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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 02:25 PM
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Bush Replays Iraq Games on Iran
By Ray McGovern,

Stop! Please. Get beneath the hype over former White House press secretary Scott McClellans book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washingtons Culture of Deception. Dont miss forest for trees.

Not since John Dean told the truth about President Richard Nixons crimes have we had an account by a very close aide to a sitting president charging him with crimes of the most serious kind.

McClellan writes that George W. Bush abandoned candor and honesty to wage a political campaign that led the nation into an unnecessary war.

The chief U.S. prosecutor of senior Nazi officials at the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, labeled such action more correctly termed a war of aggression the supreme international crime.

In other words, President Bush used propaganda and deception to lead the United States into what an earlier generation of American leaders judged not just a war crime, but the supreme war crime.

And, in all this, Bush had an eager cast aiding and abetting from careerists in the U.S. intelligence community to the fawning corporate media (FCM) whom McClellan referred to as deferential, complicit enablers.

As for the role of intelligence, McClellan tells of shading the truth. In the effort to convince the world that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, the president used innuendo and implication and intentional ignoring of intelligence to the contrary.

Water over the dam, you say? No way.

White House spinners are at it again fixing the intelligence around the policy, this time on Iran. The fixing is obvious, but dont expect to hear about it from the FCM.

An exception is MSNBCs Keith Olbermann. His antiquated approach is to ask relevant questions like, for example, will the White House do an encore in preparing us for an attack on Iran?

Interviewing McClellan Thursday evening, Olbermann earmarked time to discuss Iran and asked, So knowing what you know, if Dana Perino starts making noises similar to what you heard from Ari Fleischer in 2002would you be suspicious?

I would be, McClellan said.

Wait. Before taking this with a blas shrug, consider the source.

Fixing In Fits and Starts

The worst kept secret in Washington is that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are looking for a pretext to order air and missile attacks on Iran. But when and how will Dana Perino and the rest of the propaganda machine market this one?

When to sell? If former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Cards dictum regarding marketing the war on Iraq holds sway i.e. From a marketing point of view, you dont introduce new products in August the administration has only two months, unless it opts for an October Surprise as a more effective way to help achieve a Republican victory in November.
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