While 1980 did not see America’s first big lie, 1980 has seen the growth and maintenance costs in maintaining the high profile of the BIG lie. Big lies are the foundation of neocon politics.
One of the earliest big lies referenced a nonexistent “weapons of mass destruction” that were not owned and maintained by either America, Russia, China or the neocon’s Middle East sidekick. And that of course is a BIG no-no. Membership in the nuclear club has been closed for awhile.
The result of the BIG lie caused the neocons, America and the rest of the Western world to focus”beady eyes” on a new “application” for entry into the Nuclear Club. America’s neocon president, George W. Bush, took it upon himself, sans the United Nations, to defeat the highly invisible Iraq “application”. Iraq sat on the world’s second largest supply of oil. And since America’s two top leaders were men with experience and anchors in the oil industry, Iraq oil reserves was well known.
The cost of telling the weapons of mass destruction lie was:
6,000 American soldiers dead
3 trillion hard earned American dollars wasted
Upwards of 100,000 Iraqi non-combatants dead
That weapons of mass destruction lie was told ten(10) years ago. And that lie has been maintained for that long. Even today, the reason for the Iraq war is still a mystery. Is America still suffering the costs of the Iraq war? Yes. America’s ethical values have taken a huge hit and respect for the output of news sources has also taken a hit. America’s own intellect seems to have taken a hit.
It seems that neither common sense nor logic have influence on the spoken words of some neocons. Listen:
After speaking those words and with the press in hot pursuit – Michele Bachmann headed for the door – literally.
Now listen to a second(back to back) properly functioning press on the neocons’ contrived IRS scandal:
[…] In one brief and repugnant interview, the GOP’s chief congressional investigator into Internal Revenue Service abuses cherry-picked evidence, overstated his case, and violated the sacred American principle of presumed innocence.
If that was not enough, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called White House press secretary Jay Carney a "paid liar," and couldn’t explain why. "We’re getting to proving it," he said.
Meet the best friend of a controversy-plagued Democratic White House: a demagogic Republican.
In a reminder of how the GOP overreached during the Clinton-era sex scandal, Issa doesn’t seem capable of letting damning facts speak for themselves.
Interviewed by a smartly skeptical Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union, the California Republican found himself on the defensive from the start.
"Congressional investigators tell CNN the [congressional] report finds the IRS spent over $50 million on 225 employee conferences over a two-year period," Crowley said, adding that the Obama administration no longer allows spending on such training.
"So what’s the hearing about?" she said. "Why are you having it?"
Issa shifted focus to the IRS’s admission that its agents targeted conservative groups for review of their tax-exempt status. "Well, first of all, we’re looking at the IRS for how big the problem is," he replied. "As you know as late as last week the administration is still trying to say there’s a few rogue agents in Cincinnati when in fact the indication is they were directly being ordered from Washington."[…]
Saved by the press?
In both of the above cases, the press did its job. Long live the press!
Wonder what would have happened in 1999(Gramm-Leach-Bliley-Act) if the press had asked the neocons how rolling bank laws back to what they were in 1929(non-extent) became known as modernization. It is possible that the world might have missed out on the world-wide 2007 recession.
[When the cost of telling and maintaining a BIG lie includes being confronted by a working press, the cost is likely to become too high.]