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Special Report - The Empire Cries Wolf Redux: Pipeline Politics, the Tragedy of MH17, and Geo-strategic Agenda Bending

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Moreover, along with being a brutal indictment on opportunistic, self-serving, neo-con 'agenda benders' and their liberal interventionist handmaidens, an equally compelling insight into the standoff between Russia and the West is presented by the estimable Paul Craig Roberts. Roberts is a Geneva Convention defying observer of such matters -- he takes few prisoners. His analysis of the fallout from MH17 is a reality check for those still inclined to believe our corporate media shills, whose basic adherence to the fundamentals of old school journalistic ethics and standards is best exemplified by their "this is the news we choose to give you today" approach.

From a post on Global Research, he had this to say in response to the MSM's handling of the story:

"The way the entire Western news cycle was orchestrated with blame instantly being placed on Russia....suggests that the downing of the airliner was a Washington operation. It's possible the well-trained 'presstitute' [sic] media needed no orchestration from Washington in order to lay the blame on Russia...[some] of the news performances seem too scripted not to have been prepared in advance."

As for Roberts himself, he is another refreshing example of a sensible, rock solid American who is eschewing simplistic left v right, East v West analyses and jingoistic, knee-jerk, neo-Cold War responses. He is saying "enough is enough" of the imperial overreach that has become increasingly synonymous with the enactment of American foreign policy since the Fall of the Wall, and maybe ever since the fall of the city that later 'lent' said Wall its name. This recidivistic predisposition for any number of reasons has now reached an existentially dangerous nadir -- and one might opine, [has] come full circle -- with Russia.

Roberts fully appreciates then how this high risk strategy undermines America's already much sullied, maybe even undeserved, reputation for strong global leadership -- preferably using soft power projection -- along with its geopolitical prestige and moral authority. It is also 'white-anting' the very principles upon which this Sometimes Great Nation was built! Cue here the sound of Founding Fathers spinning furiously but forlornly in their eternally designated plots of [the] land [of the free]! Even if we accept their own ideals and motives weren't entirely altruistic or egalitarian all those years ago in the drafting of the Constitution, it's hard to see this is the kind of America they had in mind.

As it turned out, Roberts had quite a bit to say about the MH17 disaster and the ensuing, over baked umbrage in Washington. Consider the following:

"Despite the conclusion by U.S. intelligence there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives on board, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding it toward war."

As if to underscore this, he followed it up with another piece that really brings home the bacon, in a much broader context and beyond that of any discussion regarding the fate of MH 17 and its cause. Consider the following:

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