The most revealing line ever spoken by a "liberal" reporter came when NPR Anchor Bob Edwards said, "Leaders of Congress were quick to issue a statement in support of the military action in Afghanistan. Were there any dissenters?"
That pillar of "liberalism", Cokie Roberts, replied, "Well, none that mattered."
How about this from Time correspondent Mark Thompson speaking about Secretary of Defense Rumsfield, "Although he has not told us very much, he has been like a father figure." Maybe Mark needs to talk to someone about his rather sick choices for his father substitute fantasies.
The civilian deaths caused by our bombs in Afghanistan was explained to America by CNN consultant Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd thusly, "When the dogs of war are unleashed the law of unintended consequences takes over; and terrible things happen in war. And they happen to civilians as well as the military, Kyra."
CNN Correspondent Kyra Phillips, "The price everyone pays for freedom."
So, did that make it clear why innocent children and women and the elderly have to die so that America can feel all macho and powerful? Especially since the news this evening (12/12/01) is stating that, after all the murder and carnage that we caused to the Afghan people, bin Laden may have been in Pakistan during the vast majority of the butchery? Aren't we all just proud as punch at our warrior leaders?
As the perfect example of everything that's wrong with America ever since Dec. 12, 1999, we have the words of White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. In a question about Bill Maher's remark on his program Politically Incorrect that the "cowards" weren't the highjackers but were the military's long range cruise missile attacks, Fleischer responded, "There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is." (My emphasis added)
And a final thought from someone that America should stand and cheer as a true American Hero, in a CNN discussion regarding suspected terrorist detainees between another pillar of "liberalism", Paula Zahn, and Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney.
Zahn, "There has been talk that truth serum [is] to be used to try to get information out of these guys. Would you support that?"
Timoney, "No, I think use good old-fashioned interviewing techniques, that most good investigators develop over time, there is no - I don't think any need for truth serum, no need for beatings, anything that enters [the] imagination of some folks ..."
Zahn, And if you use these good old-fashioned techniques and you don't get what you need to hear, would there be any justification for beating someone?"
Timoney, "No. No. This is America, you know."
JOHN TIMONEY FOR U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL!!!!!!!!!! ( 1 - 5)
In the great new comic strip called Boondocks, the central character, a young black guy, has called the FBI's terrorism tip hotline. The young man tells the agent, "I'm very serious. I know of several Americans who helped train and finance Osama bin Laden.
The agent on the phone asks, "And how did you come by this information?" The young man responds, "A little investigating. It wasn't that hard, actually."
The agent asks, "Okay. Give me some names." The young man begins, "All right. Let's see ... The first one is Reagan. That's R-E-A-G ... Hello? Hello?" ( 6 )
I'm watching a very interesting show called "Grounded for life". The show itself isn't all that interesting but a continuing but unacknowledged story line that is going on does prove enlightening. The episode deals with the mother's problems with smoking cigarettes and her denial that it is a dangerous and dirty habit. In every single scene that deals directly with any of the three male adults living in the home who continually catch her trying to sneak a smoke, the males - EVERY SINGLE TIME - are shown holding and drinking from bottles of beer.
So, what the show is teaching those who are watching is that cigarettes are bad but constant alcohol use is just part of the background noise in any normal day. ( 7 )
And, finally, lest we forget one of the cornerstones of the blind hatred that so many people outside the industrialized world feel towards America, let's never put behind us the callousness that was exhibited when Lesley Stahl questioned Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about the continuation of sanctions against Iraq.
Stahl, "We have heard that a half a million children have died. I mean, that's more children than Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?"
Albright, "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it." ( 8 )
If this world isn't depressing the hell out of you, then you're just not paying enough attention.
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