“Who would have ever thought blacks would get out and support the first black president? Who would have ever thought women would shy away from the party of transvaginal probes? Who would have ever thought gays would work against a party that treated them as immoral and subhuman? Who would have ever thought young people would desert a party that ignored science and hectored on social issues? Who would have ever thought Latinos would scorn a party that expected them to finish up their chores and self-deport?” — Maureen Dowd
YOU AND IRAQ
Comic and politico Aaron Freeman has put out a call for anyone who can honestly say she or he was not taken in by the Bush Administration’s rationalizations for the Iraq War in late 2002 and early 2003.
You remember, don’t you? Georgey-boy, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, and even Colin Powell stood on their heads to implant the images of bloodthirsty brown people, mushroom clouds, and general panic in our imaginations in order to snow us into attacking the Saddam Hussein regime.
Perhaps the saddest moment of the buildup to war was Secretary of State Powell half-heartedly trying to sell the United Nations General Assembly on “evidence” that Hussein and his wild-eyed pals were thisclose to launching a big one against this holy land.
The funnyman — Freeman, not Bush — wonders why anyone would have doubted the word of the Bushies, considering the fact that most highly intelligent people he knew at the time bought the casus belli hook, line, and sinker.
So, take yourself back some ten years to those glory days of yore. Try to remember what you were thinking at the time. And don’t forget we were only a little more than a year past the 9/11 attacks. Be honest and tell us, in the poll below, if you bought the Bush line or you thought, even as we were gassing up our B-2 Stealth Bombers, that he and his gang were full of shit.
Oh, and leave a comment in the box labeled “Other” explaining why you thought one way or the other.
Thanks in advance.
THE SHORT OF IT
That’s all for today, kiddies. I been working my fingertips to the bone, trying to get the new Ryder magazine and film series website off the ground, along with publisher Peter LoPilato and developer Boice Tomlin. As a result, I feel lazy today.
Remember to stop in at The Book Corner. A few words of advice, though. Do not buy either of Bill O’Reilly’s bestsellers, “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy.” Do not buy “50 Shades of Chicken.” And do not buy any of those I-died-and-went-to-heaven books.
Don’t You Dare!
Reading should improve your mind, not shrink it.
Otherwise, buy anything you want.
I wrote this to a group of writers and reprobates with whom I’ve been virtual friends with since I got my first comm program and acoustic modem (c. 1987)
I’ve been trying to follow. I’m glad Dave was able to rejoin us and carry
the ball. I appreciate that Zach, as usual, is lending a voice of reason. Lucia
and Louise bringing compassion, David’s input of “intelligence” from outside
our sandbox, is greatly appreciated. Kent? What can I say… Every platoon needs
a Kent. The diversity of our alliance strikes me as similar to what is hopefully
transpiring in situation rooms around the U.S.. But at some point action is
necessary, lest the iron grow cold. Fortunately, for us and our planet, we are
not the ones who will formulate a response.
I’ve watched, I’ve listened, I’ve read and I’m processing information like
everyone else. I sought out BBC coverage in an attempt to balance the inherent
cheerleading of American news. What I heard and saw wasn’t completely different,
but there were striking contradictions. The BBC reported widespread chaos and
panic surrounding the tragedy, U.S. sources showed Rudy praising New Yorkers’
calm and poise under extreme circumstance. As the days have evolved, the “world
news” has returned to covering other events and realities while our news has
become understandably obsessed.
While we scan the middle east for an enemy, any enemy, at which to strike, we
slowly come to see that America once again finds itself unprepared for war.
Despite our best intentions, mixed in with some purely self-serving and
mercenary ones, we must try to use a hammer to turn a set screw.
When threats made a sharp turn, we plodded forward. Some, working in the
industry, took notice and advised we re-evaluate. SFAICS, their warnings were
dismissed in favor of plans and contingencies that had either a more traditional
feel or resembled something from Dreamworks. I fear that strategists will seek
an arena that favors our current configurations and resources. Such a move would
risk far more than it would provide. In order to most properly respond we must
deliberately re-evaluate and re-tool. That we must do so quickly should not
prove a major obstacle given the proper commitments.
Somewhere within the bureaucracy, (more likely, in many places) there are
studies and recommendations that conceive of our commercial airlines being used
as ballistic missiles against us. It is inconceivable that nobody, anywhere,
pondered this possibility. Initially, some news outlets were providing “expert”
insights that included people who were branded “Chicken Little”. As the
horror unfolded, they were removed. Nobody wanted to hear anybody saying “I told
you so!”. The reality is slowly sinking in. The incessant images are molding us
into an angry mob, shaping our reaction, urging us forward, telling us that it’s
allright to feel these emotions and okay to project them into our “measured
The image of Palestinians in spontaneous celebration were shown, then withheld,
then shown again, when people demanded them be shown. (The one of particular
impact to me was the one clearly showing a Chicago Bears jersey on one of the
children) I must wonder of other, unshown, images gathered from satellite feeds
from around the globe. When news of the U.S. being under attack spread it is
sure that other spontaneous celebrations erupted. Those feeds are collected
somewhere and should be used to evaluate official responses from nations
pledging alliances in this new war.
We are being told that our way of life has been forever changed. If true then
the terrorists scored a major victory. If we adopt the kind of security measures
currently employed in Israel, for example, and agree to a military presence on
our streets, routine searches, lessened mobility, controlled release of
information, checkpoints and limited access to public facilities. They will have
largely defeated us. Such a response would foment the kind of mentality that
created Waco, Ruby Ridge and Oklahoma City.
If we truly intend to punish those who have sheltered, aided, funded or trained
terrorists, we should begin in America. The American people have the right to
know that terrorist cells around the world contain American educated, trained
and equipped, engineers, soldiers, geo-political strategists, chemists
andonandon… Pledging allegiance to our flag requires that we understand the
actions our country takes beyond our borders. We must understand that the kind
of capitalism we practice is blind to the motivations of those paying for a
particular product or service. That the prosperity and creature comforts we
enjoy, and largely attribute to this capitalism, are in large part subsidized by
the many socialized aspects of our culture. That resentment of our prosperity
goes beyond petty jealousy to real pain and suffering by people exploited to
provide products and materials for our consumption. Being in this for “the long
haul” will require us to accept the ways in which we impact others and adjust
our thinking. Simple excision of surface blemishes will not provide a cure, but
it would certainly provide temporary relief while a cure is sought and found.
A great opportunity has presented itself with this act of terrorism. Those who
died can be forever remembered by changing this into a world where such things
are unthinkable anywhere, not just in the U.S.A..
-bill, still thinkin’
I remember hearing the drum beat to war and thinking it was inevitable. Someone had to pay for 9/11, and the Bushies were itching for “bring it”. I was in no position to disbelieve the “facts” leading up to the war on Iraq, but I do remember the healthy skepticism that clouded all things Bush and Company. Never trusted the guy, never will. Nice quote from Maureen Dowd, and as always, thanks for the book warnings! Your recommendations have been on target for me and my Loved Ones!