Senator Jim Inhofe, Constant Gardener of the Warfare State, by Shane Smith

From Shane Smith, at antiwar.com:

The War Party is currently desperate for any evidence of Russian aggression in Ukraine. So much so that, as faithful apostle of the Warfare State Senator Jim Inhofe has shown recently, it is willing to embrace fabricated “evidence” to ensure the narrative remains intact. In his argument for arming the Ukrainian government, Inhofe provided pictures of alleged Russian tanks driving deep into Ukraine as proof of Moscow’s nefarious intent. These pictures were subsequently proven to have been taken in 2008, and in Georgia. Inhofe’s office quickly backtracked, stating that they had received the images from a delegation of Ukrainian commanders and officials. His office went on to state:

“We felt confident to release these photos because the images match the reporting of what is going on in the region. I was furious to learn one of the photos provided now appears to be falsified from an AP photo taken in 2008. This doesn’t change the fact that there is plenty of evidence Russia has made advances into the country with T-72 tanks and that pro-Russian separatists have been killing Ukrainians in cold blood.”

Reporting done by whom? If the images are false, might not the “reporting” being conducted in the warzone be similarly tainted? It doesn’t seem that Inhofe cares about such questions as much as remaining faithful to the Evil Russia narrative. The “it doesn’t change the fact” excuse displays a cavalier attitude toward the false photos, as if it’s not the relevant issue. To Inhofe, the only issue at stake is convincing as many as possible that Russia is the aggressor, by any means necessary. And, despite being handed fabricated evidence by the Ukrainian government, he still insists on arming their criminal regime.

This appears to be just one instance of a pattern emerging from Inhofe’s tenure as US Senator, stemming from his unyielding faith in US weapons distribution to various rebels worldwide. There doesn’t seem to be a great level of complexity to his inclination toward proxy warfare: if there are rebels fighting a US “enemy”, arm them! If there are “terrorists” afoot, bomb them! Unintended consequences be damned, apparently.

http://original.antiwar.com/shane_smith/2015/02/20/senator-jim-inhofe-constant-gardener-of-the-warfare-state/

To continue reading: Constant Gardener of the Warfare State

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