Posted: 10/09/07 19:20
by Paul Bartlett
Their name is Freedom?s Watch. They propagandize support for the Iraq war, and their mouthpiece is Ari Fleischer, President Bush?s former press secretary.
Minnesota is one of 20 states targeted by this ?Swift Boat?-style
group. The ads attempt to bolster public support for the Iraq war and pressure members of Congress to toe the pro-war line. The ads are remarkably similar to the ?Swift Boat? attack ads on John Kerry in 2004.
I recently saw the first ad on the local airwaves, on the same day a
tongue-tied Fleischer was unable to name even the badly maimed vet featured in an ad (interviewed by Mike Barnicle on MSNBC?s ?Hardball?).
The Freedom?s Watch ads are a disgusting perversion of the truth. They show the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center and declare: ?They attacked us and will attack again,? and, ?We?ve already had one 9/11; we don?t need another.? When asked by Barnicle if he believes that Iraq was behind the 9/11 attack, Fleischer admitted, ?No.?
As we?ve seen time and again, the neocon ideologues will say and do anything to advance their agenda. The truth ? that Iraq was not
responsible for 9/11 ? is irrelevant to them. There is no place in the neocon world for historic fact or accuracy.
George Bush?s, and of course Karl Rove?s, fingerprints are all over
this propaganda campaign.