“it’s no time for politics”

Yup. I guess it’s that time of year again. Time for the Republicans to remind us all that our country was attacked, and they did nothing to stop it… Actually, they don’t, as a rule, generally mention that last part. It interferes with the central message, which is that we desperately need them to protect us. So, expect to see lots of footage of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center, and no reenactments of, say, the President, months prior to the attack, being handed a memo entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike within the U.S.” It’s a formula that’s worked well for six years, so there’s no reason to think that they’ll change it now.

So, don’t count on hearing any mention of how Bush kept reading that book about the pet goat after being told that our nation was under attack. And don’t expect any mention of the fact that a conscious decision was made to focus our military efforts on Iraq instead of going after Osama bin Laden, the man who orchestrated the attacks against us. And don’t get your hopes up for any mention of the fact that the administration had its eyes set on Iraq well before 9/11. And don’t expect to see any mention of that secret Energy Task Force meeting of Dick Cheney’s, in which oil executives sat around a map of Iraq and carved it up. And you can bet there won’t be any mention of the war profiteering, the corruption, or that fact that it’s predominantly kids from poor families that we’re sending off to Iraq to fight and die. But, they sure do love those images of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. It’s powerful stuff, and they know just how to use it.

This 9/11 season they’re rolling out a new $15 million ad campaign that questions the patriotism of everyone calling for an end to the war in Iraq and suggests, once again, that Iraq and 9/11 are somehow connected. Today’s “Washington Post” has a good piece on it. Here’s a clip:

The television commercial is grim and gripping: A soldier who lost both legs in an explosion near Fallujah explains why he thinks U.S. forces need to stay in Iraq.

“They attacked us,” he says as the screen turns to an image of the second hijacked airplane heading toward the smoking World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. “And they will again. They won’t stop in Iraq.”

Every investigation has shown that Iraq did not, in fact, have anything to do with the Sept. 11 attacks. But the ad, part of a new $15 million media blitz launched by an advocacy group allied with the White House, may be the most overt attempt during the current debate in Congress over the war to link the attacks with Iraq…

The new ad campaign drives that home more emotionally than any speech. Sponsored by a group of Bush allies under the name Freedom’s Watch, four spots are airing in 60 congressional districts in 20 states. The commercials urge Congress to stick with the president’s strategy in Iraq. The most poignant of them stars a soldier identified as John Kriesel, who was wounded on Dec. 2, 2006, and is shown walking with two artificial legs.

Former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, one of the group’s founders, said the ad is not misleading by saying “they attacked us” in the context of Iraq and showing the image of the Sept. 11 attack. “Iraqis did not attack us on 9/11,” he agreed. But it does not matter, Fleischer added, because some of the same sorts of people who did are now fighting U.S. forces in Iraq…

And, yes, one of the ads in this campaign does include the phrase, “It’s no time for politics.” God forbid that someone would politicize something as sacred as 9/11.

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  1. Lets All Go Ape
    Posted September 13, 2007 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I like the images of the eagles crying the best.


  2. Posted September 13, 2007 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Mark – thought you’d appreciate this Salon.com excerpt from John Dean’s “Broken Government”. Nothing like Nixon’s White House Counsel telling you that the Republican Party is beyond reprehensible…

  3. mark
    Posted September 13, 2007 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I missed it, but the some magazine – I think it may have been the New Yorker – brought him through Ann Arbor a year or so ago on a speaking tour. He’s pretty disgusted by what’s happened to the Republican party, and, you’re right, that’s an amazing, amazing statement.

  4. mark
    Posted September 13, 2007 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I thought this thread would get more comments. You people never stop surprising me.

  5. Ol' E Cross
    Posted September 13, 2007 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Since we’re now just talking about the nature of the blog. I most often don’t comment when I:

    1) Agree entirely and have nothing to add but a hearty “amen”*
    2) Have nothing to add because I’ve no idea what I’m talking about
    3) Can’t think of smart-aleck retort

    On this post, as others, from time to time, I think you kind of blew our collective wad. You said it well. What’s left to say? (It’s okay, it’s nice of you to blow our wad.)

    *As a reader, I often wish there was some kind of pentacostal church “amen” or “funny” or “dumb ass” emoticon I could click to give your engaging commentors props. It seems, someone has the right to know when they’ve made me laugh, think, or cut myself. (But, as a commentor, I dread such a mechanism for fear I’d find out everyone hates me.) It comes to down to the “recent comments” feature: a blessing and a curse. It’s quite practical in tracking blog conversation. But, I also don’t want to see useful, pertinent comments drop off the radar because OEC keeps writing “good point” or “ha-ha” or “LOL” to every other verse.

    Nature of the beast.

    Goog point. Ha-ha. LOL. (Still not sure if that means “lots of love” or “laugh out loud” but either way…)

  6. Ol' E Cross
    Posted September 14, 2007 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    The “recent comments” list is also why I don’t waste comments correcting typos like “cleasing” (cleansing) and “Goog” (Good). Just for the rekord.

  7. Steve
    Posted September 14, 2007 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Goog point, Mark!

  8. mark
    Posted September 14, 2007 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I’d settle for a heartfelt, “Mega Dittos, Rush.”

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