I think John W. Dean may have succeeded in creating one of the cleverest and sleaziest pieces of half truth ever conjured into existence by the mainstream media. There is a startlingly schizophrenic quality to the way in which the author can paint such a baldly damning portrait of the Bush administration, but then leave it utterly out of context to the rest of the country's power structure. It's as if we're expected to believe that this all-star cast of criminals came about organically, all by itself, coincidentally right after a stolen election. These mainstreamers love to tease you with some truth while leaving it all hopelessly out of context so you focus on the trees instead of the forest. You end up having to become your own journalist if you want to find anything close to the truth about things.
Dean's ability to leave the dots unconnected is truly remarkable at times. Like on page 100, when he discusses the Project for a New American Century, and the now infamous phrase, "catastrophic and catalyzing event." We are meant to understand that the NeoCons had a strong desire to go to war in the Middle East, which predated 9/11, but we're stopped short before digging any deeper. Before asking what that might mean. Before asking ourselves if there's really any difference between a tyrannical government who wants to go to war, and a tyrannical government who's willing to stage a false flag attack to go to war.
Then, just in case any of his readers are feeling curious, he reminds us to stay in our place by comparing anyone willing to explore these matters deeper than he did, to crazies, by first mentioning an outlandish claim about extraterrestrials perpetrating 9/11, and then going to the tried-and-true method of focusing on the few nitwits within the movement who are anti-semites. This is particularly frustrating. This would be like if each time the Republicans were on your television set, they were bombarded with questions regarding the end of days, and the second coming, and also if they know who the next closet homosexual will be, to reveal himself from within their ranks. There are truth to these things, but your agenda becomes unmistakably clear when you focus only on the negative and sensational.
As a former counsil to Nixon, it's perhaps not surprising that Dean tries to compare and contrast the two regimes regularly, often reiterating the assertion that the Bush administration is a new and separate threat to the constitution and our independence, rather than a reemergence of those same threatening forces that were in play during the Nixon years. This distinction is very important because it helps these gatekeeper weasles reinforce their portayal of the Bush administration as being merely an anomaly. Get rid of Bush, get rid of the Republicans and we can get back on track. Horseshit. I recommend this book to anyone interested in experiencing the mainstream media's cognitive dissonance campaign in full swing.