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Neil Cavuto Proclaims That, "The Cold War is Back"

Reported by Melanie - August 14, 2008 -

On today's (August 14, 2008) your World w/Neil Cavuto, Fox's "business news" show, the thrust was all about steering the viewer to the conclusion that we must fear the Russians, or are they "the Soviets?," question our security, and that "the Cold War is back." It's the Neocons dream come true and if what Fox is up to is any indication, they're gonna make it happen, dammit!

After a report by Steve Harrigan in Georgia, Cavuto's first guest was Lawrence Eagleburger, who was George H.W. Bush's Secretary of State. After showing a clip of (the current) Secretary of State, Robert Gates saying, "If Russia does not step back from its aggressive posture and actions in Georgia, the U.S.-Russian relationship could be adversely affected for years to come," Cavuto proceeded to introduce him: "Think of those words: For years to come. Cold, stark words ring a cold hard bell, maybe like a Cold War bell?" Reaction now from Lawrence Eagleburger. "Mr. Secretary, is the Cold War back?"

Eagleburger: "No, it's not back yet, but it's on its way." With that he and Cavuto discussed oil and Europe; how Eagleburger thinks Russia aims to "pull back" some of the states that have spun off the old Soviet Union and how we "have to react to it as a whole" (with Europe).

Cavuto (whose line of questioning lead directly to his "Common Sense" segment at the end of the show), said a "Cold war costs a lot of money."

Not responding, Eagleburger said we are going to have to "isolate Russia from the community of nations" and "hold them back from any relationships that give them any advantages, as if they are a pariah nation." He said he wasn't sure that would work but, "the best we are going to be able to do is isolate them and hopefully make them pay an economic and social price for this."

Five segments later, FBN's "oil expert" Eric Bolling, was on to talk about the oil pipelines in Georgia and oil in general vis-a-vis Russia. (Undoubtedly Fox will sooner rather than later throw this conflict in as another reason why "we" have to start drilling yesterday.)

And then finally, the coup de grace, Cavuto's "Common Sense," or "editorial" segment at the end of the show (separated from other segments as a way of giving the impression that it's the only time Cavuto editorializes). Here's what he said there, wrapping the hour's propaganda with a frightening, expensive bow:

Secretary Gates today saying there needs to be some consequences for Russian actions. But the Russian Prime Minister wants to reassert a traditional sphere of influence. That the U.S. is reassessing old relations with Moscow. A day after a top Russian minister talks, the U.S., well, we have to decide: Georgia or Russia? Who's your friend?

The Cold War is back my friends and with it the need for cold cash to fight. Now, I'm not saying it's justified or right, just that it is. We are back to really not trusting the Russians, as if we ever did and they are back to not really loving us, if they ever could. So they are back to getting militant. We are back to getting defiant and our budget's back, well, back against the wall.

We don't have any money. Our deficits are bigger and getting bigger still. No room for spending of any sort. And up to now, the only saving grace was that no matter who gets elected in November, defense spending likely to go down as we wind down in Iraq. We might wind down there but it looks to me like we'll be winding up elsewhere. Preparing to confront an enemy whose intentions we fear and whose actions now confirm that fear.

Gone are the days we said we conquered the Soviet beast. We did not. Which is why defense stocks on Wall Street have been humming. Many convinced that fear breeds financing for them -- money. Lots of money.

I think the August surprise this year folks is not that Russia and Georgia went to war, but we all kinda went back to the future. To the days we fretted over our very existence, just when we thought we had security. We likely did, but we'll pay a hell of a lot of cold hard cash these next few years to make damn sure we did, and do.

Comment: The "war" between Russia and Georgia began a week ago today. Seven days on, with no diplomacy to speak of (though I guess Condi's in Tbilisi right now), and Fox - the Neocon network - declares "the Cold War is back?" They couldn't be happier. It's their wet dream. W. wasn't hawkish enough when it came to Russia but now that McCain has assumed the presidency, they're salivating about war, war, war, and an uninterrupted flow of cash to Halliburton and Blackwater. Maybe this will be the thing that finally allows them to wad up the U.S. government and drown it in a bathtub, as uber rightie Grover Norquist famously said.