From 2002 to 2008, the Defense Department secretly cultivated more than 70 retired military officers who frequently serve as media commentators. Initially, the goal was to use them as “message force multipliers,” to bolster the Bush administration’s Iraq War sell job. That went so well that the covert program to shape U.S. public opinion — an illegal effort, by any reasonable reading of the law — was expanded to spin everything from then-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s job performance to U.S. military operations in Afghanistan to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to warrantless wiretapping.
So the Defense Department Inspector General’s was asked to investigate the league of propogandists released by the Bush administration that the librul media was happy to use as independent analysts. The investigation was such an embarassing whitewash they decide not to release it,
“Shortly after publishing the report … we became aware of inaccuracies in the data,” states the “withdrawal memo” (pdf) from the Inspector General’s office. The office’s internal review of the report — which it has “refused to release,” according to the Times — “concluded that the report did not meet accepted quality standards.” The report relied on “insufficient or inconclusive” evidence, the memo admits. In addition, “former senior [Defense Department] officials who devised and managed” the Pentagon pundit program — including Victoria Clarke and Lawrence DiRita — “refused our requests for an interview.”
That’s OK because the socialists, facists, spicy mustard using anti-Americans( whatever conservatives are calling them this week) the at the White House or the wild eyed lefty Congress will investigate the Soviet-style misinformation campaign to take America to war. Not so far.
What Mr. Feherty might not understand is that there are few Americans who have been as loyal to Veterans and Soldiers as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. If I found myself in that proverbial elevator, the first thing I would do is thank them both profusely. Why? Because when I was down range fighting a war in Afghanistan, Reid and Pelosi, with other legislative colleagues were shepherding through their respective houses of Congress the 21st Century G.I. Bill, which is now paying for my college education.
Here is another angle. Last month, around the same time Feherty made his comments about American Soldiers, the right-wing attack machine was busy attacking the Obama Administration and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano over a report requested by the Bush Administration which indicated that radical right-wing groups would attempt to recruit Iraq war Veterans.
First, troops overseas donated to presdient Obama 6:1 over McCain( the troops even donated more to staunchley anti-war candidate Ron Paul over McCain ). Which by logical extension means most of the rank and file military approve more of Obama and Democrats then the third term of Bush which McCain represented.
Many Democrats like Vice-president Biden and General Wesley Clark have family serving in Iraq.
I do, but don’t understand the demands following these eruptions of rightwing derangment, for a public apology. Coming from nuts like Feherty, it certainly would not be sincere. His repusive and obvious projections are an accurate reflection of Feherty’s bloody fantasies – judging by some of the commenters at The Hill story, fantasies shared by other Republicans. Most Republicans probably find Feherty’s sick projections revolting, but those would be the moderate Republicans that are no longer welcome in the Republican party.
Many vets have already heard something other then the version of Iraq spun by the 24/7 rightwing noise machine. Bush did lie and as a result fathers, mothers, sons and daughters died for those lies –Senate Report: Harsh Interrogation Tactics Used To Find Iraq-al Qaida Link
In my judgment, the report represents a condemnation of both the Bush administration’s interrogation policies and of senior administration officials who attempted to shift the blame for abuse – such as that seen at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and Afghanistan – to low ranking soldiers. Claims, such as that made by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz that detainee abuses could be chalked up to the unauthorized acts of a “few bad apples,” were simply false.
[ ]..A former U.S. Army psychiatrist, Maj. Charles Burney, told Army investigators in 2006 that interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility were under “pressure” to produce evidence of ties between al Qaida and Iraq.
“While we were there a large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between al Qaida and Iraq and we were not successful in establishing a link between al Qaida and Iraq,” Burney told staff of the Army Inspector General. “The more frustrated people got in not being able to establish that link . . . there was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results.”