Nichols’s editorial is indeed a refreshing and insightful change from the corporate media’s spin and dissembling about the meaning of Cindy Sheehan’s place in the antiwar movement.
I just watched the always forgettable and vacuous Howard Kurtz, with four other talking head pundits on Reliable [sic] Sources, tear apart Cindy Sheehan with the argument that she did not understand that she was only a convenient antiwar image, and that when she started to speak more broadly and radically against our whole political environment, it exposed her lack of pragmatic understanding.
The counter-truth to this typical corporate media hatchet job on an emotional and unsophisticated leader of antiwar sanity as being too emotional and not sufficiently informed by geopolitical reality is, of course, the absolute reality that as consummate a geopolitical strategic expert as Andrew Bacevich came to the exact same conclusion as Cindy at exactly the same time.
(The only humor in this irony might be that Kurtz, Crowley, and the rest of the talking-head pundits bemoaning Cindy’s lack of gravitas on the anti-war issue either don’t know or don’t care to share with their audience that Bacevich is the very image of anti-war intellectual rigor far beyond their own petty knowledge or grasp.)
If Sheehan is the emotion and passion of the antiwar movement, then Andrew Bacevich is surely the intellect and reason.
It is ironic that both lost their sons to this imperial oil-war, and it is more than ironic that both reached the same ultimate conclusion, albeit from the differing paths of the heart and the mind ----- that this war is an imperial war; launched and continued by an unaccountable ruling-elite Empire of money and power, which only poses as a democracy under the facade of its two-party "Vichy American" lie.
Sheehan's heart and Bacevich's mind reached the same correct conclusion that hopefully will not be lost on the feeling and thinking American population at large ---- that this war is the unavoidable consequence of a government that has metastasized from democracy to Empire because of our inattention.
Hopefully, the American people will rise up against this murdering global corporate Empire that has stolen our government, stolen the lives of our children, and stolen the light of democracy from our country.
If all honest, average, working class Americans reach the same ineluctable conclusion as Sheehan and Bacevich, and rise up against this guileful two-party lie of Empire, then perhaps the otherwise senseless deaths of our children will not have been entirely in vain.
Jun 3 2007 - 11:54am