9 Tonight - PBS - Frontline - "The Dark Side"
The voice on the answering machine talks about defending our country, and it has true sincerity. The least we can do is honor the young man from Madras and all the others for their intent. They died doing something for us which was pure, because their intentions were good. Unfortunately there are those in the Bush administration whose hearts aren't nearly as pure. The old chicken hawks who sent these young men and women to their deaths are even now trying to hide behind the bodies. They say unless we continue to do as Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld bid, we are dishonoring these young people and their deaths will be in vain. For Bush officials to try and link themselves and their schemes to the nobility of these soldiers is a special brand of treachery. It's the desperate tactic of an exposed coward. Tonight at 9 p.m., PBS is broadcasting its Frontline show. This one is called "The Dark Side", and it examines the roles Cheney and Rumsfeld played in selling this war to America. This is important because we are currently witnessing a Born Again moment for the "masterminds" of the Iraq War. Karl Rove, and a thousand Republican spinners are fanning out across America to frame the Iraq War as a noble cause, a few battles from victory. But I ask you one question? When did they bequeath unto themselves this noble character? Where did the deceitful politicians go? How does lying young people to their deaths ever become noble? How does manipulating and pressuring and threatening your way into getting what you want, lead to great wealth of character, when all the reasons turned out to be lies. What the White House did to get us into Iraq had nothing to do with honor or noble hearts. They'll try and sell themselves as great farsighted, moral leaders now, but don't buy it. Let's revisit how moral these men were in the run-up to the war. Watch PBS, Frontline, tonight, 9 p.m.