Tuesday, November 01, 2005

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Wag the Dog: Change the Subject

November 1, 2005

Wag the Dog: Change the Subject

By Richard Kuper

The Op Ed Page

George W Bush and his administration have mastered the concept of "Wag the Dog: Change the Subject." The top news today is that Bush finally decided to acknowledge the possible pending bird flu pandemic. Yesterday he nominated a right-wing conservative judge for the US Supreme Court. Last week Lewis "Scooter" Libby took one for the team by falling on his sword and getting indicted. No one expects he will serve a day of jail time because, in the event that he is convicted, Bush will immediately pardon him.

So, no longer on the front pages:

The cover-up of the outing of a covert CIA Operative.
Karl Rove's involvment in the cover-up.
The fiasco of failures by Bush and Fema and others in the multiple hurricanes, including the most recent one in Florida.
And, of course, the many, many lies and documented proof of those lies, that led to the unprovoked invasion by the United States into another country.

The press has been an utter failure in reporting the important news that affects all US citzens. They are more concerned with which celebrity is getting married or having a baby or selling their ranch.

This administration does not tolerate anyone who disagrees with its political ideology. It has passed laws that restrict individual rights, allows for secret courts, disseminates propaganda through the right-wing conservative media, restricts free discussion and criticism, and uses the fear of terror to scare the public into complacency. Sadly, this is pretty much the definition of Totalitarianism.