Incitement to Murder?
Looking at this story, is there any way to spin this, other than to think that the Bush Junta is trying to incite the troops in Iraq to frag visiting Democratic members of Congress — or at the very least not be as motivated to keep them safe during their visits?
The sheets of paper seemed to be everywhere the lawmakers went in the Green Zone, distributed to Iraqi officials, U.S. officials and uniformed military of no particular rank. So when Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) asked a soldier last weekend just what he was holding, the congressman was taken aback to find out.
In the soldier’s hand was a thumbnail biography, distributed before each of the congressmen’s meetings in Baghdad, which let meeting participants such as that soldier know where each of the lawmakers stands on the war. “Moran on Iraq policy,” read one section, going on to cite some the congressman’s most incendiary statements, such as, “This has been the worst foreign policy fiasco in American history.”
The bio of Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.) — “TAU (rhymes with ‘now’)-sher,” the bio helpfully relates — was no less pointed, even if she once supported the war and has taken heat from liberal Bay Area constituents who remain wary of her position. “Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight,” the bio quotes.
“This is beyond parsing. This is being slimed in the Green Zone,” Tauscher said of her bio.
This is beyond slime. In my opinion, this is incitement to murder — or, at the very least, to dereliction of duty. I really can’t see how this can be parsed or spun any other way, considering the tight control that Bush and his minions exercise on the Pentagon — to the point where they didn’t even bother to tell Bob Gates, their alleged Defense Secretary, that they were going to ask for another $50 billion last week.
The Bush Junta’s total-control mindset extends to forbidding troop access to progressive web sites like ThinkProgress, even as FOX News and the National Review — to name two conservative sites — are allowed. There’s no way that those charming little leaflets in the Green Zone weren’t approved, if not actually drafted and created, by Team Bush operatives.
UPDATE: And sure enough, we find out from ThinkProgress that the Pentagon (specifically, the Strategic Effects office, or STRATEFF) has ‘fessed up to creating these bogus and dangerously misleading smear “bios”. And get this:
ThinkProgress spoke with one of the delegation’s military escorts, Maj. Toby Patterson, who said that he didn’t know who made the bios or why they were created in the first place. He added that his office, the Marine Corps liaison for the U.S. House of Representatives, usually just uses lawmakers’ readily-available bios off of congressionalquarterly.com.
Why would Bush’s Pentagon do this? Why suddenly break with established procedure to create and use bios that “cherry-pick the representatives’ ‘most incendiary’ statements”?
Sorry, I still can’t think of any good, or innocent, reasons to do this.