Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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.


At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Golly, with a title like "The Dark Side", I'm surely positive we will get a balanced, unbias version of events that led up to the war.....

.....and monkeys might fly out of my butt.

Funny how the left criticises Bush for surrounding himself with "yes men" all the while they choose to live in an echo chamber themselves. Maybe you could have your DVD of Fahrenheit 9/11 playing simultaneously on the split screen? That would be really cool!

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

"The Dark Side" is taken from a quote by Dick Cheney.
Just as you have the quote from Mike Meyers.
I hope you watch the show, and where can you get a split-screen DVD player? That would be cool.

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Join the tech revolution! You can 'split screen' between a broadcast chanel and an a/v input.

I know where the title came from. I was just commenting on the obvious in that they chose that ONE from millions of Cheney quotes for the title.

Kind of like if Bill Clinton would have named his Bio, instead of "My Life", something along the lines of "...Sex With That Woman" ;)

At 7:56 PM, Blogger REB 84 said...

Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy

Why are we in Iraq? First we were told it was because Saddam had WMD and we could expect mushroom clouds over American cities if he were allowed to stay in power; then the goal was getting rid of a brutal dictator who gassed his own people and by the way has a "blood feud" with America; the latest rationale is that we are bringing democracy to a troubled part of the world.

The rad-con democracy domino theory is that Iraq will become a shining example of representative democracy in the Middle East that all its neighbors will desire to emulate. Yet, despite a couple of elections; this utopia seems further away than ever.

Meanwhile, back here in the USA, the Bush administration is quietly choking off funding to the primary organizations that are actually training Iraqis on how to set up and run democratic political parties, elections, and governments. Is this hypocrisy?

"The commitment to what the president of the United States will say every single day of the week is his number one priority in Iraq, when it's translated into action, looks very tiny," said Les Campbell, who runs programs in the Middle East for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, known as NDI.(see link to story in title) Apparently, there has been no response to these reports from the White House.

It appears that military and security spending is cutting back the only legitimate pro-democracy efforts America is conducting in Iraq. This is just the latest example of the Bush administration's failure to put the money where its mouth is. If we really want to know what politicians value, we need to find out what programs they fund and which they cut.


posted by REB 84 at 4/06/2006

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

If the Bush administration really was for democracy, it would reintroduce it in places like Ohio.

At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the kind of war you get when it is produced by tough talking draft dodging desk jockeys. Where are the real Republican warriors like Dwight Eisenhower who warned us against the military-industrial complex and the resulting Haliburtons. The Bush-Cheney version of quality leadership is the best government money can buy. I was in Vietnam. I thought we had learned.


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