How you can beat Bush

(From one of my Orkut buddies)

A
lot of anti-Bush people feel personally powerless to do anything to
significantly hurt his re-election chances. Such feelings simply aren’t
true. Political experts think Bush is vulnerable right now,
particularly on the missing WMD issue. While only those of us who live
in the districts of maverick Republicans such as John McCain have any
real hope of influencing congress to establish an independent
investigation, we all have a fairly good chance of being able to
persuade the national media to deepen their ongoing investigation into
subject matter unfavorable to Bush. It’s not like there isn’t plenty of
that to choose from these days.

I am suggesting that you take a
little time each week to send a series of letters to the editors,
producers, and personalities of the major national media outlets
asking them to provide more information to their readers and viewers
pertaining to issues such as the examples below. That link to FAIR’s
media contact list provides email addresses or web feedback forms for
all of the major national newspaper, television, and radio outlets.

From
recent news items that lacked sufficient coverage, here are a dozen
example topics to ask about, along with sample questions:

1. Iraq WMD Intelligence was Cooked
David
Kay testified, “I actually think the intelligence community owes the
president [an apology], rather than the president owing the American
people.” But the intelligence community got most everything about Iraq right, up until the time that they were successfully pressured to alter their reports. Is ABC News’ 20/20 keeping track of the extent to which the intelligence community’s Iraq reports changed in the lead-up to the war?

2.
On the Eve of the Vote Authorizing Force, Dick Cheney Told Congress
that Iraqi Drones were Ready to Attack the East Coast with Anthrax

Senator Bill Nelson recently recalled

the since-declassified briefing given to 75 senators and
who-knows-how-many congresspeople, refusing to say who had given it,
even though by last September it was known to be Cheney himself. Except for some sporadic coverage on left-leaning web sites, this story has not been covered well by the U.S. press. Does the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather know how long Cheney said it would have taken those drones to reach Washington, D.C.?

3. More than just Valerie Plame’s Cover was Blown
With
the leak of his undercover CIA agent wife’s name to Bob Novak and at
least five other journalists, Karl Rove, vice presidential chief of
staff Lewis Libby, and/or National Security Council senior director
Elliott Abrams took revenge on Ambassador Joseph Wilson for his attempt
to keep Bush from justifying his war plans with the bogus story about
Iraq trying to purchase uranium from Niger in last year’s State of the
Union speech.
But when Bob Novak dug up and published the name of Valerie Plame’s front company employer, Brewster Jennings Associates,
he apparently endangered the lives of several other undercover CIA
agents and their informants. Does CNN know how many other undercover
CIA agents were using that same front company?

4. CIA Informants have Stopped Talking
Ten
veteran CIA operatives recently wrote to congress complaining that the
Plame identity leak was “an unprecedented and shameful event in
American history” because it “damaged U.S. national security, specifically the effectiveness of U.S. intelligence-gathering using human sources.”

What that means is that CIA informants are refusing to pass along
information, because they are now afraid they might be exposed. Does
Brit Hume know the extent to which this fear has impacted U.S.
intelligence gathering?

5. The GAO Investigation into Plame Leak is Open to the Press
Remember
“travel-office-gate”? One of the reasons that and other non-scandals
were in the news so much during the Clinton administration is that they
included Government Accounting Office investigations into
administrative procedures. While the grand jury currently investigating
the Plame leak is completely closed to the press, Congess has asked the GAO to perform their own investigation
into administrative matters not being considered in the criminal
investigation, and the GAO is required to be open. Does Tom Brokaw know
how the GAO investigation is proceeding?

6. Bush and Senate Intel Chair Roberts’ Excuses for War are Lies
Last Tuesday Bush, referring to U.N. inspectors, blamed Saddam for the war because, “It was his choice to make, and he did not let us in.” The next day, Senate intelligence committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), referring to Saddam’s weapons, said,
“If, in fact, he didn’t have them, why on earth didn’t he let the U.N.
inspectors in and avoid the war?” Has Joe Scarborough reminded his
MSNBC viewers that the U.S. ordered the U.N. inspectors to leave Iraq
in the days prior to the war, and has since blocked them from returning
to complete their mission?

7. Civil War Looming in Iraq
The CIA and the British press both think Iraq is headed for a civil war. What has CNBC been able to learn about this possibility?

8. We Aren’t Any Safer Now
When Howard Dean said it, Bush contradicted him in the State of the Union address. A few days later, an Army War College analysis

contradicted Bush, saying that “the war against Iraq was not integral
to the war on terror, but rather a detour from it.” Do Jim Lehrer’s News Hour collection of pundits and correspondents agree with the Army War College report?

9. The War Effort Needs $40 Billion More This Year
Congressional sources and budget analysts think Bush is going to wait until after the election to ask for another $40 billion for the war in Iraq. How much does All Things Considered think Bush will need to ask for, this year and next?

10. Was it About the Oil, After All?
Paul O’Neill went on 60 Minutes and said it was, from the very beginning. Does USA Today think that the supporting documentation he showed was credible?

11. Are Iraqi Insurgents Pro-Saddam or Anti-U.S.?
It has become quite obvious that the Iraqi insurgency is not, for the most part, pro-Saddam, but anti-U.S. occupation instead. Is Time Magazine following the extent to which other media outlets are still referring to the insurgency as “pro-Saddam”?

12. Baby Boomers Retiring Earlier than Expected
Since the retirement-age entitlements are the biggest budget problems, it isn’t going to be easy if the huge baby-boom generation retires early. This is probably why OMB projections now only extend four years into the future when they used to go for twelve. What are the New York Times’ projections for budget deficits ten years from now with the Bush tax cuts in light of these new demographic projections?

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