I’ve been looking around for some kind of intelligent conservative response to the crumbling war propaganda. For example this Washington Post story which points out how most of the major reasons for war have been “discredited” — the polite term.
But the only things I’ve found are an eye-rolling “16 words” and a grim warning of a growing liberal insanity provoked by Bush. Weak. But I have to say, that all the right-wingers helpfully making “McGovern” warnings about anti-war democrats are pretty cute. (Re-elect Nixion? Seriously??)
So not only did I fail to find any thoughtful conservative response to the war lies, I found out (at Drudge Report of all places) that LA Times cartoonist Michael Ramirez finally pushed his special brand of inane idiocy so far over the edge that the secret service is offended.
“We take all images such as this very seriously,” a top secret service source who requested anonymity said from Washington. “Regardless of the politics behind any speech, images of the president, such as this, raise concern.”
No reaction from the LA Times yet. LA Observed noticed. And the National Review already took a shot at the editors while somehow forgetting to mention right-wing cartoonist Ramirez. Go figure. Of course the Times editors are irresponsible for publishing Ramirez at all. I suppose they’ve been using him as a talisman to ward off accusations of liberal bias? I wonder how that’s working out for them….
The cartoon is not only tasteless, it’s an interesting symptom of how war believers are dealing with the increasing revelation and discussion of the lies leading up to our current guerrila conflict. Ramirez is referring to a pulitzer prize winning photo of South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong officer in Saigon on February 1, 1968.
So not only does the cartoon depict Bush getting executed, it depicts him as a Viet Cong officer getting shot by the American-backed South Vietnamese police. Like the man said, revisionist history.
“Mr. Nixon said that “we are moving swiftly” toward “peace with honor, the kind of peace that will last.”