Why Did Biden Let Ukraine Kill American Gonzalo Lira?

Gonzalo Lira was an American citizen and journalist who died last week in Ukraine’s gulag because the Zelensky regime didn’t treat his pneumonia. It also had tortured him. The Biden State Department knew about this. I saw at least one of its press conferences where Lira’s plight was brought up. Lira’s only “crime” was reporting on the criminal Zelensky dictatorship and the horrors of a war than never should have happened. 

A privilege of being a U.S. citizen is, if you get into trouble in a foreign country, the State Department helps you. There’s the well-known case from 1904 of Ion Hanford Perdicaris being kidnapped by bandit Ahmad al-Raisuli in Tangier, Morocco. The bandit demanded $70,000 in ransom (about $7 million in today’s Bidenflated greenbacks). 

President Teddy Roosevelt sent gunboats to Morocco and Secretary of State John Hay demanded, “This government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead.” After some of Raisuli’s demands were met, Perdicaris was released. That’s how real presidents act. Action director and writer John Milius made a good film about it, “The Wind and the Lion,” with Sean Connery as Raisuli, Brian Keith as TR and John Huston as Hay.

If the government won’t help you in a case like that, what’s the point even of having a government? And unlike Raisuli, Zelensky is a U.S. puppet. One word from Biden, and he’s gone to his penthouse in Miami, with a new dictator in power in Kiev.

And why didn’t the NY Times, WaPo, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc., make a stink about about a brother journalist being tortured and murdered? Because they’re regime media. They’re just an extension of Biden’s press office. Typical is Time magazine’s Jan. 11 puff piece cover story on SecState Blinken even as Lira was breathing his last, pneumonic breaths. 

Here’s Tucker Carlson, a real journalist, on Jan. 12:

Gonzalo Lira, Sr. says his son has died at 55 in a Ukrainian prison, where he was being held for the crime of criticizing the Zelensky and Biden governments. Gonzalo Lira was an American citizen, but the Biden administration clearly supported his imprisonment and torture. Several weeks ago we spoke to his father, who predicted his son would be killed.

Tucker included a link to a broadcast on X by himself from last Dec. 9. He also wrote then: 

Ep. 47  Gonzalo Lira is an American citizen who’s been tortured in a Ukrainian prison since July, for the crime of criticizing Zelensky. Biden officials approve of this, because they’d like to apply the same standard here. The media agree. Here’s a statement from Gonzalo Lira’s father.

The time links:

(00:00) American Zelensky critic jailed in Ukraine

(05:14) Where is our State Department?

(08:40) Lira arrested after criticizing Biden

(11:49) Is Ukraine the democracy we’re told it is?

Lira’s murder also puts paid to the contention the Zelensky regime is a “democracy” and our $100 billion-plus wasted there was to promote “freedom.” All lies. This hideous war, which let’s remember still might get us all nuked, was a fraud from the beginning. Ukraine easily could have been kept a neutral country. It never could become part of NATO because there’s no way Russia would allow U.S. nuclear missiles 200 miles from Moscow. 

Lira’s death also reminds us, as he did, the Kiev regime includes strong Nazi elements. Even NBC, which is tied into the U.S. intel agencies, conceded just after the war started two years ago, “Ukraine's Nazi problem is real, even if Putin's ‘denazification’ claim isn't. Not acknowledging this threat means that little is being done to guard against it.” And nothing has been done since.

Journalism has been my profession for almost five decades. I could joke about that. But some of us try to do it right, despite the low pay and collapsing print platforms. 

Lira was a “gonzo journalist.” The name isn’t related to his name of Gonzalo, but was created by the great Hunter S. Thompson, who long wrote for Rolling Stone back when it actually published real journalism instead of pro-regime pap. Thompson’s method was to get high on drugs, do something outrageous at a political event, then write about it. “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72” remains a classic. Not my method, but it produced some great reporting.

Maybe someday again we’ll have a president who protects us.

John Seiler blogs at johnseiler.substack.com


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4 Responses

  1. andrei navrozov says:

    Gonzalo Lira was an immoralist. He was a pragmatist. He believed in Realpolitik (applying its principles to human relations). In short, he was just like Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Mao, Andropov, Putin, and the rest of that lot, as well as all those who have admired or admire them, East or West. He just never got near the helm.

    And the reason he never got near the helm was that he was a typical good-for-nothing scumbag – a “dating coach” by profession, for God’s sake. To call him a “journalist” is to insult Addison and Steele. He was a pimp, a bully, and an illiterate.

    That he was tortured in Ukraine, unfortunately, is a lie. My personal feeling is that he ought to have been.

  2. Michael Strenk says:

    This from a man who once helped John Kerry get a “date”, but not the drugs to go with it. I liked Mr. Navrozov’s piece as I like Mr. Navrozov and liked Gonzalo Lira, who should have had the wit and the moral sense to leave the dung heap when he could to care for his young children, instead of being painfully executed with repeated jolts from a taser until his heart gave out because he was unwilling to fork over any more cash to his persecutors. Eternal memory!

  3. Robert Reavis says:

    Mr. Navrozov,
    “scumbag – a “dating coach” by profession, for God’s sake. To call him a “journalist” is to insult Addison and Steele. He was a pimp, a bully, and an illiterate.“
    I enjoy it when you burst into bare fact mode. While you are in the mood, could you move on to Mr. Zelensky and speak to us of his background and professional qualifications ?

  4. Michael Strenk says:

    Lira put himself beyond State Department help for his dead-on-target evisceration of the psychopathic, genocidal Christian and Slav hating Victoria Nuland (Nudelman), whose people came from Western Ukraine and were, apparently, resentful that they had to go all the way to the U.S. and wait until the collapse of the Soviet Union to have the opportunity to rule the world when they would have preferred to have been able to eke out a modest living fleecing Orthodox Slavic peasants of what little they had, until their co-ethnics who stayed behind were able to initiate the mass slaughter of Christian Slavs in the early Bolshevik era. She and her confederates (I beg pardon for the unfortunate turn of phrase) ran and ruined Russia for fifteen years and Ukraine for thirty, killing and ruining millions in the process, now culminating in a mass slaughter of Christian Slavs they hope to extend Westward into Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria (Serbia has already gotten a taste with more promised) and throwing in the Romanians and Hungarians for good measure. God rot their souls.
    Zelensky is more than willing to accept those of any age group or health status, Mr. Navrozov. It might make for some good writing for a very short while, but I recommend sticking close to your infant son. If your allies get their way you might go into a museum as the last remaining Orthodox Slavs (tame of course) in captivity.