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Fox News and Iran: Items in a Long List of American Embarrassments and Why I Mourn for This Country A Bit More Each Day

Robin Alexander

Posted on January 8, 2020 12:04

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This morning I turned to Fox News and within 5 seconds the first lie came from a congresswoman (name unknown) presumably recounting history: “Obama paid Iran billions of dollars with our taxpayer money.” Wrong. “The deal resulted in Iran getting access to some of its own funds - assets that had been frozen; it wasn’t cash given to Iran by the United States” (POLITIFACT). Not one journalist (you should excuse the expression) objected.

The discussion turned to Iran potentially closing down the Strait of Hormuz followed by: “this means oil prices are going up!” delivered in a voice so jubilant you had to assume the commentator owns lots of ExxonMobil stock.

That’s how it works: oil prices up, stock prices up: “The uptick in oil prices is fueling big gains in energy stock.” (Motley Fool Stock Advisor five days ago)

This was followed by a contradiction that obscures the truth: “Trump made us energy self-sufficient.” Wait just a doggone minute. If that’s true, why should oil prices be going up?

There’s more:

·         We import 19% of our oil, 9.94 million barrels per day, so we’re not exactly energy self-sufficient.

·         US oil imports fell to 36% in 2013, down from a high of 60% in 2006. Obama: 24% drop; Trump: 17% drop. Trump is not the lone hero.

·         Much of the overall drop has to do with fracking, so neither Trump nor Obama are heroes.

·         But wait: WE IMPORT ZERO OIL FROM IRAN!!!!

·         Approximately 29% of the oil we import could be in danger from a Strait of Hormuz closure, but we export 7.60 million barrels per day, enough to make up for it. The shock comes to awe.

And for the record:

·         According to CNBC this morning: “Oil prices fell Wednesday morning … after Iran’s rocket attack on American forces in Iraq failed to destroy major energy infrastructure.” I guess the Fox fake journalist hadn’t had time to check his ticker tape.

And also for the record, as reported by CNN:

“Iraqi lawmakers, outraged over the killing of Soleimani on Iraqi soil, voted to expel US forces from the country. President Trump threatened to sanction Iraq if US troops were kicked out.”

Are you as confused as I am? Are we in Iraq to protect ourselves from non-existent WMDs, or are we there to liberate the Iraqis and install democracy, or were we supposed to steal their oil but forgot, or did we mean to help stabilize the region (btw General Soleimani was in Iraq on a peace mission between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the kind of thing that helps stabilize a region) … or were we leaving anyway?

The lies and obfuscations I selected to present here may seem random and silly and trivial. That’s exactly the point. We’re all aware of the enormous hypocrisies at work behind the scenes. But we have crossed the line so that even casual deceits are exceedingly ugly.

In this morass, literally and figuratively, our elected officials expect Americans to willingly risk their lives. And to the walking wounded who return, we are expected to say: “thank you for your service,” paying homage to the whole noble undertaking. I will not pay homage. Pawns are not heroes. Instead, I weep for them.

And in regard to that old lie dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori I say:

It is not noble. It is not sweet. It is not necessary.

Robin Alexander

Posted on January 8, 2020 12:04

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