Freedom’s Watch Targeting Iran
By Bill Berkowitz
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Global Research — — After successfully holding the line on Congressional support for the surge in Iraq, wealthy Bush backers are turning their attention and money to drumming up support for military action against Iran
If the U.S. undertakes military action against Iran, you can credit such longtime neoconservatives as Norman Podhoretz, William Kristol, Michael Ledeen and the swarm of ideologues buzzing about Washington’s right wing think tanks. You can also credit Pastor John Hagee and his Christians United for Israel, a Christian Zionist outfit with unbending support for Israel. And credit also the billionaire and multimillionaire founders of Freedom’s Watch for helping smooth the way.
Later this month, Freedom’s Watch will sponsor a forum of some 20 experts on “radical Islam” that, according to a front page story in the New York Times, “is expected to make the case that Iran poses a direct threat to the security of the United States.”
The forum is being “organized with the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, DC-based neoconservative think tank, and it is ‘private,'” John Stauber the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, told Media Transparency. “The fact that Freedom’s Watch has been discussing it with the New York Times appears to be a great teaser to keep the press interested in who will be there, what will be discussed, etc.”
“This in itself is a public relations ploy; they don’t need to announce a private forum, they can hold one any time they want,” Stauber pointed out. “But they want to keep the organization in the media spotlight and look significant and important from a policy perspective.”
The idea for Freedom’s Watch (FW) first surfaced in March of this year at the winter meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) in Manalapan, Florida, where Vice President Dick Cheney accused House Democrats of not supporting the troops in Iraq. The RJC, which is credited with shepherding then-Texas Governor George W. Bush on his first tour of Israel in November 1998, is a big-money pro-Israel lobby group that networks Jewish-American neoconservatives, Christian Right leaders and conservatives in Israel.
The Freedom’s Watch “inner circle of strategists and donors are close to Vice President Dick Cheney or held high posts at the White House,” the Associated Press’s Jim Kuhnhenn pointed out in late September.
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|How did the terms “left wing” and “right wing” come to describe being liberal and conservative?|
|Michael Gowen, Michigan|
|To answer this question, we turned to several handy sites that explore the origins of words. Regular readers of Ask Yahoo! might recognize these sites because we’ve consulted them for many etymological questions. Word Origins tells us the terms date back to pre-revolutionary France. In 1789, the French National Assembly was created as a parliamentary body to move control of issues, such as taxation, from the king to the citizenry. Inside the chamber where the National Assembly met, members of the Third Estate sat on the left side and members of the First Estate sat on the right. The Third Estate consisted of revolutionaries, while the First Estate were nobles. Thus, the left wing of the room was more liberal, and the right wing was more conservative. In the next few years, the revolutionaries would take over and countless noble heads would roll, but that’s another story.Word Detective corroborates the idea that “left wing” and “right wing” date to the seating arrangements of the 1789 French National Assembly. The Mavens’ Word of the Day also confirms the phrases’ origin.
Word Wizard agrees on the origins of the terms and adds that they have a secondary layer of meanings. “Right” can also mean “correct,” while the Latin term for “left” suggests “sinister” behavior. We suspect that those on the political right wing appreciate these connotations more than those on the left.
excerpted from “Newsweek”:
http://www.newsweek.com/id/57351 (read entire article here)
Papers? I Don’t See Any Papers.
He says he’s ‘pro-disclosure,’ but Bill has kept Hillary’s White House files under wraps.
When author Sally Bedell Smith was researching her new book about Bill and Hillary Clinton‘s White House years, she flew to Little Rock to visit the one place she thought could be an invaluable resource: the new William J. Clinton Presidential
Library. Smith was hoping to inspect records that could shed light on what role the First Lady played in her husband’s administration. But Smith quickly discovered the frustrations of dealing with a library critics call “Little Rock’s Fort Knox.”
An archivist explained to Smith that the release of materials was tightly controlled by the former president’s longtime confidant Bruce Lindsey. Could she look at memos detailing the advice Hillary gave Bill during debates over welfare reform? Smith asked. No, the archivist said, those memos were “closed” to the public because they dealt with “policy” matters. What about any records that show what advice Bill gave his wife about her 2000 U.S. Senate campaign? Those, too, were closed, the archivist said, because they dealt with “political” matters. “He essentially told me I had no chance of getting anything,” says Smith, whose book, “For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton, the White House Years,” hits the bookstores this week.
So,,,, whadya think?
Snatch victory from kids’ health bill defeat
October 21, 2007
Some folks don’t believe government-run health care will work — even when it already is working.
Way back in the 1990s, then-Louisiana Sen. John Breaux was accosted in an airport by an elderly woman who pleaded, “Senator, don’t you dare let the government get its hands on my Medicare!”
To paraphrase Rick from “Casablanca,” she was misinformed.
Nevertheless, Breaux, always the gentleman, replied congenially, “Don’t worry, madam, I won’t.”
That’s a small illustration of how successful conservatives and the health insurance industry have been at demonizing anything that sounds like “government-run health care.”
How did President Bush hold off attempts by the Democrat-run House to override his veto of a popular children’s health-insurance bill? He called it a foot in the door to “government-run health care.”
He says that like it’s a bad thing. In fact, as the Breaux anecdote illustrates, the public has been very supportive of Medicare for the elderly, Medicaid for the poor and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, for children whose family income is too high for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage. Nevertheless, the president and his allies are reduced to reminding people that, “Pssst, it’s government health care so you’re supposed to be afraid of it.”
Weigh in folks – George Bush; bully or realist?
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