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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 09:36 AM
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Lonestar Iconoclast: ‘The Bitch in the Ditch’ vs. ‘General Betray Us’
http://www.lonestaricon.com/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=1899&z=178

‘The Bitch in the Ditch’ vs. ‘General Betray Us’

"Catapult the Propaganda"

"See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." — George W. Bush


When I joined the trenches — or rather the ditches — of Camp Casey in mid-August of 2005, there was no political reaction to the abuse already being heaped upon Cindy Sheehan. The Senate that just Thursday condemned the free expression that Bush’s general would betray us was silent when the rhetoric ran the other way. The TV talking heads who now universally decry the choice of words by the left had no problem when the right used much more choice words to attack the peace mom.

Grieving for her lost son, she had lain down in front of the presidential ranch in Crawford, as devastated as Job, demanding a simple answer to a simple question: Why? It was not dignified grief — if there can be such a thing — but neither was it deranged. Nevertheless, Sheehan was reviled as "the bitch in the ditch" by the rigid right. She was decried as a new Hanoi Jane Fonda who was trying to trip the nation up as it planted its feet firmly from Afghanistan to Iraq. She was said to be betraying our national destiny to bestride the Muslim world like a conquering Judeo-Christian Colossus. Her marriage and family circumstances were dredged up and poured out in public.

With all the reporters running around in Crawford during that summer vacation, it’s peculiar that they missed the story of the right-wing counterattack against the peaceniks at Camp Casey. It happened on Saturday, August 27, in a well organized pincer movement of buses from both coasts, filled with self righteous Republican shock troops.

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Our cheerleader in chief couldn’t have picked a better representative of his unsavory character than General David Petraeus, who I think was quite aptly termed "General Betray Us" by MoveOn.org in a full-page ad, published Sept. 10 in the New York Times. Bush knew that he could count on his general to make the best case for a war that is ever growing worse. After all, the general had done it before. In 2004, just days before the presidential election, Petraeus published "Battling for Iraq" in the Washington Post, an op-ed lauding Bush’s Iraq war pooh-pooh as if it were shoe polish. Bush had every reason to be confident when he ordered the same Petraeus to give the same pooh-to-polish effort, this time to a sold-out House and a sold-out Senate.

The mainstream media made the most it could out of the general’s song and dance routine, and strenuously avoided covering his flaws. They glossed over his slip of saying that he did not know whether the Iraq war was making the United States any safer. They didn’t repeat the unkind remarks of his superior, CENTCOM Commander Admiral William Fallon, who had called him "an ass kissing little chicken shit." They conveniently forgot about the suspicious death of the West Point ethics professor, Colonel Ted Westhusing, serving under Petraeus in Iraq, who had been shot in the head after confronting the general for careerism and the mercenary USIS corporation for corruption. They downplayed the fact that two of the seven Iraq war noncoms who co-authored an Aug. 19 New York Times anti-surge op-ed, "The War As We Saw It," were killed on the very day that Petraeus came before Congress.

In the two weeks since Petraeus brought his sorry show to Washington, the Democrat-led Senate has shown that its character is about the same as the general’s. They have betrayed us, too. They have failed in their faint-hearted attempts to extract our country from the quicksand war in Iraq. They have failed to throw down the gauntlet by forcing pro-war Republicans to filibuster in order to continue a lost war. In fact, they have succeeded in only one thing, and that is much to their shame: by a vote of 72-25, they condemned the General Betray Us ad. I hope and believe that their cowardice will backfire on them. Donations to MoveOn.org have skyrocketed recently, and many Americans are having a hard time getting the general’s name right. Yesterday, I saw two TV talking heads make the Freudian slip of calling Petraeus "Betray Us." If the shoe fits the general, then he must wear it — and the Quisling Congress should try it on for size as well. As for "The Bitch in the Ditch" Sheehan, I hope the epithet sticks. It has every bit as much character as "Blood and Guts" Patton or "Stonewall" Jackson. War leaders — and antiwar leaders — earn their nicknames. In the summer of 2005 she showed us that it was time for the antiwar movement to get down and dirty in Crawford. Through it all we knew that it was the other side that was mired in the muck.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 09:41 AM
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1. Great paper. I subscribe to it all the way up here in NYC
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 09:55 AM
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2. The people who run the Iconoclast have the very same spirit as those
that printed articles advocating rebellion against the British 230+ years ago. A bunch of truly patriotic journalists.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 11:13 AM
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4. Yes, agreed. Imagine living in the middle of Crawford
and actually telling the truth. I wonder if this small paper has influenced some opinions. I'd like to think that would have been inevitable.
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 11:13 AM
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3. But Petraeus wears a uniform!
And that makes him a demigod in current American thinking.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 11:47 AM
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5. I remeber "the bitch in the ditch" and that caravan of scum who traveled there.
Led by Melanie Morgan CUNT and Ted Nugent's wife was on TV. I'm still pissed about that. I NEVER miss an opportunity. To call Ted Nugent a child molestor. It's called revenge and it's sweet. I can't wait until he finally gets caught. One of the first things I'm going to do is email that slut wife of his and remind her of "the bitch in the ditch'.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 05:29 PM
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6. By Captain Eric H May, no less!
And how's the ragin' pro-war mob now?

"I was born and raised in Texas, and have to admit that I hadn’t seen a crowd anything like this pro-war mob since the Houston race riots of the 1970s. Candidly, until that weekend, I never knew that a group made up mostly of Yankees could imitate the worst side of us southern rednecks so well. The national media, Bush’s camp followers in Crawford, sanitized the unsavory traces of neocon neofascism from the picture, and presented the story without telling it at all — which has become the hallmark of the contemporary journalistic art."
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 11:22 PM
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8. You have my attention. Who is this Eric fella?
I did like what he had to say.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-01-07 09:34 AM
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9. I'm sorry ,truedelphi, to mislead
you into thinking I knew of him before..it's just remarkable to me that a Captain in the military wrote this and I always try and give people's names who do the work!

We are such "Davids" here going against the Giant MediaCorporations! We're gonna do it, though..like David.

:hi:

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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-30-07 11:21 PM
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7. Wow!This article made my day! n/t
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-01-07 10:16 AM
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10. Another tremendous article from the Lonestar Iconoclast. I'm
pleasantly surprised that shrubbido hasn't had the editors "Wellstoned".
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bbgrunt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-01-07 11:25 AM
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11. great editorial. The reich wing has made it a point to label
anyone with progressive dreams with some kind of epithet for years now without consequence. And yet they have the temerity to scream bloody murder for the slightest suggestion of truth from the left. This has been orchestrated so that there is so much enmity between factions that we cannot unite to fight the fascist takeover and loss of the constitution.
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