As Bush Walks Away From Iraq, Remind Voters Of Last Year's SOTU
In less that three weeks, we will be upon the one year anniversary of one of the most infamous speeches in the history of our republic: George W. Bush’s 2003 lie-filled State of the Union (SOTU) message. We now know that a great deal of this speech was built on cherry-picked intelligence by political operatives running a disinformation campaign to push the nation into war before IAEA inspectors could find out the truth: that every one of the Iraq-related reasons given by Bush for immediate military action are at the very least still unproven to this day, and at most were uttered by the leader of the free world as known lies.
Bush gives every appearance of someone who wants to move on from Iraq as soon as possible, as Tom Engelhardt of Mother Jones mentioned today. What's more, in a story that the White House got buried on Christmas Eve with little or no notice, the CIA’s man at the Washington Post Walter Pincus reported that Bush's own Foreign Intelligence Oversight Board found after months of investigation that the White House knowingly disregarded warnings from the intelligence community that the Niger uranium cake story was questionable at best. According to Pincus, none other than Brent Scowcroft found that:
The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board has concluded that the White House made a questionable claim in January's State of the Union address about Saddam Hussein's efforts to obtain nuclear materials because of its desperation to show that Hussein had an active program to develop nuclear weapons, according to a well-placed source familiar with the board's findings.
After reviewing the matter for several months, the intelligence board -- chaired by former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft -- has determined that there was "no deliberate effort to fabricate" a story, the source said. Instead, the source said, the board believes the White House was so anxious "to grab onto something affirmative" about Hussein's nuclear ambitions that it disregarded warnings from the intelligence community that the claim was questionable.
For the Democrats to have any chance of keeping Iraq and the lies told to America a major campaign issue this fall, opportunities must be taken in the next two weeks to remind America about the "stories" George W. Bush told the world in last year’s speech. This must be done in the days leading up to the SOTU so that voters will have a fresh reminder of how they were mislead last year, and the consequences of those falsehoods and cherry-picked intelligence.
I am not a technical or media wizard, and I am unable to shoot and edit my own storyboards and ideas. But there are many of you out there who are, just as there are others out there with the money and willingness to make such 30-second spots quickly and then buy the air time on the major networks in the days leading up to the SOTU. The critical elements are to get a 30-second spot financed, assembled, and shot in the next two weeks and then aired. The likeliest entities who could pull this off quickly with the necessary resources would be two Section 527 organizations, both of whom have received large amounts of help from George Soros recently, MoveOn.org, and America Coming Together. The DNC is useless for such a campaign, but perhaps the Dean campaign can crank out such a national ad with their resources and make a big splash with it around the time of the SOTU to steal Bush's thunder and call into question his truthfulness.
The spot does not have to be elaborate, and can simply be something along the following lines. The 30-second version of this commercial would only have the graphics at the bottom of the screen in response to Bush’s claims, while a 60-second version would also include the announcer’s voice-over after each Bush claim. Each Bush claim can run into the next to save time:
(Open with still-frame video of George W. Bush given 2003 State of the Union)
Announcer (Woman’s Voice):
What stories will George W. Bush tell America and the world at this year’s State of the Union message?
(Video clips begin to roll)
"Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent."
"None of these materials have been found" (Graphic at bottom: "Never Found")
"U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents."
"None of these materials have been found." (Graphic at bottom: "Never Found")
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
"A claim based on forged documents." (Graphic at bottom: "Never Proven")
"Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production."
"Our own State and Energy Departments doubted this." (Graphic at bottom: "Never Proven")
"Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaida."
"No evidence of a Saddam/Al Qaeda connection has ever been produced." (Graphic at bottom: "No evidence")
Quick fade from SOTU Video Clips to Emerging Image of Osama Bin Laden
"Yet Mr. 'Dead or Alive' is still free, plotting other attacks."
Quick Fade from Osama image to Bush in flight suit under "Mission Accomplished" banner
"What stories will we be told at this year’s speech?" (Fade out from Bush flight suit image)
Quick fade from SOTU video clips to newstock footage of military funeral(s) of US soldiers
"Some have made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of the stories told at last year’s State of the Union speech.