Lots of money for terrorists
by Don Williams

One of the unimpeachable truths about our unimpeachable president is that he’s providing lots of money to terrorists, most recently to Sunnis linked to al-Qaeda.

This is the point at which readers of a certain stripe will shake their heads and start calling for mine. Maybe one in ten will double-check my source--famed journalist Seymour Hersh’s latest article in the New Yorker, or his interview with CNN’s Wolf Blizter last Sunday. If you watched, you heard Hersh say something that should’ve been banner headlines. But then, what’s the fate of the Middle East compared to Anna Nicole.

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Still, it’s worth noting that Bush is “pumping money, a great deal of money, without congressional authority, without any congressional oversight" into "three Sunni jihadist groups… connected to al Qaeda," in order to stop the Shiites, Hersh said.

A few of those critics mentioned above will consider Hersh’s considerable evidence and reputation and begin to experience cognitive dissonance as they try to square their brand of patriotism, which borders on religious faith, with the reality of how high priests of that faith—Bush, Cheney, Rush, Hannity, Coulter, O’Reilly, etc.--consistently operate, rather like dogs in a dog-eat-dog world. For some, this cognitive dissonance will hold the seed of understanding. And that seed will grow and mature into a better, more complex and ultimately more beautiful conception of the world. Experience has taught me that most, however, will fall back behind the circled wagons of their much simpler dogma:

America is good. Terrorists are evil. Our president is the leader of the Worldwide War on Terror, so he’s obviously good. People who criticize him are therefore lying or twisting the facts.

They will distract themselves from the circular nature of this logic by taking the offensive--mostly by calling me and Hersh and other people names.

Such reactions are to be expected from people who have been spoon-fed patriotic pablum for so long they can scarcely conceive of a more complex world. And let’s face it, that’s what most people dine on. Most long ago dismissed Hersh’s other scoops—the horror of My Lai during the Vietnam War, the abuses at Abu Ghraib. Few even heard of Hersh’s most damning story--that forces under control of the Bush administration not only helped members of al-Qaeda slip the noose at Tora Bora but that bin Laden and much of the hated Taliban were ushered out by our ally Pakistan while we cleared a zone of escape to the Afghanistan border. So why should we expect they would’ve heard how we’re providing funds for Sunnis linked to al-Qaeda?

People who’ve paid attention from the moment Bush and his friends stole the 2000 election—I’ll present the overwhelming evidence for this widely held opinion in a later column, promise--will not find Hersh’s new revelations surprising.

Funding both al-Qaeda and their Shiite enemies is in a long, grand tradition of secret funding of terrorists. Just consider the Iran-Contra intrigues of the 1980s or our government’s secret double dealing during the Iran-Iraq War, when we provided aerial targeting maps to Iraq while selling anti-aircraft weapons to Iran (Newsweek, Nov. 20). How cynical is that?

Starting in 2000, Bush began plucking perpetrators of such actions from the shadows and installing them in his administration, something I can easily demonstrate and promise to come back to.

Of course, even without their help, Bush has funded lots of terrorists, deliberately or not. Consider the rabbit hole of incompetence, graft and unaccountability down which billions have flowed, like the $12 billion that was flown into Baghdad early in the war and distributed from pallets--no receipts required--according congressional hearings earlier this month. Probably tens of billions have been squandered on failed public works projects. Much of that money wound up in the hands of Shiites, who tend not to be linked to al-Qaeda, after all—though many are linked to death squads now ravaging Sunni populations in Iraq.

Then there are the billions that Americans in over-sized cars have essentially paid to Saudis over the past decades. Yes, yes, I know, most of our oil comes from elsewhere, but in the global economy that’s a distinction without a difference. Some of this money no doubt, ends up financing Wahhabist schools that teach Sunni children throughout the Middle East to hate Israelis and Americans, along with more laudable idealogies. And it’s the Sunnis, not the Shiites, that al-Qaeda tends to hook up with. By failing to make us less dependent on oil, Bush plays into the hands of people who hate us.

Such notions should’ve sparked banner headlines long ago, but they didn’t, so why should we expect now to read headlines such as this:

President Bush Secretly Funds al-Qaeda-linked Terrorists.

Listen up, while I demonstrate fairness and balance right HERE. To be clear Bush funds these terrorists, many of whom want to kill us, as a way of fighting other terrorists who want to kill us.

But Bush’s incoherent policies have driven us to this pass.

There are no doubt myriad psychological reasons why Bush invaded Iraq. His main, stated goals were to eliminate WMDs and install a democracy—sort of like swapping out an engine in a ’57 Chevy. You and I know it’s more complicated, but even assuming THAT was Bush’s true goal, the POLICY used to achieve it was incoherent, because—as a few of us tried to point out as early as 2002—if you put the majority in charge of Iraq, you'd end up with a Shiite dominated state. That’s who the majority is.

And that Shiite dominated state naturally has lots in common with Iran, the Shiite dominated state next door that Bush long since labeled part of the Axis of Evil. Bush might well bomb Iran unmercifully before he leaves office, Hersh writes. Face it, Bush and Cheney built a faith-based policy on the unstable sands of Neo-conservative dogma, and they did it with no fallback plan rooted in a firmer reality.

Now the so-called Shiite Crescent, stretching from southern Iraq, through Iran and into Southern Lebanon, is on the rise, much to the chagrin of Israel and the anger of many Sunnis throughout the Middle East. Alarmed by this wholly predictable turn, Bush has accelerated his fight against the Shiites of Iran, which makes the Shiites we installed to govern Iraq angry and nervous. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his sometime-ally, Muqtada al-Sadr, who essentially commands tens of thousands of Shiite militia in Iraq, are no fools. They know Bush and his top advisors made a calculated decision to fund and arm people they can only regard as enemies, including the al-Qaeda connected Sunnis inside and bordering Iran. So why did all the major networks not lead with the earthshaking news that our president is funding terrorists?

I’d wager it’s related to the reason my editors tried muzzling articles like this at my last job.

Cognitive dissonance, my friend. Look it up.

Copyright © 2007 by Don Williams, All Rights Reserved

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WhitesCreek's picture

Your first last word

Good stuff...Except that you could mention that the money Bush is funneling to Al Queda connected Sunni's is "borrowed" from our National Debt. We're borrowing money to pay people to blow up our Troops?

Welcome!

redmondkr's picture

Excellent, Excellent

Excellent, Excellent article. Thank you for reminding everybody that the Emperor has no clothes.

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LadyVols's picture

Excellent, Excellent

Excellent, Excellent article. Thank you for reminding everybody that the Emperor has no clothes."

I agree!! I subscribe to the New Yorker and if more would they might get the "big" picture!

Don should be back in the big paper!

rikki's picture

Burn down the house, there's a devil in the closet

Cognitive dissonance implies cognition, which seems rather generous at this point. The mountain of evidence that has piled up against the Bush administration is overwhelming. It may be too much for a dead-ender waking up from the stupor to handle.

I'm not sure engaging the people who protect Bush from mainstream exposure is the right strategy. The ones who are not writing headlines like "Bush funds Sunni terrorists" know what they are doing. They know Bush is a crook, but he is their crook, and their advertisers' crook. The censors need to be undercut, not overpowered with facts.

Democrats control the House of Representatives, and the House holds impeachment power. If the Democrats do not impeach Cheney, they will condemn America to a bleak future. You can write all the columns you want reiterating the myriad reasons to despise this criminal administration; the only cure is to get Cheney's hand on a Bible and put him under oath. With any luck, the Bible will ignite and immolate the dark lord, and he can laugh at us one last time from the flames.

If you really want to see some cognitive dissonance, imagine Cheney and Rumsfeld trying to decide whether lying under oath or telling the truth is worse. They will lie. Actually, they'll probably take one of Bill Casey's stroke pills before they have to testify. No need to speculate, though, the House could vote for impeachment this afternoon were the Democrats to decide the Bush coddling has gone on long enough. Unfortunately, they are coddlers themselves. Truth is a political constituency without representation.

jhow66's picture

Sheeezz

You got to be one dumb idiot if you believe what you just wrote. Oh I forgot you are one of those that worships your self. So I guess we could give you a little slack. Have you see the alien at Area 51 yet?

Tamara Shepherd's picture

If I may...

jhow66: "You got to be one dumb idiot if you believe what you just wrote. Oh I forgot you are one of those that worships Donna Williams. So I guess we could give you a little slack. Have you see the alien at Area 51 yet?"

Should be: "You've got to be one dumb idiot if you believe what you just wrote. Oh, I forgot: you are one of those who worships Donna Williams. So, I guess we could give you a little slack. Have you seen the alien at Area 51 yet?"

A little punctuation and grammar is all the help I could offer you. The task of adding some content is your own.

(If it were me, I'd edit for tone, too. Your call, though, on whether you'd like to engage anyone in conversation, or just continue in your rabid soliloquy.)

Good night.

rikki's picture

I repeat

Cognitive dissonance implies cognition, which seems rather generous at this point.

bizgrrl's picture

Face it, Bush and Cheney

Face it, Bush and Cheney built a faith-based policy on the unstable sands of Neo-conservative dogma, and they did it with no fallback plan rooted in a firmer reality.

Fallback plans and a firm reality are no fun. Just winging it gets the blood pumping!

Sven's picture

I know trying to see a

I know trying to see a method to this madness is like reconstructing Norman Bates' business plan, but I can't help seeing a pattern.

I think the underlying premise of everything the Bush administration has done and will do is this: instability = opportunity. Part of it is post-hoc justification for poor planning and execution, but the concept appeared in these nutjobs' words and writings as far back as the 70s. The infamous millennium "Clean Break" strategy called for shaking up the status quo and working to "contain, destabilize, and roll-back" all potential threats, real and perceived. Even neocon lite Condi continues to yammer about "birth pangs" and "arcs of opportunity" created out of crisis.

While I don't believe they anticipated the level of "destabilization" OppoFreedom would create, they really don't see it as a failure. If the first attempt at sculpture doesn't succeed, one simply has to keep everything molten and fluid so you can try again; and whatever you do, don't let things cool down and solidify to the "enemy's" advantage. You can see this strategy at work in almost everything they do, and not just in Iraq: arming and training Fatah in hopes of a Palestinian civil war, egging on the Israelis to smash into Lebanon...

This is of course completely insane. Not only is it evil to crush 600K Iraqis and God knows how many other thousands in the Levant on the way to "roll back," they're setting the stage for full-on conflagration.

DavidLeeHiker's picture

Congressman Duncan

Remember that Congressman John Duncan voted against the war. That was a courageous vote, and a vote that many politicians in both parties now wish they had cast.

Did you see the report about $12 Billion in cash being transported to Iraq? That much in cash - at one time - required the Federal Reserve for weeks to collect and required fork lifts and special pallets, for the C-130s. It weighed tons. As wild as the mechanics of transporting the twelve billion was, the report further marveled that there was little accounting for how it was spent. There was absolutely no record of how two billion was spent. Two Billion apparently disappeared.

marat's picture

It's good to read you again

One very important question has to be: where is the money coming from that is used for this funding? Is it coming from Defense Department funds, thus allocated by Congress? Is it, as I have heard, coming from discretionary White House funds, over which it will be very hard to establish oversight?

Did Congress in some omnibus bill (such as the resolutions enacted to complete the 2007 budget process) provide these funds without any indication as to where they may be spent?

The budgetary process is so byzantine that it may be very difficult to determine who has oversight of this money, and who may have any responsibility to call Bush's hand. Of course, Bush is playing with other people's money in any case, and his attitude says that no one can call his hand.

Tess's picture

Where are the funds coming

Where are the funds coming from?

Hmmmm... Social Security monies?

JaHu's picture

Don, I bet it feels great

Don, I bet it feels great to be able to write what you want, without worry of being reprimanded.

Adrift in the Sea of Humility

Margaret Bassett's picture

There's so much to do, and you are helping

Now I won't have to worry about what is happening without Friday morning and your column. Actually,I wanted to say something. There's so much to do. What's WUOT say? Changing the future today.
So I know you must wonder what happens after the Sy Hersh article. Try this link when you have 22 minutes to view a film with no flashing lights or elegant phrases. Just plain talk from the likes of the Friends. No kidding, they spent a week in Iran.
(link...)
And then there is human interest on the Katrina front. NYTimes carried a story of two women who received new houses in the 9th ward. ACORN sent it to me. ACORN--those folks aren't waiting for tomorrow.
Gwendolyn Guice and Josephine Butler, next-door neighbors before Hurricane Katrina, will be again in the Lower Ninth Ward’’s first new houses.
By ADAM NOSSITER
Published: February 23, 2007
Oh, yes, I was going to mention Jimmy Duncan's speech about the surge. It's nice to have a Congressman who didn't vote for "the mess."

Socialist With A Gold Card's picture

Great article, Don, and

Great article, Don, and welcome to KnoxViews. We're not particularly hip or cool, but we do tend to pay attention to the important stuff.

--Socialist With A Gold Card


"I'm a socialist with a gold card. I firmly believe we need a revolution; I'm just concerned that I won't be able to get good moisturizer afterwards." -- Brett Butler

jhow66's picture

I am baaaaccck

Hey "Donna" I see you are still making excuses for getting fired. Still spewing the same old crap. Oh and they have the alien at area 51 ready for you to see.

Don Williams's picture

GREAT

So nice to have you back!! Once again you have provided us with well researched information of the things our leaders are preparing to do and accountable for in our country. We are citizens and we have a responsibility to be aware of what our leaders are involved in and take action if necessary. We continue to need a check and balance system to control the power of these individuals. Thank You.

WhitesCreek's picture

jhow66

Contribute or go away.

Divergent opinions are welcome here as long as they have some fact and thought behind them. Since you've only been a member for a few minutes maybe you don't that.

Puerile crap such as your post doesn't go over well. You should stick to Boortz, rage radio, and Faux News if that's what you want.

Bbeanster's picture

Steve, you're being

Steve, you're being mean.
The poor guy incorporated his IQ into his screen name in hopes you'd go easy, but NOOO -- you're picking on his very first postie.

WhitesCreek's picture

Aw shucks..

I'm sorry...Not for picking on our newest troll...For not coming up with a more clever put down. You've outdone me once again, Miss B, I bow to superior fire power.

S

Hambone's picture

What a Great Day!

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry seeing Don William's essay. I wanted to laugh because it's so good to see him back in form after last week's public (and cowardly) haranguing by McElroy at Knox News. I wanted to cry at what Don wrote and the insanity that continues to exist in this administration with the execution of this so called war on terrorism.

Don, it is so good to know that I'll continue getting your weekly commentary. You are a joy to read and an inspiration to many of us political junkies. Cheers! --Erik

LadyVols's picture

You got her Steve!

Puerile crap such as your post doesn't go over well. You should stick to Boortz, rage radio, and Faux News if that's what you want."

Boortz and Puerile Crap kinda go together. Steve, you have outed a troll this time. He works for the big paper and he is just upset a voice was not stamped out.

Faux news is every where and I so agree with you on rage, there is no need for it. Just be civil and this Troll will be outed and then leave the "island" very quickly. They hate the bright light of truth.

As for 51, it is a real place and this administration has been hiding them, never read Don's thoughts but I would love to see them!

Troll=Stupid

ivester's picture

Funding Al Qaeda

I believe Hersh has speculated that the funding for these groups is coming from big pots of black money that might have come from those big ol' bombers full o' cash that Hersh has talked about and that Pat Buchanan has discussed in American Conservative magazine. That's about $12 billion or so, shrink-wrapped pallets of US dollars, and nobody knows where it went. Hersh seems to be saying that this is where it probably went: into off-the-books Iran/contra-style black ops like funding these groups. Once again Hersh is connecting the dots. I don't know of his ever having been proved wrong.

LadyVols's picture

Once again Hersh is

Once again Hersh is connecting the dots. I don't know of his ever having been proved wrong."

WOW! Why won't the media jump on this!! Shrink Wrapped Money, billions of it, now that is a next level story!!! Don, can you write about this?

Cheryl's picture

Here I am!

Thanks Don for sending me the link to find you again! I am looking forward to reading what you have to say. No more bird cage liner for this girl!

Cheryl

Factchecker's picture

I can't help it...

LV, people I trust are convinced you're a troll. I've not followed it all that thoroughly, but if you don't deserve the label, I think you should hang in there and lose the Troll=Stupid tag.

LadyVols's picture

I think you should hang in

I think you should hang in there and lose the Troll=Stupid tag."

Thanks! I am trying but as you say some flat hate me and what I saw here. That tag actually came from a poster who did not agree with something I said? I have read the rules of the blog and they say if we are civil, and don't out or go after the person then we can stay. I also understand if you do have a view that is not in direct line with certain posters they say you are a right wing republican.

As for hanging in, I have done that all my life and love to talk with folks who have a different slant on things. Don't you think it gets really dull when everyone agrees? I like Hillary and think Al would make a great VP for her. Just my thought but boy howdy it really caused a few to jump up and call me names. Anyway, if you can find the link in that site to actually send a credit card number I would really appreciate it. It is a great idea!

Thanks,

Former Stupid Troll

Factchecker's picture

OK, I'll "bite"

I also understand if you do have a view that is not in direct line with certain posters they say you are a right wing republican.

Not so. Where did you read that? Please quote it.

Anyway, if you can find the link in that site

Does this take you close enough? I think you can take it from there. Don't ask for my card # so you can test it.

R. Neal's picture

Got you jumping through

Got you jumping through hoops, there Factchecker? ;)

Frank Hillman's picture

Don Williams should go BIG TIME

Don, you made a great move in leaving the KNS. I speak sincerely when I write that you are a breath of fresh air. We need the truth to be told and IMO you are doing just that. I appreciate the clarity and depth of your message, uninhibited by your former paper. Keep 'er going and don't let up.
We, in the tri cities area who seek real journalism are starving for your type of opinion which I believe is backed up by courage and candor.
I will notify my friends of like mind and direct them to your site. Thanks.

R. Neal's picture

A few things

First to Don Williams: Thanks for agreeing to let us syndicate your column for a few weeks. Yours is an important and powerful voice on par with any nationally syndicated columnist, whether writing about National Affairs or local issues or, I would imagine, dryer lint. I'm sure you could make even that a thought-provoking, controversial topic, and isn't that the job of a writer?

Second to commenters: Thanks for the warm KnoxViews welcome you have given Don. When his limited engagement is over, maybe we can persuade Don to continue blogging here from time to time, even it it's just to link and excerpt his columns and writings at other venues.

Third, I hate to bring this up, because I was going to stay out of the KNS/McElroy v. Williams thing out of respect to both of them (and because I'm just glad Don is here and I'm sure they will eventually work out their differences and remain friends). But Don's closing remarks in this column leave the door open for this:

I've never read any of Leslie Snow's columns before, but I must say I am underwhelmed with her debut as Don's replacement. I know it's her first column and I'm willing to give her the benefit of a few more before making up my mind, but I have a couple of problems with it.

McElroy says he replaced Don's column with Snow's because he wanted more local coverage from his only "liberal" local columnist.

Her column today is neither local, nor "liberal".

She says herself that she doesn't know why McElroy would consider her liberal, as she views herself as a middle-of-the-road moderate. Of course, here in East Tennessee I guess that's the same as far left-wing liberal, making someone like Williams a barking moonbat and probably a Communist.

But Snow has a soothing way about her writing, so let the healing begin I guess.

(Her column appears heavily padded, though, to make the 700 words or whatever she's contracted for. Unlike Williams who won't shut up and turns in three times as much as agreed to. Fortunately there are no column inch constraints on the intertubes.)

Anyway, it looks to me like the KNS traded in a Begala/Carville for an Alan Colmes.

Rachel's picture

I've never read any of

I've never read any of Leslie Snow's columns before, but I must say I am underwhelmed with her debut as Don's replacement. I know it's her first column and I'm willing to give her the benefit of a few more before making up my mind, but I have a couple of problems with it.

McElroy says he replaced Don's column with Snow's because he wanted more local coverage from his only "liberal" local columnist.

Her column today is neither local, nor "liberal".

She says herself that she doesn't know why McElroy would consider her liberal, as she views herself as a middle-of-the-road moderate.

Yup, I read her first column with interest and I was also disapointed. Athough like R. Neal, I'm willing to give it some time.

Weird that McElroy went to such lengths to call her a liberal and then in her very first column she goes to equal lengths to disavow the label.

Tess's picture

Old Timer's money dropped from the air

One very important question has to be: where is the money coming from that is used for this funding? Is it coming from Defense Department funds, thus allocated by Congress? Is it, as I have heard, coming from discretionary White House funds, over which it will be very hard to establish oversight?

I just hope it didn't come from the money that has been taken from my paycheck for as long as I have worked, which is a looooooooong time, for Social Security.

But, my fear is that is where the billions of dollars (pallets) of money dropped from planes came from.

LadyVols's picture

Thanks for agreeing to let

Thanks for agreeing to let us syndicate your column for a few weeks"

It is a heck of a win to get don on.

Can you tell us how many will see it here?

Thanks,
A
Don
Fan!

Don't just say Troll, give us some numbers ok?

Thanks again,
A
Don
Fan

Factchecker's picture

Can you tell us how many

Can you tell us how many will see it here?

What difference does that make, A Don Fan? And why are you using LadyVols's computer????? She's a big friend around here and is doing a heckofa job as a commenter and might not like the tone of your question!!!!

I suppose "some would say" Don's words have been proven wrong now that he's been pushed out of one syndicated slot and has a smaller audience here.

Which way do you think on that?

LadyVols's picture

Which way do you think on

Which way do you think on that?"

Word out of the big paper was the guy had one verse to his song and when they asked him to expand he walked on them. Personally I wouldn't believe a dang thing any head dude told me about a fired employee, but that is what they are starting to spread under their breath.

Heck, what he posted here had that new gal's column beat all to heck and back. I agree with the rest of the mob, she better crank it up and remember she was hired as a LIBERAL voice or she will find herself posting on a right wing nut blog next month.

Factchecker's picture

...about a fired employee,

...about a fired employee, but that is what they are starting to spread under their breath.

He wasn't an employee. Who are "they" and where do you get your bad info?

LadyVols's picture

My info comes from those

My info comes from those working inside the belly of the beast and you are right he was not a PAID employee but he did rep the paper and they had the power to keep him or not. As for bad info, hide and watch (as my grandfather use to say) there are plans underway that will expand the big paper further and in the process cut local employees.

If you have better info let us hear it?

redmondkr's picture

Tonight's Real Time With

Tonight's Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO featured an interview with Seymour Hersh followed by a discussion with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), author John Ridley (NPR), and former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.). This is a great addition to Don Williams' column.

"Maybe we can get to 2009 without every Muslim in the world coming after us, maybe not." - Seymour Hersh

Try to catch a rerun.

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jhow66's picture

whitecrick

Unless you own this site --up yours. This looks a "Donna" brown noser blog. Kiss Donna's rear or get lost hu? Boooorrrriiinng.

WhitesCreek's picture

Miss Bean

Looks like you were right about jhow66 and his/her IQ. How could I have doubted you.

Steve

JaHu's picture

If I were a betting man, I'd

If I were a betting man, I'd be willing to bet that jhow66 is the infamously banned knoxviews poster Walker Johnson. Do I win a prize? or do I have to eat my words?

Adrift in the Sea of Humility

talidapali's picture

Nope...

jhow66 is the very same poster that left the same such scintillating posts over at the KnoxNews.com's Upfront Page blog. He's just an example of the low-class, semi-literate trolls which abound in this area.

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JaHu's picture

Then I'm sure it wouldn't be

Then I'm sure it wouldn't be Walker. My apologies to him.

So it looks as if I now have to eat my words, so can I add the following words to the list, New, York, Strip and Steak? If I'm going to have to eat 'em I might as well enjoy 'em.

Adrift in the Sea of Humility

LadyVols's picture

jhow66

jhow66?

What did this woman say or guy?

Trolls are turning out to be the most fun things here! At least the generate the widest and "most pointed" comments. There should be at Troll only blog site, anyone know of one?

Troll=Republican=fun=stoopid

jhow66's picture

trolls

Ain't that what this blog is?
Donna's brown nosers=moonbats=dumbass=___________________
You fill in the blanks.

Rachel's picture

dear jhow66

Please read the site rules. Or just go away. We don't want to play.

Don Williams's picture

"The One-Note Donnie" Issue & Me

When the NS hired me 21 years ago, it was not as a "local columnist," nor was I told I had to write mostly about local issues at any other time until 2004, when I came out strongly against the re-selection of George W. Bush, whom the Sentinel endorsed--a black mark on the paper's record.
I believe I brought something new to the table each week--stylistically or substantively. Comparing my so-called "Bush-bashing" to a hypothetical Greg Johnson obsession with abortion, as Jack McElroy did recently, not only does Johnson a disservice by stereotying his views, but it's an ill-conceived analogy as well. I was no "Johnny one-note" anymore than, say, Thomas Sowell or Cal Thomas or Rush Limbaugh are Johnny one-notes.
I wrote about torture, global warming, wire-tapping, Oak Ridge's role in Bombplex 2030, TVA's sellout to the military industry, long-distance running, war-profiteering, the proposed industrial park, the history of Iraq, county government, Dick Cheney's many conflicts of interest, the road lobby, Bush's support for terrorists, America's declining reputation, Tennessee greenways, PNAC, Zbig Brezinski's recent testimony that the war in Iraq was "calamitous," the decline of species, the loss of songbirds, the rights of minorities and those with alternative lifestyles, Cherokee lore, over-development of our land, the beauty of the Smokies, the coming war on Iran, the local literary scene, electoral malfeasance, the legacy of Iran-Contra, American support for Saddam under Reagan, my mother, my spiritual perspective, evolution, and much else.
To those who can't bear to hear criticism of our president, I'm sure cognitive dissonance sets in when I state the evidence of all the horrible things he, Cheney and the neocons have led us to do the past five years.
Some readers blend these streams into one and say "Don's spouting venom" rather than examine the facts I present. The extent to which some are put off by my honesty, in my opinion, is a measure of their denial of the true state of the union and the world. Getting people to honestly look at the facts has not been easy. Far easier to circle the wagons around their fragile world view and take potshots at the messenger. Considering the readership I brought to the paper my choice of subject matter should not be an issue in any case. Would people come back week after week to read the same thing? I think not.
No, I'm no more obsessed with, say, global warming than Sowell is. The difference is that my opinion is based on the overwhelming majority of the actual hands-on scientists.
Honestly, it's hard to understand why people still publish the likes of Sowell, Krauthammer and Thomas. It's hard to imagine three people who got more things wrong--about WMDs, global warming, the liberation of Iraq--the list is endless--while muzzling me, when practically everything I ever said turned out to be true, starting long before 2002, when I said the coming war would bring tragedy to the Middle East, lead to war crimes on all sides, spread beyond Iraq and be based on lies. I was right on every point. Sowell, Krauthammer and Thomas were wrong on every point. The only reason a lot of Knoxvillians know about any number of issues I could name is because I told them things the national columnists don't often reveal, such as the debacle at Tora Bora, and other things mentioned in the above column. I know to some that sounds like Don's "spewing venom" because they're forced to confront a truth that challenges their fiercely held world view. If you take each column and look into it, however, you'll find I wasn't spewing venom. I was speaking truth. Only to those who can't recognize the truth do my words sound like venom. To others, they offer the sweet balm of shared truth and affirmation of sanity. That's what hurt most about ending my NS column. Editors caved to the LCD who mounted a campaign to stifle me. They won. The Sentinel lost.
In a way I won. I've several new opportunities, and my column here was picked up by Buzzflash. It likely will draw more readers than anything I've written since the great compromise of 2004, when I promised I'd write more local stuff. My next column begins in Knoxville Voice, due on the streets Thursday and I've been asked to start a blog and to write news for Truthout.com, so I'm going to be OK.
As for Leslie Snow, I'm sure she'll bring credit to the newspaper and I harbor no ill feelings against her for stepping into this slot. I know how seductive the prospect of recognition can be. With me as an example, she's unlikely to stray far from the reservation, thought I would hope otherwise. If I had one piece of advice, I'd tell her, Ms. Snow, you have an obligation to write the truest thing you know, even when what you know does not square with what columnists and broadcasters are saying, and even if it isn't strictly local in nature. National issues have never had greater local impact. I trust you won't be compromised or betrayed and that you'll recognize it when you're being asked to go against your conscience. That's the choice I faced. I'd also urge you to guard your reputation and to challenge every lie and character smear your foes try to plant on the Letters page and at Knoxnews.com. They add up and can be burdensome on you, your family and friends. Remember, though, when you're held up to scorn by the narrowminded, the meanspirited and the unimaginative, it's best to think of that as a mark of distinction. You've made the honor roll. I'll be watching for your name.

jhow66's picture

Donna

Tooting your own whistle there "donna". After reading what you just wrote, one can only conclude you are one sick dude.No one could be that dumb to believe what you do.

talidapali's picture

Duuude...

time for you to go the way of the dinosaur...

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Yossarian's picture

Reeeeead...

The way of the dinosaur? I think not. They had the luxury of not seeing what was coming. How many "Ameros" would you guess it will take to equal $45.00, talidapali?

Here's more recommended reading - perhaps "NATO's Secret Armies" would make a good starting point for you.

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talidapali's picture

was talking to jhow66

who doesn't appear to have anything of substance to add to the conversation...just insults...so if he goes the way of the dinosaur its not much of a loss...think?

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jhow66's picture

dino-tai--oh whatever

Is this blog a knock off of the kos kiddies--my way or no way? Must be mighty dull--you sctatch my back and I wi------

metulj's picture

"No one could be that dumb

"No one could be that dumb to believe what you do."

Everytime I see this sort of rhetoric from the right wing, I look at the Iraq war and shake my head.

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

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snakebit

Only to those who can't recognize the truth do my words sound like venom.

Venom is not telling the truth, and Republicans are bit. They are scared to confront how widespread and institutional, how top-down and intentional torture in military prisons was. They are scared of honest conversation on many subjects and take pride in obstinate silence. They are cowards like the Sentinel is for muffling then firing you.

Hiding from the truth causes them no shame. It's quite shameful.

Thank you for being out front in trying to shine a light on this administration of roaches.

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Stand for Truth Against Delusion

The Putschists have a nice little controlled media going here, don't they?
As for previous comments on this Don Williams article, I'm with "Sven." He has figured out how these people in the Bush junta work. I believe a combination of naivete and ignorance of deep political history keep most people from ever "getting it," as Sven does.
I have long supported Don Williams as a champion of
truth-telling in a mendacious world, not so much as a "liberal." Don is truly calling it as he sees it -- and unlike the man falsely called the US president and his cult-like following, Don actually bases his beliefs on study. Don's name-hurling opponents are like the French generals in WWI who encouraged their troops to BELIEVE the Huns' machine guns simply could not hurt them, and they would march into glorious victory on the front line... instead of getting chopped into hamburger, which was, of course, their actual fate.
To keep it in perspective, as a friend of mine says, "Liberals annoy me; Conservatives make me sick with loathing." Yet, above and beyond the natural tendencies of people to fall into camps of progressive or reactionary thought, each with their virtues and flaws, stands an hierarchy in this world that exploits and substantially controls each. On pp. 74-75 of "Tragedy and Hope, A History of the World in Our Time" (1966), Prof. J. Carroll Quigley explained how the Progressive movement and the origin of a controlled, "Left" media in America, was given form at the last turn of the century by the money of the Robber Baron
class, led by J.P. Morgan. This was a way to mediate and harness social tensions as the peasants prepared to revolt after losing control of their farmland to the big bankers, and as some of the super-rich upper crust were softening into re-adopting an older sense of noblesse oblige toward the working people.
Today, during a process of several decades of resurgent monopoly orientation which grew among the elite following the publication of the Trilateral Commission's recommendations, under the direction of the Rockefeller camp (and the ignorant will not realize that is where the Bushes stem from), we continue to have an elite-controlled "Left" (or "Left out," as I call them in their
media-marginalized form today) vs. an elite-controlled "Right," (or, in the extreme form they manifest today, "Reich"). Manipulated by loads of big money
and all the propaganda it can buy, today's grass roots "conservatives," (critical thought never having been their strong suit), have become followers of the likes of Michael Savage, Ann Coulter, et al., and George W. Bush. These people, in flocking to the loud-mouthed, hectoring "culture warrior" fiends employed against us all in droves by the right-wing, military-industrial, big
business money men that took over mass media after Nixon's resignation, are simply reacting to their gut instinct that "something's wrong." They don't know what, nor do they, as a rule, care to try to explore the limits of their
paradigm to find out what that something wrong actually is. So, they're easily taken in by "outraged" multi-millionairs con men on the corporate dole for services rendered, moved to attack their neighbors in order to preoccupy us all with trivia while the world is
drastically reshaped from the top of the financial-political heirarchy down. Economically, these teeth-grinding, liberal-hating, cult-like faux-patriot followers generally receive the fate of the French troops in WWI.
Sadly, liberals, despite being more involved with
real-world concerns and efforts as a rule, are corralled, steered, misdirected and branded by well-rewarded Establishment tools with no more effort required. It's been that way for a long time.
Some of the biggest truths about how the nations of the world were controlled were actually unearthed by traditional conservatives of earlier times when being conservative didn't require one to be an idiot. Look up the story, for instance, of Antony Sutton, a technology expert who discovered that the USSR was virtually made in the USA. Yes, this nation's arch-enemy in the Cold War was built up by the West's wealthy elite ("Fleshing Out Skull and Bones," (pp. 81-105). It is really no secret that the Bolshevik Revolution was funded by a wealthy Western elite. It's just not talked about in the way that reaches masses of people. If a tree falls in the forest but the big media doesn't report it the way they did OJ Simpson, or
their contrived "Dean Scream" "event" in '04, some will insist all the trees must still stand. But, even in books like Silk & Silk's "The American Establishment" it is possible to read how the Russian Commies came to visit the
Rockefellers for more money as the first "Five Year Plan" was nearing expiration and they were without resources. (They did get more funding, by the way.) It is also possible to read in books like "Trading with the Enemy," by
Charles Higham, how the Bank of International Settlements was used by the wealthy Western elite to set up Communism's arch-foe, the National Socialist movement in Germany. Fickle bunch, aren't they, those captains of industry and
finance? I could say a lot more, but until and unless there are syndicated columnists and commentators exposing the truth of history to the masses, everyone will proceed in their half-bright and bewildered ways, manipulated and
conditioned by the heirs of Edward Bernays' and Walter Lippman's propaganda techniques, unable to distinguish even obvious physical facts from a planted mythical narrative set forth to control and exploit them. A blatant example of
what I mean would be the widespread inability of Americans to distinguish the explosive nature of the WTC towers' disintegration, which they saw broadcast with their own eyes, from the very different effects mere gravity could
possibly have had on the buildings. The massive disconnect we have here between reality and mythical narrative, the lack of critical thought and historical awareness alike, is extremely disturing to realize. So is the fact that many liberals as well as conservatives are widely afflicted with
baseless faiths which lead them marching into the hail of enemy fire spewing from the elite's imperial globalist movement in our era.
Don is contending with these sad realities as best he can, and as much as he dares, I think. And that is more than most nationally-syndicated "liberal" columnists do.

"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain." Johann Christian Friedrich von Schiller, The Maid of Orleans

Yossarian's picture

Oh! jhow66. You Betcha.

Indeed, sir. Indeed. Apologies.

Still standing behind recommended reads. ;-)

"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain." Johann Christian Friedrich von Schiller, The Maid of Orleans

Bbeanster's picture

Who'd want to get close

Who'd want to get close enough to 'sctach' you?

Dissenting opinions aren't booted, unless they are anonymous, chickenshit trolls. We've even put up with 'ladyvols' for a couple of months now (actually, it hasn't been nearly that long, just seems like it).

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Tamara,

Back off on the four syllable words when you talking to 66... Duh!

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knoxvillecurmudgeon

knoxvillecurmudgeon

chuckbowers's picture

good to have you back in print(xxx)!!

We need your voice. Thanks to the website for making it possible. Bush will go down in history as the man who destroyed life as we know it.

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misread

(from the knoxvillecurmudgeon)

I don't seem to know how to operate this site. I didn't mean to call YOU the knoxvillecurmudgeon- - just entered that as MY signature. Came out wrong, somehow.

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I don't seem to know how to

I don't seem to know how to operate this site. I didn't mean to call YOU the knoxvillecurmudgeon- - just entered that as MY signature. Came out wrong, somehow.

Some of my best friends are curmudgeons. Welcome aboard.

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Tam' and old 'crick

So what you got the meaning. Oh and up yours. If you don't like it don't read it. Got it?

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Money for terorists

How can anyone give money to support terrorism.....at least do it without anyone knowing....user a different currency or something

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