"The Whole Thing Is Broken"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog,

Reading up on the Syria ‘chemical attack’ issue (is that the right term to use?). The headlines are entirely predictable, and by now that probably won’t surprise anyone, no matter where they are or what views they adhere to. We know there’s been an attack and that some kind of chemical was used. The media talk about sarin.

They also, almost unanimously, blame the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad for it. But that’s the same government that just this week saw both US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson and US UN enjoy Nikki Haley point to a significant shift in American policy, towards a view that removing Assad is no longer a priority in US Middle-East policy.

That comes after many years of insisting that Assad must be removed. And after many years of US involvement in removing other regimes in the region, Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi. It also comes on the eve of a large Syria conference, the first in a long time, due to start today. Russia and the States send only lower-level representatives, politically sensitive etc., but still.

The question arises what reason the Syrian government could possibly have to launch a chemical attack anywhere on its territory, gruesome pictures of which, with many child casualties, were posted soon after the attack supposedly too place. And that’s where logic at least seems to break down.

Syria was not supposed to have any chemical warfare arsenals left, far as I understand, there was an accord to that extent in 2013. Did they hide any (Saddam WMD style?!), or did they recently obtain them (from Russia?!). But most of all, why use them on the eve of a conference where you have everything to gain?

I’ll be the last to claim that I know, but it certainly doesn’t make a lot of sense. Being denied recognition, legitimacy even in a sense, for years, and then throw it away the day before? Not even declaring Assad -and by association Putin and Iraq- to be complete idiots would seem to explain that. And they’re not idiots.

The Russians say a ‘rebel’ chemical weapons depot may have been hit. I don’t know, and barely a soul does, but opinions have been pre-cooked, and there we go again. There are pictures of White Helmets tending to the wounded, but then if this were sarin, that might not be advisable to do with bare hands and without gas masks. And the White Helmets themselves are not beyond scrutiny either. Meanwhile, Trump has followed everyone else in the West in accusing Assad.

Any of this sound familiar? It does to me. When I open my -personalized, no less- Google News page, all main headlines concerning either US politics or topics like the Syria chemical attack come from a ‘select’ group of ‘media’. It’s all NYT, WaPo, CNN, BBC, all the time. Google likes The Hill too, for some reason. Since my page is ‘personalized’ I don’t know how it is for others, but I have an idea.

The same opinion-forming (leading) ‘reporting’ that happens in the case of Syria, is also applied to the US. And it’s tearing the country apart, bit by inevitable bit. The MSM’s answer to the Trump campaign- and subsequent election- has been to do more of the same ‘leading’, much more. And they have plenty of takers. Subscriptions are way up, so they think they’ve hit a gold mine, a very welcome one too given where sales numbers were heading.

Trump’s the best thing that happened to WaPo in years. But then again, they still lost, and bigly. Their preferred candidate lost. And the entire storyline they had spun over, say, the entire year leading up to November 8, had gone nowhere. None of it got Hillary elected, and none of it was ever proven.

Now, of course, it’s not the job of news organizations to choose sides in politics (their job’s the opposite), and even less to make up a storyline in order to promote whatever side they pick. It’s really weird that that aspect has been largely lost on America over the past few years; not that it’s entirely new, don’t get me wrong, but it got a lot more pronounced and ‘brazen’.

It’s as if people have all of a sudden started to find it normal that their news sources tell them what to think. The echo chamber has become both much larger and a whole lot more cramped at the same time. And got far too comfy with 1984.

What makes it even weirder is that it should be obvious to us all that there has been a large shift in politics as well, albeit over a longer period of time. There is no left in the system anymore, there is no left left; workers and the poor in general have nobody left who represents them.

This is true in the US as it is in Europe. Britain’s Labor party is all but dead, Holland’s Labor equivalent went from 38 to 9 seats in the recent election, the list goes on. The US democrats? Are you kidding? Left? Left of what?

The media have followed this development as much as they have led the way. There’s a lot of synergy there; it’s just that there’s none left with the people they’re either supposed to represent or inform. But that in turn means you might as well say that the whole thing is dead. What left there still is left will have to re-invent itself.

The political system and the media may cross-pollinate as much as they want, and they obviously seem to want that a lot, but they still depend for their survival on a connection with people, voters, readers. Only, they appear to have concluded Groucho stye that “Hey, if you can fake that, you can fake anything..”

Problem is, this did cost the US media’s candidate the election. So now they’re echo-chambering to less than half of the population. Who are so receptive that they may be temporarily fooled into thinking they’re doing fine. But the other -more than- half already thinks they’re full of it, and that’s not going to change back (my humble prediction).

If the US MSM would go back to impartial reporting, they would be fine. The same is true for the Democratic party -and its link to the poorer part of America. But both have made their beds (and bets) and must now lie on them.

For the media, this means being forced to turn over ever more readers and viewers to ‘new media’. It’s not even a technology thing, it’s just that they themselves have chosen to become irrelevant. And yes, it is ironic that the soon-so-be richest man on the planet, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, controls the bigliest web success and destroys the WaPo at the same time. It’s an awful shame too. But the paper for him is financial pocket change, not a legacy of hard work.

Bezos et al do this by trying to dictate what people think, by becoming Edward Bernays and Joe Goebbels. The idea might have worked without the Interwebs, but I must retract that: it would have been sacrificed on the altar of economic mayhem. Lots of irony in there, though.

The New York Times and Washington Post owe their reputation to America’s times of plenty, and those are gone, long gone. These papers are no longer capable of Woodward and Bernstein, because there’s nothing left that’s objective, the entire focus is partisan now, and that means you’re going to miss out on the big, the real stories, if they’re your news sources.

And it’s not even that they’re papers, and they may or may not get digital; it’s their owners’ choices for certain political directions that’s doing them in. Maybe that’s an inevitbale process; that news organizations must perish one sources change, or processes, or range. I’m not sure of that, though; I think they’re squandering a 100 year -or so- legacy on an altar of political megalomania.

And that gets me to what got me thinking about the reporting on Syria’s chemical attack to begin with, and the way it’s presented. That is, I read a lot of things, it’s what I do, but instead of the journalists asking the questions, I know it’s up to -people like- me to do that. That goes for Syria, and just as much for US domestic issues. There’s nobody left I can rely on. Again I aks of you: any of this sound familiar?

I’m by no means ready to go with everything Fox says, or any -formerly- right-wing source. But I can no longer trust the left wing either, let alone the formerly neutral ones. I’m on my own. And so are you.

Now, Russia spying on America is a done deal, of course they do. Everyone spies on every other one, if they have the technology they will do it. But Susan Rice ‘unmasking’ people in the Republican campaign is a step or two further. It may be technically legal, but it skirts far too close for comfort to potential political interference.

Since the entire Russia story was never proven, after a year and change of investigation by the entire media AND intelligence machine, I think perhaps it’s reasonable to suggest that it was always merely a convenient front for spying on Trump and the other Republicans. I don’t know that, it’s deduction that leads me there.

Still, of course the Russia-Trump connection probe just keeps on going. They haven’t found a thing, no shred, after all this time, but maybe, maybe… Look, I always said that a Trump presidency would be ugly and stupid -just still preferable to Hillary- but this ‘Putin is the devil’ meme is a lot uglier than that.

If and when you lose, as the Dems and their media have, doubling down is not the way to go, not if you want to win the next one. You have to look at what mistakes you’ve made and learn from them, not focus even more on what is or was wrong with the other side. That makes no sense. Losers must lose with grace, as much as winners win with it.

It’s not just in the US that people have completely lost sight of this most basic of principles; in the UK the post-Brexit bickering just won’t stop, and everything gets worse in the process. But it’s all about blaming the others, not your own side. How that can be helpful when you’ve lost is not clear to me at all.

Susan Rice will be before a Senate or Congress committee soon, and it will be interesting to see what she has to say. I’m sure her legal counsel have previously assured her that it was all perfectly within her job prescription. But she, what can I say, she doesn’t look good in her press appearances.

And you can complain all you want about the photos with only males in Trump’s office, but the entire glass ceiling female crew, Donna Brazile, Huma Abedin, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, they all look to have broken that ceiling but from the wrong side, (lost in gravity?!), and in the wrong way. They’ve all either cheated to get where they are (were), or cheated while they were there.

What a loss that is. That ceiling must be broken, badly, but not by women who are part of it. It fits the overall picture, though. If and when nothing is what it seems, it’s a lot easier to get people to believe what you tell them, certainly when you can put a NYT or WaPo stamp on what you’re saying. The problem is, by now you’ll only be talking to less than half of the people. And that’s on a good day.

The whole thing is broken, and you don’t heal that by pointing out to what extent the other side is broken. You heal it by looking at your own f*ck-ups, and then correct them. And until you do that, the risk of chemicals raining down on kids in Syria will just continue to be the same as Obama ordering drone strikes. Or the US and UK and France and Germany selling weapons to the Saudis that allow them to obliterate an entire nation and people in Yemen.

This is not about Assad, it’s about you, and Theresa May and Trump and Obama and Hillary and W. and Merkel and Tony Blair and scores of French and German politicians who’ve kept the death racket alive all these years. It’s where the money is.

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Impoverished Psychologist's picture

Simple folks, the neocons need war, and they will have it.

FreeShitter's picture

The bankers need war, there fixed for ya.

Looney's picture


Or the US and UK and France and Germany selling weapons to the Saudis that allow them to obliterate an entire nation and people in Yemen.

BTW… According to Fars News, YEMEN: Four US Cargo Planes Carrying Large Amount of Weapons Land in Aden Airport.


Mtnrunnr's picture

They're bad for you anyway. Wash it down with 8 glasses of lead tainted water.

CPL's picture

That will never happen. 

Sugar water and empty fatty bags of calories are part of how the system is structured.  They want you off real food like beef, chicken, beans, rice, apples, pears, veg and fruits.  And it's working perfectly.  Nice fat lethargic slobs that don't procreate and have never fought for anything nor strived for anything.  A generations of fat slobs perpetually marketed pictures of beautiful people eating fatty sugar and salty poison.  The media droning on in the background about war and other pointless nonsense that is like wallpaper in a room, unnoticed and tacky.

The point being is the system isn't 'broken'.  It's working perfectly just like you all helped design it and you accepted it.  You literally voted for it with your wallets and elections. 

froze25's picture

This is why I farm (small scale) and teach the children how to.

Boxed Merlot's picture

fat lethargic slobs that don't procreate and have never fought for anything nor strived for anything...

I was reading a child's book to my 2.4 year old grandson the other day about the life of ants his other nana got him. I picked it up because I've been listening to proverbs lately and it reminded me of the diddy about going to the ant to learn some wisdom, "oh ye sluggard".

Interesting tidbit about how they groom aphids to eat green stuff so they'll excrete sticky stuff they take back to their hive to feast on. Yeah, made me think about currencies, pink slips/ deeds / and other certificates of "ownership" / indebtedness.

just a thought on a random Thursday afternoon.

Major Eric Shunn's picture

Or as the average American Trump voter would say.. "Co Cola and a moon pie'.

fauxhammer's picture

"US UN enjoy Nikki Haley"

I'll just bet they do

flaunt's picture

The hell they will. They won't get away with their treachery anymore!

VWAndy's picture

 This is fixed. Its working just like it was intended to work. Wake up!

  Its your faith in the the system that keeps it rolling.

Omen IV's picture

While this is a bad contrivance - Trumps participation is the worst outcome and only 75 days in office

We are back to square one


Mtnrunnr's picture

1) he is and was FOS 2) better than Hillary

Ozymango's picture

Makes me go "brrr," but damn good piece.

_RRR_'s picture

nothing has changed and I'm surprised how many ppl don't even notice. It's all about faith, isn't it

taketheredpill's picture



Why would the Syrian rebels fire chemical weapons at innocent civilians?


The Syrian "Moderate Rebels" are Religious Fundamentalists.  They believe that they are doing "God's work" in their efforts to create turn Syria from a Secular country into a Religious Theocracy.


So anything that further's that goal is not only necessary but demanded by God.


So if they are going to drop chemical weapons on a town, they people that will die are either true believers or infidels.  If they are true believers they get to meet God.  If they are Infidels then God demands that they be killed.


And thats why the Syrian rebels would fire chemical weapons at innocent civilians.


Basically they're the Alpha-Males of the Asshole world.

EuroPox's picture

The whole thing is [broken] a fix!  Here is a tweet about gas masks being distributed 2 days before the attack: https://twitter.com/HKX07/status/849460664376709120

and here is one from an anti-Assad reporter who reported the chemical attack 24 hours early:  https://twitter.com/sahouraxo/status/849635794994286592

pods's picture

That sounds about right. They just make shit up nowadays. Is there even a Syria to begin with?

Fuck, I can almost feel the tubes sticking out of me.

Enjoy the steak! It ain't real.


IranContra's picture

Remember this

"Iran overran the village and its small Iraqi garrison on 15 March 1988. The gassing took place on 16 March and onwards... "The great majority of the victims seen by reporters and other observers who attended the scene were blue in their extremities. That means that they were killed by a blood agent, probably either cyanogens chloride or hydrogen cyanide. Iraq never used and lacked any capacity to produce these chemicals. But the Iranians did deploy them. Therefore the Iranians killed the Kurds."

Iran Gassed the Kurds in 1988

IranContra's picture

Before Dubya, luciferians were trying to create Greater Israel.

Under Dubya and Obama, luciferians (neocons) switched to trying to create Greater Iran.

Trump wants a small Israel and a small Iran. No more wars.

However, Trump must have the military option to enforce this drastic change of policy. Russia and China agree with Trump on this change. So, no military action is necessary unless Iran doesn't comply. Israel already agreed to comply.

sirsmokum's picture

As long as keeping things broken is very profitable nothing will change.

the edge of chaos's picture

while arms warehouses fill as quick as the cells !!

ipso_facto's picture

I thought Obama was leading with his behind on this?

DuneCreature's picture

It isn't completely broken yet.

We are in mid shatter.

Here is the BIG problem coming on strong for the Deep State.

~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~ THE HAMMER And Its Owners ~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~

This guy Scott Binsack has it put together for you.

I would do it for you,....but you turkeys wouldn't appreciate as much as someone who doesn't inject four letter curse words into the story every other sentence. ................ I tend to throw things too and I'm running out of objects I can actually lift in the office.

So you'll just have to get the word about Project Dragnet and THE HAMMER from Scott. .... He seems to have his shit together. ... How about yours? .. Thrown anything at your TV lately? ... Those new flat screens can take some kind of abuse, can't they?



Parallel Construction - Framing people with crimes

False Flag Hacking

Bank Account rummaging

Wire Tapping

Planting Evidence On A Target OR Destroying Evidence On A Drive

Just a few of the tricks Brennan, Clapper and Barry OShitMyPants! can do with a tool like THE HAMMER.

We are all little nails in this can of worms.

Live Hard, Your Bank Account, Your Phone, Your Medical Records And Everything In Between Belong To THE HAMMER, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

orangegeek's picture




mtanimal's picture

Un-fucking-believable.  Someone please explain the rationality of that promotion to me.

Libtard's picture

Tillerson just said "without a doubt, it was Assad and and his regime responsible for the attacks"! He also said "it was a serious matter and requires a serious response."

Iconoclast421's picture

Damn right its broken. All these morons who voted for Trump are gonna follow him even as he is possessed by the demonic spirit of Hillary.

aldol11's picture

what's gong on? is tillerson an idiot? i can't believe he possibly is. so what gives?

Orion the Hunter's picture

Of course, ... all of the western political figures, the western media figures, the western financial figures, etc. ... all of them are colluding together as they play good cop / bad cop.

The Deep State is DEEP!

US presidents are selected, ... never elected.

The western media "protesteth way too much"! Effectively creating the illusion of sincere anger over the election of the one "selected". Manipulation manipulation manipulation!

The New World Order is making another move to bring about the centuries old "one world" agenda to fruition.

The elites and the deep state are far far far removed from failing.

... just keep watching ... there's nothing going on but bullshit being thrown about in every corner. 

... have to run now, ... might be missing another episode of impassioned stupidity from "the powers that be".

IranContra's picture

Before Bush Jr, Rothschild made big wars aimed at creating Greater Israel.

Then the neocons under Bush Jr and Obama changed the plan: they wanted to make bigger wars by creating Greater Iran instead, starting with Iraq under Iranian control.

Bush Sr actually repelled an Iranian invasion into Iraq in the 1990s.

However, Obama helped Iran insert its militias into Iraq and six other Arab countries (the ban list and Lebanon).

Trump wants to restore order: small Israel and small Iran. Russia and China agree with Trump on that. Israel also agrees, they're now happy to survive this mess.

Trump must have the military option to enforce this drastic change of global policy. Military action is necessary because the neocons want to expand Iran and start World War III. The only way to stop the neocons is to stop Iran's expansion.

About the false flag chemical attack in ISIS-held Idlib: Remember the myth about Saddam gassing the Kurds. It was Iran who did it:

"Iran overran the village and its small Iraqi garrison on 15 March 1988. The gassing took place on 16 March and onwards... "The great majority of the victims seen by reporters and other observers who attended the scene were blue in their extremities. That means that they were killed by a blood agent, probably either cyanogens chloride or hydrogen cyanide. Iraq never used and lacked any capacity to produce these chemicals. But the Iranians did deploy them. Therefore the Iranians killed the Kurds."

Iran Gassed the Kurds in 1988

Iran is the possible source of the poison in Idlib:

Russian defense ministry: Terrorist depot bombed by Syria had poison from Iraq

Assad and Russia need to kick Iran out of Syria.


DuneCreature's picture

Why would Assad want to kick Iran out? ........ Once the US starts attacking the Syrian Army in earnest, Assad will need all the help he can get.

The CIA are the Sarin gas specialists.

You CIA guys sure know how to scramble a narrative.

Live Hard, Russia Needs Iran To Watch It's Back Too, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Reptil's picture

This little cunt tries to sell the story that he's standing next to a bombcrater made by a chemical bomb dropped from a plane.
1. He talks about "smell" but Sarin is odorless. (could be a poor translation)
2. A bomb with a chemical payload doesn't make a crater like that. It would neutralise the payload.

Same as the sob story in the warmonger newspaper The Telegraph:
They clearly say the smell "rotten food" (meaning the chemical weapon)
And a container containing a "black liquid".
Again, Sarin is odorless, colourless.

That, with the picture of the guys in gasmasks "deconatminating" dead children with no gloves (or any other protection) tells me this stinks.

FAKE !!!!!

zoomie92's picture

Woodward and Bernstein were idiots.  They were simply the mouthpieces for the number 2 FBI idiot (Deepthroat) pissed off that he was not promoted to director.  That is the extent of their journalism skill...  IF they were the highlight of investigative journalism then we are all f#cked.

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


There will be no peace and prosperity in America until we, the good folk, drain the "swamp" created by the US Constitution. The "swamp" can't be drained at this point because the Constitution  does not contain a "plug". This is the kind of "plug" it needs. And it needs to be pulled ASAP. Here: I wrote it out for you:28th Amendment




Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation;


a, owning another corporation,


b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic, or


c, otherwise distorting the general economy;


2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of;


a, government,


b, education, or


c, news media, and


3, provisions for;


a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books, and


b, the establishment of a state and municipal-owned banking system


c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.


veeger's picture

it is not broken.....it has been taken over by a bunch of treasonous scum that declare their alligence to a foreign country , openly........if that is not treason, then i must have missread the definition .......99% of the country belong to the israeli-first cabal.........untill every last treasonous asshole is hung..........nothing will change

veeger's picture

99% of the GOVERNMENT , not the country.........my apologies.........