HANKERING for a new war to boost the post-Kabul spirits and political stocks of depressed arms manufacturers, panicking Democrats, Boris Johnson’s wife, Peter Dutton’s General Ripper alter-ego and possibly Scott Morrison’s ukulele-enraged neighbours, today’s wag-the-dog wiggles about Ukraine and Russia are the most egregious yet. My personal favourite is this taking of the media’s Mickey lifted directly from Top Gun:
US defence officials said American and Russian aircraft operating in the Mediterranean Sea flew dangerously close to each other in three separate incidents over the weekend. In one, the aircraft came within 1.5 metres of each other.
Never happened. In today’s edition of war-mongering tabloid, the Daily Mail – no longer gunning for Mr Johnson’s noggin, strangely enough – the tinfoil hat cliché “false flag” appears no less than nine times. Joe Biden – whose botched raid on an alleged ISIS kingpin in Syria earlier this month left 13 civilians, including six children, dead – is suddenly interested in a Ukrainian kindergarten where nobody died. See more on that at the false flagger ABC.