Accuracy in Media

There can be no doubt that the Russians are winning the Middle East propaganda war. But it’s not just the Marxist far-left that is willing to believe whatever Vladimir Putin and his mouthpiece Russia Today (RT) are saying. Some conservatives and self-described Tea Party leaders have also accepted the disinformation the Russians are putting out, even to the extent of affirming the Russian president as a Christian statesman leading the global war on terror.

Consider Chuck Baldwin’s piece, “Rootin’ for Putin,” which insists that “Russia’s Vladimir Putin is the only one fighting a Just War in the Middle East right now.” Baldwin, a Christian pastor “dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded,” was the presidential candidate in 2008 of the Constitution Party, a group associated with the late conservative icon Howard Phillips.

It is simply amazing that any conservative would insist that Putin, who, despite dropping the communist label is still allied with Iran, Communist China, North Korea and Cuba, is somehow doing the right thing in Syria, a long-time Soviet/Russian client state. What Putin is doing is entirely consistent with what the Soviets always did. They are trying to save a client state from what started out as a popular rebellion.

In his column, Baldwin went on to label Barack Obama, David Cameron of Britain, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey as “international gangsters.”

It is true that Obama, through a few of America’s Arab “allies,” has been supporting the cause of some jihadists and terrorists in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been implicated in these dangerous schemes, one of which culminated in the Benghazi massacre of four Americans in Libya. That was a treasonous action that should sink Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and could have justified impeachment charges against Obama himself. Mrs. Clinton was Obama’s Secretary of State at the time.

These operations in the Middle East have been characterized by former CIA officer Clare Lopez of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi as “switching sides in the War on Terror.”

But the idea that Putin has clean hands in the Middle East is absolutely ridiculous. Considering that he was a Soviet KGB spy and actually headed one of the KGB’s successor agencies, the idea that Putin has suddenly had a Damascus Road conversion to Christianity is simply ludicrous. His foreign policy is very similar to that of the old Soviet Union.

Since the foreign policy has mostly remained the same, Soviet financing and sponsorship of international terrorist networks, many of them linked to Arab and Muslim groups, also have to be taken into consideration here. It is reasonable to assume that the Russians have maintained at least parts of these networks for a purpose that we see in the backing of Bashar Assad in Syria. Indeed, writer and researcher Christian Gomez has traced the roots of ISIS to the Islamic Revival Party, created by the KGB, during the final days of the old Soviet Union. U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, has noted that the Russians are doing little in Syria to fight ISIS terrorists and that “Everything they [the Russians] are doing is to support Assad, to keep Assad in power.” In other words, Putin is continuing a clever Soviet-style strategy that seeks to maintain Assad in power while using ISIS for his own purposes. One of those purposes, as reflected in RT propaganda, is to make Putin look like a terrorist fighter.

Baldwin isn’t the only personality on the right duped by Putin and his propaganda machine. The CEO of a group calling itself simply the Tea Party has distributed an article claiming that Russia has produced “stunning photographic evidence” that ISIS oil was being smuggled into Turkey on an industrial scale.

The “stunning photographic evidence” shows nothing of the sort. Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider examined the Russian maps and found that the three main routes the Russians claim ISIS had allegedly been using to transport illicit oil into Turkey are not primarily controlled by the Islamic State. Turkish President Erdogan has countered: “Who is buying oil (from ISIS)? Let me say it. George Haswani, holder of a Russian passport and a Syrian national, is one of the biggest merchants in this business.” He noted that the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Haswani, who was also placed on an EU sanctions list, “for serving as middleman for oil purchases by the Syrian regime from the ISIS group.”

If you haven’t heard about the sanctions on the individuals and networks providing support to Syria and facilitating Syrian oil purchases from ISIS, you are a victim of the slick propaganda that is being spread around the world by such outlets as RT. It is a fact that the Russian claims against Turkey are taking precedence, even in the Western media, over the facts on the ground, as determined not only by the U.S. Treasury but the U.S. Army. Colonel Warren said, “We flatly reject any notion that the Turks are somehow working with ISIL,” he said. “That is preposterous.”

The “Tea Party” article about the Russian claims was lifted directly from the site of Russian apologist Alex Jones, who just scored a major interview with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. No respectable Tea Party group should have anything to do with Alex Jones, who defended the Russian invasion of its former republic Georgia in 2008. Trump’s decision to appear on his show was extremely foolish. He apparently was not aware that Jones promotes claims that actual terrorist attacks, such as the Boston Marathon bombings carried out by two Muslims from Russia, were “false flags” perpetrated by U.S. police and law enforcement agencies. His website ran a “Voice of Russia” story claiming the dead and wounded were actors plastered with fake blood.

Rather than treat Putin as a good guy or ally, GOP presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (FL) argues that Turkey is a member of NATO and an ally that “deserves the full backing of the United States.” He noted that the Russians were “targeting Turkmen-populated pockets of northern Syria rather than territory controlled by ISIS” and that “Most Russian military strikes since the end of September have been non-ISIS targets, including many civilian areas, revealing that Russia does not share our interest in confronting and defeating ISIS but instead is intent on propping up the Assad regime.”

Before he assumed the role as a leader of the Sunnis in the Middle East, mobilizing forces against Shite Iran and Syria, Erdogan was known for his anti-Soviet views. Indeed, he was an anti-communist in his youth. As a result of Russia’s increased military involvement in Syria, he seems to have awakened to the fact that Putin has returned to his Soviet roots and that Turkey’s future lies with NATO and the West. Turkey joined NATO, originally conceived as an anti-Soviet military alliance, in 1952.

Assuming Erdogan is an Islamist of some kind, as some conservatives contend, it might make strategic sense for the West to back him for that reason alone in his battle with Russia. After all, most of Russia’s 14 million Muslims are Sunnis. RT itself recently highlighted how thousands of Muslims had gathered in central Moscow “to witness the opening of one of the biggest mosques in Europe.” The ceremony was attended by Putin and Erdogan, who had been considered to be on friendly terms.

Their relationship turned sour after Turkey shot down the Russian war plane, and it seems to be deteriorating further.

As noted by Ilya Arkhipov of Bloomberg Business, Putin used his annual state-of-the-nation address to attack Turkey and Erdogan in very personal and religious terms. Putin said, “Only Allah knows why they did this. And it seems that Allah decided to punish the ruling gang in Turkey by stripping it of common sense and reason.” Analyst Timothy Ash told Bloomberg that “The religious angle being used by Putin is unlikely to go down well in the region, where Erdogan is still seen as a defender of the Sunni faith.”

One observer has noted, in regard to Russian involvement in Arab/Muslim terrorism and now ISIS, that the monster that the USSR created may have grown too big, and that it may eventually attack its creator.  In the case of Turkey, Putin is facing a Muslim problem of his own making.

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  • LaTisha Jackson

    Wonderful article, Mr. Kincaid!!!

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Alex Jones lost all credibility with his defense of the Georgian invasion in 2008. Jones tried to support his narrative of everything is the result of an American CIA OP. Smart people never ever, ever, ever take the side of Russia!

  • RMThoughts

    Vladimir Putin is neither a villain or a savior, although he probably appears as Savior to the people of Syria.

    Russia is not America. Their war on terror is not a scam to enhance presidential powers, to curtail civil liberties, to perpetuate America’s wars around the planet, support the military industrial complex, and to reduce the public to quivering, malleable, propagandized imbeciles wailing for the protection of the all-powerful state.

    Russia’s approach to terrorism is entirely different. It’s constructive and, more important, it’s rational. Putin doesn’t divide terrorists into good terrorists and bad terrorists, moderate terrorist’s and radical terrorists. If they’re terrorists, they’re terrorists regardless of their pedigree and regardless of whether they serve the geopolitical objectives the state or not. They’re enemy and they’re going to be killed. The real “Terrorist Sympathizers” today want to wage war on Syria and Russia – end of story

    Russia, with all her problems (and those are big problems) and shortcomings in some way still represents what’s left of once Western Civilization.
    The whole idea, that those Russian untermensch “got it right” and are the last vestiges of Western Civilization drives western liberal “elites” as well as Cliff and his neocons mad.

  • RMThoughts

    When Russia courageously stepped into the breach we should have been applauding its willingness to confront ISIS. Instead, we continue to denigrate Russians as if they were still the Soviet Union and Putin, not Islamic terrorists, our most vicious enemy.

    So now we see the travesty of a harsh condemnation of the Russians for introducing air strikes against terrorists who will murder Americans if they get the chance.

    Yes, Russia does this to protect Syria’s authoritarian Assad regime, which has close ties to Moscow. So what?

    Assad, like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, is no threat to the United States or the Western world. If Assad is forced out of power he will eventually be replaced by an Islamic terrorist committed to raining down mayhem on Western countries

  • RMThoughts

    The defeat in Syria is not foremost ISIS, it is the defeat of the world’s foremost terrorist organization – the US Government. We have a ‘terrorist organization’ running America.

  • Steve Tanton

    FDR & Churchill took the side of Russia in WWII & WWI. Hmm…

  • Steve Tanton

    Wonderful? It is full of happenstance and highly subjective view. Hardly “wonderful” in my opinion.

  • Steve Tanton

    “In the case of Turkey, Putin is facing a Muslim problem of his own making.” Hmm…Let’s see, Turkey shot down the Russian jet, Erdogan is trading for ISIS oil, and Putin created the problem? Brilliant Kincaid, just brilliant analysis.

  • Marla Hughes

    As usual, you nail it, Mr. Kincaid. I sometimes despair over how my fellow conservatives are buying into the bully Putin’s propaganda.

  • Maria-Erlinda Martinez

    As usual, one monumental column more by Cliff Kincaid, this one is. It however cries out for tough-love critique.

    There is no doubt, first, that history and geopolitics myopia is afflicting droves of conservatives –and even grassroots-conservatives, some of them adherents of the Tea Party MOVEMENT– and, second, that Putin’s “chivalrous thrust against ISIS in Syria” (as a talk-radio host put it a few weeks ago) will end up hurting America’s genuine and legitimate national interests. Rest assured it is coming; Kincaid is very logical a seer here.

    However, it is not that “There can be no doubt that the Russians are winning the Middle East propaganda war.” What in reality there should be no doubt about is that “the Democrats, now led by Obama, are not only purposely allowing, but also most treacherously facilitating, fascist Russia win the Middle East (…and geopolitical) propaganda war.”

    Fascist Russia?


    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” the axiomatic maxim says. Russia as well as China and Vietnam, have pedaled back from their never-ending and ostensible “construction of Marxism socialism” (which in reality was but the practice of utter-Nomenklaturism — read Mikhail Voslensky’s “Nomenklatura: The Soviet Ruling Class…”) to the aggressive practice of fascist socialism*.

    *– Read F.A. Hayek’s “memo”, the one with the title “Nazi socialism”…Nazism being just the Hitlerian/Germanic (heavily Fichtean, i.e., heavily based on the philosophies of Johann Gottliebe Fichte) version of Mussolini’s Italian fascism.

    As for Cuba, the island is still deep-down in the crass crapper of the “construction of Marxism socialism”.

    The socio-economics and political systems of all of the above being antithetical to what remains of the free enterprise system in America, logically they all gang on her, to do her in for good.

    Add to it that Russia and China are already jockeying for world hegemony, which the two see reachable in the near horizon, an apocalyptic scenario -so far lying inevitably on the road to doom that the Democrats have purposely traitorously embarked America in.

  • Maria-Erlinda Martinez

    They shouldn’t have.

    In WWI it was Wilson, neither FDR nor Churchill, and the result was the Soviet Union. Had Wilson been an astute, shrewd statesman, he would have let the German-Austro-Hungarians-Turkish alliance demolish Russia, and only then go after the former.

    In WWII, similarly, had FDR & Churchill been astute, shrewd statesmen, they would have allowed the Axis (Operation Barbarossa — June-July 1941) demolish the Stalin’s Soviet Union, which would have rendered Pearl Harbor ( December 1941) not necessary to the Japanese, and only then go after the Axis, which would have been left exhausted after Barbarossa’s success.


  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    So did the Communist Party USA.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    So the U.S. continues to “denigrate” Russians as if they were still the Soviet Union, yet Russia is protecting the Assad regime as if they were still the Soviet Union. Right?

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Russia and China jockeying for world hegemony? Moscow has always been momma bear. Convergence has been in the works, at least since the time that Rowan Gaither told Norman Dodd, “Mr. Dodd, all of us who have a hand in the making of policies here, have had experience operating under directives, the substance of which is, that we use our grant-making power so as to alter life in the United States that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.”

  • Maria-Erlinda Martinez

    Mere libertarian societally suicidal humbug, congruent with what those with the traitorous domestic hardcore-Left in America don’t stop spewing from their fetid throats. Libertarians are more dangerous to America, for they hide behind conservatives, given that they, libertarians, stand ideologically with the one foot, superficially, on grassroots-conservatism and, with the other, deep in the hardcore-Left.

  • RMThoughts

    Russia has never made a secret of its intentions to bolster Assad by routing any extremist elements aiming to overthrow the government in Damascus, and the idea that the US and its regional allies are a good judge of who is a “moderate” rebel and who is or will end up being a terrorist is laughable.

    Indeed, thanks to the brutality of ISIS, the “moderate” label is now being openly applied
    to al-Qaeda which would appear to suggest
    that Washington would prefer a Syria run by Ayman al-Zawahiri rather than Assad.

    The Assad regime is the legitimate government of Syria who the USA recognizes. We are a rouge state supporting terrorism in Syria.

  • LaTisha Jackson

    For sure. Look at Jones’ site…it’s way too professional for a small operator. What do Pro Truth Hunters say? Kay-gee-bee…And, yes, russia is our #1 enemy, and isis is just one of the many arms of kay-gee-bee, and San Bernardino was yet another kay-gee-bee operation…via proxy, as always – i.e. that mosque in Pakistan, where islamo-facists are trained is a subsidiary of kay-gee-bee….that simple…make me the president for a week and I will bestow an order in our house: hang kay-gee-bee agents on the lawn of the white house, including the chief executive agent and 100 kay-gee-bee spies in Congress and the Senate, and millions more in every walk of life…present kremlin with an ultimatum – stop arab terrorism, or we nuke you, cancel the rockefellers-and-the-gang-implemented taxation, which will lead to dissapearance of the inferior, that live at the expence of the superior, separate the inferior from the superior, let’s say California goes to the inferior, Texas – to the superior. Since the inferior do not produce anything valuable for the society – they will soon self destruct…Keep just a 10% tax on, let’s say the 1.2 million lawyers and 2.5 million real estate agents, for what Lorenzo Medici did in Florence – support the top of the human pyramide – the Gods = Major League Creators of Products of Spirit, without which the overfed, overentertained and the purposeless (AKA “Narrow Specialists”) follow yet another eloquent tyrant straight into the mass grave…

  • LaTisha Jackson

    Well said, Maria-Erlinda! Those who post their opposing “opinions” here don’t know, that not a single first generation Russian imigrant in this country trusts a single word that comes out of kremlin…only the overfed, overentertained the the purposeless do. When people say that Americans are gullible, they don’t know what they are talking about (like another peddler of opinions vs a Pro Truth Hunter)…Most Americans are comfort junkies, that’s why instead of relentlessly hunting for the bitter truth, they comfortably settle with the idiot-box fed Opinions, which are nice little easily adjustable comfortable lies. The real reason for the demise of this greatest experiment in history is comfort. Yes, yes, this very end result, the reason of all reasons, the American Dream, Henry Ford, Sam Walton, Walt Disney, Dale Carnegie…Everyting else is a consequence. The masses at the bottom have a very limited view…well it’s the bottom. Major League Creators of Products of Spirit (arts, poetry, philosophy) have the best seats in the house – the rocky mountain tops…with a clear unobstructed view…well, that’s how it works in healthy (and therefore long-lasting) civilizations. But since the United States never really had those rocky mountain tops, that Poet and the Philosopher, that provide longevity for any civilization, but instead had a bachanalia of all those comfort junkies (the entrapped) vs comfort providers (the trappers), which created an upsidedown pyramid, with the real top being at the bottom, – it’s very unstable…and it WILL COLLAPSE…Comfort kills spirit. Without spirit YOU ARE DEAD. Willson’s biggest “accompishment” was allowing the rockefeller’s gang to create a “US” “Federal” “Reserve”, which was the final nail…
    Read “Creature from Jekyl Island”…

  • LaTisha Jackson

    where did you get all this, Steve? From the idiot box? Erdogan’s isis oil is a kremlin created and disseminated desinformation. And you believe kremlin? Are you 5 years old?

  • LaTisha Jackson

    Let’s go, folks! We are at war! Our Supreme Leader is, let’s say Trevor Loudon. Let’s eradicate the inferior! The deranged lunatics. Step one – close discussions on this blog for the uneven, unproven, semi-understanding, somewhat pro-kremlin, “democrats”, “liberals”, red professors, and other such enemy. The best sign to spot the inferior is by their addiction to manipulation, war mongering (the inferior ALWAYS, ALWAYS must be at war, as they feel they are being attacked), and their desire to operate in a PROTECTED, CONTROLLABLE environment (they are afraid of wide open spaces and fair competition, example: Professional and Financial Services Cartel)…We need people, a whole army, to make sure the inferior use fewer kay-gee-bee agents to cast their fraudulent votes in 2016. Tell everyone you know. This is our LAST CHANCE!!!

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    No, we are a partner with Russia playing our hegelian-dialectic role in the creation of a Middle East Regional Union and one world government.

  • garland

    Russia is running the global propaganda show. Propaganda is, after all, their greatest tactic of war. Along with Russia, one should also be wary of Trump, who is a proponent of Russia (a recent article states his third wife’s father was/is a card-carrying communist. Makes sense when assessing Trump’s actions and behaviors.) Trump, it appears, is part and parcel with Russia’s long-time strategic plan of subversion. (See Bezmenov’s speech here:

  • Fritz

    Sorry, the timeline does not fit, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Wilson allowed nothing, the U.S entered WWI literally at the 11th hour in 1918, the Tsar was overthrown by revolution in the spring of 1917, and the Bolshevik coup took place in October of 1917 after the Germans allowed Lenin safe passage from Sweden. Why did the Germans allow this? Because Russia was an ally of Britain and France, and Lenin promised to pull Russia out of the war on the Eastern front, and did, see the Treaty of Brest-Letovsk. After which Germany and Austria could turn their focus on the Western front, and it was this turn of events that convinced the U.S to enter the war. The result of this was that Germany in effect disrupted Russia internally, and threw it into a civil war for the next four years, after which the Reds were the last ones standing.

  • Steven Barrett

    If both Russiai and the US can somehow find a way to put the leaders of both Turkey and Syria out of office, this whole bloody mess could be solved almost overnight. The Turkish head of state wants to … of all things … cut Russia off from use of the Bosphorus, even though this would violate international law and he has no grounds to do so in the first place. Why should we get pulled into a much bigger mess because this man wants to be identified as the next Ataturk? He got his Russian jet, he’s escaped with some relatively mild sanctions and the Russians haven’t pushed it like they would’ve under the Soviets. Why the unnecessary saber rattling from a smaller power? Stupid.

  • Steven Barrett

    Lady, what the heck have you been taking?

  • markolinux

    Maria-Erlinda Martinez’s reply below was a perfect indictment of the typical Libertarian view of Putin and Putin’s Russia.

    Most libertarians these days have more in common with the “against God and King” murderous revolutionaries of the French Revolution than they do with true conservatives.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    I agree with your analysis on the KGB. You lose me on your Lorenzo Medici plan.

  • LaTisha Jackson

    Oh, that’s during the Italian Renaissance, the Medici Dynasty, and, especially Lorenzo Medici sponsored the arts, which gave the world Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Rafael, Titian, Botticelli, et al…

  • sam

    unlike our war on terror which has been a massive success.

  • sam

    Hitler might have taken over all of Europe and used his immense resources to develop an atom bomb. Also he’s have killed tens of millions more people. Hmmm ….youre a retard

  • RMThoughts

    US Congress should fund Putin’s war. Putin’s strategy accomplished more in a month than Obama has in two years. Then Congress should invite Putin to speak before Congress (like they did Netanyahu) and present him some kind of award of service to the American people for is fight against Jihadi terrorism.

  • I am a Christian. I sure like Putin more than the wicked 0bama Muslim mafia! Putin has been RIGHT against 0bama in Ukraine and Syria! He may very well have an ulterior motive – the recently discovered oil on Golan – which is rightfully Israel. For now, he is right. 0bama claims ISIS as his jv team! 0bama is their leader!

    Turkey has been selling oil from ISIS well over a year. Its NOT new! EU is buying it. Russia has oil. Turkey is 100% WRONG, a bully, and a jihad nation which is the chief part of the ISIS! Why is it in NATO!?

    The world is crazy!
    Putin of course could become Evil in a moment of time if he turns against Israel.
    Genesis 12:3