I've heard/seen almost nothing from the Corporate Media about the "diplomatic efforts" regarding the situation with N. Korea. Instead, all we hear are the war drums. Where are the details of the very recent Asian Summit held because of this crisis? Rexxon Mobilson claims that N. Korea has rejected diplomatic efforts. Details, please. What have we rejected diplomatically? I suspect that N. Korea again offered to curb its nuke weapons program if the U.S. would lift sanctions and cease the war games/exercises off the coast of that totalitarian regime. I also suspect that our Executive Branch replied, no deal. Unfortunately, we don't know...because the Corporate Media have glossed over the diplomatic side of the story.
The question arises: why would they do that? Could it be that it's because Corporate News organizations either are owned by, or heavily influenced by, war contractors (referred to as "defense" contractors since the end of WW II)? For example, not too long ago, GE---a major war contractor---owned NBC outright. Now it's a bit murkier...because GE and Comcast formed some sort of joint venture to share ownership, and then there was a merger in some way or another. Could it be that it's because Corporate News organizations are doing what they've done just prior to all recent major wars---which is: promoting war---in order to increase the number of their viewers and thus their ad revenues?
Whatever the case, they are doing what the late Edward Bernays described as "molding the public mind". War is good for a failing economy, and a great distraction from things such as the gross income inequality in this country, the ongoing theft by Wall Street & Mega Banks, the nefarious activities of some politicians, and the fact that 50% of working adults in the USA make $30K or less per year. As Machiavelli knew, perpetual war is the best way to control a population, serve the Rich, and keep the Elites in Power.
I would venture to guess that about 99% of all elected DC politicians in office are millionaires, or if they're new, on their way to being so. It has only been fairly recently that they finally passed a law that forbids members of Congress to avail themselves of the benefits of insider trading on Wall Street. The other perks available to these Congress people are quite substantial.
When newbies come to Congress, each Party tells them flat-out that their number one priority is to raise re-election campaign money. Everything else is secondary. That's especially crucial for the House of Reps people; two years isn't much time. They have to maintain the illusion of one "Party" battling the other. That "battle" distracts the People from the greatest transfer of wealth in human history.
There was a time when genuine differences did exist between Dems & Repubs. The Dems WERE Populists; and the Repubs (except for a few) really did THINK that they were Populists...especially for small business interests (which employed 80% or more of us). That scenario is long gone. Now (with few exceptions) they're all for the Super-Rich, the Mega Banks, & other Mega Corps. So, in my opinion, the high-level Dems of today believe that Populism is for suckers as far as they're concerned. What they're after is phony Populism, just like the Repubs...because that ensures the continuation of the transfer of wealth, while at the same time placating We the People...who are the real suckers.
Plain and simple: this is a battle between the Super-Rich and the rest of us. And most importantly--- at the highest levels, the Dems & Repubs are on the same team...and it's not ours. They are securing the future for the Super-Rich, themselves & their families, and no one else...and at the cost of everyone else. To me, that's so obvious that it's excruciatingly painful.
From the beginning of the so-called Two-Party System all the way to the present day, the higher-ups of both Parties (with very few exceptions) have all been Elites/Oligarchs. A few of them often helped the Common Man, but very, very few. Even before the Two-Party System, all our Founders were Elites; once the USA was founded, all the 1st politicians were Elites. Our entire political system is based on Elitism. It took me decades to realize that. It certainly isn't taught in school...quite the opposite.
I firmly believe if we ever are to break out of this tilted-toward-the-Rich system, the first two steps have to be:
1. stop drinking the Edward Bernays style Propaganda Kool Aid coming from the Repubs AND the Dems; and,
2. shun and/or get rid of the Elitist Two-Party System.
Not only my opinion. Be Well