was false, just flat false—and expect anyone within any expertise, at least, to believe it.Look at her statement about “this could have been shot at Dulles, or it could have been shot at Berlin.” Had it been shot at Dulles or Berlin, it would have stopped well short, somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean or even shorter. These missiles are not long-range missiles. These missiles are very inaccurate missiles. They have a CEP of miles. That means that, unlike a US nuclear weapon, which would hit within a 10-meter circle or less, it would hit within a mile or two circle. They don’t know where it’s going to hit when they shoot it. It’s not very accurate, in other words.
I think that the point important for us to understand is that it is no longer important whether or not the American public actually “buys” the propaganda or not. The Government or the Administration will proceed with their plans whether the people buy into it or not. And the Media will report that they buy into it, regardless of what percentage are actually fooled or support the action. We are long past the point where our opinion actually matters.