[eDebate] raimondo: obama movement cooption works like a charm

Old Strega oldstrega
Thu Apr 16 21:10:28 CDT 2009


the war cabal is more than thrilled with purchase of dissent by the new leader's charisma.    fake movements of aimless and unprincipled protest have buckled under sophisticated propaganda specifically tailored to their psychological desire for a charming father figure to give them hope.   underneath the surface, these anti-war movements appear to have not actually been opposed to the human costs of the war in iraq but the less charismatic leader of that war:
http://amconmag.com/article/2009/apr/20/00020/
The big truth is that the antiwar movement has largely collapsed in the face of Barack Obama?s victory: the massive antiwar marches that were a feature of the Bush years are a thing of the past. Those ostensibly antiwar organizations that did so much to agitate against the Iraq War have now fallen into line behind their commander in chief and are simply awaiting orders.Take, for example, Moveon.org, the online activist group that ran antiwar ads during the election?but only against Republicans?in coalition with a group of labor unions and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. Behind AAEI stood three of Obama?s top political operatives, Steve Hildebrand, Paul Tewes, and Brad Woodhouse. Woodhouse is now the Democratic National Committee?s director of communications and research. He controls the massive e-mail list culled by the Obama campaign during the primaries and subsequently, as well as a list of all those who gave money to the presumed peace candidate. These donors are no doubt wondering what Obama is doing escalating the war in Afghanistan and venturing into Pakistan.As Greg Sargent noted over at WhoRunsGov.com, a Washington Post-sponsored site, ?Don?t look now, but President Obama?s announcement today of an escalation in the American presence in Afghanistan is being met with mostly silence?and even some support?from the most influential liberal groups who opposed the Iraq War.?In response to inquiries, Moveon.org refused to make any public statement about Obama?s rollout of the Af-Pak escalation, although someone described as ?an official close to the group? is cited by WhoRunsGov as confirming that ?MoveOn wouldn?t be saying anything in the near term.? A vague promise to poll their members was mentioned??though it?s unclear when.? Don?t hold your breath.Another Democratic Party front masquerading as a peace group, Americans United for Change, declined to comment on the war plans of the new administration. This astroturf organization ran $600,000 worth of television ads in the summer of 2007, focusing like a laser on congressional districts with Republican incumbents. Change? Not so fast.The boldest of the peacenik sellouts, however, is Jon Soltz of VoteVets, described by WhoRunsGov as ?among the most pugnacious anti-Iraq war groups.? They came out fists flying, endorsing the escalation of the Long War.
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