As I watched the round of evening news, I am mad. I am not just mad, but mad as hell. Four thousand boys dead, thousands injured, billions spent, economy in ruins, reputation destroyed and this is what we get? The media must think the members of the listening public are a bunch of morons. When will the media circus get it that we have stopped buying their bunk? What a bunch of hypocrites! Here they are dancing around the grave of George Bush as if Scott’s book is about an obviously unpopular president. There is nothing new in that book- it is old news! The American public has already passed their judgment on the war; the propaganda and the information manipulation that the Bush administration used to get its destructive ways in
This debate or book sales, depending how you look at the media circus the book is generating, is not about a morally bankrupt or lying through the teeth Republican Party and its leaders. It is about a press corps that failed in its duties, slept at the wheel, and went down limping at the most important point in the history of this country in years. I wrote previously in an article marking the grim landmark death of the 4000th soldier in
The question is- will we buy the media crap again? The media is too consumed with who wins and loses in
The American press is a disgrace; a shadow of its old self; with very few courageous individuals left. The rest are trying so hard to kiss up to the corporatist interests that have taken over the media houses and who are in favor of the status quo. No real news is aired these days; instead the public is fed continually to opinion. Even, news channel like CNN that used to be at the vanguard of real investigative journalism are trying so hard to be like Fox News Channel (Fix Noose I’d rather say). In a world replete of liberal versus conservative media, what we get instead of facts is what someone in the editorial room regards as politically expedient. Commentators allow their guests to spew propaganda uncorrected; while half truths are sold as facts. We are consumed in the drive to bipolarize not based on what is right (the truth), but by who is winning (the ideology). The American public deserves better, and it is a shame that no man could be found worthy to do them that honor in the run up to the war. Patriotism (which meant sheepish submission to propaganda) replaced a sense of duty to expose the facts; the underlying truth, which could either doom the war or help in its successful prosecution, was left unsaid. Hence in exchange for access, the media sacrificed its credibility.
That is why I am mad as hell. I am mad as hell at all these commentators acting as if there is some new information, or a eureka moment, revealed in Scott’s “tell tale”. Even ABC News or Associate Press Stories on the book intentionally left out Scott’s criticisms of media leniency in which he said and I quote:
“If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in
This is coming from someone on the receiving side of this liberal media halfhearted check, and heck sure knew how hard or soft the so called “liberal media” had been. They were wussies! Is this not five years after the war? How many WMD have been found? Why can’t any brave journalist go on TV and use the word “lie” the exact manner the press and their conservative acolytes used those words to crucify President Clinton who denied having “sex with that woman” in 1998. Heck, I will pay to have Bush have hours of blow jobs performed on him on the steps of the Capitol in lieu of the 4000 plus brave souls dead, 40 000 soldiers injured, 500 000 Iraqis dead and 600 billion dollars that was better spent on an economy now sputtering to recession. We would do anything to restore the credibility of this country! The chaos in
One of such instances of media dropping the ball on their audience was the presentation of opinions of administration insiders as facts relating to the allegations of nuclear weapon development in
Even in the midst of this shenanigan; another propaganda of sort in trying to rewrite the history of the war is ongoing. Forget about the White House half hearted attempt to discredit Scott McClellan (or its choreographed response of “this is not the Scott we know”), the larger war is this duplicity of saying the real motive of the war was to democratize Iraq by force and that WMD was used as a cover up because the American public was unlikely to fall for this line of thinking. I think not. While I definitely think George Bush might have thought this war was aimed at restoring democracy in
To Dick’s and Paul’s credit, they are no fools or gullible saints. If restoring democracy in the Middle East was of uppermost concern, there were easier targets than Saddam Hussein and indeed,
Again, the coming election is very unlikely to be decided on the back of foreign policy especially if the nation slips into recession. But if it will, the choice is clear before the American people. This choice is about on one hand the reality of voting for the continuation of this deceit, or to send a clear message for change. The Obama camp can help the public by doing a better job of framing its message on the war for the general election electorate. What worked in the primary may not work in November. The goal should be to avoid the Ides of Kerry, where thoughtfulness is mistaken for timidity. Instead, the strategy should be KISS: short for Keep It Simple Stupid.
Using the KISS strategy, the Barack Obama strategy on selling his ideas on the war must tie his desire to withdraw the troops not on how bad things are going in Iraq, but on the fact that if the reasons for going to war was the WMD- then it has not been found (read: Mission Accomplished by default).Alternatively, that if the reasons were regime change that Saddam is dead for a long time; read also mission accomplished. However, he must emphasize that the best way to use tax payers dollars is not to build Iraq or to use our boys (the best trained fighting machine in the world) as glorified Iraqi police force but to bring them home to protect the homeland from real threats of terrorism and destroy Al Qaeda and Osama wherever George Bush and John McCain have allowed them to hide. By framing his desire to withdraw as a debate over the best use of the military and the distraction from the real threats of terror, Obama will put McCain in an un-winnable corner; one devoid of the machismo that the republicans favor that have led us to no where in the past seven years. As once posited, the time has come to declare victory, and bring the boys home!
P.S: If you have not seen it, take your time to watch the scintillating revelation, the PBS Frontline Documentary, Bush’s War. You cannot but come off with the feeling of how “the boys” have been running and ruining this great country.