July 28, 2003
Uday and Qusay: The Men Who Knew Too Much
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Uday and Qusay got their 15 seconds of fame recently, although they weren't really in a position to savor the moment.
The Laci Peterson case had run its course for the time being. And the Kobe Bryant sexual assault allegations were settling down for a brief hiatus. So it was fortunate that the Hussein sons showed up for a final appearance, so to speak.
After all, the media was running out of news. Let's face it, how long can we endure tiresome allegations that the president of the United States lied the nation into a war? And a report that implies the Bush Cartel attacked the wrong nation, given that Saudi Arabia appears to be the primary country involved in nurturing, financially supporting and providing the leadership for Al-Qaeda.
And how many times can you get Americans to listen to the dumbfounding revelation that Bush and Condi were warned of large scale Al-Qaeda hijackings in August of 2001, but claimed they never thought about planes being flown into buildings? (As BuzzFlash has pointed out on several occasions, this is a blatantly idiotic excuse. If Bush had done anything to prevent just "your old average hijackings" in August of 2001, he probably would have prevented the hijackings that resulted in the destruction of the World Trade Center and a wing of the Pentagon. But our media proved themselves even dumber than Bush and Condi -- and thought that her excuse MADE SENSE!)
So luckily for television news and much of the print media, the lifeless, mortician enhanced bodies of Uday and Qusay arrived just in time to lure Americans back to television news and their newspapers during the dog days of summer.
Forget that the president of the United States betrayed a nation, that his staff allegedly destroyed a CIA agent specializing in the tracking of WMDs by outing her for revenge and intimidation, that lies have become the coin of the realm for this administration, that a Congressional report (even one censored by the White House) implies that the Bush administration was asleep at the wheel in trying to prevent an Al-Qaeda attack -- forget all this. What Americans need is a grisly shot of the bad guys -- a la the famous photo of a dead John Dillinger -- laid out on autopsy tables, their bodies crisscrossed with stitches like a beggar's blanket.
And how dare anyone question why the remains of Saddam's sons should suddenly show up the week that the report on 9/11 is issued or during a period when Bush was on the ropes for lying. And how dare anyone ask why the Bush Cartel wouldn't want to try and actually capture Uday and Qusay to obtain information about WMDs, Iraqi war plans, Iraqi bad guys still at large, the location of their father, information on the "alleged" relationship with Al-Qaeda, and so on. Wouldn't they potentially provide the mother lode of information to corroborate all the Bush cartel claims about why Bush led our young men and women to die in Iraq? Come on now, wouldn't the Saddam sons be able to prove all the Bush accusers and doubters WRONG?
Of course, Uday and Qusay weren't taken alive because -- like the captured Iraqi scientists that the Bush Cartel will not make available to the media -- Uday and Qusay knew too much. If the Bush claims about Iraq's alleged immediate threat to the security of the United States were true, Uday and Qusay would have been witnesses number one and two, trotted out before the media to redeem the Bush's administration's soiled credibility, thus allowing Bush to slam dunk his critics.
So Uday and Qusay are better off dead to the Bush Cartel than alive.
Karl Rove knew, however, that the use of scores of American soldiers to attack four people (including a teenager) in a mansion would garner non-stop headlines. And he strung out the release of the gruesome photos and additional information (including a media viewing of the bodies) to keep the story alive for several days. This strategy severely dampened the impact of the 9/11 findings and halted the momentum of the press obsession with the "16 word lie."
Now, Rove has got the army to move onto the "hot pursuit" of Saddam. Rove's done this before. He's got the media distraction formula down to a science. When Bush was about to get nailed for ignoring his August 2001 Al-Qaeda attack briefing, the White House later admitted to rolling out a series of blood curdling terrorist alerts to throw the press off track in the spring of 2002. When an FBI agent from Minnesota was about to testify to Congress that the agency blew an opportunity to prevent the 9/11 hijackings, Bush announced he was proposing a "Homeland Security Agency," after vehemently opposing it for months. These are just two examples of how Rove successfully diverted the media from stories that ACTUALLY affect the national security, stories about the untruthfulness and incompetence surrounding the Bush Cartel's handling of our national security.
And if it wasn't enough to kill the Saddam boys before they could be interrogated and reveal things that the Bush Cartel didn't want revealed, Rove made sure that Jessica Lynch was released for a joyous homecoming this past week, further sucking the air out of the growing momentum that was resulting in Bush starting to be seen as a man of deceit in the heartland.
So, thank you Uday and Qusay, you played your roles in the Karl Rove "distract the media" script like good Hollywood actors -- or corpses as it were.
You performed your walk on parts -- or should we say "horizontal" parts -- admirably. We're sorry no one ever bothered to negotiate your surrender or take you alive. That wasn't in the books.
After all, the Bush Cartel didn't want you guys singing like canaries. As far as they are concerned, the best canary is a dead one.
Who knows what songs a live canary might sing?
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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