Calling Good Evil and Evil Good . . .
Vol: 26 Issue: 29 Saturday, November 29, 2003
It didn’t take long for the Useful Idiots to denounce President Bush’s trip to Baghdad as a publicity ploy done entirely for political advantage. It didn’t matter whether or not their counter-charges were true, as long as they sounded good.
For example, This is a president who has been unwilling to provide his presence to the families who have suffered, but thinks nothing of flying to Baghdad to use the troops there as a prop,” said Joe Lockhart, former spokesman for President Clinton. (Bush has met numerous times with the families of fallen US troops.)
The fact the president had to sneak in unannounced meant, to some, that it is evidence America should turn Iraq over to the UN.
“The trip highlights how insecure Iraq is and shows how we need to get our allies in to get the American face off the occupation,” said Jamal Simmons, a spokesman for Democratic candidate Wesley Clark, a retired Army general, so he ought to know.
The UN would be the perfect choice. THEY’D be able to make Iraq a safer place.
Duh. The UN headquarters in Baghdad was bombed — once — and the UN shut down its mission and pulled out to safer environs.
Until the HQ was attacked, the UN refused US security, preferring to rely on local Iraqi security.
They even insisted on having their old guards detailed to the job. The SAME guards who had guarded them under Saddam Hussein. After the attack, the UN blamed the United States for not providing security, packed up their briefcases and skedaddled out of there. (Did Clark’s spokesman just awake from a coma?)
Even when it was right, it was wrong, according to Howard Dean’s spokesman. “The president did the right thing by visiting the troops yesterday, but this visit won’t change the fact that those brave men and women should never have been fighting in Iraq in the first place,” said Courtney O’Donnell. Note both Clark and Dean used spokesman, in case they needed to deny they said it later. Smart.
John Kerry isn’t quite as smart, which explains why he is so far behind in the pack. He didn’t use a spokesman.
“The president’s trip to Baghdad was the right thing to do for our country. … But, when Thanksgiving is over, I hope the president will take the time to correct his failed policy in Iraq that has placed our soldiers in a shooting gallery.”
Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina followed Kerry’s lead, saying the trip “was a nice thing to do, but unless this visit is followed by a change in policy that brings in our allies and truly internationalizes the effort, our mission is not going to be successful.”
Are we losing? Or do the presidential hopefuls just want us to THINK we are losing? Isn’t there a NAME for that?
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
The international press mirrored the comments of the Useful Idiots here at home. The left-wing Paris daily Liberation headlined its story “Electoral Raid on Baghdad.” The Independent, a British paper with an antiwar slant, put the story on A15 with the headline: “The Turkey Has Landed.”
“George Bush becomes the first U.S. president to visit Iraq in order to provide the television pictures required by his re-election campaign,” the article said, charging that President Bush went to Baghdad to upstage “his undeclared Democratic opponent (Mrs. Clinton).”
In Rome, the daily La Republica said Mr. Bush’s trip was “obviously an electoral blitz, a Hollywood-style stunt of the kind we will see again and again throughout the campaign.”
Many European newspapers questioned why Bush didn’t meet with ‘ordinary Iraqis’ — evidently hoping Bush would take a walk down a Baghdad street where some of those ‘ordinary Iraqis’ would solve Europe’s problem with George Bush. Or else they are oblivious to the fact that Baghdad is a ‘hot’ war zone.
If Bush wasn’t brave enough for the Europeans, he was too risky for the South Africans, where one headline asked, “Strong Leadership or Unwarranted Bravado?” (Is there anything this president can do right?)
I chose this subject for this morning’s Omega Letter because it is such a beautiful example of the art of propaganda in practice. The antichrist comes to power through his mastery of a global propaganda machine so powerful that, under its influence, millions will accept him as a god worthy of worship (Rev 13:4).
So the development of such a global propaganda machine in this generation is of extreme importance to the tracking of unfolding Bible prophecy.
The trip into Baghdad WAS risky; President Bush spent two and a half hours in a TENT at the Baghdad Airport, which still hasn’t been fully secured by US troops. But it was also necessary.
Anyone who watched the reaction of those kids in Iraq when President Bush walked to the podium, saw those faces and heard those cheers, would know that. The whole REASON people are claiming a political motive is because Bush benefited from the troops being so GLAD to see him.
Behold, the POWER of propaganda!
In order to accomplish his mission, Bush spent 30 hours in flight. It was hardly a joyride for him. His purpose was manifold; first, to boost the morale of the troops. Secondly, to boost the morale of Americans at home. Third, to prove to the Iraqis that America isn’t going to abandon them. And finally, to demonstrate to al-Qaeda that they can’t bend US resolve by attacking, which is the only possible way to defeat terror.
There is a saying, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” The corollary would dictate that when there is nothing to be gained, there will be no reason to venture. That defines victory against terror. When terror is useless, it will cease. Nobody wants to die for nothing. Not even terrorists.
This isn’t a matter of politics; it is a matter of America’s survival in its present form. The Useful Idiots can’t see it, because they are blinded by partisanship, or are so hungry for power that they would work against the country’s best interests for political gain.
It isn’t all the Democrats, however. When Joe Liebermann was asked, he said, “I don’t have anything political or partisan to say about it. There are days when you have to say, we’re not Republicans, we’re not Democrats. We are Americans.” (Bravo, Joe!)
The evidence that we are living in the last days is all around us. It isn’t whether you are pro-Bush or anti-Bush so much as there exists a pro-Bush and an anti-Bush press. For propaganda to be successful, there must first exist competing ‘truths’ — the truth that everybody sees, and the truth that people want to believe despite the evidence of their eyes.
Things that are different are NOT the same. Unless you are reading a newspaper. The antichrist may not have been revealed, but the spirit of antichrist permeates this generation unlike any in recorded history.
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (1 John 1:7, 10-11)