“Mom says we can have some cookies if you go get them.”
“David! What are you doing in that cookie jar? You know better than that! You know that you have to ask first! Now get out of there!”
That all ended on the night my oldest sister was babysitting us by chasing us through the house, snapping us with a wet towel. In her exuberance she knocked the clock off the wall and broke it. Thinking quickly she hatched a plan for her rescue; she would pay me a dollar, which at that time was a princely sum for a six-year-old to blame my other sister for the damage. Being young and naive it never occurred to me to ask how she could give me a dollar if she was only going to get seventy-five cents for babysitting.
Ah, but there was a second act in her drama. After putting me to bed she came into my room and robbed me of my ill-gotten loot. The next day I sang like John Dean before the Watergate hearings. I carry a suspicious nature to this day. While shopping at the store that rhymes with ears, the salesman explained that the extended warranty was available, so I asked, “You mean it doesn’t come with a regular warranty?”
“You mean your product has two warranties? Or the extended warranty kicks in when the regular warranty runs out?”
“Well, the extended warranty begins immediately, sir.”
“So, I’m paying you for a year of extended warranty at the same time you’re giving me a year for free? Think of it this way,” I said. “You’re betting me money that this machine won’t break down for three years, and you want me to bet you that it will. Mister, that’s a funny sales pitch! Doesn’t say much for your product or your marketing.”
But that’s how they invert the world as they try to sell you something. Trying to get you to bet against yourself. And our modern media does this on a daily basis. Take the first war in Iraq, where US Ambassador to Iraq, April Glassby, told Saddam, “How you handle your relations with Kuwait is none of America’s concern.” Six weeks later the media is filled with stories of Kuwaiti babies thrown from incubators. The Saudis are shown altered satellite photos of Iraqi troops massing on their border, and the rest is history.
The Bush administration and Republican think tanks have pumped 500 million dollars of aide into Georgia to promote “Democracy,” while giving additional military aide and training to the Georgian military by US military officers. The Georgians were pliant and compliant, doing whatever Uncle George asked. Somehow the American media lost the story of Georgian troops firing on unsuspecting Russian peace-keeping troops. Or that the ultimate political goal of the South Ossetians is to join the North Ossetians to form one Ossetia.
Bush pounded his lectern and said scary stuff; Condi said scary stuff and flew to Europe to get NATO to say scary stuff. The Russians proceeded to take Bush apart, brick-by-brick. saying in effect, if you feel froggy then jump! Bush was shown to the world as a toothless tiger and a barroom loud mouth, and just like that the whole story disappeared from the American media. In this case silence is indeed golden, and an honest and open media would proclaim in banner headlines, "President Shows Ass On World Stage While McCain Holds His Pants!"
I was doing some research the other day on Iraqi arms purchases. I was trying to find out why the US military is trying to sell 140 M1A1, top of the line, main battle tanks to Iraq. What do they need those tanks for? Let’s get real for a second; who will most likely end up on the wrong end of the barrel? It’s just a dumb idea to sell tanks to a country that’s still working on flush toilets and electricity. A story came up in USA today about Iraqi irresponsibility with the weapons they already have. A GAO study was cited where Iraqi officials lost 185,000 AK-47 assault rifles provided by the US military.