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Russia uses Ebola to spread Conspiracy Theories about the US

This article in RIA Novosti is inedible, seasoned improperly, poorly prepared and just plain stinks. Paul Craig Roberts, this is one helluva terrible article.

Damn.  If I hadn’t read it myself, I would have never believed RIA Novosti would stoop to such utter fetid depths to try to sully the reputation of the United States.

While President Obama’s decision to appoint an Ebola czar is unpopular within the US, his appointment of a political hack in lieu of a medical professional is even more unpopular.

Therefore, on the surface, the title of the RIA Novosti article Obama Fights Ebola With a Czar and Soldiers doesn’t seem so bad. I expected a rehash of all the normal give and take in the articles in the mainstream media.  What I read I did not expect.

This hatchet article in RIA Novosti reports that Sierra Leone and Liberia have biological warfare laboratories. While the article does not directly say these laboratories may be responsible for the outbreaks, the implication is clear.

The article continues, citing 4,000 US troops are being sent to Africa for human testing.  “Washington is exposing troops to Ebola so that vaccines or treatments can be tested on the troops.” Nothing can be further from the truth, but disproving a lie is more difficult than researching the facts, in this case.

Probably the worst accusation is that this Ebola outbreak is being used as a cover to attack the Chinese. The last sentence in the quote is by far the wackiest assertion, one of the worst I have ever read.

Other commentators have noticed that West Africa is an area of Chinese investments. They wonder if Washington is using the cover of Ebola to occupy the countries or even set the disease loose in order to drive out the Chinese. The new US Africa Command was formed to counteract Chinese economic penetration in Africa.

This is where the wacky theories stop and a regurgitation of facts continues.  This is typical of former Soviet Active Measures, where blatant lies and disinformation are mixed in with facts.

What really irritates me is the author.  The article is written by an American, a supposed official of the Reagan Administration.

Paul Craig Roberts served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States. He is also chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.

Let me make a guess here. Mr. Roberts probably wrote a very short piece.  Factually correct and fitting within journalistic rules of fact checking, a lack of writer bias but still somewhat damning to the administration.  An editor at RIA Novosti read the article and saw an opportunity to insert copious amounts of misinformation, disinformation, lies and other less than journalistic crap into the article.  Mr. Roberts lost control of the article and when published, the article only remotely resembled what he had submitted for publication.  Perhaps Mr. Roberts submitted this article as published.  If so, Mr. Roberts, I am truly sorry.  This article sucks, plain and simple. If my guess is correct, however, RIA Novosti’s editors suck.  Out loud.

Mr. Roberts and RIA Novosti.  This article is clear evidence that good men can write truly bad articles. This article contains a smattering of facts, mixed in with an unhealthy dose of putrid lies, rotting innuendos and rancid mischaracterizations, simmered over misinformation, reduced to disinformation, presented in a bland fashion and garnished with absolute bullshit.  Send this crap back to the kitchen and shoot the cook.

This mess of an article doesn’t even belong in Hell’s Kitchen.  The place, not the show.

Update:  After only a modicum of research (3.5 seconds) at http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/, I have concluded that Paul Craig Roberts is a Russian apologist.  Check out his latest publications: