Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Neo-history

NEWSWEEK's gaffe gave the next generation of neo-cons material for their "official" history of the War on Terrorism.

From The Holy Book of Rove:

In the mid-nineties, NEWSWEEK formed the Project for a New American Century that formulated a policy of U.S. global dominance based on an American invasion of Iraq.

Once in power, NEWSWEEK failed to pick up on the intelligence that warned of the 9-11 attacks. Subsequent to 9-11, NEWSWEEK cooked the intelligence on Iraq that erroneously linked that country to 9-11 and falsely verified its active weapons of mass destruction program.

NEWSWEEK ignored the advice of senior military advisers who warned that more troops would be needed to curb a post-hostilities insurgency, and denied that a major insurgency was in progress when it was clear that one already was.

NEWSWEEK was singularly responsible for the lack of sufficient body and vehicle armor in the Iraq war, and for the pathetically slow response in supplying it once the shortfall was identified.

NEWSWEEK wrote the Justice Department memorandums that led to the prisoner abuses at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, and led to the practice of "extraordinary rendition."

Exhibiting shameless hubris throughout its tenure, NEWSWEEK claimed that it never made a mistake because God was telling it what to do.

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:04 AM

    Holy Cow! Newsweek's been listening to Bush! (God was telling it what to do !?)
    Seems like Newsweek is small potatoes compared to the liars in the WH!!!!

    allun

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  2. tom.durkin@gmail.com8:10 AM

    Thanks.
    It is wonderful to see the sense of reason and the sense of humor so well paired.

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  3. Anonymous8:22 AM

    The early favorite for "Blog Entry of the Year".

    Well done, sir!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, gang. I'll have more on this subject later.

    Jeff

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  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Some well-overdue perspective on the latest administration smokescreen.

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  6. Anonymous3:00 PM

    Bravo Zulu

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  7. Anonymous10:35 AM

    I only wish there was some way to get your comments into every American's sights. It is so obvious now what the true character of this ruling body of thugs we have in the White House is. People had better wake up before the press, the courts,the constitution and freedom of religion are flushed along with the American Dream.

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  8. Anonymous3:53 AM

    Don't forget how Newsweek's pre-war testimony before Congress indicated we'd be greeted as liberators, and how Iraq's oil revenues would fund the war (which has so far cost the US taxpayers around $200-300 billion with no end in sight).

    And how about how negligent Newsweek was in planning for the days after major hostilities ceased, when the whole country fell into chaos and mass looting took place (including looting of weapons caches that Newsweek left unguarded)?

    It's a wonder Newsweek has any subscribers left after such mismanagement ...

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  9. Funny you should mention Newsweek subscribers. I live in Virginia Beach, and can't find a single copy of the magazine--they're all sold out!

    Jeff

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  10. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Good one.

    To me the big '"aha" was the realization that so many rioting Afghanis (or were they Pakistanis? Scott McClellan seems unsure) get their news direct from the pages of Newsweek. Imagine thousands of them waiting at their mailboxes, thumbing through their latest editions and then simultaneously rising up in protest over the Koran atrocities.

    If only we could get Americans to be so attentive and responsive to print news, instead of going out and doing whatever Rush Limbaugh beamed into their weak minds during the drive home.

    The fact that this story has gotten any traction at all in terms of blaming Newsweek for anything is just further proof that Karl Rove's mission to find out how stupid the American public can be has not yet reached a conclusion.

    I think there is something also a little nefarious about all this: they're hoping that if they put Newsweek sufficiently on the defensive, they'll burn their confidential source in the Pentagon, the one who reversed his story. He (or she) personally might deserve that, but it would send a chilling message to anyone else who wanted, out of conscience, to release anonymous information to the media.

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  11. Thanks for posting.

    "Karl Rove's mission to find out how stupid the American public can be has not reached a conclusion."

    Well put.

    Every time I think these characters have gone one step too far, and everyone's caught on to them, I find myself disappointed.

    I'm thinking maybe they went to far this time. A whole lot of people saw the hypocrisy of the White House NEWSWEEK bash.

    Jeff

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