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Sunday, 20 August 2006 15:42

Catapult the Truth: Bush Has Failed in Fighting Terror

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A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

The Busheviks believe that if you state a lie over and over again it becomes the truth.

Cheney is the best illustration of this, but Rumsfeld and Bush are right up there.

In fact, as has been noted before, Bush told some school children (his peer group, so to speak) that his role as President was to repeat the same message over and over again to "catapult the propaganda." (The full quotation is ""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." You can listen to Bush say it here, as he did on May 24, 2005 to middle and high school students in Rochester, New York.)

Of course the truth to Bush is the truth as he sees it, or as Dick Cheney tells him it is. For them the truth becomes determined by the unrelenting drumbeat of a series of lies. Lies become the truth.

War is peace; peace is war.

Increasing the Number of Terrorists is Fighting a War on Terrorists.

Failure is success; success is failure.

If you have any doubt about the effectiveness of the GOP's ability to "catapult the propaganda," just think about the recent polling results that indicate 50% of Americans still think weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

The number of the misled sheeple had gone down, but Rick Santorum, in a Bushevik "catapulting of propaganda," held a timely diversionary news conference to announce that useless chemicals found in Iraq were actually "discovered" weapons of mass destruction.

The mainstream media -- television, radio and print -- gave prominent headlines to Santorum's lie (almost certainly supplied and planned by Rove's operation) that these chemicals were viable weapons of mass destruction. The disproof of Santorum's claim hardly made the news, if at all, a couple of days later.

As a result (and Rove knows it is the initial false claim -- lie -- that sticks in the minds of at least half of Americans who receive virtually all their news from headlines), the ludicrous assertion that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq is considered truth by half of the residents of our nation!

To those progressives who disdain the mainstream media, you disdain it at a serious cost to restoring democracy. "Catapulting the propaganda" works in the absence of a media counterforce that conveys the truth as headlines, not the propaganda. Television is the particularly pernicious conveyor of propaganda in the form of news headlines. Right-wing radio is a close second, particularly in rural areas. The news wire services follow up in third place. Then comes the mainstream newspapers that print the wire service stories.

Mastering the issues is insufficient. We need the media outlets to convey the truth.

Nonetheless, we make our small BuzzFlash contribution by repeating this message once again: Bush has failed America in fighting terrorism and, therefore, has put this nation at great risk.

From his childish dismissal of a CIA intelligence warning in August of 2001 that bin Laden was determined to dtrike in the U.S., to his failure to capture bin Laden, to his failed war on nation states instead of terrorists, Bush has put America's national security in peril.

He has underfunded and mis-allocated funds for "homeland security," most recently adopting a politically-driven allocation of "homeland security" money. This is the infamous "Homeland Security Department" grant report that found that Indiana had the highest number of potential terrorist targets in the United States.

Bush's entire war on terror is like someone who is playing the carnival game where, with a mallet, you try to hit clowns that pop up, only Bush is always hitting the wrong clowns.

His is a faux "war on terrorism" that is part petulance, part arrogance, part juvenile arrestment, part neo-con desire to control natural resources (as in oil), part "master of the universe" syndrome – and all partisan politics.

Whatever it is, it is not a successful war on terrorism.

To "catapult" the truth, it is a war that creates more terrorism.

Osama bin Laden, Iran, and Hezbollah couldn't ask for a better recruiter for them than George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice. Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars are being egregiously misspent to recruit terrorists. That’s the reality.

As we have said before, there is an old axiom that a fool is someone who keeps doing the same thing over and over again, failing over and over again, but continues doing it, expecting a different result.

And a fool is a danger to the national security of the United States.

There’s a truth to catapult into a headline, if only the mainstream media were willing to report the truth – and not the propaganda.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL