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There is a new group in town, a secretly funded, devious, and dastardly political organization which calls itself Freedom’s Watch. Catchy title, no? Makes you want to pull out your flag and wave it, right? Er, no. You can see more at:
This $15 Mill. endeavor is the brainchild (allegedly) of several former Bush administration policy makers. They hired poor, balding, clueless Ari Fleischer as their spoke-spinner, the 46 yr old former press dissembler for President W. Bush in those good old days, when Bush’s approval rating was above 40%. Freedom’s Watch has just begun a series of TV and radio ads intended to confuse the American people, to ignore the true Saudi culprits who attacked us in 2001, and to forever tie in the minds of Americans that Al Qaida, Iraq, 9/11 and Saddam are simply parts of one well-oiled (ahem) organization.
Their ads are factually barren, except to claim that being in IraqNam is a good thing, and that to leave now would be an insult to those US troops who have been injured or or wasted their lives in that sand-filled dustbowl/oil well. Lots of emotional impact has been carefully added to a script that Hollywood would be proud of. But like most things created or pushed forward by this administration, it is built on a foundation of bullshit. A steaming pile, no less.
This group of propagandists would make Dr. Goebbels and George Orwell proud. Who really pays for this organization? That is hard to tell. So what do we know? We know that a bunch of ex-Bushistas are running it. We know that it was created just in time to support the President’s surge. We know that those really in charge are doing their best to stay in the background. We know that when you call them up, you are greeted by one of a dozen Regent University grads, cherry-faced, pea-brained, auto-lobotomized, Borg-based, automatonic silicon-based life forms, programmed to recite their scripts in a sugary, cute, christian, PATRIOTIC voice. Of course, once you call, these Regent U robots sit on the edge of their seats, as they breathlessly expect you to answer their pushpoll question correctly, as though their very existence depended on you giving them the right answer. Their sadness, when you get their trick question wrong, is enough to make you cry in shame.
You think I exagerate? Try it: call them at 877-222-8001, then tell them the truth about Iraqnam.
Here’s what they say about themselves:
Freedom’s Watch is organized as a nonprofit corporation and operated in a manner consistent with section 501 (c) (4) of the federal income tax laws. Freedom’s Watch is dedicated to educating individuals about and advancing public policies that protect America’s interests at home and abroad, foster economic prosperity, and strengthen families. Through outreach and education, communications to key members of Congress, and bold public awareness initiatives, Freedom’s Watch is fighting for the ideals and policies that keep America strong and prosperous. We welcome all those who share our values to join our efforts.”
So, who funded a bunch of ex-Bushista perverters of truth and justice? You can’t tell from their site, and you can bet that they will let that data out as easily as the White House responds to Congressional subpoenas. We do know that the Bushistas spent several hundred millions on illegal propaganda and news concoctions from 2002-2004. We know that they bought the souls and keyboards of more than a dozen reporters, journalists and commentators, some of whom (inexplicably) continue to keep their jobs. We know that fake stories were planted in the media, then cited by the VP and the White House as support for their own bullshit. We know that certain newsies (Judy Miller, Elizabeth Bumiller and several others) were targeted to become White House mouthpieces, and not just in any Jeff Gannon manner. We know that fake news articles were planted as real news, when they were nothing but make-believe crap spun out of a White House press office intent on confusing Americans, and not informing them. We know that most of the MSM acted like mindless stenographers, repeating White House spin as though everything was triple-checked, unimpeachable fact.
So, who ARE these Freedom Watchers that wish us to stay in Iraq, all evidence, rational thought, logic, body counts, and experience to the contrary? And why do they want more of us killed in a useless, destructive civil war we created in a country that never did us any harm?
Inquiring minds want to know.
ON EDIT – the following individuals are “sponsoring” Freedom sWatch:
Republican fundraising pro Melvin Sembler, former Bush ambassador to Oz;
Sheldon Adelson, multi billionaire of casino fame;
Anthony Gioia, a former Bush ambassador to Malta;
Howard Leach, a former Bush ambassador to France;
and of course, Ari Fleischer.
AIPAC interest and support logistically seems to be present as well. There are others, and when I learn who they are, I will post.
On second edit – Aparently they do not like the fact that so many of their calls are, shall we say, not productive. Complaints about their advertising technique is actually making news in some parts of the country, and some folks are beginning to question what their ads have to do with “supporting our troops”.
Good. It is a start.
I hope that the Democratic candidates come out and say something. A strong stance, measured, polite, and devastating would be the mix they need. We have a talented group of candidates, and they need to address this. (Remember how John Kerry blew it by “staying above the fray”. Those folks need to step up to the plate and call a shit-covered spade an excrement-caked garden tool)
I also hope that the GOP candidates, those who still have a discernable position on any issue, stand up to this crap.