[Marxism] Don Imus joke comes true

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Apr 22 07:28:44 MDT 2004

NYC shock jock Don Imus has joined Howard Stern in calling for the 
removal of George W. Bush. In Stern's case, it is obviously related to 
the FCC crackdown. Clearview Inc., whose executives are closely tied to 
Bush, has cancelled its contract with Stern on more than 10 percent of 
his stations. Stern is also a social libertarian who has mocked 
Christian fundamentalism over the years. On www.howardstern.com, there's 
a section titled "Bush Facts" that has links like these:

The Truth About George Bush
As the Worm Turns: Stern, Sully and the Bush Backlash (Added 4/19)
Nancy Reagan Fights Bush Over Stem Cells (Added 4/19)
The Junk Science of George W. Bush (Added 4/19)

Fun With George Bush & Friends
John Ashcroft Penis Face (Added 4/10)
Compare Bush to a Monkey (Added 4/10)

Imus comes at things from a somewhat different angle. Although his 
audience is much smaller, he is considered more influential with elites. 
Time Magazine in fact named him one of the US's 50 most influential 
people a couple of years ago. While Stern interviews Hollywood starlets 
and porn stars, Imus provides a platform for people like John Kerry who 
gave an interview last week that made the front page of the NY Times.

Like Stern, he was gung-ho for invading Afghanistan and Iraq. Around 4 
months ago, he began to sour on the war in Iraq. This new-found 
dovishness has much in common with the Vietnam era, when battlefield 
reversals led many high-profile politicians and journalists to wring 
their hands over the "tragic mistake".

For the past couple of weeks, Imus has been using a joke with all the 
Senators and big-name journalists who are his guests. He says that the 
USA should go to Saddam Hussein and tell him something like this. "Look, 
we're sorry about what happened to your sons, knocking down your statue 
and all the rest. But we've decided to give you back the country. It's 
just too much of a hassle to hold on to it. We'll clean up your palaces, 
pay for damages and then it's all yours."

Apparently, this is not that much of a joke:

U.S. Moves to Rehire Some From Baath Party, Military

By Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 22, 2004; Page A01

The United States is moving to rehire former members of Iraq's ruling 
Baath Party and senior Iraqi military officers fired after the ouster of 
Saddam Hussein, in an effort to undo the damage of its two most 
controversial policies in Iraq, according to U.S. officials.

The U.S. administrator of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, proposed the policy 
shifts to broaden the strategy to entice the powerful Sunni minority 
back into the political fold and weaken support for the insurgency in 
the volatile Sunni Triangle, two of the most persistent challenges for 
the U.S.-led occupation, the officials say. Both policies are at the 
heart of national reconciliation, increasingly important as the 
occupation nears an end.

full: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32562-2004Apr21.html


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