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really depends upon how our nation
conducts itself in foreign policy. If we're an arrogant nation, they'll
resent us.....but if we're a
humble nation they'll respect us."
- George W. Bush, October 11, 2000
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Washington's Farewell Address
John Quincy Adams "Monsters to Destoy " Address - July 4, 1821>
Eisenhower's Farewell Address
"I think the president ought to meet with this mother."
Sen. George Allen (R-Va)
"I think the wise course of action, the compassionate course of action, the better course of action would have been to immediately invite her in to the ranch. It should have been done when this whole thing started. Listen to her."Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb)
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. "
"For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead."
A Servile Press Is an Indispensable Enabler of Administration Duplicity
before a German cameraman in Biloxi, Mississippi, Christine Adelhardt,
speaks to her countrymen,
"2 minutes ago the President drove past in his convoy. But what has happened in Biloxi all day long is truly unbelievable. Suddenly recovery units appeared, suddenly bulldozers were there, those hadn't been seen here all the days before, and this in an area, in which it really wouldn't be necessary to do a big clean up, because far and wide nobody lives here anymore, the people are more inland in the city. The President travels with a press baggage [big crew]. This press baggage got very beautiful pictures which are supposed to say, that the President was here and help is on the way, too. The extent of the natural disaster shocked me, but the extent of the staging is shocking me at least the same way. With that back to Hamburg." transcription and translation video
Flashback to 9 April 2003: Saddam's statue topples in Fardus Square, Baghdad. Hours of American television time are devoted to showing purportedly spontaneous celebrations by masses of jubilant and enthusiastic Iraqis. Donald Rumsfeld pronounces the scene "breathtaking." The press agrees. CNN labels a highly cropped photograph, "Crowds cheer as statue of Saddam Hussein falls."
not shown by
mainstream media is the uncropped
photograph of Fardus Square, which reveals the
scene of a staged-managed media event. It remains for alternative
media both to release the photo, and to report
that the staged event features, rather than indigenous Baghdad
residents (as mainstream media reports), members of Ahmed Chalabi's
Free Iraqi Forces Militia who have been flown into Iraq by the
Pentagon. (Chalabi was the scandal-plagued London banker favored by
Washington to head the new Iraqi government until he was discredited as
both a major source of false WMD "intelligence" as well as a spy for
Day in and day out, as in both
of these staged photo ops, members of the allegedly "liberal media
establishment" in America dutifully dispense manipulated and misleading
images to a believing public. At Fardus Square, this occurred despite
the fact that most American journalists were staying in the Palestine
Hotel, directly across the square from Saddam's statue, with a clear
view of the proceedings. If the average American is to see these
exploited events for what they are, he must rely on information sources
other than the mainstream American media.
protestations of "Liberal Media Bias" by Bush supporters, the American
media has been an indispensable
ally in disseminating the Administration's public relations
narrative. The reality of the (much maligned) New York Times and
Washington Post faithfully propagating
Administration pre-war claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,
and the detested “Liberal Media” dutifully beating the
drums of war, much less mocking
valiant Congressional efforts to expose
the "fixing" of pre-war "intelligence", has yet failed to register with
the Bush faithful.
The remarkable aspect of the
misleading photo ops described above is not, in fact, the
Administration's duplicity. Rather, it is the casual, business-as-usual
state of acquiescence, and indisputable collaboration with the powers
that be, to which in America the so-called “Liberal Media” has
descended. It is no coincidence that we only know of the stage
managed events in Biloxi because of the serendipitous presence of an
incredulous German TV crew.
Of what consequence is such an
unquestioning and complicit American media?
One could, of course, complain
of the diversion of scarce resources to public relations purposes
during a time of crisis, but the damage to our republic is much more
fundamental than the inefficient utilization of a few bulldozers in
Media complicity is a necessary
daily component of the Karl Rove/Frank Luntz spin
machine. This most effective of modern political hegemonies does not control the framing of public
discourse only through the efforts of unabashed Administration
partisans in talk radio, Fox News, and the endless stream of
commentators and wannabe empire-builders hatched at incestuous
neoconservative think tanks.
Control of the framing of the
issues of public discourse is only possible if aided by the silence and
the active complicity of an intimidated and
With America thus disconnected
from Iraqi sentiments, the opportunity for the Bush Administration to
allay Iraqi fears was squandered in subsequent months. By not
moving quickly to transfer power to Iraqis, and by not disclaiming the
intent for a permanent military presence in Iraq, Administration
actions unfortunately confirmed rather than allayed Iraqi fears.
Iraqi public opinion polls give
clear confirmation of this squandered opportunity. Gallup reports
that while 43% of Iraqis said they had viewed Americans as "liberators"
at the time of the invasion, by 1 year later this number had declined
to 19%. Polls commissioned by the US backed Coalition
Provisional Authority were even more grim: By May, 2004, only
2% of Iraqis identified Americans as "liberators". 41% favored
immediate withdrawal, 45% withdrawal after election of a permanent
government, and 6% favored
our staying as long as coalition forces think necessary for
Occupation, Endless War, and a Compliant Press
Despite the President's repeated
promises of "no
territorial ambitions", "no
desire to dominate", statements that "the
occupation will end", and beguiling talk of "bringing home our
troops", the undeniable reality of the unabated construction of untold
millions of dollars worth of permanent
bases is the proverbial "elephant in the living room."
"I don't think that you can kill the insurgency.....We have a growing, maturing insurgency group.....We see larger and more coordinated military attacks. They are getting better and they can self-regenerate. The idea there are x number of insurgents, and that when they're all dead we can get out is wrong. The insurgency has shown an ability to regenerate itself because there are people willing to fill the ranks of those who are killed. The political culture is more hostile to the US presence. The longer we stay, the more they are confirmed in that view."
In the face of the dissonance
between the President's "no occupation" rhetoric and the reality of
continued construction of permanent bases, burdened with an intractable
insurgency with no discernable end, we must progress with the
additional encumbrance of an intimidated and compliant press which will
not challenge these Presidential contradictions.
A press which will not cease to
collaborate in routine daily Administration image manipulation and
disingenuous photo ops is scarcely a press which will demand answers to
grave discrepancies between rhetoric and actions.
"Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people."
And our fourth, James Madison,
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
An American public detached from
reality is not a public that compels a necessary correction of our
And an American public detached
from reality is the most damaging consequence of our servile and
"The New American Militarism"
How Americans Are Seduced by War
by Andrew Bacevich,
Prof. of International Relations, Boston University
Graduate of the United States Military Academy
Retired Colonel, U. S. Army
"Why This Soldier Can't Support This War"
1999 Graduate of United States Military Academy,
"The Logic of Suicide Terrorism"
"The American Conservative"
University of Chicago,
former instructor in air power strategy at the USAF's School of Advanced Air Power Studies
"The central motive for anti-American terrorism, suicide terrorism, and catastrophic terrorism is response to foreign occupation, the presence of our troops. The longer our forces stay on the ground in the Arabian Peninsula, the greater the risk of the next 9/11, whether that is a suicide attack, a nuclear attack, or a biological attack."
"The Logic of Suicide Terrorism"
"But (America) goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.
She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.
She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.
She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.
The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force....
She might become the
dictatress of the world. She would be
no longer the ruler of her own spirit...."
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