Karl Rove: Weapon of Mass Delusion by C. Edmund Wright

By: C. Edmund Wright
American Thinker

Leave it to Karl Rove to orchestrate a cover-up that actually hides information exculpatory to his President and his party. He did just that on the issue of WMDs in Iraq with the kind of thinking that sewed the seeds of destruction that gave us Barack Obama in 2008, and again in 2012. This kind of strategy goes back to late 2000 in fact. More on that later.

The New York Times and The Daily Beast ran sourced pieces this week entitled Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMDs that chronicles a Rove inspired cover up of evidence of (WMDs) in Iraq. You might remember “Bush lied, people died” and all of that? It helped run George W. Bush’s administration right into the ground, and he took the Republican brand with him. Yes, Hurricane Katrina was a major factor too, but again, that was related to ‘Rove too. More later.

The WMD issue was the major public relations snafu of the Bush Administration, and the whole effort in the War on Terror.. The costs of this include the 2006 mid terms, the 2008 Presidential election, the 2012 Presidential election – and oh, the development of a little outfit known as ISIS.

Also the electorate, over the course of the years of Bush being hammered about lying on the issue of WMDs, hardened toward Bush – and by extension – all Republicans and even all conservatives. We still have this hangover today!

What is Rove’s part? He was the mastermind of the “new tone” White House strategy – a strategy of never engaging the other side in a debate.

According to The Beast article, Rick Santorum said he and his staff began receiving photos of discarded shells in 2004. Two years later in his Senate campaign, Santorum even public. In Santorum’s mind, exonerating Bush on the issue would be a good thing in a campaign season. But what did “the architect” say about this:

“White House wasn’t interested. “We don’t want to look back,” Santorum recalled Rove as saying …”the gist of the comments was ‘We don’t want to look back, we want to look forward.’”

An advisor to Dick Cheney, Dave Wurmser confirmed, saying “in 2005-6, Rove and his team blocked public disclosure and said ‘Let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”

Let sleeping dogs lie. Wow. The man who many Republicans count on to win elections didn’t think telling the truth about WMDs was a worthy political or moral endeavor. In Rove’s mind, the issue was settled, and he just wanted to move on.

Rove is not the strategist he’s given credit for being. He’s a tactician. That’s differnent. Turning the page on WMDs is the babbling of a small picture bureaucrat, not a big picture strategist. Set the politics aside for a moment: any public official who knew the truth owed it to the country to say. Rove managed to miss an opportunity do the right thing and help his President in the process. This is not the stuff of genius.

In my 2013 book I chronicle many other instances where Rove applied similar thinking – and all with devastating results. This started with the 2000 recount in Florida, where there was no push back at all on the popular vote meme, even though there were hundreds of thousands of Republicans who left polling places after NBC fraudulently called the race for Gore at 7 EST. That’s EASTERN. There was also widespread corruption in many places. There were chances to at least mitigate this theme, if tried early, but none were taken. Let’s move on. Now the electorate thinks Gore won by millions.

This was also the strategy around Hurricane Katrina, where no one from the Rove team ever whispered a syllable about the culpability of Democrats in the Mayors and Governor’s offices – which is where the bulk of the bad decisions were made. Not a whiff of a mention that Katrina was a failure of bureaucrats and Democrats. It all fell on Bush, which by association, fell on everyone who voted for him. Thus, when Chris Christie hugged Barack Obama on the tarmac a couple of days after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 – Team Romney was forced once again to run against Bush and Katrina. This stuff matters. For years!

And let’s not forget the economic meltdown, which was the direct result of three or four decades of liberal government perversion of the free market in areas of energy, lending, housing, esoteric derivatives, etc. Nope, can’t discuss that. Let’s move on. But you can’t move on. When a political narrative goes unchallenged, it HARDENS– it does not go away. Remember, in 2012, 53% of the country still blamed Bush for the economy – and 53% voted Obama.

And on and on it goes. This is who he is. This is what he actually believes. He apparently hasn’t noticed the direct connection between conservatism and truth.

C. Edmund Wright is a contributor to American Thinker, Breitbart, and author of several books including “WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost…Again.”

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5 Things Every Concealed Carrier Should Know

YouTube/Funker Tactical: In this video Instructor Zero shares some advice for extracting from concealed carry. He demonstrates OWB and IWB tips and tactics to ensure a true draw with speed and accuracy.

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WWII Airmen Take to the Air Again in Restored B-29 Bomber

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YouTube/Associated Press: World War II airmen relived memories of bombing campaigns in the only B-29 bomber still capable of flying. The B-29, name “Fifi”, arrived in New Orleans for an air expo hosted by the National WWII Museum and the Commemorative Air Force. (Oct. 24)

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Dems on FEC Move to Regulate Internet Campaigns, Blogs, Drudge

By: Paul Bedard
Washington Examiner

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that the left wants to regulate conservative political sites and even news outlets like the Drudge Report.

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.

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Main Problem of a Muslim Solved by Ex-Muslim

One of the biggest sticking points for Muslims concerning Christian doctrine is the whole concept of the Holy Trinity–Father, Son and Holy Ghost. To believe in the Trinity is a denial of monotheism according to Islam. Ex-Muslim turned Christian, Nabeel Qureshi, addresses the issue with a Muslim audience member.

“I and my Father are one. ~John 10:30 (KJV)

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Whittle: Make Him Own It: Why You Must Vote in the Midterms

Obama can’t lose this election. Already re-elected, he’s in for another 2 years. So, why should you vote in the Midterms?

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It’s Time to See Joe McCarthy for the Hero He Was

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By: Diana West
Townhall

Freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is just the latest in a long series of public figures to be reviled for “McCarthyism” following his recent questioning of Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense. The response? Conservatives have rushed to defend their own against the charge. To understate the case, that’s not enough. It’s time to debunk McCarthyism itself.

No matter how much evidence vindicating the late Sen. Joe McCarthy comes out, what we call McCarthyism remains anathema in American life. Simply to utter the word is to deep-freeze debate, even thought itself. Even as we learn about the history-changing extent to which American traitors working for the Kremlin penetrated and subverted the U.S. government (including many individuals investigated by McCarthy), the unsupportable fact remains that nothing in American public life is worse than to be compared to the man best known for his uncompromising fight against the secret, massive assault on our nation. When will we realize it’s time to make amends and honor his memory?

Liberals and conservatives alike continue to fall for the poisonous bait. Last summer, for example, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s accusations that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes “baseless” and “shameless,” and compared them to so-called McCarthyism. The Hill newspaper’s write-up of Fehrnstrom’s comments perfectly sums up society’s ignorance on the issue:

“This reminds me of the McCarthy hearings back in the 1950s,” Fehrnstrom said, referring to former Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, who led a controversial search for communist sentiment during the Cold War. “I would ask (Reid) one simple question: ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir? Is there nothing that you won’t do to debase yourself and the office you hold in the name of dirty politics?’”

“Baseless” and “shameless” were indeed apt descriptions for Reid’s smear tactics, but they don’t describe the exhaustive investigations mounted in the middle of the 20th century by teams of Red-hunters, including McCarthy’s, in the House and Senate. As for their quarry, it was not, as The Hill delicately stated, “communist sentiment during the Cold War.” Literally hundreds of Soviet agents taking orders from the KGB and related Soviet intelligence agencies to bring down the American republic had become deeply embedded in the U.S. government in the 1930s and 1940s. Most of them remained undiscovered, and many were active well into the 1950s.

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A Cultural Marxist Tries To Deconstruct Japan. Guess What, He’s American

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Above, Takezaki Suenaga Fighting The Mongol Invasion Of 1274–What Would He Think Of The UN?

[See also: Federale in Japan: It Works—And It Could Work In The U.S. Too]

The same forces deconstructing the United States are targeting the most successful ethno-state the world has ever known—Japan. The country politely insists on remaining a successful nation-state with one language, culture, and race, despite the relentless attacks which simultaneously deny and decry the uniqueness of the country. In the eyes of Cultural Marxists and globalists, this living rebuttal to multiculturalism cannot be allowed to exist.

A leading voice in the fight to destroy Japan: U.S.-born Jake Adelstein, a long-time resident in Japan. Adelstein [Tweet him] wages a war against the existence of the Japanese from his column at the English-language newspaper The Japan Times, which is helpfully slugged Dark Side Of The Rising Sun. The essence of a recent column was that the Japanese government is illegitimate because figures in the Cabinet “socialized” with activists whom Adelstein finds “disturbing.”

In most countries, police officers and criminals are supposed to be on opposite sides of the law, especially the higher up the chain of command you go, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn’t appear to think this is necessary.

Last month, photographs surfaced showing several members of Abe’s new Cabinet socializing with members of an anti-Korean hate group known as Zainichi Tokken wo Yurusanai Shimin no Kai (more commonly known as Zaitokukai). The appearance of such images raises some disturbing issues.

Founded circa 2006, Zaitokukai is an ultranationalistic, right-wing group that seeks to eliminate the “special privileges” extended to non-Japanese who have been granted Special Foreign Resident status. These people are predominantly ethnic Koreans, many of whom were conscripted and brought to Japan as slave labor in the 1930s and ’40s. Zaitokukai also hates other non-Japanese as well — it just has a special hatred for Koreans. [Links added throughout]

[Yakuza Do What Abe Cabinet Pick Can’t, by Jake Adelstein, The Japan Times, October 4, 2014]

Well, not exactly. The issue of Koreans in Japan is not the slave laborers who were impressed into the service of the Emperor in the 1940s. Few of those are still alive, and they were free to return to Korea at the end of the war, although as it turned out many remained to enjoy the benefits of Japanese society.

But the Koreans are a red herring. The real target: Japanese nationhood itself. And the tactic to be used, as you might expect, is the suppression of free speech.

Read more at VDare …

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Udall Screws Up Introducing First Lady: ‘We Judge People by the Content of Their Color’

I think they call it a “Freudian Slip”:

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 10/24/14

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In remembrance of the soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who died in Canada this past week at the hands of a radical Jihadist. We also honor Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers for his bravery in taking down said Jihadist and saving untold lives.

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

Babas? o?luna bir ba? ba???lam??, o?ul babaya bir salk?m üzüm vermemi? (“The Father gave his son a vineyard, the son didn’t give a single bunch of grapes to the father.” – Turkish Proverb

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

“Alliances are broken from considerations of interest.” – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Discourses, 1517

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This week’s winner, The Razor’sThe RazorKick Turkey Out Of NATO is a persuasively written essay that embodies the thoughts expressed above… it makes little sense to hold on to an alliance that really isn’t one. Here’s a slice:

Lord Palmerstone once noted that nations do not have permanent allies, only permanent interests. This statement assumes that a nation always acts in its own best interest, and this assumption is the basis for the realist school of international relations. Realists always expect national actors to do what is best for themselves. If an action does not benefit the nation in any particular way, or worse threatens it, then one cannot reasonably expect it to act even though one might think and others might agree that it is the right course of action. In international relations at least according to the realist school, there are no completely altruistic acts by nations or their actors.

I’ve been rooted in the realist school of international relations well before I got my degree in political science, having grown up while Henry Kissinger acted as Nixon’s national security advisor and later secretary of state under him and his successor Gerald Ford.Realists not only expect nations to act in their best interests, but regimes and the organizations constituting them to do the same. In statecraft realists aren’t surprised when regimes do what’s best for them even when it might compromise or damage others, but are willing to act in their own best interest when the opposite party acts in theirs.

Case in point: Turkey. Under the regime of Recep Erdogan for the past 12 years Turkey has been acting in the best interest of Erdogan and his ruling party the AKP. Erdogan is an Islamist in a nation where political Islam had been banned for decades after its re-founding under Kamal Ataturk. While Ataturk and the secularists saw Europe as a useful ally that would strengthen Turkey and their regime in the Middle East, Erdogan has instead positioned Turkey as the next Islamic Caliphate more in line with the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century rather than secular and Democratic Western Europe.

Perhaps the biggest interest Erdogan has besides the desire to remain in power is to avoid empowering the Kurdish minority within Turkey. Unlike the Palestinians, the Kurds have a much longer claim to their land stretching from northern Syria across southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq to Iran. One commonality between Erdogan and his secular predecessors has been the oppression of the Kurds in Turkey and their nationalist aims. The no-fly zone established in northern Iraq after the first Gulf War led to autonomy under Saddam and later the post-Saddam Iraqi government. Iraqi Kurds are as close to independent as Kurds have ever been, and their Syrian, Iranian and Turkish cousins recognize this.

From Erdogan’s perspective the decimation of the Syrian Kurds by the Islamic State (IS) is welcome. It weakens the Kurdish cause by reducing the number of Kurds in the region. Plus the Syrian Kurds were also strong supporters of the PKK, Turkey’s al-Qaida. From the realist perspective Erdogan will not act against IS on behalf of the Kurds unless there is an even greater, more pressing interest to do so.

And that’s the problem. Current American and European leadership is run by idealists not by realists. American and Europeans leaders simply do not understand why Erdogan and to more worrying degree Vladimir Putin act the way they do. To them bombing Kurds in Turkey instead of IS in Syria makes absolutely no sense just as annexing Crimea and dismembering Ukraine. They do not see the world the way Erdogan and Putin do, but realists do. Realists recognize that Putin and Erdogan will only act when the pressure applied to them is real and painful.

For Erdogan that pressure should include Turkey’s rejection from NATO and any possible future admittance to the EU under his regime. If Turkey acts in its own interests, so should the EU and the United States. The truth is that instead of being a beacon of secular Islam as Turkey once was, Turkey under Erdogan has become just another corrupt, Islamic Middle Eastern dictatorship with caliphate dreams. Turkey has condoned the rise of IS as well as backed other terrorist groups such as Hamas. It has kept a tight leash on the American base in Incirlik, preventing it from participating in the second Gulf War and in attacks on IS.

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In our non-Council category, the winner was Volokh Conspiracy’sCan ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings? submitted by Rhymes with Right. The piece examines the latest bit of bullying by same sex marriage advocates.

Here are this week’s full results. The Right Planet, The Independent Sentinel and Ask Marion were not able to vote this time out. None were affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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