Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Taking Back Our Country

The mainstream media seem to be catching on to the possibility that Patrick Fitzgerald is out to do more than fry small fish for leaking the name of a CIA agent. Heck, even the Wall Street Journal is getting in on the act.
Lawyers familiar with the investigation believe that at least part of the outcome likely hangs on the inner workings of what has been dubbed the White House Iraq Group. Formed in August 2002, the group, which included Messrs. Rove and Libby, worked on setting strategy for selling the war in Iraq to the public in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion. The group likely would have played a significant role in responding to Mr. Wilson's claims.

The White House Iraq Group (WHIG) was, according to SOURCEWATCH, "the marketing arm of the White House whose purpose was to sell the 2003 invasion of Iraq to the public." Established in August 2002, WHIG's members included Rove, Libby, Mary Matalin, Karen Hughes, Steven Hadley, Andrew Card, and Condoleeza Rice. To date, all seven of these individuals have been called to testify before Fitzgerald's grand jury.


I think it is vital to the future of our republic that the dirt on the selling of the Iraq war comes out, and that the key players face legal consequences. That may be the only thing that proves our system of government still works; that at the end of the day, the Karl Roves of this society can't spin their way out of commissions of felony crimes.

But as encompassing as Fitzgerald's net may turn out to be, he won't be able to put each and every person responsible for the Iraq debacle in the slammer. At the root of our problems is the underlying philosophy of the neoconservative agenda, and eradicating that will take more than making a handful of conspirators do the perp walk down the front steps of the White House.

Ultimately, we need to expose the true nature of the vision of modern conservatism, which is to turn America country into a militaristic, theocratic oligarchy.

And we have to explain why that is total anathema to the things this country is supposed to be.


  1. If and when indictments happen for Rove, Cheney, et al. -- I'll no doubt be feeling the urge to shout from the roof of our 7 floor downtown building with a bullhorn, "RULE OF LAW, MUTHAFUCKA!"

    But that's just me.

    You're right in that the bigger picture matters even more. William Rivers Pitt has a great piece on today, saying Americans need to feel we're special, we need it BAD -- it's like our Prozac, and we're running dangerously low.

  2. Now that will be a real bullhorn moment!

  3. I agree with you, Jeff. Too many people have fallen under the spell of neoconservatism ... many without even realizing it.

    Check out Cinnamon Stillwell when you get a chance. I have no idea if she is a real person, or a group of people working under one name, but it's clear that she's being paid to promote the neoconservative agenda, to make it seem reasonable and legitimate.

    I was just glancing through her January essay, Fox News: Too Fair, Too Balanced and couldn't even manage a laugh because I'm horrified that many, um, "impressionable" people read this and drink it straight up.

    They're obviously targeting the younger generation. Worries me greatly.


  4. Oh. And Cinnamon's work is billed as "Conservative commentary from an ex-liberal." This "ex-liberal" bit, I believe, is the hook that draws them in. A younger reader once pointed to Cinnamon as an example of why she, too, shunned liberals in favor of neo-conservatives.

    I think nothing less than a massive education effort is needed to defend liberal principles. The campaign to demonize and distort liberalism has been widespread and far too effective, I think.


  5. Yikes--I feel like one of my favorite spices has been violated.

    I agree with you, Kerstin. A lot of these kids wear the "proud to be red" bracelets without a trace of irony....

  6. Think how easy it would be for anyone with a decent speech writer - democrat or republican, who cares - to appeal to America's core values. Not the neocon values, but the values that made us a worthwhile country in the first place. It would help if this orator had a record to back himself or herself up. And I hope to God that he or she really MEANT it, too. It would be so easy to expose the Neocons as unpatriotic and anti-American because baby, it's the truth.

  7. It's alright to read the WSJ for their news as long as you use the editorial page for a birdcage liner.

  8. I use it to pick dog poop out of the yard.

  9. Ariadne ~ The young woman who pointed me to Cinnamon's writing first came to my attention when she left a comment on a post I had done bemoaning Bush's inauguration. She said something like "I support him and I'll be attending in spirit with my red dress on."

    I then asked her if we could expect to see her wearing her red dress on the front lines of our war with Iran. It was clear that she supported any and all wars the neocons desired to serve up.

    When I questioned her further about her support for neoconservatism, she attempted a rambling comment about a college experience she had. Not sure what happened but I gather she was unhappy with her "liberal" university for the way it handled a confrontation involving Muslim students.

    Cinnamon did a piece on "9-11 Republicans." How many young kids now designate themselves as such? I wonder.


  10. Reickwing Mary Matalin ... Clinton-loving James Carville's wife .... hmmmmmm. If she's indicted, will Carville crack another egg on his egg-shaped head?

  11. "And we have to explain why that is total anathema to the things this country is supposed to be."

    The fact that we have to explain things like this does not bode well for the future.

  12. Cap,

    Matalin and Carville: two peas in an iPod. She goes to jail, I suspect he'll be smacking a lot harder and sharper into his forehead.


    Yeah. It's amazing that we even need to say things like that. My theory is that the appeal of the far right is that by belonging to it, you too can be part of the ruling class.