Wednesday, August 17, 2005

We're for War - Keep Killing

Various news sources are reporting the entry of our old friends at Move America Forward (MAF) into the Cindy Sheehan peace vigil. San Diego’s resident right wing wacko Howard Kaloogian and Melanie Morgan, his equally whacked out partner at MAF are organizing a pro-war caravan that will culminating in a confrontation with Cindy Sheehan in Crawford on August 27.

After Move America Forward recent visit to Iraq, their so called “truth tour”, wrapped up, I wondered what sort of mischief MAF would get into next. Well, now I know.

Utilizing all the resources of the right wing Republican PR firm of Russo, Marsh and Rogers, MAF has sent out 300,000 invitations to its “You Don’t Speak for Me, Cindy” tour. MAF envisions caravans of wingnuts like Larry Northern,
the pro-war advocate who mowed down hundreds of symbolic crosses and dozens of American flags at Camp Casey the other day, all hitting the road next week converging on Crawford to give Ms. Sheehan and her anti-war fellow travelers what for.

The reliable mainstream media is treating Move America Forward as if it were an actual conservative organization instead of the front for Russo, Marsh and Roger. In addition, the MSM doesn’t seem to recognize that Kaloogian is using his association with MAF to further his campaign for Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s seat in California’s 50th Congressional District.

As is always does, Move America Forward, finds some reputable individual to front for its line of bullshit and fund raising. In this case MAF has picked up

Deborah Johns of Marine Moms, whose living son served in Iraq.

It’s ironic that Move America Forward, a group that insists it is committed to supporting our soldiers, wants to encourage President Bush to stay the course in
Iraq. In other words, MAF wants American soldiers to keep dying until President Bush figures out a way to disengage in Iraq without being impeached.

On the other side is Cindy Sheehan, who doesn’t want one more American soldier to die in

Move America Forward is shamelessly exploiting Deborah Johns by equating the death and maiming of Americans as somehow necessary to achieve goals that almost no one in this country, including members of the Bush Administration, believe are either realistic or possible.

Cindy Sheehan isn’t sending out 300,000 invitations to people on a PF firm’s mailing list asking them to come and help her confront President Bush. She was willing to go it alone. It’s Bush’s fault she is still in Crawford.

Move America Forward files here, here, here and here. The organization is so phony it makes astroturf seem real.