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General News    H2'ed 2/22/14

Skiing Dowhill At The Olympics of Distraction

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Reported the Associated Press: " Costas said the Sochi Olympics had gone off better than many people feared going in, "all of which is truly wonderful, but should not serve to obscure a harsher or more lasting truth. This is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria -- and that's just a partial list." While the games' may burnish Putin's reputation in some eyes, "no amount of Olympic glory can mask these realities," he said.

I was thinking about what if an Amy Goodman or any progressive journalist would ever be in a position to report or comment on a the American government in similar turns, as in the Olympics "should not serve to obscure a harsher or more lasting truth. This is still a government which imprisons (Substitute two million people, mostly minorities,) hostile to (Substitute immigrants  and whistleblowers), sponsors and supports (Substitute dictators and a global overt and covert military presence-- and that's just a partial list."

"While the games' may burnish (Substitute: Washington's) reputation in some eyes, "no amount of Olympic glory can mask these realities.'"

Could you ever imagine an indictment of US policy and intervention in such similar terms on a red, white and blue network that routinely insists sports and politics are worlds apart.

Costas has been outspoken before as when he denounced the tragic "failure" of the Bush Administration, but rather late, some four years after the invasion of Iraq on May 26, 2007. He later interviewed Bush deferentially at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. 

Recall that Bush was knee deep then in supporting an aggression in Georgia that Putin"s military stopped. He nearly decked a sh*t grinning  Bush in the stands at the "Birds Nest Stadium" (so glorious then and apparently now abandoned and decrepit.)

Putin believed that the US was using the glow of the Olympics to distract attention from the war, then building in the country that the Beatles sang about in  "Back in the USSR."

Could the Ukraine be playing that role today?

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