How Spin and Lies Fuel a Bloody War of Attrition in Ukraine, by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies

To give the preferred Ukraine narrative even semblance of credibility, Ukraine has to fight, and there’s the problem—they are hopelessly outmatched. From Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies at

In a recent column, military analyst William Astore wrote, “[Congressman] George Santos is a symptom of a much larger disease: a lack of honor, a lack of shame, in America. Honor, truth, integrity, simply don’t seem to matter, or matter much, in America today… But how do you have a democracy where there is no truth?”

Astore went on to compare America’s political and military leaders to the disgraced Congressman Santos. “U.S. military leaders appeared before Congress to testify the Iraq War was being won,” Astore wrote. “They appeared before Congress to testify the Afghan War was being won. They talked of “progress,” of corners being turned, of Iraqi and Afghan forces being successfully trained and ready to assume their duties as US forces withdrew. As events showed, it was all spin. All lies.”

Now America is at war again, in Ukraine, and the spin continues. This war involves Russia, Ukraine, the United States and its NATO allies. No party to this conflict has leveled with its own people to honestly explain what it is fighting for, what it really hopes to achieve and how it plans to achieve it. All sides claim to be fighting for noble causes and insist that it is the other side that refuses to negotiate a peaceful resolution. They are all manipulating and lying, and compliant media (on all sides) trumpet their lies.

It is a truism that the first casualty of war is the truth. But spinning and lying has real-world impacts in a war in which hundreds of thousands of real people are fighting and dying, while their homes, on both sides of the front lines, are reduced to rubble by hundreds of thousands of howitzer shells.

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One response to “How Spin and Lies Fuel a Bloody War of Attrition in Ukraine, by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies

  1. I really like this lady – I dont care what her professed ideology is, she always seems to make solid points.

    In the case of Santos however, rather than being a ‘symptom’ of lack of honor or truth in Americans generally, I would say that he is exhibit #1 of the state of decay and emblematic of the reality that unjust, corrupted individuals cannot lead anyone toward just government.

    Post money=speech, we (should) have relearned the age old lesson that these sociopaths are the most likely amongst us to aggressively seek out power and influence. Everything is rapidly corrupted or sold out to serve their own aggrandizement and personal gain.

    Representative governance cannot survive being monetized. Once govt becomes even marginally monetized or ‘sponsored’ , these corrupted individuals represent the will of the paymaster, which is now endemic across the near entirety of govt and the 4th estate. The 4th estate which was intended as the check against this outcome, became its willing partner.


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