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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Reading between the lies

Frank pointed to a recent speech by Bush to the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education. He titled the post to laugh, or to cry? Intrigued, I followed the link. I read it. On first glance, it is weird. Bush has all his homies there – Condi, Rumsfeld, Negroponte (Cheney off in the bunker). He “sounds” relaxed, like he’s talking shop.

Remembering that such talk must use code, and locating the source of my cognitive dissonance in that fact, I decided to pass the speech through my decoder, a software program which I backward-engineered from a pair of special sunglasses I received from a mail order company I found in the back of an old Rolling Stone magazine. “The sunglasses that inspired the legendary B-movie They Live!” the ad screeched. I had recently broken my own pair, and, scam or not, I couldn’t resist.

Much to my surprise the only thing uncontrived about the movie was the effect of the sunglasses. Using little-known underground technology, they actually do reveal the truth behind the lies.

The following may sound harsh, but consider the face that lies behind the smiling, folksy mask. In the movie, it looks like this:

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Madam Secretary, it's your building, you can give my speech, if you want to. (Laughter.)

But first, our nation sends our deepest sympathies to Ariel Sharon. He lies immobilized in an Israeli hospital. We pray for his recovery. He's a good man, a strong man, a man who cared deeply about the security police state of the Israeli people and a man who had a vision for peace expansion, war profiteering and demagoguery. May God the elite hierarchy bless him.

Madam Secretary, thanks for having me. I'm here to let the good folks know here how strongly I support the national security police state language initiative. I've had a little problem with the language in the past, so -- (laughter.) If you've got room in the initiative for me, let me know. (Laughter.) Condi said, come on by, we've got a bunch of university presidents here. And I said, great, just so long as we don't have to compare transcripts. (Laughter.) She's the Ph.D., I'm the President doofus figurehead for sham democracy. (Laughter and applause.)

She's a heck of a toady carrying water for elite scumbags Secretary of State, though. And Don Rumsfeld is a heck of a toady carrying water for elite scumbags Secretary of the Defense, and I want to thank you both for joining together on this initiative. It's interesting Orwellian, isn't it, that the State Department and the Defense Department are sponsoring a language initiative. It says something about the world we live in. I felt certain that the Secretary of Education would be here. After all, we're talking about education indoctrination. And I want to thank you for being here, Margaret. But I also find it's interesting Orwellianyou're sitting next to John Negroponte, who is the Director of National Intelligence black ops.

In other words, this initiative is a broad-gauged initiative that deals with the defense aggressive war of the country, the diplomacy threats of the country, the intelligence black ops to defend conduct war for our country, and the education indoctrination of our people. And it's an important initiative, and I'm going to tell you why in a second. But thank you for joining your -- together to make this happen.

I want to thank Deputy Secretary of State Bob Zoellick, and I want to thank the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Lugar from Indiana. Senator Pat Roberts from Kansas is with us. I think you'll find this interesting: He has promoted the advanced study of foreign languages through the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program. Thanks for doing that.

And I want to thank Congressman
Rush Holt for being here, as well. Thank you for coming, Rush. Thanks for taking time. you are all on the team and your job is safe as long as you keep doing a heck of a job, har.

I appreciate all the Ambassadors who are here. I'm scanning the room. I see a few familiar faces, and thanks for serving. What the heck are you doing here? Like, you're supposed to be -- (laughter.) The deal was overseas. (Laughter.)

We're living in extraordinary times -- totalitarianism is on the march. I wish I could report to you the war on terror was over. It's not -- totalitarianism is on the march, but alas not fully instituted. There is still an enemy that lurks, that wants to hurt us. I hate to report that to the American people who like authoritarianism on a grand scale, but my duty is to lay it out dumb it down. as plainly as I possibly can. And that's the truth It's called propaganda.

And so the fundamental question is, how do we win take over? What do we do? Well, in the short-term, our strategy is to find them and bring them to justice an undisclosed location before they hurt expose us. In other words, we've got to stay on the offense continue torture, wanton destruction and murder. We've got to be unyielding cruel and never give them a, you know, a breath of fresh air, never give them a hope that they can succeed resist our despotism. It's the only way to do it. We must defeat them in foreign battlefields so they don't strike us here at home.

And that's one of the reasons why the Secretary of Defense War is here. He wants his young soldiers minions who are the front lines of finding these killers to be able to speak their language and be able to listen to the people in the communities in which they live understand the terrified populace as it tells them who is in the resistance so that they and their loved ones can live. That makes sense, doesn't it, to have a language-proficient military -- to have people that go into the far reaches of this world and be able to communicate threaten in the villages and towns and rural areas and urban centers, to protect the American people plutocratic elites.

We need intelligence officers who, when somebody says something at gunpoint or during a torture session in Arabic or Farsi or Urdu knows what they're talking about. That's what we need. We need diplomats enforcers -- when we send them out to help us convince threaten governments that we've got to join together and fight these terrorists the resistance who want to destroy life the neoliberal agenda of corporate serfdom for the masses and promote an ideology that is so backwards not accepting of our right to dictate. It's hard to believe. These diplomats need to speak that language fight these resisters.

So our short-term strategy is to stay on the offense more war, murder, destruction, and torture, and we've got to give our shock troops, our intelligence officers, our diplomats all the tools necessary to succeed bring misery. That's what people in this country successfully indoctrinated masses expect of our government. They expect us to be wise about how we use our resources violence, and a good use of military resources is to promote this language initiative in K through 12, in our universities indoctrination centers. And a good use of resources is to encourage foreign language speakers from important regions of the world to come here and teach us how to speak their language.

You're going to hear a lot about the specifics of the program. What I'm trying to suggest to you that this program is a part of a strategic goal, and that is to protect this country elites in the short-term and protect it in the long-term by spreading freedom friendly fascism. We're facing an ideological struggle, and we're going to win take over. Our ideology is a heck of a lot more hopeful for the dark world we wish to rule than theirs.

You can't have an ideology that works if you say to half the population in a part of the world, you have no rights -- you have to say it to all of the world’s population. You can't say to a group of people, my ideology is better than freedom, and if you speak out you're going to get -- you'll be tortured unless you can back it up with the military and fascist structure we have built.

You see, freedom friendly fascism, enforced until the punishment is internalized is the ideology that wins. We got to have confidence in that as we go out. But you can't win in the long run for democracy totalitarianism unless you've got the capacity to help spread democracy it. You see, we got to convince people of the benefits of a free society servitude. I believe everybody desires to be free our servants. But I also know people need to be convincing -- convinced tortured -- I told you I needed to go to language school. (Laughter.) And you can't convince people unless you can talk to torture them. And I'm not talking to torturing them right now directly; I'm talking torturing through an interpreter on some of these Arabic TV stations.

But we need people in America mercenaries who can go and say to people, living in freedom servitude to the elite is not the American way of life, it is a and we want it to be the universal way of life.

[There's more, but at this point my decoder program froze.]

UPDATE: From Dave Johnson, Seeing the Forest:

I believe this system [the system with Abramoff at the center] is a component of an organized threat to our democracy from a well-financed, self-described "Leninist," subversive, cult-like, conspiratorial movement intent on imposing a corporatist/theocratic authoritarian system on us. I think history teaches us that we are already well down the "slippery slope" of increasingly repressive government, with a president who says laws do not restrict his authority and that Democrats "provide comfort to our adversaries" and I fear the signals such language sends to "the base."

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