This month’s Truth In Strange Places Award goes to Phillip F. Anschutz, owner of Regal Cinemas, a well-known Republican who has contributed heavily to many anti-abortion and anti-gay rights campaigns. He has also helped finance and distribute the new environmental movie, “The Great Warming,” which is drawing evangelicals into the anti-global warming movement. I read a review that informed me that the movie ends with the words,“the current leaders who, in the face of all this evidence, do nothing about the problem run the risk of going down in history next to Adolf Hitler and Pol Pot.”a line clearly aimed at the Bush-Cheney junta.
Isn’t it ironic that a couple of years ago, “MoveOn.org” couldn’t get away with comparing Bush to Hitler, and now a Republican billionaire is doing it for us?
A runner-up in for the award goes to Thomas Friedman, long a cheerleader for George’s big adventure, who, days before the election, excoriated the administration, saying, “Let Karl know that you think this is a critical election, because you know as a citizen that if the Bush team can behave with the level of deadly incompetence it has exhibited in Iraq — and then get away with it by holding on to the House and the Senate — it means our country has become a banana republic. It means our democracy is in tatters because it is so gerrymandered, so polluted by money, and so divided by professional political hacks that we can no longer hold the ruling party to account.” Well, we voters rose to the challenge—the next question is whether the Democrats we elected will rise to the challenge.
Let’s not forget that Robert Gates, Bush’s nominee to replace Rumsfeld, was involved in the Republicans’ extra-governmental, extra-legal arms-for-hostages deal that scuttled Jimmy Carter’s Presidency and went on to help funnel more weapons to both the Iraqis (Saddam Hussein) and the Iranians, depending on which one had the advantage in the long war they fought in the 1980’s, and that Gates has a history of bending the facts to fit the political desires of his Republican masters. Carl Levin, the Democratic Senator from Michigan, could derail this—but he’s waffling on it. Write him and tell him what you think! I did!
And of course we have the “Neocons Repent” article in Vanity Fair. It would be funny to read their backpedalling if their harebrained ideas hadn’t cost so many innocent lives. Ken Adelman, the former member of the Defense Policy Board who originally predicted the war on Iraq would be a “cakewalk” now says:
“I just presumed that what I considered to be the most competent national-security team since Truman was indeed going to be competent. They turned out to be among the most incompetent teams in the post-war era. Not only did each of them, individually, have enormous flaws, but together they were deadly, dysfunctional.”
How long had he known Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the rest of the junta? How many decades? Would this testimony stand up in a war crimes trial? I suppose that depends on whether Nancy “too nice” Pelosi or Ray McGovern is the prosecutor. Meanwhile, I wish his “Truth in Strange Places” runner up award could be a cream pie in the face. A shaving cream pie….eeww!