▶ Bill Moyers interviews Charles Lewis: The Lies That Lead to War

Lewis details the deceptions and illusions that have caused “most Americans and their elected representatives to completely ignore facts, logic and reason in the rush to war.” A complicit partner, he says, is a media intent on preserving the status quo and never offending the ruling elite.

Moyers and Company  June 27, 2014

As the exploding crisis in Iraq spotlights once again the tragic record of American policy in the Middle East, Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis, whose new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare.

Lewis details the deceptions and illusions that have caused “most Americans and their elected representatives to completely ignore facts, logic and reason in the rush to war.” A complicit partner, he says, is a media intent on preserving the status quo and never offending the ruling elite.

Lewis tells Bill, “An outrageous thing happened. We lost $2 trillion. More than 100,000 people died. Folks are going to be maimed for life in the tens of thousands… And no one has ever acknowledged that this was a war on a lark. It was a complete war of choice, because a certain little faction wanted to do it and they orchestrated it… Did they make statements that weren’t true? The answer is yes.”

This week’s show begins with an essay by Bill on the foresight of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, who, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, predicted the trap in which the West would fall attempting to interfere in the Middle East.

Producer: Gina Kim. Segment Producer: Lena Shemel.Editor: Donna Marino. Intro Producer: Lena Shemel.Intro Editor: Sikay Tang.


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Featured image: New White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during his first briefing as press secretary, Monday, June 23, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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  1. Reblogged this on 21st Century Theater and commented:
    Of course, the elephant in the room is never actually discussed: war is good for business, and the business of the United States is war. At this stage the military industrial complex Ike warned us about has grown to encompass a massive number of corporations you and I pay for. The government calls this “contracting.” I won’t waste time detailing what contracting covers. In fact, it would probably take less time to list what isn’t covered. The military industrial complex has changed over the years. As corporations have taken over government they have imposed a neoliberal model on how it functions. A key element of that model is privatization. If you don’t totally understand what I’m talking about, I will paraphrase Charles Lewis, it’s time for Americans to start learning what’s going on.

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