Did master political strategist Karl Rove schedule and script George Bush's speech in the Rose Garden yesterday to pre-empt the possible appearance of 9/11 truth movement heavyweights on ABC's "The View"?
That's the suspicion many people outlined to us in e-mails and calls yesterday.
Though we learned privately that guest appearances by William Rodriguez and the "Loose Change
" crew on the show hosted by Rosie O'Donnell were cancelled at the start of the week, the ABC web site still listed their names as being scheduled.
Presidential news conferences that take place in the daytime and do not relate to any kind of breaking news or national event do not cut into regular programming on major non-news channels, and yet ABC chose to air the speech in its entirety after "The View" was cancelled for that day.
Many 9/11 truthers now suspect that this was a Rovian ploy to distract attention or in effect completely displace the subject matter raised by Rodriguez and "Loose Change" that was set to be aired on "The View."
In his speech, Bush re-hashed dated and questionable "intelligence" about Al-Qaeda and entered into a sophomoric rant about how the terrorists want to kill our children, invoking the phantom group no less than 19 times.
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Of the Thursday, May 24, 2007 press conference Dana Milbank wrote in The Washington Post
: "Just about everything else that came up during the hour-long news conference was traced to bin Laden's terrorist network."
The session was called to draw attention to the fact that Democratic leaders had just caved in to Bush's demand that the Iraq spending bill have no withdrawal timeline. But as frequently happens at presidential events these days, it quickly became al-Qaeda, all the time. Bush invoked the terrorist group 19 times and even suggested it was going after individual reporters' kids.
"They are a threat to your children, David," he advised NBC's David Gregory.
"It's a danger to your children, Jim," Bush informed the New York Times' Jim Rutenberg.
This last warning was perplexing, because Rutenberg has no children, only a brown chow chow named Little Bear. It was unclear whether Bush was referring to a specific and credible threat to Little Bear or merely indicating there was increased "chatter in the system" about chow chows in general.
Rutenberg, informed of the pet threat, asked Bush a follow-up question about bin Laden. "Mr. President, why is he still at large?"
"Why is he at large?" Bush shot back. "Because we haven't got him yet, Jim."
Hard to argue with that. Even Steve Hadley, the poker-faced national security adviser, smiled. And Bush proceeded to favor his listeners with more intelligence bulletins about the al-Qaeda leader. "He's not out there traipsing around. He's not leading many parades," the president reported. "He's not out feeding the hungry."
Bush allowed himself only a brief gloat over the Democrats' surrender -- he showed only a hint of a smile when he noted that "we removed the arbitrary timetables for withdrawal" -- before moving on to outline the latest strategy in Iraq -- targeting al-Qaeda, of course. He cited "new opportunities to partner with local tribes to go after al-Qaeda."
"Is that a Plan B?" asked Jim Axelrod of CBS News.
"Actually, I would call that a plan recommended by Baker-Hamilton, so it would be a Plan B-H," Bush answered, then checked to see how his joke about the Iraq Study Group went over. "You didn't like it?"
Was Bush's relentless propaganda pitch about Al-Qaeda scripted to coincide with the slated live appearance of 9/11 truthers on "The View", a show that has enjoyed 30 million viewers over the course of its air time? Was this a Rovian scheme to neutralize 9/11 truth?
In between his 10th and 11th mention of "Al-Qaeda", a sparrow stepped up to the plate to challenge Bush on his crap and put the cowardly Washington press corps to shame by pooping on his shoulder.
[18 seconds in, The Wuss's left sleeve, white spot appears with a plop, emphasis added]