June 11, 2003
Saddam on the Loose: The Bush Cartel Propaganda is So Cheesy, Transparent, and Opportunistic, any Legitimate Press Would Laugh It off in a Minute
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
BuzzFlash has reported on the most amateurish Bush propaganda creations during the last year. There were so many, we could just touch upon a few. One of our favorites, leaked by the Pentagon to help justify the Iraq attack, was that Saddam had loaded his Weapons of Mass Destruction on three ships that were circling the globe. The "unnamed" Bush Cartel source, when asked why the U.S. didn't try to stop the ships, said that we didn't attack the vessels because we didn't want to unleash the WMDs.
BuzzFlash was laughing out loud at that one. A few days after the "leak," it was revealed that the ships in question were actually registered to a legitimate shipping company and their cargo was fully accounted for.
Another one of our favorite "sucker" scare stories was mentioned in a BuzzFlash editorial the other day. The Bush Cartel claimed that Osama bin Laden had sent out terrorists to disguise themselves as beggars. We figured that ludicrous fib was a Bush Cartel twofer. It made Al-Qaeda appear completely merciless and unprincipled -- and it allowed the Bush Cartel to give beggars a bad name. That way the Bush Cartel could justify rounding up homeless people, if push came to shove. And since homeless people are poor because God believes them unworthy of being wealthy, they are about as bad as terrorists, right?
So that leads us to today's Bush Cartel second-grade propaganda "leak" of the day. Through the Bush Cartel's puppet government-in-waiting for Iraq -- the Iraqi National Congress -- the word is being spread that Saddam is alive and well (he is ludicrously described as "angry" in some reports) and paying soldiers to shoot American GI's.
We kid you not. Here is part of one wire service article (that is posted on AOL):
After we fell off of our chair with laughter, we realized that this is not so funny. We noticed that it was getting major play on the AOL opening page and on mainstream Internet news sites. It was on the radio, on television, and spreading like a whorehouse bawdy joke around the world. It would be hysterical, except that people are taking it seriously.
It shows you how morally bankrupt the Bush Cartel is that they would have their proxy government in waiting spread a story that implies that the U.S. intelligence services are so ineffective that they can't even find Saddam Hussein in a country that the U.S. occupies. Not to mention that the U.S. military claimed to have killed Saddam twice. How can the war in Iraq be over, as Bush claims, when the evil villain himself is freely roaming Iraq hiring hit men to shoot American soldiers?
So here are the implications, if you believe the Bush Cartel's own planted stories: Not only are our intelligence services so poor and shoddy that they couldn't locate the Weapons of Mass Destruction that Bush and Blair claimed could be launched against the U.S. within a half an hour, they apparently can't locate the man that Bush claims to have vanquished.
While the likes of Tom (Silent Cal) Daschle and Nancy Pelosi praise Bush for his war on terrorism, the stories Bush's propaganda machine leak contradict the appraisal of the appeasement wing of the Democratic Party. After all, Osama bin Laden is apparently alive; the anthrax terrorist is loose; the Taliban are making a resurgence in Afghanistan; Iraqis are continuing to shoot and kill American soldiers at a ghastly pace; Iraqi nuclear sites were looted of material that could be used for dirty bombs by terrorists (because the Bush Cartel didn't guard them); and now we are told, by the Bush Cartel's spokespeople, that Saddam is alive.
At the recent "Take Back America" conference in D.C., former Senator Carol Moseley Braun (now a Democratic candidate for the presidential nomination) declared the Bush war on terrorism a failure: "It's like he [Bush] bombed the crack house, but let all the murderers escape."
In the insightful book on Karl Rove, "Bush's Brain," the authors point out that Rove knew that Bush could only pull the Iraq war off by demonizing Saddam (and he certainly was an easy man to hate). Bush needed to conduct a war against a man, not a nation. But the problem, of course, is that the nation we conducted the war against has not greeted us with flowers. Instead, they are picking off our soldiers one by one.
The idea of demonizing people for partisan purposes is nothing new to the Republicans. It was at the center of their campaign to bring down the presidency of Bill Clinton. It is at the center of the campaign being conducted at this moment by the GOP media shills to discredit Hillary Clinton, as her biography becomes a bestseller. As we have said, again and again, the GOP can't win the hearts and votes of Americans based on the issues (because Americans don't agree with the actual Bush agenda), so they personally attack Democrats and paint them as immoral people. Now Saddam, unlike the usual GOP targets, deserves to be vilified, but so do many other tyrants that the U.S. SUPPORTS around the world.
The Bush Cartel can never take responsibility for its own mistakes. Now that we are continuing to see our soldiers die in Iraq, they are blaming the deaths on a phantom bogeyman. Until recently, they blamed every domestic setback on Bill Clinton, so there's a consistency in their strategy to blame anyone but themselves. But, with the latest "rumor," the Bush Cartel is making our C.I.A. and other intelligence services look like fools and incompetents and it is making our army, and its ability to track down "enemies" in Iraq, look like a complete failure.
It is also making America look like a laughingstock.
The reality is that we haven't won the hearts and minds of the Iraqis. For the most part, they were glad to be rid of Saddam, but they don't want us either.
That is why our soldiers are dying. Any Democrat who supports this tragic farce should just switch parties. We don't want them in the REAL Democratic party, the party that represents the pro-democracy, pro-Constitution, pro-truth movement.
Either you are part of helping remove the Bush administration from office, or you are part of the problem.
We urge you to take note of the last sentence of the AOL story quoted above: "Chalabi said U.S. soldiers in their armored vehicles 'are sitting ducks for terrorists' and urged the creation of an Iraqi security force under U.S. command."
You've heard of the infamous "death squads" in Central America. Rest assured, that is what Chalabi is talking about when he refers to an "Iraqi security force."
Spread a phony rumor. Get it published in the press. Use it to legitimatize otherwise morally repugnant behavior. That's the Bush Cartel way.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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