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Thursday, January 12, 2006

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Yet more evidence that think-tanks are the place well-connected hacks go to before they die:

"Lewis Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and assistant to the vice president for National Security Affairs, has joined Hudson Institute as a senior advisor. Libby will focus on issues relating to the War on Terror and the future of Asia. He also will offer research guidance and will advise the institute in strategic planning.

"'Scooter Libby brings decades of experience to Hudson Institute that will strengthen our robust research efforts. We look forward to drawing on his expertise,' said Hudson Institute Chairman Walter P. Stern."

Journalists love quoting 'advisors' at think-tanks. It allows them to speak to individuals with a vested interest, establishment figures with ties to the business lobby and the major political parties. More often than not, these 'advisors' believe in maintaining the status-quo...and keeping their jobs.

Take last night's ABC 7.30 Report story on Iran's nuclear program. Journalist Nick Grimm produced a hackneyed story - with ominous music intact - of world concern over Iran. The piece was clearly aimed to prepare a wary public that only military action would avert the Islamic regime going nuclear. Cue the think-tank 'advisor':

Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: "Some defensive military measures would be very appropriate. As time unfolds this will get to be a bigger and bigger and bigger crisis. These things are much easier to solve in the early stages than they are many months down the road."

Could journalists please actually ignore these figures and speak to people not embedded in the military-industrial complex?

14 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

Nope, let's just let Iran get a nuke. It's only fair, right? What's the big deal?

Thursday, January 12, 2006 10:12:00 am  
Blogger pierce inverarity said...

Yeah, the sinister state media outlet is trying to "prepare a wary public that only military action would avert the Islamic regime going nuclear."

If well-connected hacks end up in think-tanks, where do the hacks who embarass away any potential connections end up? New Matilda?

Thursday, January 12, 2006 10:23:00 am  
Blogger orang said...

Well, just like the "Middle East Experts" like Richard Perle (what a sweetheart) were brought out of their caves by the MSM to tell us about the imminent dangers of Iraq in 2002. They will be trotted out for the pre-destroy Iran parades to give the cock-heads some ammunition to toss at the anti-war chardonnay sippers.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 4:56:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

Shabadoo said...

Nope, let's just let Iran get a nuke. It's only fair, right? What's the big deal?

Exactly!!

They haven't figured out yet that nukes are about the most useless thing you could have, unless you've got a huge military to back up their use.

If not, using them just gets you fried.

Mind you, given the declared US willingness to use nukes even against non nuke states, you'll probably get fried anyway.

Seems Iran has learnt one of the cardinal lessons of Iraq. Those who only pretend to have WMDs get stomped on.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 5:47:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

ian westmore,

I would modify that to, "We stomp on those we know have no WMDs."

(because stomping on those with WMD's is too dangerous)

Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:02:00 pm  
Blogger CB said...

Disingenuous tripe. Of course Iran isn't a threat, all this posturing is to merely gain energy concessions just like North Korea, isn't it? It's not like Iran has made any previous statements about the destruction of Israel and willingness to use a cleansing nuclear fire.

It's all lies perpetuated by former hacks to excite the population so they can keep their well paid lobbyist and research gigs.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:08:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

You can use what you don't have cb.

Don't you just loce the Orwellian reality we live in? A non signatory to the NPT who has a bukket load of nukes is preparing to take out an NPT singatory who doesn't have them, but might have them some day.

Friday, January 13, 2006 1:03:00 am  
Blogger orang said...

Shhhhh. We don't talk about that.They may be a rogue, but they're our rogue. The last US politician who criticized was John Dean, just before he became mr crazy man and lost the Dem nomination. (anyone remember John Dean?)

Friday, January 13, 2006 6:48:00 am  
Blogger pierce inverarity said...

I can't say I do remember John Dean. I must have been brainwashed by right-wing think tanks, via the ABC, in preparation for an orgy of killing in Iran. Those bastards have airbrushed John Dean out of history because he dared to criticize! Is that what happened?

Friday, January 13, 2006 9:55:00 am  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

AL

I have to chuckle at ignoramuses who were clearly indoctrinated in Sydney Uni. Political Economy courses in the 1970s and 1980s. They think they discovered some vast right wing conspiracy in the American military-industrial complex.

The joke's on them. The US conciously and unapologetically designed the system that way.

Friday, January 13, 2006 11:12:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

"The US conciously and unapologetically designed the system that way."

You mean corrupt, imperial, exploitational and self serving?

Friday, January 13, 2006 11:30:00 am  
Blogger CB said...

Would that be Howard Dean? Yeeeaagghhh!

Friday, January 13, 2006 1:40:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

Imperial and self-serving absolutely. Who else should be serving? Mongolia?

Friday, January 13, 2006 1:55:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"Would that be Howard Dean? Yeeeaagghhh!"

No more like Abramoff.

Friday, January 13, 2006 2:13:00 pm  

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