catholic? phew! sanity!!

While the 911 madness is rife, there is always sanity in Chomsky. While he does not care to speculate on the greatest insanity, 9/11 false flag terror, he does always provide for good orientation and morally sound, common-sensical arguments .. kinda important in the ocean of spin. But you knew that. Anyway... just to keep us on the straight and narrow, read this seemingly tame review...

The seamy side of U.S. foreign policy

Perhaps any country’s self-image suffers from a kind of fun-house mirror effect -- it sees itself very differently from the way the rest of the world does. Certainly Noam Chomsky’s Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy demonstrates that the United States operates that way. Given that our government has taken on the management of so much of the world, it becomes crucially important for Americans to understand that distortion. So, if you can read only one book in that effort this year, this probably should be the one.

Mr. Chomsky’s analysis of American foreign policy differs so dramatically from the official version that some may find it disorientating, not because of any fast and loose rhetoric on Mr. Chomsky’s part but because of his deployment of a stunning array of sources in a relentless accounting of the hypocrisy with which Washington so often confronts the world.

Take the current hot-button issue of Iran’s nuclear power program, now seen as clear evidence of the oil-rich country’s plans for developing nuclear weapons. Iran’s developing nuclear weapons enjoyed U.S. support when the shah was in power, Mr. Chomsky points out, but as Henry Kissinger has explained, at that time, “they were an allied country,” presumably meaning, Chomsky notes, that “therefore they had a genuine need for nuclear energy.”

Writing that “every sane person hopes that ways will be found to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons program,” Mr. Chomsky argues that in attacking Iraq on spurious grounds and providing Israel with jet bombers capable of bombing Iran, “Washington has gone out of its way to instruct Iran on the need for a powerful deterrent.” Or as Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld put it, “Had the Iranians not tried to build military weapons, they would be crazy.”

And then there is the matter of the nonproliferation treaty, under which nonnuclear countries like Iran agreed to renounce nuclear weapons in exchange for access to non-military nuclear energy and progress on nuclear disarmament by the five acknowledged nuclear powers. “None of the nuclear states has met its obligations,” Mr. Chomsky writes, but “the Bush administration has by far the worst record and stands alone in having renounced” good-faith efforts to reduce nuclear weapons.

This may be exotic stuff in the United States, but not so in the rest of the world. In Ireland, for instance, it was Page One news in Dublin last December when Mr. Chomsky referred to Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahearn as George Bush’s “shoeshine boy” for granting U.S. warplanes access to Shannon Airport, an assessment with which the principal parliamentary opposition Labour Party readily concurred.

Back home, while Mr. Chomsky has a tremendous grass-roots following, he’s virtually nonexistent so far as mainstream commentary goes. The major newspapers will toss him a kudo once a decade or so -- he’s been called “arguably the most important intellectual alive” in The New York Times and “America’s most useful citizen” in The Boston Globe -- but otherwise it’s news if they even decide to review one of his books. Of course, given that he criticizes America’s news media as thoroughly as the government for the poor job it does covering the latter, you can see how the situation developed this way.

So when The New York Times published a favorable review of Failed States, some saw this as evidence of the paper’s extreme level of pique with the Bush administration over its treatment of the press. There was some irony, though, in the fact that the nation’s foremost newspaper felt compelled to assign the review to a journalist from the United Kingdom, perhaps thinking it needed to turn to a country where Mr. Chomsky’s views are more widely reported.

Mr. Chomsky ranges from seldom reported and little remembered stories -- like the 1986 World Court judgment against U.S. aggression against Nicaragua -- to seldom raised considerations like the fact that any American presidential candidate financed by another country would understandably be denounced as a traitor, while it is routine American foreign policy to spend taxpayer dollars to install those Washington deems acceptable as heads of foreign states.

Part of the reason Mr. Chomsky is so studiously ignored by the mainstream is the bipartisan nature of his critique. In addition to shredding the justification for the Clinton administration’s bombing of Serbia, he reminds us of that administration’s “doctrine that the United States is entitled to resort to ‘unilateral use of military power’ to ensure ‘uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies and strategic resources.’ ” Ultimately, Mr. Chomsky thinks the United States falls under its own definition of failed states: those unwilling or unable “to protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction” and those that “regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law.”

The last person to scrutinize U.S. foreign policy so thoroughly was I.F. Stone, who famously tore apart the rationale for the Vietnam War. And if Mr. Chomsky’s critique often seems broader than that of Stone, who died in 1989, this is at least in part due to the further deterioration of American news media over the intervening years.


Of course... the consequence of the above is to jail the perps immediately, before they do more crimes. But I predict yous will focus lazer-like on the perceived ommissions of Chomsky. However you will have to admit that focussing lazerlike on other peoples perceived weaknesses is the exact same behaviour of your administration. At this point the Bush-junta would invoke the 'crime' of moral equivalence and I am just nosy what you 911 bloggerites will say.

He is a left gatekeeper!

Why don't you replace this sky with a different sky like Michel Chossudovsky. He is a better intelectual and honest to the truth. You chomsky is not dumb and he should be aware by now that 911 was and is an inside job, but he continues to play the left card. Why? I don't know, but I can speculate that it has something to do with the ability to get his books published.

Chomsky is irrelevant, put a fork in him, cuz he's done!

His career is over. He is a fossil. To read his work is to risk being duped. Go ahead and read his work if you must but be aware that someone who can't understand or refuses to acknowledge the obvious truth about 9/11 is either uninformed (we know he is not), dumb (we know he is not), criminally deceptive (we hope he is not), or addled by the ravages of aging (a definite maybe.) This is beyond a difference of opinion. Chomsky either knows better or is losing his mind. Either way, no need to advertise for him.


Chomsky is a stooge who has

Chomsky is a stooge who has been roundly exposed. god bless the internet, many people are starting to see him(and other control valves like him) for what he is because of it. i bet Mr. Chomsky HATES technology........

Left Denial on 9/11 Turns

Left Denial on 9/11 Turns Irrational
by Jack Straw

People like Noam Chomsky and Ward Churchill are turning toward the irrational as they continue to deny increasing signs that 9/11 was an inside job.

Noam Chomsky is often hailed as America's premier dissident intellectual, a fearless purveyor of truth fighting against media propaganda, murderous U.S. foreign policy, and the crimes of profit-hungry transnational corporations.

He enjoys a slavish cult-like following from millions leftist students, journalists, and activists worldwide who fawn over his dense books as if they were scripture. To them, Chomsky is the supreme deity, a priestly master whose logic cannot be questioned.

However, as one begins to examine the interviews and writings of Chomsky, a different picture emerges. His books, so vociferously lauded in leftist circles, appear to be calculated disinformation designed to distract and confuse honest activists. Since the 1960's, Chomsky has acted as the premier Left gatekeeper, using his elevated status to cover up the major crimes of the global elite.

Where Noam will not roam:
Chomsky manufactures consent by supporting the official stories of 9/11 and JFK

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."
- Noam Chomsky

"I agree that Professor Chomsky is not a CIA agent. But with respect to his pronouncements on the JFK assassination he is worse than a CIA agent. Without being an agent, with his enormous prestige as a thinker, as an independent radical, as a courageous man, he does the work of the agency. ... He is unconvinced by the evidence of a conspiracy, but his is utterly convinced that JFK was a consummate cold warrior who could not have changed and did nothing to irritate the military industrial intelligence complex."
- Vincent Salandria

"That's an internet theory and it's hopelessly implausible. Hopelessly implausible. So hopelessly implausible I don't see any point in talking about it."
- Noam Chomsky, at a FAIR event at New York's Town Hall, 22 January 2002, in response to a question from the audience about US government foreknowledge of 9/11. At that time, 9/11 investigators had already presented substantial documented evidence for: prior warnings, Air Force stand-down, anomalous insider trading connected to CIA, cover-up of the domestic anthrax attacks, inconsistencies in identities & timelines of "hijackers", US connections to al Qaeda in Balkans, a Pak ISI-al Qaeda funding connection, etc etc etc.

He's probably controlled

He's probably controlled much like the self confessed CIA agent William F. Buckley. 

Excellent analysis!

"His [Chomsky's] books, so vociferously lauded in leftist circles, appear to be calculated disinformation designed to distract and confuse honest activists. Since the 1960's, Chomsky has acted as the premier Left gatekeeper, using his elevated status to cover up the major crimes of the global elite."

Beautifully stated!