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September 09, 2003

Rumsfeld Strikes Back at Critics of U.S. Effort on Terror

Y'see, if you criticize the war on/occupation of Iraq, it makes the terrorists think that America might pull out of Iraq early, which will make the terrorists redouble their efforts.

Yes, I suppose that might happen.

And, it is also possible, to borrow the words of Wayne Campbell, that monkeys might fly out of my butt.

Jesus, those are some balls on Rumsfeld, aren't they? He leads the nation into an unnecessary war, utterly miscalculates its effects, is letting American soldiers get killed off every day, has no plan to end the violence or rebuild the country-- but it's all our fault because we said that maybe this battle was a bad idea.

Someone break out the tar and feathers.

Posted by Jake at 12:48 AM | TrackBack (0)

Unfortunately for everyone, this kind of "logic" is common and rampant in Washington. If (an immoral) war fails, then blame the people who pointed out it was immoral to begin with. A little over a year ago, when rambling about the war in Afghanistan, some Fox Propoganda Network idiot said "...like the anti-war protestors who lost us the war in Vietnam..." and didn't even bat an eyelash.

In many people's minds, the failures in Afghanistan and Iraq will go down as the work of liberal traitors, too.

This "walled-in logic" is typical. If we win the war, we were obviously right...if we lose the war, we were obviously right but you're protesting against the war caused us to fail.

Posted by: Hylo Bates at September 9, 2003 04:55 AM

I guess Rumsfeld can't play the "dissent is unpatriotic" card anymore since now even Republicans are taking shots at the post-war planning [or lack thereof]. I suppose that Rep. David Obey called for Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld's resignations over the piss-poor planning isn't doing wonders for his ego either. James Carville is also calling for Bush to sack Wolfowitz for being the ideological architect of the war in preparation for his reelection campaign.

Why no one is making a bigger deal over the absence of WMDs in Washington is absolutely beyond me. It seems more likely that Bush and Co. will get in deep shit over incompetent mismanagement after the war rather than the cooked intelligence that got us into it.

Posted by: David at September 9, 2003 07:43 AM

"Why no one is making a bigger deal over the absence of WMDs in Washington is absolutely beyond me. It seems more likely that Bush and Co. will get in deep shit over incompetent mismanagement after the war rather than the cooked intelligence that got us into it."

Chomsky should do a sequel of Manufacturing Consent starting with the 2000 OVERVOTE scandal, going on to Bush's flight from danger on 9/11 and finishing with the New American Century rationale vs. WMD justification for Iraq. Mainstream media had to make the stories about hanging chads, campaign photo ops and bad intelligence because the only other choice would be to point out that the emporer (and his party) is stark, raving naked.

Posted by: steve shepherd at September 9, 2003 09:11 AM

Well, I was going to make some rational rebuttals, but if this group of posters sees anything but contemptuous poison in the works of Chomsky, then all rational refutations here will fall on deafened ears.

Good luck... I'm off to saner pastures.

Posted by: Sharpshooter at September 10, 2003 04:03 AM

Whoa, Sharpshooter. Don't go. We want to hear what you have to say.

Posted by: dack at September 10, 2003 09:37 AM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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