The White House Treats the Public Like Morons. Again.

Gomez Adams

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Great OP-ED from Politico.

The White House flogged the New York Times today for its Wednesday report that was headlined “U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say.” War being war, and given the fact that American-made bombs and missiles are being flung around the battlefield like Frisbees, Hacky Sack balls, and fist-sized rocks on a playground, you’d think the Biden administration might have shrugged at the story. It’s not like the U.S. military has been direct-mailing its latest life-extension strategies to the Russian military brass.​
But no. National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson charged out of her cubicle to lash the Times for its depiction. “The United States provides battlefield intelligence to help the Ukrainians defend their country,” Watson told Agence France-Presse in an email. “We do not provide intelligence with the intent to kill Russian generals.” [Emphasis added.]​
What on earth was Watson trying to say? Government statements like this remind us that official spokespeople defy reality with every breath; treat the public like morons; make a laughingstock of themselves; and encourage the citizenry to seek the truth elsewhere. As usual, the New York Times gave a more accurate portrayal of what the government is up to than did the government.​
Watson’s denial of an intent to kill Russian generals — so far, 12 have gotten smoked — makes it sound like she wants you to believe the deaths are what? Accidental? Incidental? Just bad luck? Of course, the U.S. is providing intelligence to kill top Russian officers. Aren’t you supposed to cut off the head of the poisonous snake when it crawls into your sleeping bag, whether you’re on a family hiking vacation or fighting a major land war against a brutal adversary? Aren’t combat snipers instructed to scope out the landscape for officers to shoot when they nestle down to kill? The Biden administration has already sent at least $3 billion in military aid to Ukraine so far and is planning to send a whole lot more. If that money isn’t supposed to terminate Russian generals and their command structure to hasten the end of the war, why bother?​
 
They deny it because the direct targeting of officers is soo un-British... oh wait that was another century, silly me.

There are copious amounts of civilians who still find it distasteful to "target" individuals in warfare. They comfort themselves in the guise of soldiers were killed not a particular individual.

It's how non-veteran politicians throw the military at everything with heartless abandonment.
 
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