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Friday, July 16, 2010

Neocon Astroturf Groups — One Size Fits All

A lot of people wear several different hats at their jobs, especially now with so many harried employees doing the work of their downsized former coworkers.

And now we have a rightwing Astroturf organization that’s doing the same thing. The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq was formed early in Dumbya’s presidency for the purpose of — you guessed it — drumming up support for invading Iraq.

That group has disbanded; Mission Accomplished and all that. But now — same office, same warmongering chickenhawk fucks — the members of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq have turned around, put on different hats, turned around again and said “Hi. We’re the Emergency Committee For Israel."

Old neocons never die; they just morph into another group of demented sickfucks. How about a game of Whack-A-Neocon?

Both of these “grass roots” “patriotic” groups are located at 918 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. And this office happens to be the location of Orion Strategies, a rightwing public relations firm owned by Randy Scheunemann. And speaking of people wearing different hats — this is kind of funny — one of Randy Scheunemann’s other assignments is:

WARNING: Put down ALL food and drink before reading any further.

Ready? Randy Scheunemann is Sarah Palin’s personal foreign policy trainer.

Talk about an uphill battle. Which of the following jobs do you think is more challenging:

Peewee Herman’s bodybuilding coach; or

Sarah Palin’s personal foreign policy trainer?

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

One of the country's major growth industries of recent decades is these neocon pressure groups, mostly located in and around D.C. They've grown and spread like kudzu, and as you note can turn literally overnight into whatever some fat cat winger or group of same wants to fund.

It's quite possible the money behind this Emergency Committee For Israel comes from one or more weapons makers or other suppliers to the military looking ahead to the day when our Iraq and Afghanistan misadventures have wound down.

Or, the money could come from the GOP, as a means of branding Obama as a Hezbollah plant, along with being a closet muslim with a phony birth certificate.

July 17, 2010 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Hezbollah plant? C'mon SWA, everyone knows Hussein is a lackey of Hamas.

July 17, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Emergency Committee For Israel? That gives a clear indication of which way Palin's foreign policy will be skewed(i.e. towards more wars in the ME against countries that post no threat to the US).

July 17, 2010 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Isn't it fitting that so many GOP sewer pipes trace back to the same toilet?

July 17, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I always assume that these astroturf groups are funded and controlled by the same few rightwing wackos. But seeing it spelled out in black and white in that linked article -- I hate it when my worst suspicions are confirmed.

Randal: I think he's a Communist.

Lew: But first, Sarah Palin has to be able to find Israel and the Middle East on a map. We wouldn't want her to get Israel and Iran mixed up, and order an invasion of Israel by mistake. Or...

TC: LOL. Very well put. My sentiments exactly.

July 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Scheunemann was Johnny McBombIran's advisor too. Scheunemann wanted war with Russia when Johnny said we're ALL Georgians now.

We are one Republican president away from more war and total collapse.

July 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO, I was drinking a beer and now have to clean my computer. What a great find. I heard about him learning Palin but didn't make the connections.
I've been talking and writing about an impending War between Israel and Iran with of course us as big brother.
I have to wonder when they'll pull the trigger. Good post Tom

damn I'm all sticky..

July 17, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Tom if this comes out twice sorry.

I just wanted to say I didn't listen to you. I was drinking a beer. Now I know that's funny but I just spent five minutes cleaning my lap top.
That being said I heard of this guy learning sweet Sarah but I didn't make the connections. Good post.
Next time I'll heed your warnings.;)

July 17, 2010 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: Jeez, small world. Thanks for the info. The same person advising Sarah Palin and McCain, and pushing for war with Russia so we can protect Georgia (Cheney must have been coached by him too, since he was actively pushing for war with Russia when they "invaded" Georgia) -- No matter how twisted you think these people are, they're even worse.

Tim: No doubt, if there's a war between Iran and Israel, the U.S. will be Israel's errand boy, or cannon fodder provider, or something.

Sorry about your keyboard :)

July 17, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

TomCat, LOL! That's what you call "nailing it." :)

July 18, 2010 at 6:00 AM  

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