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Res Ipsa Loquitor

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 13, 2008

Jack Gillis, via e-mail, on the men George W. Bush entrusted with our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor –and the media supposed to be the watchdog set to monitor them:

“On April 20, 2008, the New York Times published an
expose, “Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand,”
by David Barstow, detailing the close–in many cases,
close business–relationship with a group of retired
military officers who have spent much of the last five
years as supposedly “independent” military analysts in
the mainstream media, mostly on television and
especially on the newschannels, Fox, CNN, and
including MSNBC (proprietors of Newsvine)”

Money graf:

“On Thursday, May 8, the Department of Defense
released to the public all the items they had turned
over to the New York Times relating to the Military
Analysts story. One item that was released that has
generated no notice in the media accounts so far is an
audio recording of a valedictory luncheon Rumsfeld
hosted for those analysts on December 12, 2006–a
month after Rumsfeld had been cashiered by President
Bush and only a few days before Rumsfeld’s replacement
Robert Gates assumed the post of Secretary of Defense.

“The recording is just over an hour long, so I clipped
a few of the more notable moments. By ‘notable’ I mean
‘at times chilling, infuriating, even shocking.'”

Click the Link to listen to Rumsfeld yearn for another

The thing speaks for itself. As a depiction of the BushCo mindset, and its slavish enablers in the press corps, it has no peer. If it were a painting, it’d be something along the lines of Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Children.


6 Responses to “Res Ipsa Loquitor”

  1. Charles said

    The best part is where Rumsfeld says that since we have forgotten 9/11, we need another attack on our nation.

    The guy should go haunt graveyards or something.

  2. MEC said

    I suspect that for Don Rumsfeld, the significance of 9/11 was that Bush’s popularity rating soared to 90% and he got whatever he wanted. That’s how we’ve “forgotten 9/11”: Bush is no longer Daddy President Keep Us Safe.

  3. This is the guy who, hours after the Pentagon hit, told investigators to “go massive” in order to invent a reason to link Saddam to 9/11: “Sweep it up. Things related and not.”

  4. Charles said

    Re: “Sweep it up. Things related and not.”

    Well, they certainly hit the “and not” category pretty hard.

  5. jfxgillis said

    Phoenix Woman:

    Thanks for the link!!


    Strange (to me, too because I tend to agree with you), but your idea of the “best part” is a minority position. Maybe it’s an age thing, but I’m getting tons of feedback on the Syngman Rhee clip.

  6. Charles said

    It’s not an age thing, alas, Jack. It’s that I know that the US always prefers that the people it installs to run countries use a strong hand. I am unable to think of a single US intervention that fundamentally improved the situation (well, maybe Kosovo), and there have been something like 60 of them since World War II. I can think of a number of strong hands that have been bloodier than Rhee.

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