Don’t Get Played

It may look a lot like it’s happening the way you’re told it is. But take another look.

Russian armored car and a column of self-propelled rocket launchers with the with the Z symbol of the invasion of Ukraine. (, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 4.0)

It looks a helluva lot like an evil dictator in Russia decided one morning to wake up and invade his neighbor for no good reason and that brave America has come to the rescue of the plucky Ukrainians. 

We were told the monster was getting destroyed on the battlefield, but now somehow he’s threatening all of Western Europe; and if we aren’t careful, his tank may soon show up in your driveway.

You’d be forgiven for thinking this, given that the most influential media machine in history has been employed to make it look that way. 

Making people believe anything is easy, if you leave out important parts of the story: the U.S. backed a coup overthrowing a democratically-elected government in Kiev; the coup-government started a civil war against Ukrainians who rejected the coup; the West pretended to agree to a peace agreement to end the civil war to create time to arm Ukraine to the teeth; the U.S. and NATO rejected a treaty proposal to prevent the invasion and ensure security in Europe; and the U.S. wanted regime change in Moscow through an economic, information and proxy war that has utterly backfired. 

Where have you read any of that? 

Probably in Consortium News.

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28 comments for “Don’t Get Played

  1. Eddie S
    May 14, 2024 at 00:02

    It’s a crime the way that the US public virtually INSISTS on being lied to. That’s the only explanation I can fathom for their lack of knowledge and healthy skepticism regarding international events and the MSM’s accounts of the world. I thought that after the phony reasons for the Iraq War(crime) back in 2003 were debunked (by the MSM no-less) that there would be a strong reaction against the military adventurism, we’d be way more reluctant to pursue military solutions, and that ‘W’ would lose the presidency. And of course none of those things happened and here we are, fighting a proxy war with Russia and trying to provoke a war with China.

  2. May 13, 2024 at 22:38

    Fault Lies With NATO, Not Putin, Experts Say

    “I actually think that what’s going on here is that the West is leading Ukraine down the primrose path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked. And I believe, the policy that I’m advocating, which is neutralizing Ukraine, and then building it up economically, and getting it out of the competition between Russia on one side and NATO on the other side is the best thing that could happen to the Ukrainians. What we’re doing is encouraging the Ukrainians to play tough with the Russians. We’re encouraging the Ukrainians to think that they will ultimately become part of the West, because we will ultimately defeat Putin, and we will ultimately get our way. Time is on our side. And, of course, the Ukrainians are playing along with this. And the Ukrainians are almost completely unwilling to compromise with the Russians, and instead want to pursue a hard line policy. Well as I said to you before, if they do that, the end result is your country is going to be wrecked . . . ..I think it would make much more sense to work to create a neutral Ukraine.”

    ———John J. Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science and author of “The Israel Lobby”

    Noam Chomsky: The idea that Ukraine might join a Western military alliance would be quite unacceptable to any Russian leader. This goes back to 1990 when the Soviet Union collapsed. There was a question as to what would happen with NATO. Gorbachev agreed to allow Germany to be unified, and to join NATO. It’s a pretty remarkable concession, with a quid pro quo: that NATO would not expand one inch to the East. That was the phrase that was used.

    Reporter: So Russia has been provoked?

    Chomsky: Well, what happened? NATO instantly moved to East Germany. Then Clinton came along, expanded NATO right to the borders of Russia. Now there are, the new Ukrainian government, the government after the overthrow of the preceding one, the parliament voted, I think 300-8, or something like that, to move to join NATO.

    Reporter: But you can understand why they would want to join NATO. You can see why Petro Poroshenko’s government would probably see that it’s protecting his country.

    Chomsky: No, no it’s not protecting. Crimea was taken away after the overthrow of the government – right? He’s not protecting Ukraine. He’s threatening Ukraine with major war. That’s not protection. The point is this is a serious strategic threat to Russia which any Russian leader would have to react to.

    ——–Interview with dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky

    “If we move the forces, NATO forces, including American troops, toward Russia’s borders, where will we be then? I mean, it’s obviously going to militarize the situation, and therefore raise the danger of war. And I think it’s important to emphasize, though I regret saying this, Russia will not back off. This is existential. Too much has happened. Putin – and it’s not just Putin – we seem to think Putin runs the whole of the universe. He has a political class, that political class has opinions, public support is running overwhelmingly in favor of Russian policy. Putin will compromise at these negotiations, but he will not back off if he is confronted militarily.”

    ——Russian expert Stephen Cohen

    “NATO enlargement is utterly misguided and risky. True friends of Ukraine and global peace, should be calling for a U.S. and NATO compromise with Russia.”

    ——-Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned economics professor

    “Ukrainian entry into NATO is the brightest of all red lines for [Russia]. And I have yet to find anyone who views Ukraine in NATO as anything other than a direct challenge to Russian interests.”

    ——-CIA Director Bill Burns

    “Moving so quickly [to expand NATO] was a mistake . . . . Trying to bring Georgia and Ukraine into NATO was truly overreaching [and] an especially monumental provocation.”

    ——–Former U.S. Defense Secretary Bob Gates

    Source: Video clips and text quotes available at “US/NATO Provoked War Say Most Experts on Russia,” Jimmy Dore Show (You Tube) March 3, 2022

    • TStone
      May 14, 2024 at 18:05

      Thank you.

  3. wildthange
    May 13, 2024 at 20:52

    What can we say we have don’t our part for the western military superiority complex as religious defamation to support Roman occupation as R2P the right to promote religious imaginary prophets for profits along with Viking R2P right to plunder merged.

    Any people believing in freedom and knowing they lied and mislead Native Americans in Grand Theft Covered Wagon and cavalry spree would try to ave their culture and fund the reservation with massive assistance as penance rather than ignore them and revel in our self made miracle of wealth. We cannot criticize without facing our won crimes for full spectrum world dominance with out NATO allies in crime. That goes for their genocidal behavior through history too.

  4. Vera Gottlieb
    May 13, 2024 at 11:25

    Why don’t we face REALITY at last? There no longer is DEMOCRACY – the will of the people. It has turned into the will of the powerful at our expense. I reside in Europe and as for ‘Russia invading Europe’…a lot of crock. This fear mongering is all part of the Russophobia because the Anglo/Saxon world is starting to see the writing on the wall: the West’s dominance in shambles and coming to a well-deserved end. No ’empire’ lasts forever…ask the Romans.

    • Stephen Berk
      May 13, 2024 at 21:52

      The US meddled in Ukraine politics, with neocons like Victoria Nuland engineering a coup there in 2014. The US demands total security throughout the Western Hemisphere, but it grants no such security to Russia, even on its border. Ukraine was for many decades a part of the Russian sphere of influence. Ukrainians, especially in the east, speak Russian. The American neocon imperialists, using the CIA and something called the NED (National Institute for Democracy) succeeded in their 2014 coup, which ousted the Russia friendly government under Yanukovich, and installed a Western puppet in his place. Missiles were implanted and the Ukrainians were armed in opposition to Russia. What would the US do if Russia did something near our border? We know the answer to that from the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Cuba had gone communist under Fidel Castro, who ousted the corrupt US-supported Battista regime, which had granted a lot of favors to the Mafia. The US tried to oust Castro in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Ultimately, Castro, who had become a communist, appealed for support from the Soviet Union. The Soviets decided to give missiles to Cuba to defend against a second invasion by the US. The Kennedy administration imposed a blockade of Cuba which Kennedy called a quarantine (because a blockade is an act of war). Kennedy negotiated for several weeks with Khrushchev and the US and Soviet Union, both nuclear powers, almost came to war. This is what came from meddling in the adversary’s “backyard.” The US learned nothing ultimately from the Cuban Missile Crisis, and over a half century later, the Russophobic neocons in the Obama administration, engineered the coup in Ukraine. This crossed what Vladimir Putin called one of his “red lines.” It threatened Russian security. Putin is a reasonable man who wanted to come to a series of agreements with the US that would have eased tensions between the two super-powers. Both JFK and the conservative Ronald Reagan were willing to negotiate with the Russians in the interests of peace. But after Reagan, the neocons began working their way into policy making positions in the US State and Defense Departments. These people recklessly wanted to confront and”weaken” Russia, and the Ukraine coup was an early part of that. Trump later abrogated a series of treaties like the INF (Intermediate Nuclear Force) Treaty, wherein Reagan and Gorbachev had agreed to reduce mid-level nuclear missiles. The US is far more reckless in its drive for world dominance than the Russians and previous Soviet Union. During this century the US nuclear posture with regard to Russia has been increasingly dangerous. Probably the main thing that has kept a third world war from starting is Vladimir Putin’s inherent caution. If the world is to continue, the US needs to rein in the reckless neocon imperialists, who still have a good deal of power in both parties.

      • Tony
        May 14, 2024 at 08:53

        50 years ago this August, the CIA and the military chiefs were finally able to oust President Nixon because of his willingness to negotiate with the USSR and China.

  5. Vonu
    May 13, 2024 at 10:35

    I read it in Putin’s poorly distributed speeches, beginning before the SMO began.

  6. Em
    May 12, 2024 at 15:42

    A shorter off the cuff remark:
    While ‘we’ have been transfixed by the beauty of the democratic forest, Israel has broken away and actually transmogrified into a radical, Nationalist, religious Zionist Autocratic Theocracy. It is today the fully weaponized version of the erstwhile American Jewish Defense League (JDL).
    It now sees itself, arbitrarily, and self-appointed, as global Judaisms protector.
    Meir Kahane, the founder of the Kach ideology (so in this way), if it is not obvious by now, is in full control of the Israeli regime.
    This was Kahane’s clandestine intent all along, before he was assassinated on American shores, by an Egyptian-American.

    • Vonu
      May 13, 2024 at 10:37

      The IDF is the new SS, and Netanyahu the new Hitler.

      • Em
        May 13, 2024 at 12:30

        … and all cited examples are, dismayingly, of one and the same ‘humanity’!

  7. Richard L Romano
    May 12, 2024 at 13:12

    I have known this since months or years:before the “invasion” but no matter what I say no one is hearing or listening.

  8. Tommy Payne
    May 12, 2024 at 12:09

    PS … BTW, I did donate. Please do so it you can afford to do so in these trying times. I laugh at the sub-headline, but it is obvious that both me and the headline writer agree that a citizen in a democracy must have sources of information beyond what you are told to believe by the people who profit from making you believe what they want you to believe.

    Freedom is when you do not let other people control what you think. That is even more important in a world where a small handful of corporations control most of the rest of what you see, hear and read. Bob Marley put it to a danceable reggae beat …. “Free yourself from mental slavery”. Reading and supporting CN is one way I’ve found that helps fight off the mental slavers.

    • John Z
      May 13, 2024 at 12:51

      I think of the song lyric from Me and Bobby McGee: “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” We are just about at that point.

  9. Cesar Jeopardy
    May 12, 2024 at 12:07

    The only place(s) I’ve read anything close to that is in the Alternative Media. The U.S. MSM has become largely irrelevant on any number of foreign policy issues. There seems to be little point in subscribing to what used to be our best, if imperfect, sources of info: NY Times and WaPo.

  10. Bostonian
    May 12, 2024 at 11:45

    What’s really sad is that so many of my contemporaries, who participated in civil rights and anti-war movements, and saw firsthand how the media distorted everything, now believe the nonstop stream of falsehoods about Russia’s SMO in Ukraine. I see blue and yellow flags fluttering in my ultra-liberal neighborhood, and the OUN trident, the obscene emblem of the nationalists who murdered tens of thousands of Poles, Russians, and Jews in WW2. Try to explain this and you get dismissed as a crazy conspiracy theorist or a Putinard/Trumpist enemy of our freedom™.

    The kids putting their bodies on the line to condemn the Gaza genocide – maybe there is some hope left for the place that used to be called America.

    • Tony
      May 12, 2024 at 21:16

      Don’t give up.

      Persuasion is often a process rather than an event.

    • WillD
      May 13, 2024 at 22:32

      The tragedy of older (not meant unkindly, I’m one) people who protested and demonstrated in the 60’s and 70’s is that some think they can still see the ‘truth’, and that their efforts contributed to keeping the politicians honest.

      Some feel like they’ve done enough, and are now happy to let others deal with the reality. There are plenty of reasons they refuse to listen to you, even though many of them realise you are right but don’t want to face the ‘inconvenient truth’ anymore.

  11. LeoSun
    May 12, 2024 at 11:42

    “For POTUS, Biden-Harris; &, their War Chiefs, “it must be a deeply frustrating time.” Biden-Harris are a colossal disaster!!! Everybody, knows, Joey R. Biden, “NEVER! NEVER!! NEVER had a signature foreign policy achievement in Congress or as OhBama’s No. 2.”

    “For, seconds”/leftovers, POTUS, Biden-Harris, is “so ripely symbolic of everything that is unchanging, hopeless,” perverted about our political system. Many people believe Russia is not the aggressor. The USG & NATO own it, do it, done! This IS the USG’s & NATO’s expansion, WAR on terra, plant, animal & human life. They are the “Evil Doers,” one & all!

    “The elephant in the room,” imo, is Biden-Harris, their Board of Executioners, the US Congress; &, the U$D. It mirrors State of the Union, one Nation, from sea to shining sea, in extreme decline! BIDENOMIC$


    “Did Biden say, he’s “convinced Putin will invade” or that he’s “convinced Putin to invade?” Jeffrey St.Clair

    Hocus. Poke Us! Everybody, FOCUS. It’s 2024; &, POTUS, the grabby, old, miserably aged, dementia addled, truth challenged, perverted story teller is on CNN, $etting a NEW “World” Record, i.e.,

    ……… “MAY 8, 2024, Joey R. Biden TOLD 15 lies in 17 minutes!!!” The take-away, “obviously, Joey R. Biden is NOT firing on all cylinders, i.e., “America is Back!”

    ….. MAY 8, 2024, the political corpse, posing as POTUS masquerading as human, was w/CNN’s Anchorwoman. Old POTUS yappin’ & yellin’, “Let me say it this way. When I started this administration, people were saying there is going to be a collapse in the economy. We have the strongest economy in the world. Let me say it again. In the world.”

    Exhibit A-Z, “BIDENOMICS,” & teh U$D, is “The Collapse in the Economy.” POTUS, Biden-Harris OWN IT!!! POTUS thought they had us @ “Help is on the way.” Liars. Liars. Pants on Fire!!!

    [EVERYBODY, KNOWS], * “the real criminals are in Washington, [D.C.], NOT in the United Nations. The real criminals are in the White House, NOT in the Elysee Palace. The real criminals are in the [U.S.] Congress!!!” George Galloway

    ……. NOT the in the streets being arrested, incarcerated, fined for resisting the crimes against humanity aka genocide, wholeheartedly $upported by the USG. The PEOPLE, in the streets, around the world, are 100% against, the occupation in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Middle East, Africa, etc. Against, genocide. Against the targeting of Palestinians, Humanitarian Aide Workers, investigative journalists. Against being targeted, arrested, incarcerated, fined for standing up for the Occupied; &, AGAINST the Occupier!

    A “BEST” PRACTICE, “Don’t Get Played.” Keep the “FREE” Press,” rock’n! $upport “Freedom of The Press,” @ CN’S “Donate,” here, Today and/or Tomorrow. Indeed, CN, “as soon as I get paid.” TY. Ciao.

    • Linda Edwards
      May 13, 2024 at 19:46

      OK I will donate $50.00.

      • LeoSun
        May 14, 2024 at 02:11

        Linda Edwards, this is absolutely OUTSTANDING!!! TY.

        ……………..“Generosity has no regrets!!!”

        “L O N G LIVE, Consortium News!” ‘Keep It Lit!’ Ciao

  12. Francis (Frank) Lee
    May 12, 2024 at 11:39

    The whole charade has been manipulated and oversold from the outset as a crock of shit. Herewith are just some of the bad actors on parade: Firstly the unspeakable duo of Victoria Nuland and Geffrey Pyatt. You must also remember her conversation with Pyatt and of course with Klitchco, our brain-dead damaged boxer com-politician. Moreover, what would we be without Victoria in her prime, with such brilliant insights as: ‘The EU can go fuck itself.” Brilliant prose or what!? Then comes the ”National Endowment for Democracy” yet another US crock of shit. A US front organization attempting to masquerade as a neutral front for a global charity. If you believe that you will believe anything. Then of course comes is the redoubtable figure of George Soros to be feared and respected, and a leading light in the WEF. Then comes USAID and Human Rights Watch (HRW). But hey I am getting a bit tired of this bullshit.

    • Philip Reed
      May 13, 2024 at 11:27

      Small point but Nuland actually said with clarity “”Fuck the EU” Period. In answer to Pyatt’s query “ What will the EU say? Then she adds. “ Yats is our guy” And so it was to be….
      As for the itemized checklist of real events. Couldn’t have summed it better. No nuance required.

      • gwb
        May 14, 2024 at 11:30

        I wonder why we keep hearing from Victoria Nuland about Ukraine, even though she’s no longer at State.


  13. May 12, 2024 at 09:14

    Thank You CN

  14. Michael McNulty
    May 12, 2024 at 06:16

    One thing western politicians and MSM are keen to avoid mention of is Russia has not stepped beyond the borders of the old Soviet Union. It’s like Russia moved into old Russia. NATO on the other hand with troops now in Estonia has invaded old Russia.

    • Tommy Payne
      May 12, 2024 at 12:33

      The former NATO commander Stavridis is now saying that the Russian region of Kaliningrad must be ‘neutralized’ because of the threat it poses to NATO countries and NATO’s “Baltic Lake”. Kaliningrad appears on WW1 and WW2 maps as the German city of “Koenigsberg”, and it became Russian during the redrawing of boundaries after WW2 when the genocidal state of Germany had territory removed and given to Poland and Russia among others.

      Up until the 1990’s, the closest NATO power was Denmark, and it is doubtful that any NATO generals can be found talking about the imperative that the city be ‘neutralized. Unfortunately, it was very, very wrong for Russia to pick up this city and move it so aggressively to the borders of NATO.

      And don’t forget, NATO is the alliance that includes the only nation to use atomic weapons to ‘neutralize’ a city, whose tactics regularly use Shock and Awe against civilians in the belief that it will make the people turn against the government of which America does not approve, and which has said that there are ‘no red lines’ in the NATO neutralization of Gaza. So, when NATO says ‘neutralize’, it usually means a whole lot of people have to die for NATO’s political aims. Why did Russia make the mistake of moving that entire city?

    • Carolyn L Zaremba
      May 12, 2024 at 12:39

      You’re right.

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