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GOP Cranks up Fear-Mongering; Dems Cower


By David Sirota

You knew it was coming, didn't you? That's right - within 24 hours, the right-wing spin machine is up and working to transform the tragic London bombing into a way to attack progressives as weak on terrorism. Sadly, it is a tactic that continues to emasculate many Democrats, who still can't seem to find the guts to stand up to this nonsense.

Exhibit A is this morning's Wall Street Journal opinion page - the place that essentially re-prints talking points from the Republican National Committee. There James Taranto says that "certain people don't remember" that "an attack on a much worse scale happened in the U.S. less than four years ago." Really, James? Who are those people? Are you speaking of people who have become senile in that time?

No, Taranto says it is people like Vermont's Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders (I) who passed bipartisan legislation reforming the Patriot Act. Taranto, of course has no proof that the provisions being reformed under Sanders' bipartisan legislation would have had any preventive value in the recent attacks, or in future attacks. Nor does he even make the case that the specific reforms would weaken national security. But to a hack like Taranto, proof or facts are not important - what's important is once again impugning the patriotism and "strength" of progressives.

This has been much the same tactic used over the last few years - and we see just how effective that tactic has been in emasculating Democrats. Even before the attacks and the subsequent fear-mongering, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D) published a letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal this week claiming he is outraged about the right-wing's hyperbolic attacks on Democrats in this vein. Yet, he then goes on to actually BRAG that Democrats helped "provided more than $340 billion to fund the war" - as if the party should be proud to have helped waste that money sending our troops to die for a war based on lies.

Emanuel goes on to say that "it is long past time for a candid discussion on Iraq." In that he is right. Yet, the fact that he is simultaneously bragging about his complicity in the war, means he is not willing to have a candid discussion about the subject himself. In fact, the headline of his letter includes the statement "We Support the Iraq War" - proof positive that many top Democrats are still so spineless and so frightened of the right-wing machine that they can't even stand up against this atrocity with public opinion polls at their backs, and with the Bush administration's own CIA director essentially admitting that the war has made America less safe.

And remember, this letter was published before the attacks, before the right-wing has intensified its rhetoric. After the attacks it was much of the same - few, if any, Democrats actually had the guts to say what is obvious: that the Bush administration's national security strategy is an incompetent failure. Instead, as the Baltimore Sun reported, "many of the same Democrats who excoriated Bush last week for tying the war in Iraq to Sept. 11 reacted to yesterday's events with expressions of strong support for fighting terrorism and solidarity with the president." And then Democrats wonder why the public thinks they are flip-floppers and stand for nothing.

So in light of all of this, I'm just going to tell it like it is, to both sides.

Here's a dose of truth for the Republican Party in Washington, D.C.: your war-mongering policies and devotion to creating a constant state of panic/fear in this country has made America less safe, especially in light of your negligence on homeland security. Your heated rhetoric that indicts the strength and patriotism of progressives is a sad attempt to cover up your own pathetic failures.

Now, here's a dose of truth for the insulated Democratic establishment in Washington - an establishment that continues to lose elections, yet, incredibly, refuses to change: if you continue to pathetically cower in the face of all of this; if you continue to ignore the courageous lawmakers in your ranks who know the party needs to stand up; if you continue to defend the Iraq War in light of public opposition to it, in light of proof that the Bush administration lied about it and in light of proof it made America less safe; and if you continue to have positively no courage of any convictions and positively no ability to give voice to the concerns of the majority of Americans, then you will continue losing elections far into the future.

Sources:
Wall Street Journal cranks up GOP fear mongering:
http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110006927
Bipartisan legislation reforming the Patriot Act passes:
http://www.davidsirota.com/2005/06/vote-victory-privacy-bill-passes-over...
Democratic Rep. Rahm Emanuel brags about supporting the Iraq War:
Public opinion polls show American public does not support the war:
http://edition.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/27/iraq.poll/
Bush CIA director essentially admits Iraq War makes America less safe:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28876-2005Feb16.html
Baltimore Sun says instead of criticism, Dems "show solidarity" with Bush:

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I left the Democratic Party last year in favor of the Green Party largely because in recent years I have not felt most Democrats are any different than Republicans. Maybe on a few key issues, but they don't seem to be able to fight fire with fire, and they don't distinguish themselves by much anymore. It is this lay down and die attitude in the face of bullying that I can't take anymore. I sure hope that the Dems can get a spine and force Congress to investigate the DSM, but when you start seeing things like this, it just takes the wind out of the old sails. I will not be satisfied until Bush and his goons get investigated, and I certainly hope everyone here feels the same and will continue to pressure the Dems to do the right thing and stand up to the right wing.

Well put Brian. I knew it would happen i.e. Democrats wussing out behind this latest [diversion].

By the way, I am neither republican, democrat, green or otherwise. I consider myself a citizen of the world who just want the TRUTH to be told!!!

Why do you put a label on yourselves at all. You have a right to be who you want to be at any given time. Republican all the time...that's bull. Same with democrats...Labels for life don't work and cause you to be stupid about politics. I would never tell anyone who I voted for. Period. And I would certainly never stick with anyone who lied to me.

Ralph Nader for VEEP! NO Republicans for even Dog-catcher in 2006!

Re: Paragraph 2: James Taranto --- Dead is DEAD! if one in 50 as in London, 1 in 3000 as in the WTC, 1 in 1700+ as in Iraq, Spain, Afganistan, a Navy ship, wherever, whatever dosn't matter dead is dead. Don't call them "HEROS" give those to whom you can armor, and PREVENT those who arn't dead already from joining the rank and file. Quit being an anal orifice, too busy pointing your finger (which finger? up where?) at any and all. All you'll ever get from spin is dizzy. We have enough dizzyness. Get to work correcting the wrongs.

Too many in the democratic party leadership have acccepted their second place status.

This is the time to stand firm on getting out of Iraq. These acts of terrorism against England have not made the illegal war in Iraq legal. This is not the time to flip flop especially if you want respect. You musn't forget that Mr. Bush lied to the Congress, the Senate, and us the people to start his illegal war. You must also remember that part of the reason we have these acts of terrorism against us is Bush's fault. You must not lose focus that Mr. Bush has to answere to us regarding the Downing Street Memos. Democrats! You have to suckit up, give'm hell and stay firm on track of having Bush's entire administration impeached and booted out of office. After this is done, we will have gained the respect of the rest of the world, and with their assitance we will effectivly fight terrorism. However, if you want to continue the flip flop then you must accept in the meantime there is no respect and they want us dead.

... (not the ones who didn't) ! Let's pray Bush does not push Blair into invading Iran because of what Al Quaeda did to his UK countrymen. (I swear, school-children understand what's fair better that this overgrown pair of BRATS)

I'm worried and brainstorming about what I can do to help bring this country back towards the center. I'm no pacifist. I certainly think that we have the right and responsibility to defend our home. I'm no aggressor, though, either. The hoodlums running this country play hard ball, and they're mean. I suppose the "safe" thing to do would be to keep a low profile and try to blend in, but I can't seem to bring myself to do it. So, I've written letters to senators and congressmen and editors of the corporate press (who is doing a good job of suppressing all this news), made phone calls, participated in political blogs, and talked to just about everyone I know, even if all I do is give them a card with some urls on it.

I'm neither a politician nor a diplomat nor a soldier, so I'm looking for people who have the audacity (cojones, as El Presidente would put it)and the influence to speak up. THEY have my support. If they're running for re-election, well, there's no crime in that. If they are giving me what I need, which is truth, I'll vote for them, or, if they're not from my state, I'll donate to their campaign. If they get smeared, I won't quit supporting them, and will defend as well as I can their position, particularly if they are uncovering this rot. If it gets even weirder than it is now and they go missing in the night, I'll be there to look for them and to ask what happened to them and will raise hell 'til I find out....just like I'm doing with this issue.

I'm represented by 2 republicans (McCain and Kyl). I feel like I'm beating my head against the keyboard. I've written them, the newspapers and TV stations. Not one of them, including my senators have even given me the courtesy of a response.

I have no voice in the senate and feel frustrated. What else can I do?

My congressman (Grijalva) is a democrat and is my lone voice.

You see what I mean? We need leaders who actually believe in the principles on which this country was founded. And then we need to guard and support them like the national treasures they are. I haven't heard from my congresspeople either.

Given how desparate the criminals have become,
what lengths might they go to in order to save their own skins?

AIPAC under the gun for Spying.
Rove under the gun for Treason.
Bush on the verge of Impeachment.
9/11 truths on the verge of being told.

Time for a crisis...time for fear...time for martial law to be imposed...time to shut down the internet.

All of the New World Order's best laid plans are under threat of being exposed. Time for terror:

THE LAVON AFFAIR
IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?

In 1954, Israeli agents working in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including a United States diplomatic facility, and left evidence behind implicating Arabs as the culprits. The ruse would have worked, had not one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to capture and identify one of the bombers, which in turn led to the round up of an Israeli spy ring.

Some of the spies were from Israel, while others were recruited from the local Jewish population. Israel responded to the scandal with claims in the media that there was no spy ring, that it was all a hoax perpetrated by "anti-Semites". But as the public trial progressed, it was evident that Israel had indeed been behind the bombing.

Eventually, Israeli's Defense Minister Pinhas Lavon was brought down by the scandal, although it appears that he was himself the victim of a frame-up by the real authors of the bombing project, code named "Operation Susannah."

It is therefore a fact that Israel has a prior history of setting off bombs with the intent to blame Arabs for them.

This is not the only example of a "False Flag" operation designed to trick the United States into attacking Israel's enemies.

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/lavon.html

Thursday 7th July 2005 (21h17) :

Stratfor Consulting Intelligence Agency:

’Israel Warned United Kingdom About Possible Attacks’

http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=6862

The tragedy in London is a sign of our lack of progress on the war on terrorism. For the right wing and the Bush Administration to crank up the rhetoric is the utmost in hypocracy. Their strategy was a failure. They ignored the enemy to invade Iraq. The enemy came to them in Iraq and it appears to be spreading. What a mess.

I believe Bush once called his foreign policy a "stragety." How appropriate. The first thing we all need to do (as many here are)whenever there is an attack is ask: who gains the most from this?

To Plunger on the Israeli connection--Yes, where is the front page story that the Israeli embassy warned Netanyahu to stay in his hotel on the morning of 7/7? Thanks for the historical background of previous Israeli scandals in 1954. Something is very fishy here.

Of course, Bush, Rove, and the GOP went into major spin today--to ensure that we will forget the DSM, the Plame Leak, Rove's call to Cooper, the disaster in Iraq. The Democrats did not respond, but that doesn't mean they won't. We need to contact Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. The message must be unified and we must say that Bush's war has made us weaker and more vulnerable. Bush was warned in 2002 & 2003, but ignored all warnings. He is a failure, a failed President.

We must also write to our newspapers and state the obvious--London was pay-back time for Bush/Blair's illegal preemptive invasion of Iraq. Bush's cocky challenges of "Bring 'em on," and the daily American bombings of Iraqi civilians make us targets for attack.

Do not let the Bushies and radical right set the message this weekend and next week. Call Congress everyday 1-877-762-8762 with our message:

Bush screwed up royally & he opened us and our Allies to attack.

PS to anonymous from Arizona: I'll raise your McCain and Kyl. My two Senators from Kentucky are McConnell and his lapdog Jim Bunning. Pitiful.

Future historians will equate this time as the RE-birth of YELLOW JOURNALISM:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

Bush lamented the terror attacks on London... then, not realizing the camera was still rolling, gave Condaleeza Rice a nudge.. He did his quick double shrug with a labored smile attached to his face.

"You remember when I siad 'we'll fight 'em over there so we don't have to fight 'em here (you know, here, America....)'"; he looked to see if Condy was still paying attention..

He continued but checked again to see if she was listening.."don't tell Blair, but 'over there' is 'over there', don't you get it? London's 'over there'.Right? See! I ws right, Condy, wasn't I?"

Gee...get out of here with this anti-Israel stuff. This guy writes the same antisemitic BS on many other sites. The Lavon affair is not a proven fact, but it is true that Lavon resigned.It was after all over 50 years ago. Why not discuss the lies of Johnson and the US government in the Gulf of Tonkin lie. How about George Bush Sr and his Kuwaiti nurse who testified about Iraqi soldiers throwing babies out of incubators that she had witnessed. She was the Kuwaiti ambassadors daughter and had been in New York the whole time she was witnessing these atrocities. How about the satellite imagery of Iraqi forces massed on the Saudi border that were fake...doctored by Bush sr...a huge lie.And please let us not forget all of Gdubyas lies that got us into this last war. Instead this plunger neocon assumes that if there were allegations 50 years ago that Israel had attempted a surreptitious secret bombing, then all subsequent bombings must be by Israel.Even 9/11 a mossad operation according to this anti-semitic nut.This must surely be a surprise to Osama.
Marty

More "Oh MY god" is this America?

Evidence of covert prison network mounting

DIEGO GARCIA — On a secluded atoll in the Indian Ocean, the United States has created a floating aircraft carrier that houses 1,700 personnel who call it Camp Justice. But intelligence analysts contacted by The Toronto Star say the little-known British possession, leased to the United States in 1970, is also part of a network of secret detention centers being operated by the Central Intelligence Agency to interrogate high-value terrorist suspects beyond the reach of U.S. or international law.

The newspaper’s sources claim that the prisoners, sometimes called "ghost detainees" or the "new disappeared," are being subjected to treatment that makes the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo Bay look small-time...

A veil of silence shrouds the ghost detainees, Danzig said. “Both the (Bush) administration and the CIA are stonewalling and blocking efforts to get a credible investigation.

more
http://www.vermontguardian.com/dailies/0904/0708.shtml

It is amazing that the Right wingnuts can still pull a rabbit out of a hat and the democrats are still mystified by it.

"I mean, my first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, "Hmmm, time to buy."

Brit Hume, FOX News 7/7/05

I agree that Dems striving for an imaginary center when things have become so rabidly right wing has caused them to move pathetically right wing too. Hello! Environmentalism? If Teddy Roosevelt were alive today he'd be in the GREEN PARTY.

Here's news though from Dem. Chuck Shumer's site and Daily Kos that is of huge interest in relation to London.

http://schumer.senate.gov/SchumerWebsite/pressroom/press_releases/2004/P...

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/7/7/15518/88466

Lastly, as Tony Blair oversees the carnage and anger in his country, he may want to ask his good buddy George W. Bush why his administration crippled Blair's domestic anti-terror efforts to track down and stop Al Qaeda cells inside Great Britain by exposing a known Al Qaeda asset at a time when the Brits were very close to nailing a ring of Al Qaeda cells inside the country?  With today's tragedy in front of them, don't you think that British intelligence would have wanted to finish their work last fall in smashing London's Al Qaeda cells before the Bush Administration blew a covert operation just so Bush could be reelected?

On 2 August, the Bush administration blew the cover of double agent Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan. A day earlier, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge had announced a new alert against an Al Qaeda plan to attack financial institutions in New York and Washington. When the New York Times pressed certain administration officials for more information, they disclosed to the newspaper that the information regarding the Al Qaeda plot had come from a recently arrested man in Pakistan named "Khan." The New York Times published his name on Monday. The later editions spelt out the full name.
Prof. Juan Cole of the University of Michigan's analysis is more daring, "The announcement of Khan's name forced the British to arrest 12 members of an al-Qaeda cell prematurely, before they had finished gathering the necessary evidence against them via Khan. Apparently they feared that the cell members would scatter as soon as they saw that Khan had been compromised. (They would have known he was a double agent, since they got emails from him Sunday and Monday!) One of the 12 has already had to be released for lack of evidence, a further fallout of the Bush SNAFU (situation normal all fouled up). It would be interesting to know if other cell members managed to flee. Why in the world would Bush administration officials out a double agent working for Pakistan and the US against Al-Qaeda?

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