Thursday, February 09, 2006
Road-Testing Election Lies In Minnesota
As images of smoke pouring from the World Trade Center flash by, Lt. Col. Bob Stephenson boils down the Iraq war to a battle to squash the al-Qaida terrorist network. "You'd never know it from the news reports," Stephenson says firmly. "But our enemy in Iraq is al-Qaida, the same terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans on 9-11, the same terrorists from the first World Trade Center bombing, the USS Cole, Madrid, London and many more." Stephenson, a Marine reservist from Woodbury, Minn. who spent five months in Iraq, delivered his message as part of a television ad that debuted Thursday in Minnesota. The 60-second spot aims to shore up support for the war by touting accomplishments, such as recent Iraqi elections. It also mirrors President Bush's campaign to define the war as essential to national security, and ends with another soldier asking, "Where do you want to fight terrorists? We want to fight them and destroy them in Iraq."However, it looks like the idiots are wasting their money:
Marty Kaplan, associate dean at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, suspects the ad is focused more on fortifying supporters of the war than on converting opponents. "They are really swimming upstream against a tide. Every number I've seen in the last six months shows at best 40 percent of the public agrees with the message of this ad," Kaplan said. "Everyone else is looking for an exit strategy." Regardless of the aim, Lila Angell is irritated that a group is paying to put its spin on the war. Angell's grandson, Lance Cpl. Levi Angell of Cloquet, Minn., was killed in April 2004 in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. "How dare they run an ad like this," she said, arguing that it presents a false picture of the conditions in Iraq. "Every day I have to cry when I hear another one has been killed. It's so needless. It's useless."I work with an Iraq vet -- and unlike Stephenson, my co-worker knows firsthand what IEDs sound like when they go off. Guess what? His opinion of the war mirrors Lila Angell's. I hope these idiots waste tens of millions of dollars on running these ads. We've already reached a critical mass of people who know that they're bullshitting us, and all this will do is make it easier for the sane folk to take away their car keys come November.
I'm wondering what is going to happen if the dire suspicions that James Wolcott had about an imminent attack more deadly than Sept. 11th happens. Especially after yesterdays revelations of a, up till now, foiled attack on the West coast. Even if the entire media is on their sides time and circumstances don't appear to be.
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