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Monday, June 06, 2005

Teats and Liars

The Downing Street Minutes finally received some air time on Meet the Press yesterday. Note the dialogue of Republican Party Chairman - Ken Mehlman as he desperately attempts to discredit the documents:

Tim, that report has been discredited by everyone else who's looked at it since then. Whether it's the 911 Commission, whether it's the Senate, whoever's looked at this has said there was no effort to change the intelligence at all. The fact is that the intelligence of this country, the intelligence of Britain, the intelligence of the United Nations, the intelligence all over the world said that there were weapons of mass destruction present in Iraq. We knew that Saddam Hussein had used weapons of mass destruction before. We still know that there was a weapons of mass destruction program. He was evading the sanctions, and he had plans to reconstitute the program. We also knew that Saddam Hussein had uniquely invaded his neighbors, had uniquely supported terrorists and we all know today that we are safer because he's been removed from power.
Will Russert call him out on his blatant lies and half truths? No, not this time, just the usual diplomatic response:

I don't believe that the authenticity of this report has been discredited. Let me go back to another sentence from that report. "There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action." Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary, now head of the World Bank, said the other day, "The war never ended," and the concern many Americans have, Mr. Mehlman, is that we now have 1,669 Americans who've died bravely in Iraq, 1,532 of those after the president said major combat operations were over. We have 12,762 Americans wounded or injured, 12,000 of those after the president said major combat was over. This memo seems to suggest that the head of British Intelligence told Prime Minister Blair that there was little discussion in Washington to plan for the aftermath of military action.
This verbal ping-ponging of facts is simply not enough to drive the message home to the masses that are asleep at the wheel. In my mind thieves and liars are just that and we need to start calling them out on it, bluntly... on national air time.

Tim, lets just call a fucking spade a spade; Mehlman is a fucking liar. People are dying and nations are crumbling. Enough with the semantics and euphemisms, brute verbal force is necessary to cure our ailing world of the deception that plagues the global stage. Think back Mr. Russert, isn't that why you became a journalist in the first place; some noble intent to expose the lies and corruption, in the hope of doing your part to make the world a better place? Or, instead, did you aspire to be a mouth piece for an administration that knowingly sends our young off to death for corporate profits, for your own slice of the pie? If it is not the latter, be brave, be strong, you can do it; pull your mouth away from the teat of the fascist thugs and be a man. We could use your help.

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