Thursday, March 04, 2004

Sheepwatch '04: Ministry of Disinformation-related program activities

So yesterday I'm reading the international newspapers, I'm over at the Guardian, and I see this artiicle about how David Kay, the guy who led the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, has challenged the Bush administration to "come clean with the American people" and admit they lied about the weapons being the reason we went to war.

On the whole, I think this is a good idea, though it might be a bit soft: I'd prefer that he "come clean" and admit that he's fucking up the country and destabilizing the world to further his personal agenda and make his friends richer, just like his daddy did... instead of breeding hatred and destroying what little faith remains (here and abroad) in our government and coming up with lies that you'd expect to hear from a four-year old: "We never said they had weapons of mass destruction, we said they had weapons of mass destruction-related program activities". WHAT THE FUCK are 'weapons of mass destruction-related program activities'? Sounds like something kids do in kindergarten right after naptime. This guy, with all of his dessicated soulless buddies up on the hill, lied and abused his position and waged unnecessary war and all America did was cheer and wave flags, but perhaps they were only celebrating the fact that they would be long dead and gone before the full measure of the debt (in wealth and blood and poisoned earth and ill will) that Bush has run up will need to be paid back, with interest.

Anyway, I wanted to see what the papers in the US had to say about this, so I checked the lists at Google News, and let's see... there's the Pakistan Daily Times, and the BBC, and the Scotsman, and China Daily, the Taipei Times and Japan Today, the New Zealand Herald and the Kenya Daily Nation... where the fuck are all of the US news people? Most Americans feed on whatever they are given at the trough of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, and newspapers that are by and large owned by the same companies... and not one of them was carrying the story.

This means that the average American isn't going to hear this story. The very fact that the major news sources didn't carry it makes the news somewhat suspect for them... so if they do hear about it, watered down through other sources, they will doubt its validity. And the majority of people in this country, who know less about what is going on in the White House than people in fucking Kenya do, will continue to get their carefully filtered least-common-denominator perfectly safe conservative news from what most of them continue to believe, despite a wealth of proof (that they will never see) to the contrary, to be the 'liberal media'.

I'm going to quit reading the news for a few days, before I start engaging in debilitating brain aneurysm-related program activities.