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Noam Chomsky  – US Democracy in Serious Decline

Noam Chomsky – US Democracy in Serious Decline


According to Chomsky, the United States is being thrown out of the Western hemisphere as a result of its policies. (Photo: Commondreams)

Noam Chomsky, a historian, linguist and a prominent commentator on political affairs in the United States and the world, lashed Friday against media organizations in the U.S., describing them as mouthpieces for the government and their allies. To U.S. leaders, he explained in an interview with Russia Today, any news outlet that “does not repeat the U.S. propaganda system is intolerable,” he said.

Chomsky argued in the interview that the U.S. doctrine defined the international community and the “West.” He touched on the current nuclear talks taking place between Iran and the world powers regarding Iran’s nuclear program and argued that the standard line on that program is defined according to the interests of the U.S. and its allies, the well-being of the world notwithstanding.

“The West means the United States and everyone else that goes along,” he said. “What’s called the international community in the United States is the United States and anyone who happens to be going along with it. Take, say, for example, the question of Iran’s right to carry out its current nuclear policies, whatever they are. The standard line is that the international community objects to this. Who is the international community? What the United States determines it to be.”

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The social philosopher and MIT professor, seen as one of the most important academics of the 20th century, also said that President Obama’s administration did not change its policy on Cuba for the right reasons or to advance freedom. He argued that Obama and the U.S. leaders realized that they are being pushed out of the western hemisphere because of the country’s long imperialist policies there, which countries in South America could no longer accept.

“The facts are very clear,” he said. “We know what happened. The Kennedy administration launched a very serious terrorist war against Cuba. It was one of the factors that led to the missile crisis. It was a war that was planned to lead to an invasion in October 1962, which Cuba and Russia presumably knew about. It’s now assumed by scholarship that that’s one of the reasons for the placement of the missiles. That war went on for years. No mention of it is permissible [in the U.S.]. The only thing you can mention is that there were some attempts to assassinate [Fidel] Castro. And those can be written off as ridiculous CIA shenanigans. But the terrorist war itself was very serious.”