A propaganda bridge too far

People might have bought into the “McCain’s Black Baby” story and even the “Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction” story, but Karl Rove might be pushing the propaganda envelope with this.

In the final days of a monstrous election cycle, burnout is rearing its ugly head in some ghastly ways.

4 Responses to “A propaganda bridge too far”

  1. 1 Brian Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    “45% of NPR listeners were Saddam Hussein,” is actually a pretty good retort — I laughed.  It would be nice to be able to make zingers like that on demand.  No one believes it’s true or anything, but it’s a pretty good “So’s your old man!”


    Rove, then a senior adviser to President George W. Bush, was a prime architect of the Iraq war, which is now widely viewed by the public as a mistake.

    What? Come on! He was a political adviser, not a defense adviser.

    And it might be widely viewed by the liberal public as a mistake, but that does not justify saying that the entire public widely believes that.

  2. 2 Cornelius T. Zen Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Brian: Defense? Against what? “Weapons of mass destruction!” Which were discovered…where, exactly?
    Rove was Dubya’s brain. He advised Da Prez on everything. He and Darth Cheney took turns pulling the strings and working the mouth. And America is supposed to put its faith in a puppet show entertainer? Might as well vote for Buffalo Bob…
    “Hey, Kids! What time is it?”
    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain – CTZen

  3. 3 Brian Friday, October 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Brian: Defense? Against what? “Weapons of mass destruction!” Which were discovered…where, exactly?

    What does it matter? We have a defense system; all countries do.

    Rove didn’t run it. Ergo, he did not engineer what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    What you have done here is that typical, low dodge we all see advocates on talk shows pull. The host ask “What do you think of the tax rate?” and they answer, “All I know is that the curriculum in our schools ” using the turn to speak to ignore the subject all together, and trot out their own pet topic.

    You feel the Iraq action was unjustified and wrong — got that.

    But that has exactly zero to do with the progress of a conversation about who was the architect of it.



    Rove was Dubya’s brain.

    By all means, keep telling yourself that if it keeps you warm at night and helps you sleep.

    Who exactly do you think pulled his strings as he graduated from Yale, a place where even royalty from foreign nations cannot get a break on their grades.

    At a cocktail party, one of his former Yale professors told someone who asked what it had been like to have George as a student, “he was one of the brightest students I have ever has” (or something very close to that; I don’t have the quote in front of me.

    He was not a very good public speaker, but that is not the sole measure of intellect.

    It is a pretty typical leftist construct that those whose ideas you agree with? smart. Those with whom you disagree? Puppet, stupid, neanderthal, phobe, racist, knee-jerk. All characterizations of the person’s worth (ad hominem, by definition), no need to discuss the actual issues.

  4. 4 croghan27 Friday, October 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    “What? Come on! He was a political adviser, not a defense adviser.”

    The invasion of Iraq was many things – but none of them was a defense matter. Hate to break it to you, Brian, but Saddam was not about to attack the USA, he had no links to ObL and no WMDs.

    It WAS a political matter.

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