July 4, 2008


How Reagan Made It Possible for Bush To Attack Iraq ... Iran-Contra's 'Lost Chapter'
(Robert Parry, 6/30/08, Consortium News)

As historians ponder George W. Bush’s disastrous presidency, they may wonder how Republicans perfected a propaganda system that could fool tens of millions of Americans, intimidate Democrats, and transform the vaunted Washington press corps from watchdogs to lapdogs.

To understand this extraordinary development, historians might want to look back at the 1980s and examine the Iran-Contra scandal’s “lost chapter,” a narrative describing how Ronald Reagan’s administration brought CIA tactics to bear domestically to reshape the way Americans perceived the world.

...half the time the Brights tell us how moronic the Gipper and W are and the other they tell us they're evil masterminds who've hoodwinked 300 million Americans...

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 4, 2008 11:13 AM

"Disasterous Presidency" If Iraq becomes a stable democracy and helps lead to a democratic somewhat peaceful Middle East Bush is easily top 10.

And people who keep pointing to Bush's mid 30s approval rating keep forgetting to note the Dem Congress approval that is barely in the teens.

Posted by: AWW at July 4, 2008 12:10 PM

I remember soon after Arnold was elected in Cally, a reporter in Iraq was in a gym that had a picture of him (Arnold). He asked an Iraqi there what he knew about A.S., and the Iraqi essentially said, "Not much, but I like the picture, especially since we were not allowed to have any photograph other than Sadddam Hussein. "

When of course, entire city was covered in portraits of this one man only.

So it is all too telling that Mr. Parry here and his ilk just HAVE to have a "propoganda system" to convince him and others that Saddam was a psychopathic monster, even given that he mirrors Stalin perfectly, and even Krushchev could tell him what the bazillion portraits really mean in the end.

But no, Big Bob Parry here knows that that personality cult all means nothing, no harm here, "diversity of governance, doncha know.." unless the monster neo-cons come along and LIE to us all that Saddam was a bad and evil actor that had to go.

They really do love their dictators, don't they? They just do. You can offer all benefits of doubt, as I have, until the end of time, but whether it's Saddam vs. Bush, Chavez vs Uribe, Arafat vs any one of ten elected PM's, whatever, there is simply no argument that fits them all, except they just love and admire the jackboot (as long as it's "foreign" and non-western).

So noted, Mr. Parry, so noted.


Posted by: Andrew X at July 4, 2008 12:32 PM

Bush is hated the way James Knox Polk was hated.

Success doesn't matter, brilliance doesn't matter. The folk-enemies and culture-traitors, then and now, put their particular interests before those of the country.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 5, 2008 4:47 AM
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