Wednesday, June 16, 2004

All Hail, the One-Eyed King...

There's nothing like the feeling that I have my finger on the pulse of SOMETHING... I don't care what it is, organic or abstract, it at least gives me the sense that sometimes I know something.

If you got a look at the last post on my other blog (06/10/2004 7:59 PM -- Lies), you saw the text of a letter that I sent to the CSIndy and the News Director at KKTV pretty much saying:

The noble thing, the truly journalistic thing would be for KKTV to report what it honestly knows: "Look folks, we're aware that most of you believe Iraq had something to do with terrorism but it just ain't so - we were ALL lied to. We're not the smartest news station but we have some integrity and we're here to tell you that Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism, well, that is, at least not until we "liberated" that country. So we're sorry for repeating the lie and we hope you'll quit believing it."

So today we get a report from the 9/11 Commission that there was no credible link between Iraq and Al Qaeda. Well, surprise, surprise, the major news outlets are all over the story looking like they're reporting, with awe and enthusiasm, that "Scientists affirm that Oxygen is a colorless, odorless gas!".

OK, so I was right, yeah, so what. Nobody likes Mr. Smarty-pants when he's playing "I told you so". No, I'm not here to show off my woodie on being right, only because this is not the end of the story. Because, according to a recent PIPA/Knowledge Networks poll, 57 percent of Americans believe Iraq was substantially supporting al Qaeda or was directly involved in the 9/11 attacks and that

(t)hese beliefs are highly related to support for the war. Among those who believed that Iraq was providing support to al Qaeda, 70 percent said that going to war with Iraq was the right decision and 54 percent said it was the best thing to do. Among those who did not have such a belief, only 35 percent said it was the right thing and 22 percent said it was the best thing to do.

This has to relate to our prestige in the world, as if the rest of the world could point to us and say, "Most Americans believe in Santa Claus." That's embarassing - or should be. Honestly, I get the sense that a lot of Americans just don't care, that Preznit Chimp caught a sense of some very scary zeitgeist by pissing all over our alliances and going about this alone.

What's scariest about Bu$hCo is the determination to follow through on what he thinks is right, fuck what anybody else thinks. He believes Jesus is his guide and he really doesn't give two shits about Democracy or the Constitution. What we need is for most Americans to believe THAT, that Bush is bad for this country and more dangerous to the US than Saddam Hussein or Al Qaeda could ever be.


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