Woodward’s 60 Minutes bloodbath
By Mike Whitney
Clearing House" -- -- Veteran journalist Bob Woodward can always
be counted on to tell the truth… after all the other options
have been exhausted. His new book doesn’t veer too far from the
pattern he’s followed his entire career; one minute he’s the
“kingmaker” dishing up hearty-helpings of literary tripe like
“Bush at War” and “Plan of Attack” and the next minute he’s
ramming a scimitar into the lower lumbar region of his prey.
That’s Bob, the consummate insider and part-time assassin whose
real job is not to maintain an “informed public” or preserve the
free flow of information, but to use the privately-owned media
in a way that serves the exclusive interests of the ruling
Most of what Woodward said on 60 Minutes was accurate and
interesting. Bush has deceived the American people about the
slow-rolling catastrophe in Iraq. He’s obfuscated the truth
about the 800 to 900 attacks on American troops per week and,
yes, Rumsfeld is the greatest bungler in the history of the
Republic. But why has Woodward decided to spill the beans now?
And, how long has he been withholding this information from the
public? (some of the crucial details date back to 2003!?!) And
why would Woodward organize a book tour that is clearly designed
to obliterate Bush’s credibility just 6 weeks before the
Woodward speaks for establishment elites who have stood on the
sidelines cheering on the war-effort regardless of the rivers of
blood coursing down the streets of Baghdad. He doesn’t care that
people are blown apart in their homes as long as it serves the
overall interests of a small cadre of white plutocrats. What
affects Woodward’s delicate sensibilities is the inefficiency of
the slaughter which has yet to produce the desired results.
That’s why the gloves have come off. That’s why he’s been
employed to mug the muggers and kill the killers.
Woodward’s appearance on 60 Minutes was the moral equivalent of
a Mafia Hit-man performing the one task for which he is
singularly well-suited; snuffing out a rival with a quick jab to
Et tu, Bobby?
Woodward is on a mission to dethrone the Bushies and send them
packing. The solidarity among American powerbrokers has
dissolved into a bitter dispute over incompetence. Disenchanted
elites want a place at the policy-table again and Woodward is
leading the charge. His appearance is just the first of many
salvos which will be aimed in the direction of 1600 Pennsylvania
Woodward was the perfect choice to perform the execution;
calculating and cold-blooded. His work in the Watergate
investigation still endears him to liberals while right-wingers
admire him as the editor of the nations’ premier war-mongering
rag. He has the credibility to wreak havoc on the administration
while escaping the inevitable “Swift boating” that a less
prominent journalist would have to endure.
If Bush gets his come-uppence, then that’s great, but let’s not
forget that the Washington Post has supported the war from the
get-go. Woodward and his ilk (Tom Friedman and William Crystal)
do not object to the war, just the CONDUCT of the war. If the
“right” people die, then “no problem”, the American overlords
can get on with the critical task of extracting valuable
resources without interruption.
This is the real “State of Denial”; the belief that it’s okay to
slaughter people and destroy their civilization to enhance the
wealth and power of a handful of western elites. It’s a crime
for which Woodward is just as guilty as Bush.
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