Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Bush Lied = People Died, and more adventures with the F.C.C.

The Daily Kos came up with that particular phrase of " Bush Lied = People Died ", and I think it's an effective way to summarize the Iraq situation. The weapons of mass destruction have yet to be found, and the American government wound up spending billions of dollars for this fiasco that could have been used to stimulate the economy, provide health care, and strenghten the under-financed homeland security. Meanwhile, individual states are the verge of going bankrupt.

The Whiskey Bar blog collected a bunch of different quotes from the Bush administration on the subject of Iraq weapons of mass destruction:

http://billmon.org.v.sabren.com/archives/000172.html

Mark Bowden, author of the book "Black Hawk Down," a tale of military action in Somalia that became a sucessful motion picture, was one writer that was originally in favor of military action in Iraq. His recent column- " U.S. has gained little if Bush lied about reason for war " provides this excellent statement:

When a president lies or exaggerates in making an argument for war, when he spins the facts to sell his case, he betrays his public trust, and he diminishes the credibility of his office and our country. We are at war. What we lost in this may yet end up being far more important than what we gained.
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/5937888.htm /

In the U.S. Weekly News & World Report, there's a great article entitled " Truth and Consequences ." This article provides an insider's view of the preparation behind the government's presentation to convince the American public.

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/030609/usnews/9intell.htm

On the evening of February 1, two dozen American officials gathered in a spacious conference room at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. The time had come to make the public case for war against Iraq. For six hours that Saturday, the men and women of the Bush administration argued about what Secretary of State Colin Powell should--and should not--say at the United Nations Security Council four days later. Not all the secret intelligence about Saddam Hussein's misdeeds, they found, stood up to close scrutiny. At one point during the rehearsal, Powell tossed several pages in the air. "I'm not reading this," he declared. "This is bulls- - -."

Lovely. Even the Secretary of State thought this thing was bullshit.

In other news, Colin Powell's son, the corporate puppet for multi-conglomarate media interests, made his official decison on F.C.C. policy, allowing a relaxation of ownership rules.

In a sign that perhaps hell has indeed frozen over , Ted Turner and Barry Diller have joined Ralph Nader, Jesse Jackson, the N.R.A., Trent Lott, John McCain and thousands of angry Americans to express their view that perhaps this F.C.C. deregulation thing went too far.

http://www.iht.com/articles/98346.html

MediaReform.org is one of the resources one should look at in battling this corporate greed.

http://www.mediareform.org/

It's amazing how much crap the American people will put up with. How much more will it take before the masses rise to their feet and say to themselves "This is bullshit?"

I want my country back.

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E.P. Tuesday, June 03, 2003