Meet Mr. Larry Elder
From Mr. Elder's published words, where he actually tries to defend the ABC
docu-drama that was caught flagrantly rewriting history for political reasons :
In one scene, for example, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice
demotes counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, clearly showing the Bush
administration's failure to give bin Laden top priority. But did anyone in the
Bush administration send letters to ABC demanding revisions – or else?
No, Mr. Elder, they didn't write letters, because Condi did demote Richard
Clarke. That was true. It actually happened. Whereas, the letters written by
Clinton and Madeline Albright to ABC
involved multiple matters that not only did NOT happened, but were ALSO
Uh, like, HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOO !
And how come you forgot to mention that ABC was paid to air the docu-drama via
some clearinghouse Christian far-right non-profit organization -- which got
donations from who....? How come Mr. Elder forgets to mention that the
director of the film is part of a naisient organization that wants to produce
docu-dramas that spin history in favor of their partisan constituency? These
matters are certainly more relevant than any of Mr. Elder's faux line of
questioning posing as matters of real signifigance.
But you see, Mr. Elder specializes in the art of selective memory. This is
what he does. Here he also "neglects" to remind his reader's of a very key
point about Condolezza Rice. She did not
want to testify before the commission. However she had no problem going on
various television shows where she made false statements without having to go
under oath. This obvious hypocrisy forced her to have to give in and testify
under oath in front of the commission, where she blatantly tried to filibuster
and side track the questioning process until she was asked point blank what the
name of the August 6 PDB was : "Osama determined to attack in the United
And this when she was mouthing publically that the administration "had no idea
that bin Laden intended to attack the United States."
Bush may not have written letters to ABC, but he certainly has distorted the
written law and has used back handed tactics to get the same deeds done.
Appointed government hacks interpret and rewrite the laws into federal codes,
as happened when "waste" was redefined by an ex-lobbyist for the coal mining
industry so they could illegally dump waste from mountain tops down streams.
Or government agencies who put together fake news reports with administration
hacks posing as reporters. These get disbursed to friendly (aka Fox News) news
media, who add the videos to their news feed WITHOUT MAKING A DISCLAIMER THAT
THE VIDEOS ARE FROM THE GOVERNMENT.
What, are we in Russia?
When the Swift-boat group was proven to be linked to the Bush administration
by a lawyer who had been on the Bush legal team since Florida 2000, where was
the media on this story? Instead, we had to worry about Janet Jackson's
breasts or Michael Jackson or a missing white girl in Aruba? If this had been
Kerry instead, the TV news media would have been on the story like a rabid dog.
If you read Mr. Elder, you have to remember that he is only selecting some of
the history, and he also distorts what he reveals as the historical record all
the time. This is what he is hired to do.
Most of the piece from the link is spent trying to find some way to accuse
Clinton of something. Mr. Elder even tactfully admits this when says "OK, the
Clintonistas criticize conversations or actions that never took place" Then he
negates the substance of the letters to ABC by going back to the WTC bombing
attempt of 1993. Then he condenses the next 8 years into 3 specious
paragraphs, the latter two are crafty edits from the 9-11 commission report.
Especially paragraph 3, which reads as follows:
Also (page 358): "Responsibility for domestic intelligence gathering on
terrorism was vested solely in the FBI, yet during almost all of the Clinton
administration the relationship between the FBI director and the president was
nearly nonexistent. The FBI director would not communicate directly with the
president. His key personnel shared very little information with the National
Security Council and the rest of the national security community. As a
consequence, one of the critical working relationships in the counterterrorism
effort was broken."
Bottom line, the Clinton administration treated terrorism as a law enforcement
matter. And neither he nor former members of his administration want Americans
to understand or remember this. In his Saturday radio address after the first
World Trade Center attack, Clinton barely mentioned the attack before beginning
a much lengthier discussion about his economic program.
In addition to being hotly debated by officials at CIA and FBI, isn't it funny
how Mr. Elder neglects to mention that the Bush Administration appointees to
the FBI ignored the very intelligence operations that were getting reports on
terrorists at flight schools? Keep in mind also that George W. Bush issued an
executive order to the FBI to stop their investigation into the WAMI charity
operations of the bin Laden family. And on September 12th, when all air
traffic was grounded in the United States one plane went around the country and
picked up various bin Laden or Saudi persons and quietly escorted them out of
country without any questioning or interoggation whatsoever.
And yea, Clinton treated the problem effectively as a law enforcement matter.
How many American lives and civilian lives were lost? The African embassies,
Somalia, and the USS Cole were events half-way around the world. The Cole was
also within 10 miles from the coast of Iran. If spirited pirates-vagabonds-
terrorists want to attack our naval ship, what is the point of raising the
patriotic ire when perhaps it is our foreign policy that gives rise to these
in the first place? How many Iranian naval (or Chinese Naval or Russian Naval)
ships do we allow to do military surveillance operations at less than 10 miles
off the coast? What do you think the Cole was really doing? Yep, the Cole
was most likely attacked because it was coordinating spy surveillance
operations in Iran.
The terrorist networks are stateless. They are like mafia. Bombing and
invading nations involves wrecking havoc on societies and people that create
willing soldiers for terrorist networks, in addition to creating a bureaucracy
But it was never about "terrorism" anyway. It was always about oil and winning
The real bottom line is that Mr. Elders does as he is hired to do. He has the
belief system of a sewing machine, that is he sews in the direction the