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Hoaxes, Hype, and Hysteria

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Cross-posted from AntiWar

The War Party never takes a holiday

From youtube.com/watch?v=sLxwWl6_-FU: Wither the Neocons?
Wither the Neocons?
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While Americans were barbecuing over the Labor Day weekend, the Usual Suspects were busy cooking up new wars, from

Iraq to Ukraine. While this is nothing new -- after all, evil never sleeps -- one thing I did notice: the stunning lack of imagination on their part. It was, in effect, the equivalent of a bunch of summer reruns: tired formulaic retreads that weren't all that convincing in the first place.

Take the latest war propaganda centered on the alleged "threat" to our precious bodily fluids supposedly posed by ISIS, the War Party's latest bogeyman. As polls showed a stubborn reluctance on the part of the American people to re-invade Iraq, the neocons came up with a not-so-new one: they claim a laptop computer ostensibly captured from ISIS by the "good" jihadists -- the so-called Free Syrian Army, which is armed and trained by the US -- contains plans for constructing "weapons of mass destruction," i.e., biological weapons. They're even calling it the "laptop of death" -- a phrase that ought to ring a bell for those who follow these sorts of things.

That's the same phrase used to describe yet another purloined laptop, this one supplied by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian terrorist group that, for years, has been feeding the War Party bogus "intelligence" about Tehran's nonexistent nuclear weapons program. That tall tale was debunked in 2011 -- yet another case of MEK cobbling together old outdated data, adding a dash of forgery, and shaking well enough to fool the credulous.

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You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but what if the dog can pass off an old hoax as a new one? And that's why I'm here: to remind you.

Speaking of America's Good Jihadists, a.k.a. the Syrian Free Army, I was struck by this nugget from an account of the killing of Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American fighting for ISIS in Syria, in the New York Times:

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Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000), Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (ISI, (more...)
 

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