by Rob Kall
"Don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain,"
the great, glorious Wizard of Oz commanded.
The Bush Cheney administration will, as it has before, use the hellish horrors of the Bush torture chambers to profit.... period. They will use their incestuous relationship with the media to distract you with peripheral issues while they take big profits in power, policy and influence. Watch them, not what they try to show you.
This headline is big news. Ignore it.
It is a distraction. Don't get stuck on it. Look past it. Dig hard, since the mainstream media will cooperate with the Bush Administration's propaganda and media control tidal wave and bang the drums hard about these meaningless hearings. The media will act as partners with an administration to try to make the small-time reservist grunts the focus of the Abu Ghraib blame.
Watch what they do with Rumsfeld and Company. Watch how our troops are treated when captured. Watch the rise of terrorism worldwide. Watch as gasoline prices at the pump climb, how the right wing senators and congressmen shout the praises of our good soldiers-- using the good soldiers to hide the evil, stupid and failed policies and decisions that Bush and his team are fully responsible for.
Watch how the Arab media cover this story-- the real faces who were tortured, the response on the street, in the mosque... the response to the US occupation and "transfer of power."
Here's the cover of Newsweek:
Rumsfeld is another distraction. They want you to pay less attention to him. But it's not about him either. If they have to, they'll let him take all the blame and still not fire him, like they did with Tennet. He may get disgusted enough to quit, after all, he's in in his seventies. But he is also a symptom.
The real blame for the disaster that is Iraq, the shame upon America, must lie upon the shoulders of the Bush Cheney administration and their policies-- policies of privatization, of excessive secrecy, of corporate cronyism. Any one of these policies might not have led to the systemic level of breakdown in rules and controls, policies and standards that allowed our nation to face the shame and embarrassment that Bush's torture chambers have brought down upon our nation.
Even the right is beginning to see the light. A Washington Post reports,
"Particularly tough criticism of the Pentagon's actions came from two Republicans on the armed services and intelligence committees, Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) and Chuck Hagel (Neb.). Although U.S. officials said last week that the problems were aberrations, Graham, a former chief prosecutor for the Air Force, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "it's clear to me that we had systemic failure" within the military and that "we just don't want a bunch of privates and sergeants to be the scapegoats here."
The same article confirms that the Administration doesn't want us paying attention to this:
"A request on Saturday evening by Vice President Cheney's office that Rumsfeld's critics should "get off his case" -- according to a statement given to Reuters -- clearly rankled several of the senators who spoke yesterday and who had earlier criticized the Pentagon for tardiness in disclosing the allegations. "
Watch the news for protests and violent assaults against the US, it's people and symbols.
Watch for the Bush-Cheney administration to try to appoint more despicable, inappropriate judges. Watch them try to sneak through legislation that makes the founders of this nation turn over in their graves.
Watch them appoint totally sold out, former corporatist lobbyists as heads of agencies, replacing the few remaining members of the Bush-Cheney administration who have an iota of integrity, as they leave in disgust, having seen the rotting, maggot infested core of this administration from hell.
The Bush Cheney administration loves hell. They were rescued from ratings oblivion by the hell of the 911 attacks. They captured the congress by thrusting the US into a hellish war based on lies and deceptions, and now, as our nation is shamed by pictures and disclosures of hellish Bush torture chambers, this administration will use the media clamor again. They will take advantage of the horrors that the media focus on to
The mainstream media will show you a lot of pictures. They will show you talking head generals. These are symptoms. It is not the HIV lesion. It is the unprotected sex. It is not the pictures of tortured victims. It is policies that allow and encourage torture, policies that are set at the very top.
When Catholic Bishops self-righteously support right wingers who oppose abortion, they are making a deal with the devil, embracing an administration that has set up the Bush Torture Chambers.
When fundamentalist Christian ministers tell their flocks to support Bush-Cheney because they support Christian schools, they are making a deal with the devil, maintaining an administration straight from hell, that will soon be bringing you photos of American soldiers either directly raping or directing Iraqi prisoners to rape Iraqi women and men.
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