Credibility, Then and Now

A few weeks ago, one half of the rebarbative US State Department spokesteam said “I would also say that these aren’t competing narratives from two equally credible sources here.” She meant of course, that the US, in the person of Secretary of State John Kerry, was “credible” and Russia was not.

Well, let’s see.

So we now learn that the Kosovo Liberation Organisation, that NATO put into power, was a pretty nasty piece of work. (“unlawful killings, abductions, enforced disappearances, illegal detentions in camps in Kosovo and Albania, sexual violence, other forms of inhumane treatment, forced displacements of individuals from their homes and communities, and desecration and destruction of churches and other religious sites. This effectively resulted in the ethnic cleansing of large portions of the Serb and Roma populations from those areas in Kosovo south of the Ibar River, with the exception of a few scattered minority enclaves. Additionally, we have found that certain elements of the KLA engaged in a sustained campaign of violence and intimidation through 1998 and 1999 directed at Kosovo Albanian political opponents, which also included acts of extrajudicial killings, illegal detentions, and inhumane treatment. We believe that the evidence is compelling that these crimes were not the acts of rogue individuals acting on their own accord, but rather that they were conducted in an organized fashion and were sanctioned by certain individuals in the top levels of the KLA leadership.).

Here’s John Kerry at the time: “We must not allow Slobodan Milosevic’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ to undermine our hard-fought peace or spill over into neighboring countries, precipitating the further destabilization of the region.” Note the phrase “ethnic cleansing” in each.

Qaddafi wasn’t “bombing his open people” (“Muammar al-Qaddafi did not target civilians or resort to indiscriminate force.”).

Here’s John Kerry at the time: “The military intervention in Libya sends a critical signal to other leaders in the region: They cannot automatically assume they can resort to large-scale violence to put down legitimate demands for reform without consequences.”

Assad wasn’t gassing his people a year ago. (UN report. Lloyd and Postel conclude US government explanation cannot possibly be true because one of the two rockets cited as having been fired from government position did not have the necessary range. Summary of data by Seymour Hersh. Most likely a “false flag” attack designed to invite US intervention; but even if not, very little to base a case for war on).

Here’s John Kerry at the time: “In some of the most aggressive language used yet by the administration, Mr. Kerry accused the Syrian government of the ‘indiscriminate slaughter of civilians’ and of cynical efforts to cover up its responsibility for a ‘cowardly crime’”.

But we’re supposed to believe John Kerry’s “credible” about Ukraine?

Isn’t there some Latin tag that goes something like falsus in omnibus, veritas in unum? Or have I got that the wrong way round?