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CNN has shattered the speed of light in its haste to recruit former representative Adam Kinzinger to its punditry lineup the millisecond he left congress.
Kinzinger, who prior to being redistricted out of his House seat received handsome campaign contributions from arms manufacturers Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman, was arguably the most egregious warmonger on Capitol Hill.
Nobody in congress lobbied as aggressively to start World War Three as Kinzinger did last year; he tried to advance a bill authorizing hot war against Russia if Moscow crossed specified red lines in Ukraine but couldn't get cosponsors because even his fellow congressional hawks thought it was too insane. He was the loudest voice in the US government publicly advocating a no-fly zone over Ukraine in the early weeks of the war, an idea that was slammed by the mass media as it would necessarily have entailed the US military shooting down Russian war planes and aggressively tempted nuclear war.
Kinzinger was such a demented omnicidal maniac in 2022 that while still in office he became an official member of the empire-backed online troll farm known as "NAFO", which was founded by an actual neo-Nazi whom Kinzinger openly supported both before and after revelations emerged of the founder's expressions of hatred for Jews and fondness for Hitler. While still a sitting congressman he was flagging trolls with hashtags inviting them to swarm the social media comments of critics of US foreign policy who opposed his psychopathic warmongering.
Before the war in Ukraine Kinzinger was calling for the re-invasion of Afghanistan immediately following the US troop withdrawal and raging about public opposition to "endless war." Before that he was cheerleading Trump's assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, calling for US interventionism in Venezuela, defending the US-backed war on Yemen, calling for the invasion of Syria, and just generally pushing for more war and militarism at every opportunity. Before that, he was helping the empire kill Iraqis as a member of the US Air Force.
Kinzinger is such an obnoxious warmonger online that I myself have called him "the single worst Twitter account that has ever existed," long before his CNN gig was a twinkle in his eye.
So it's no wonder a warmongering propaganda network snapped him up the instant he became available, ensuring that his warmongering receives as large a platform as possible. As Antiwar's Dave DeCamp quipped regarding CNN's hire, "All those calls for WWIII must have landed him this gig."
Kinzinger's assimilation into the war propaganda industry was so predictable that Glenn Greenwald included it in a Twitter poll this past October asking his audience where they expect his career will take him after he leaves congress, with CNN being one of the options. As one Twitter follower put it, the "congressman to media commentator to lobbyist revolving door spins so fast in Washington, it actually affects the earth's rotation relative to the sun."
War is the glue that holds the US empire together, and to serve that purpose it requires endless war propaganda. War propagandists are not any more separate from the endless mass military slaughter they facilitate than the people who actually pull the trigger, and we see this illustrated in the way Kinzinger has been able to slide seamlessly from dropping bombs to passing bomb-dropping legislation to manufacturing consent for the dropping of bombs.
We live under an empire that is fueled by lies and human blood, and driven by the ongoing efforts of murderous war sluts like Adam Kinzinger.
CNN will be perfect for him.
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I realize that many of Caitlin's readers aren't on the right like me, but I am on the right, and all I want is peace, and I want the U.S. to stop provoking wars all over the planet. And as a result, this masterful takedown of Kinzinger was highly entertaining. Thank you.
So deeply satisfying to read this. You nailed it, Ms. Johnstone. That dude is vaccuous, warmongering trash--did not realize CNN, despite its eager embrace of military and intel agency has beens, could sink quite this low. Love that Greenwald did that poll back in October!