November 1, 2005
The Snake Oil Merchants
Who Sold Us A War!!
TvNewsLIES Looks at
The White House Iraq Group (WHIG)- Nov, 2005
Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
Talk about putting one over on the American people.
This one takes the cake, it really does. Did you hear anyone even
mention the White House Iraq Group until recently? Did you have a clue
about who they were or what they were about? Luckily, Scooter Libby screwed up somehow and got himself indicted, and now we know. Talk about a con job.
seems that the White House Iraq Group was quite an impressive bunch
with an even more impressive job. They had to sell the entire
population of the United States a really big dose of snake oil in a
very short time. I kid you not. That really was their
assignment, and boy did they ever carry it out in style!
WHIG group met secretly, as is so characteristic of the Bush White
House, and that might explain why so little was known about them. They
worked with the diligence and dedication of any fawning Bush task force
and they ultimately succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
Despite its reputation, WHIG snake oil was not as difficult a sell to
Americans as one might imagine, especially after 9/11. Good salespeople know their market.
The group was organized in the summer of 2002, when the nation was still reeling from the events of 9/11
and was largely distracted by the war against the Taliban. In
charge of the set-up was Andrew Card, the WH Chief of Staff. Chairman
of the committee was Karl Rove, then Senior Advisor to President George
W. Bush. Together, these two opportunistic charlatans gathered the very
best and most successful spin doctors ever assembled in one place, and
the plan was set in motion.
The goal was to market a new brand of snake oil developed by the neocons
who had come into power in 2000. With practiced confidence, they came
together to sell the American people something they really didn’t want.
They plotted to sell them a war.
me run that by you one more time: In August of 2002, six men and three
women got together in Washington, D.C. to devise a plan that would sell
the invasion of Iraq to the people of this country. It’s totally
mind-boggling, but that is exactly what they did.
But this is not a TvNewsLIES scoop. The story is not new. The WHIG group was first identified in a Washington Post article in 2003. So why were people not screaming in the streets? But, we digress…
nine merchants of death were chosen with care. Some had high visibility
while others worked in the background, but all were insiders with keys
to the White House kingdom. Not unlike the cast of Mission Impossible,
each brought a singular skill to the table. But unlike the high-minded
characters in the series, the WHIGs were engaged in a nefarious and
despicable scheme to delude a nation.
Here, then, is a list of the men and women who teamed up to sell us a war:
- Karl Rove: then Senior Advisor to the President; now Deputy White House Chief of Staff in charge of policy.
- Andrew Card: White House Chief of Staff
- Condoleezza Rice: then National Security Advisor; now Secretary of State
- Mary Matalin: political strategist and consultant; formerly an advisor to the President
- Karen Hughes: then counselor to the President; now Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy
- Stephen Hadley: then Deputy National Security Advisor; now National Security Advisor
(Scooter) Libby: then Chief of Staff and assistant for National
Security Affairs to Dick Cheney; now resigned; founding member of
Project for a New American Century
- James R. Wilkinson: Deputy National Security Advisor for Communication
- Nicholas E. Calio: Senior Vice-President for Global Government Affairs at Citigroup
infamous array of accomplished Americans did their dirty work in the
House of the People. They sat in OUR White House trying to devise
a way to betray us all. That’s probably the most insulting aspect
of it all.
that this unearthly cabal was formed to use its cunning and its
expertise to draw the United States into an illegal, immoral, and
ultimately failed war against Iraq. And keep in mind as well that it
worked like a charm.
WHIG group met to formulate a plan that would convince an unsuspecting
public that invading Iraq was vital to their own security. They were
plotting their strategy even as George Bush was assuring the nation
that military action was a last resort in his foreign policy.
They were coordinating their sales pitch months before George Bush so
brazenly sold Congress their impeachable lies. The WHIGs knew
that planning ahead was an effective sales policy.
Congress was easy; selling the war to the majority of Americans was a
bit more challenging. In order to break down any resistance to an
invasion that was already a done deal, the WHIG pros knew exactly what
they had to do.
primary strategy in their plan was to escalate the rhetoric about the
danger that Iraq posed to the US. They would saturate the news networks with their fabricated tales of nuclear stockpiles and chemical weapons.
They would sell their ominous warnings of mushroom clouds and weapons
of mass destruction with a vengeance. They would provide the fodder for
propaganda speeches that the President would read to the nation, and
that the Secretary of State would deliver to the United Nations.
And of course, they would cleverly establish a damning link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, and more deviously – between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.
The case for war was being professionally packaged, hyped and sold.
The perfect forum for publicizing the WHIG wares was theirs for the asking. News networks opened their arms to the war mongers and shamefully competed for their participation.
Not a single voice of dissent was permitted by the corporate media, as
the WHIG promotion for war was broadcast to every home in the nation
for months on end.
Fast forward now to March of 2003. The time between had been filled with WHIG members and their spokesmen - Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Wolfowitz, Chalabi, Kristol and
other cohorts – spewing WHIG mantras day after day. The snake oil
sales people were anywhere and everywhere, pushing the war and selling
did such a good job that after only seven months of snake oil sales the
Bush regime was able to launch Shock and Awe. The bombardment of
Baghdad was hailed as the first step in a War against Terror. The
snake oil had taken effect.
WHIGs had suckered most of the nation into cheering the onset of
Operation Iraqi Freedom. They had conned the American people into
asking their God to bless the country that was raining daisy cutters
and 500 pound bombs on other human beings. They truly believed
that by going to war with Iraq, George Bush was going to save them from
imminent annihilation. Snake oil, in the right hands, can be
smooth, sedating and seductive.
And so, without a single headline to expose their crimes,
the White House Iraq Group sold the nation a war. Without a single
investigative report about the lies and deceptions of their sales
techniques, the WHIGs accomplished their mission. Without a single newscaster to question the hoax that had been perpetrated on the nation, the WHIG members could congratulate themselves for a job well done.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
group should have made headlines across the nation. It did not.
It was given far less coverage than any high profile wife slaying of
the day. The work of the White House Iraq Group should have been
exposed by every news network in the nation before the 2004 election.
It was not.
The people of the United States had the right to know. They did not.
now, with the WHIG group uncovered as a result of Plamegate, there is
no discernable outrage over their mission. The lies that led us
to war do not appear to disturb the nation as a whole. A secret plot to
frighten the American people into supporting a war seems almost
commonplace. So they lied. Not a big deal.
that is how it is, the nation is lost. If cynicism and apathy rule the
day, there is no more America is we knew it. If the WHIG group passes
into history as an acceptable agency of government, there is nothing at
all left for us to hope for
surprisingly, the corporate media have remained compliantly
unresponsive. They have not made this hoax an issue for
discussion or exposure. The pundits and reporters refer to the WHIGs
with no special concern or curiosity. They existed, they did their job,
and we went to war. End of story.
it is not the end of the story. This administration has three
more years to go. The war shows no signs of abating. At this moment,
the chaos and the deaths in Iraq are rarely newsworthy, and the policy
set in motion by the WHIG machinery moves ever forward. WHIG efforts
have paid off handsomely.
full payoff, however, is yet to come. Condoleezza Rice recently said
she would not rule out the possibility of a US military presence in
Iraq for another ten years. The media made very little of that remark.
War is hell – deal with it.
more will die in the war that the White House Iraq Group was hired to
promote. It seems fairly certain that no members of the group will be held accountable
for their despicable deeds. They were hired guns who have a great deal
of blood on their hands, but they know that blood washes off. Snake oil
be it. We’ve put the story out again. Share it if you wish.
Make others aware of the wool that was so expertly pulled over their
eyes. One has to wonder why there is so much indifference and
complacency in light of such subterfuge.
Maybe it’s the snake oil.