Everyone Thinks They Could Do Better

Discussion in 'Middle East - General' started by Annie, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. Annie
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    But they can just 'talk' they don't have to be responsible:

    http://www.instapunk.com/archives/InstaPunkArchiveV2.php3?a=898

     
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    Great post K!!
     
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    Well, pretty much covers it.

    Good post, and ALL need to keep such thoughts in mind.

    Thanks.........:cof:
     
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    A well-written article. The author appears to have nailed the past 5 years politically in microcosm.

    I don't hold out much hope for his wishful thinking where moderation is concerned. I see just more of the same.
     
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    The article which is the basis of this thread is a stupid article. The following is a much better article:

    An essay by by George Lakoff & Evan Frisch:

    Language matters, because it can determine how we think and act.

    For a few hours after the towers fell on 9/11, administration spokesmen referred to the event as a “crime.” Indeed, Colin Powell argued within the administration that it be treated as a crime...

    But the crime frame did not prevail in the Bush administration. Instead, a war metaphor was chosen: the “War on Terror.” Literal — not metaphorical — wars are conducted against armies of other nations. They end when the armies are defeated militarily and a peace treaty is signed. Terror is an emotional state. It is in us. It is not an army. And you can’t defeat it militarily and you can’t sign a peace treaty with it.

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    Once adopted, the war metaphor allowed the president to assume war powers, which made him politically immune from serious criticism and gave him extraordinary domestic power to carry the agenda of the radical right: Power to shift money and resources away from social needs and to the military and related industries. Power to override environmental safeguards on the grounds of military need. Power to set up a domestic surveillance system to spy on our citizens and to intimidate political enemies. Power over political discussion, since war trumps all other topics. In short, power to reshape America to the vision of the radical right — with no end date.

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    In addition, the war metaphor was used as justification for the invasion of Iraq, which Bush had planned for since his first week in office. Frank Luntz, the right-wing language expert, recommended referring to the Iraq war as part of the “War on Terror” — even when it was known that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11 and indeed saw Osama bin Laden as an enemy. Fox News used “War on Terror” as a headline when showing film clips from Iraq. Remember “Weapons of Mass Destruction?” They were invented by the Bush administration to strike terror into the hearts of Americans and to justify the invasion. Remember that the Iraq War was advocated before 9/11 and promoted as early as 1997 by the members of the Project for the New American Century...

    ...

    What was the moral of 9/11?

    To Osama bin Laden, the moral was simple: American power can be used against America itself. This moral has defined the post 9/11 world: the more America uses military force in the Middle East, the more damage is done to America and Americans.

    The more Americans kill and terrorize Muslims, the more we recruit Muslims to become terrorists and fight against us.

    The war in Iraq was over in 2003 when the US forces defeated Saddam’s army. Then the American occupation began — an occupation by insufficient troops ill-suited to be occupiers, especially in a country on the brink of a civil war, where neither side wants us there.

    The number of lives lost on 9/11 is currently listed as 2973. As of this writing 2662 Americans have been sent to their deaths in Iraq, a Muslim country that did not attack us. At the current rate, within months more Americans will have been sent to their deaths by Bush than were murdered at the hands of bin Laden.

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    It is time to toss the war metaphor into the garbage can.

    I would like to add a reminder to the above article which is:

    If the People of America had listened to Eisenhower's warning about the military industrial complex, we would have clearly seen that Junior is not a war president he is a whore president.
     
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    manu1959 Left Coast Isolationist

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    yes the term crime would have been much better we could have arrested bin laden and tried him for massmurder in the hague.....
     
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    He committed mass murder in the Hague too? :shocked: Sorry, it's the Chomsky feeling overpowering me.
     
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    GW you are SOOOO articulate.

    Oh, and the article sucked too!:(
     

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