Thursday, June 08, 2006

Rehabilitating a lie

Now it's truthiness!

The right-wing extremists think we're idiots. Well, Bush is still president, so I suppose they have a point. Nevertheless, KSFO's Melanie Morgan isn't just pushing the envelope on this one. She's torn it all to bits. Today she sent out a breathless message to her Move America Forward mailing list:
I'm sure you've heard the big news coming out of Iraq this morning—the head of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, has been killed in an air strike launched by the incomparable and unstoppable men and women of the United States military.

The anti-war contingent of our “mainstream” news media are devastated this morning, as this successful mission flies in the face of everything they've been telling you. They've falsely reported that there is NO connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda, so how can they tell you that the head of Al Qaeda in Iraq has been killed? They tell you that U.S. Troops are failing, that they are in a quagmire, that they are reduced to animalistic acts of torture and mayhem. But today's mission was the result of months of hard work and planning by our brave troops.

When it comes to the war on terrorism, the media is WRONG, and our troops and Commander in Chief have been RIGHT. It's time to watch that great video by the patriotic group, “The Right Brothers,” again. You know the song, it's “Bush Was Right.” Come on—go watch it right now.
As an anti-war, anti-Bush liberal, I guess I was supposed to be upset this morning. Oh, no! My hero al-Zarqawi is dead! Boo hoo! Alas and alack!

Let's keep this short and sweet: al-Zarqawi was a terrorist and his death is a good thing. Congratulations to the U.S. forces who finally nailed him. However, his main reason for being in Iraq was to exploit the opportunity provided to him by George W. Bush and the incompetent administration officials who put together our foolish incursion into Iraq. (These are the same people now working up plans to attack Iran just before the November elections.) Before we invaded, there was essentially no al-Qaeda presence in Iraq. Why? Because Saddam's regime was secular and Osama bin Laden is a religious extremist. To put it mildly, Saddam and Osama were not fond of each other. If any al-Qaeda operatives were in Iraq (al-Zarqawi hung out in the “no fly” zone, which was outside of Baghdad's control), it would have been to undermine Saddam Hussein and advance the cause of Muslim extremism. That doesn't make Saddam a good guy, but it did mean he regarded al-Qaeda as a problem rather than an ally.

As the 9-11 commission reported, there were no significant connections between Iraq and al-Qaeda before the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in September 2001. Despite that, the administration worked tirelessly to link Iraq and 9-11 in the minds of the American people, counting on our gullibility. Bush and company (thanks, Fox News!) did their work well and today shills like Melanie Morgan condemn the news media for having reported to the contrary. Of course, she spins it like a gyroscope: “They've falsely reported that there is NO connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda.” Oh, but al-Zarqawi was killed in Iraq! Oh, what a vindication for Bush! His lie has become the truth! Ex post facto, you know.

The right-wing noise machine is breath-taking in its brazenness.


eProf2 said...

Professor, see my post this morning. While not as well written as Ms. Morgan's, I, too, think the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a negative for the Bush administration. Now, they don't have a number one to pursue; at least for a short while leaving a news vacuum.

eProf2 said...

I meant to add "...and from a different end of the political spectrum," I, too, think...

jh said...

I saw Chris Hitchens on Australian television last night crowing with gravitas [1] over this supposed vindication.

All I can say is this euphoria will last precisely as long as it takes for another couple of dozen people to be brutally murdered in Iraq, in other words not very long at all.

[1] I've been onto this neocon "gravitas" thing ever since I saw Daniel Pipes transform himself from shrill to "serious", soft-spoken and "thoughtful". Like how an all out cival war bloodbath in Iraq would be "regrettable" it might actually be a "good thing".

And then there's Frank Gaffney who does the same gravitas schtick while calmly claiming that they did actually find the WMDs in Iraq.

It's all in the coaching. Calm, rational, liars.

wegrit said...

I love it when the conservative (fascist?) media tells me how I feel. Up until I read this, I was unaware that I was annoyed that al-Zarqawi is dead. I'm so glad the media has seen fit to enlighten me on where I stand in my pursuit of happiness.