Originally posted by Metal Brain
Noam Chomsky: "The U.S. and Its Allies Will Do Anything to Prevent Democracy in the Arab World"
I have not heard this point of view on the corporate news media. Isn't that propaganda by omission?
Doesn't Chomsky make perfect sense here? If not, why?
You and Chomsky are truly kindred spirits. You have essentially the same problem in your geopolitical analyses (though Chomsky is undeniably brilliant).
Both of you have no problem making sweeping arguments that turn on extremely fine points of logic and are based mostly on interesting-sounding speculation. Neither of you have any need for nuance.
Like it or dislike it, US policy in the ME is really not that black and white. In some cases, we've smartly encouraged democracy and in other cases we've foolishly taken steps in the name of democracy. Iraq War 2, ill conceived though it may have been, was plainly inspired by the prospect of converting Iraq into a stable democracy. US intervention in Libya is also plainly a pro-democracy step (again, ill-conceived though it is). Supporting the ouster of Mubarrak, likewise. Yes, the US does not want the SA Royal family overthrown right now. Duh. Which sane person is sitting there rooting for a Saudi civil war right now? This is not just about oil; it's also about, oh, gee... maybe, uh? world peace?
Chomsky loves to take the position that is contrary to conventional wisdom use a whole slew of generalizations to show that the nefarious capitalist overlords are hell bent on causing ruin and destruction.
That article is a classic example. Sweeping generalizations buoyed by thinly veiled plays to emotion replete with the usual legacy buzzwords used for decades whenever someone gets a hankering to attack any white powerful government anywhere... ("If the dictators support us, and the population is under control, then what’s the problem? This is like imperialism. What’s the problem if it works? As long as they can control their populations, fine." )
1) The "media" is not some monolith under "corporate control." As FMF states above, access to information is pretty much universal to those who seek it nowadays
2) The western government leaders are people; not Manchurian plants. They want what's best for the people, by and large and they usually find the same sort of tactics wrong as do regular people.
3) The west is not some uniform machine either. There are cross-purposes among and within governments and opposition parties in all western democracies are pretty darn good at challenging the policies of the parties in power.
There is no such thing as "The U.S. and Its Allies Will Do Anything to..." anything! The "U.S. and Its Allies" are not capable of acting in that sort of concert.