'Midwest heroes,' my ass
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Yesterday a savvy AlterNet reader named Dan sent a tip about "this UNBELIEVABLE commercial the Administration is airing in Minnesotaâ€¦Everybody should see this to understand just how far they're prepared to go with the lies."
So I visited the offending (and laughably-titled) website (MidwestHeroes.com). Who are these "Midwest heroes?" Mouthpieces for the Bush regime, disguised as former American soldiers, of course! They explain 'emselves this way: "We're defeating the terrorists and neutralizing the insurgents. Our troops are helping the Iraqi people and their new democracy transition to self-reliance. And in doing so, we're securing America from the threats of radical al Qaeda terroristsâ€¦"
Repulsed, I watched the video for myself. And oh my, Dan -- you're right. It's unbelievable.
"The media only reports the bad news," some white dude in a suit informs us while 'patriotic' music surges. "But we're making real progress in Iraq, defending our country from radical Al-Qaeda terrorists who want to destroy America, beginning in Iraqâ€¦You'd never know it by the news reports, but our enemy in Iraq is Al-Qaeda, the same terrorists who killed 3000 people on 9/11, the same terrorists from the USS Cole, Madrid, London, and many moreâ€¦"
Watch for yourself... then feel free to Puke. Rinse. Repeat.
The website is part of the Progress for America Voter Fund ("PFA-VF", a conservative advocacy group that wants to "reduce the lopsided advertising advantage that liberal 527s have on the campaign trail today."
Laura Barcella is AlterNet's front page editor.