Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Pentagon Propaganda Walk Losing Steam

So, the Washington Post has finally pulled out of the grotesque Warapalooza that is the so-called "Freedom Walk" sponsored by your friends in the Pentagon to exploit 9/11 and again attempt to tie that event into the war in Iraq.

Personally, instead of having the Pentagon celebrate the spectacular failure of 9/11, I'd rather hear them explain how they left the airspace over the Pentagon completely undefended by even a single fighter aircraft on that day. Honest answers would honor the victims of the Pentagon attack far more than a silly, foppish "Freedom March" that replaces thought with mindless jingoism.

It's surprising that the Post made this decision, since they themselves did so much to promote this senseless war with their unquestioning acceptance of the administration's claims prior to the U.S. led invasion, although the New York Times and Judy Miller managed to eclipse the Post's shameful record in this regard. The management of the Post didn't come to the decision to pull out of this event because of some earth-shattering cosmic sign from the universe, or even common sense; no, the hand of the Washington Post was forced by their own union employees (is it any wonder the right hates unions? They really do spoil their fun):

WASHINGTON - The Washington Post is withdrawing its offer of free advertising for an organized event by the Defense Department to memorialize the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the newspaper announced.

The Post backed out of the agreement after critics said the event, scheduled to take place four years after the attacks that hit New York and Washington and resulted in the crash of a commercial airliner over western Pennsylvania, would have a pro-war slant and that support of the event by the newspaper would compromise the Post's journalistic integrity.

"The Post has a code of conduct that says employees should avoid a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest," said Rick Ehrmann, a Local representative for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. "In this case The Post was sponsoring the Pentagon's Freedom Walk, which ties the attack on Sept. 11 to the Iraq war, and of course, The Post's reporters have proven ... that there is no connection between the two, that that link is false."

...Critics of media support for the event also pointed to the free concert by Clint Black that is to take place at the end of the march route. Black's Web site features lyrics to his song entitled "I Raq and I Roll," including "Our troops take out the garbage/ for the good old U.S.A."

This little ditty by Clint Black (who appears to have never served in uniform, natch) is one of the most disgusting pieces of trash to litter our cultural landscape in quite a while. Little wonder the rest of the world hates us with this ignorant flotsam churning through the airwaves:



"I RAQ AND ROLL"

Words and Music by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas

YOU CAN WAVE YOUR SIGNS IN PROTEST
AGAINST AMERICA TAKING STANDS
THE STANDS AMERICA'S TAKEN
ARE THE REASON THAT YOU CAN

IF EVERYONE WOULD GO FOR PEACE
THERE'D BE NO NEED FOR WAR
BUT WE CAN'T IGNORE THE DEVIL
HE'LL KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE

SOME SEE THIS IN BLACK AND WHITE
OTHERS ONLY GRAY
WE'RE NOT BEGGING FOR A FIGHT
NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY

WE HAVE THE RESOLUTION
THAT SHOULD PUT'EM ALL TO SHAME
BUT IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEADLINE
WHEN I'M CALLED IN THE GAME

CHORUS
I RAQ, I RACK'EM UP AND I ROLL
I'M BACK AND I'M A HIGH TECH GI JOE
I PRAY FOR PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR
AND I NEVER WILL FORGET
THERE'S NO PRICE TOO HIGH FOR FREEDOM
SO BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU TREAD

THIS TERROR ISN'T MAN TO MAN
THEY CAN BE NO MORE THAN COWARDS
IF THEY WON'T SHOW US THEIR WEAPONS
WE MIGHT HAVE TO SHOW THEM OURS

IT MIGHT BE A SMART BOMB
THEY FIND STUPID PEOPLE TOO
AND IF YOU STAND WITH THE LIKES OF SADDAM
ONE JUST MIGHT FIND YOU

CHORUS II
I ROCK, I RACK'EM UP AND I ROLL
I'M BACK AND I'M A HIGH TECH GI JOE
I'VE GOT INFRARED, I'VE GOT GPS AND I'VE GOT THAT GOOD OLD FASHIONED LEAD
THERE'S NO PRICE TOO HIGH FOR FREEDOM
SO BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU TREAD

BRIDGE
NOW YOU CAN COME ALONG
OR YOU CAN STAY BEHIND
OR YOU CAN GET OUT OF THE WAY
BUT OUR TROOPS TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE
FOR THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.


I ROCK, I RACK'EM UP AND I ROLL
IN THE USA
I ROCK, I RACK'EM UP AND I ROLL
I'M TALKIN' ABOUT THE USA



Another play patriot who writes tough lyrics such as "when I'm called into the game" who actually isn't "in the game" but sitting on his ass in his comfortable home while those actually fighting and dying are suffering in 100 degree heat, forced on patrols without the proper armour or manpower to support their mission.

One would think that their own empty hubris would embarrass moronic dress-up warriors like Clint Black, but they long ago lost any shame. Meanwhile, Black rakes in cash from his NASCAR loving fans for his bloodlust, profiting from the suffering and sacrifice of those "in the game". The right could hardly sink any lower.

Meanwhile, back to the Warapalooza: the big bash Rummy is planning has an odd twist given the "Freedom Walk" moniker. According to the registration form for the event, the walk is "free" (nice) and open to anyone who registers. If you send them all kinds of personal information, such as your name, home address, email address, phone number and age group you'll receive back from our warlords a registration number, which you must have to check in. The registration information goes on to note that "The first 1,000 to arrive for screening...will receive the official America Supports You campaign lapel pin."

Screening? You have to be screened to slog in a "Freedom March"? This sounds exactly like the screening that goes on prior to one of Bush's fake public events, where you must be a Republican and a Bush supporter to attend. No doubt the Pentagon is going to screen out any opposing voices in what is billed as a "Freedom Walk". Like I said...they have no shame.


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