A lie so big and bold and in your face that if you believe it you must be one of the fools Bush had in mind when he joked in March of 2001, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."
Yes you can believe much progress has been made in Iraq during the Surge if you don't count:
* Those shot in the front of the head. That's a sign of domestic violence dontcha know?
* Shiites killed by unknown killers.
* Sunnis killed by unknown killers.
* Shia on Shia violence.
* Sunni on Sunni violence.
* The largest increase in American deaths since the war began.
Don't believe me? Read Karen DeYoung's story in the Sept. 6 "Washington Post."
I'm not fooling. Nor lying. Nor spinning to suit dogma. I leave that to those busy duping the faith-based community. So trust me when I suggest….
If you've been thinking of moving to Costa Rica? Canada? The wine country of France? Some place, any place, to get away from the insanity that's seized our country and squandered the opportunity we had to address real problems--say, global warming, social security, Osama bin Laden, electoral malfeasance—then before you pack your bags, take a good look around, and ask yourself....
Did the media look this lie in the eye? Refute it? Offer equal time to the truth?
Did your brother Merle, your father-in-law Max--those Fox News addicts of the family--come away from the past week's events truly believing Gen. Petraeus and George W. Bush had shown peace and democracy are on the way in Iraq? Did Congress do anything meaningful to shut down the war? Are we going to meekly go along… Again? Will we swallow the lie that a nine-month draw-down returning us to occupation levels of 2006 is a meaningful act?
Or will a mass movement rise up to hold Bush / Cheney accountable for yet another bait-and-switch maneuver? Unless you're willing to sign onto such a truth-and-responsibility movement, then yes, maybe you'd better leave, because things won't get better soon. Our military, our leaders, our media, your brother Merle, your father-in-law Max, have let us down. They'll believe anything.
The Big Lie they swallowed this time around will have us killing and squandering what's left of our humanity until the end of time. That could come sooner than you think. What they've signed onto is nothing short of the Neocon plan for American dominance through endless war, marked by torture, kidnapping, new nukes and worse.