Last Thursday the US House of Representatives passed resolution HR 758 criticizing Russia on Ukraine. It passed 411-10.
Yesterday the House passed a new resolution to congratulate itself on Thursday's success.
This new resolution, HR 758b, is focused on the House's duty to provide "information and dissimulation in the current effort to thwart Russia and further control Ukraine."
HR 758b immediately also passed at 411 - 10 with lusty cheers and an aftermath of celebrations featuring cigars, champagne, and pate de foie gras at fashionable eateries in the capital area.
Several points from the first resolution stand out in terms of "the duty to control public opinion."
*Russia's "violation of Ukraine sovereignty":
(This ignored actions by State Department Secretary Victoria Nuland in influencing mob behavior against then President Yanukovich--including her response to European Union objections with "F*ck the EU!")
(Also ignored, US State Department objectives to pressure Ukraine into joining NATO, plus control Crimea and its sea port at Sebastopol.)
*Election by Crimea to re-join Russia "fraudulent":
(Following Yanukovich's abdication, Crimea held an election to secede from Ukraine and re-join its long-term and traditional ally Russia, which passed by a large majority.)
(Subsequently, as the conflict developed, East Ukraine received support, including medical supplies, but no Russian boots on the ground.)
*Blaming the shooting down of MH17 on "Russian-backed separatist forces":
(Not proven. Research indicates the airliner was most likely brought down by air to air missile fired from the Kiev air force.)
*Selling arms to Assad:
(These arms were intended for Assad's war against ISIS, an enemy of the US.)
Speaker of the House Mr. John Boehner explained HR 458b further, saying there is a new mood in the House, and in the upcoming 2015 Congress in general.
Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell are working toward more effective US congressional recommendations, with less quibbling and more instinct-based reasoning.
This formula, however, does not necessarily mean hysteria and leaping to conclusions.
As to use of dissimulation, at times that may be necessary.
It's not that facts get in the way, but they may not be all that helpful.
The emphasis in the coming new congress will be forceful leadership versus being confused by complexity and the historical record.