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Former Ambassador Says Only Way to Stop Iran Is the Use of Military Force

Reported by Marie Therese - February 8, 2006

I've discovered that FOX & Friends, a morning show that features Bush administration propaganda cleverly hidden inside mindless banter, is very insidious. Because hosts Steve Doocy, E. D. Hill and Brian Kilmeade present themselves as the average Tom, Dick and Jane, FOX News is able to introduce deadly serious, sometimes toxic propaganda, to its daytime audience, delivered by personalities who are packaged as less intimidating and more female-friendly.

The FOX & Friends format is deceptive. In general, the "friends" present themselves as inane bubble-brains who do silly things like walk around the studio and wave to the gawkers outside the big glass windows. They seem to say anything that pops into their empty little heads. Nothing could be farther from the truth. FOX & Friends is a deadly serious show, poison wrapped in cotton candy.

Seated in three chairs, the hosts read their talking points from laptop computers set on a coffee table. The use of archetypes on this show is truly clever. Each "friend" is reminiscent of kids we knew in high school. Weather man Steve Doocy comes across like the boy next door, the big good-hearted doofus that everybody liked. Brian Kilmeade has been cast as the jock, the wiry little kid who tried all the sports but was not good at any of them, who just loved to use sports metaphors for everything in his life. E. D. Hill presents herself as the unattainable high school prom queen: Blonde, perky, well-dressed and coifed, a pretty package of consuming ambition hidden behind an ever-present smile that masks a mind that's as sharp as a tack. In short, the classic "fist of steel covered by a velvet glove." When necessary, Ms. Hill cuts to the chase and delivers her talking points with razor-sharp precision and a dollop of scorn.

During the two hours I taped yesterday [2-7-06], a large chunk of the coverage was devoted to the unsworn testimony given by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales before the Senate Intelligence Committee. This was actually a departure for the show, which usually flits from one item to the next without repeating a story too many times. Yesterday, however, there wasn't as much fluffy filler, leading me to believe that the Bush administration might be really worried about what's going on in the Senate and felt the need to defend itself strongly.

Each segment on the NSA spy case was peppered with administration talking points and the hosts did a good job of defending President Bush's decision to turn the NSA into an American version of the KGB.

However, to my mind, the scariest interview was the one Steve Doocy did with FOX News Foreign Affairs Analyst, Marc Ginsburg, former U. S. Ambassador to Morocco. Despite his happy-go-lucky persona, Doocy is first and foremost a company man, completely dedicated to furthering the new world order envisioned by Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, John Moody, Karl Rove and the GOP.

Ambassador Ginsburg discussed the current worldwide unrest in the Muslim community that was sparked by Danish cartoons that depicted the Prophet Mohammed. As anyone familiar with even the rudiments of Islam knows, crafting an an image of the Prophet Mohammed is the worst blasphemy that can be committed. However, as Ginsburg pointed out in his interview, the cartoon was just the spark that ignited seething feelings of alienation and resentment. He also waxed pessimistic about the chances that Iran would back off and suggested that Israel might do something in retaliation.

Steve Doocy started off by asking "You know what, Ambassador, there's a feeling that something's going on over, you know, with the cartoon thing. There's a of of anger right now on the Arab street and also with Iran sayin' to the world, you know, 'we're gonna cook up this stuff whether you like it or not' . Seems like something's goin' on."

GINSBURG: There is a lot of forment (sic) that's evolving from a variety of factors, Steve, not least of which is the Iraq War. The sense in the Arab world that there is a denigration of Islam that takes place repeatedly. I'm frankly surprised they haven't tried to burn down - and certainly don't want them to try to burn down - any U. S. embassies. Also, more importantly, I think that the forment (sic) in the Arab world between extremism and dictatorship are causing people to express their views in ways that ordinarily they wouldn't be doing so. So you have a terribly trying time in the Middle East that's evolving over a variety of factors that all seem to be coming together.

DOOCY (reading): The supreme leader of Iran denounced the Prophet cartoons as "zionist conspiracies." (stops reading) He said that just about two hours ago. In the meantime all eyes are on Israel. A lot of people, Ambassador, are saying Israel is gonna go in and they're gonna blow up all those sites. Do you think that's really gonna happen?

GINSBURG: I think the Israelis have certainly made it clear, Steve, that if Iran goes nuclear and the Ayatollahs have atomic weapons, that they cannot condone it and that it is a[n] indefensible threat to their own safety and security and just look at the President's own - the President of Iran's own statements calling for the destruction of Israel. I think what the Israelis are counting on right now, Steve, is that the U. N. effort, that is, the referral from the IAEA to the United Nations Security Council sees whether or not there's a way of slowing down the process but, you know, Steve, I'm one of those persons who believe that, no matter how hard we work and try, we really can't stop Iran in the end from acquiring a nuclear weapon unless we use military means.

DOOCY: Also, the country of Russia has stepped up to the plate and they've said to Iran "You know what? We'll enrich the uranium for ya' so you don't have to have the special gizmos over there." But Iran, at this stage in the negotiations, have (sic) said no. Do you think there's any possibility they might, once some pressure gets applied, say "You know what? That's not a bad idea."

GINSBURG: It's a valid proposition from President Putin of Russia because, if he - if Russia is able to extract from Iran the spent fuel rods and therefore denies the enriched uranium for weaponizing what, essentially, is that uranium material that was left behind and has it monitored strictly for peaceful uses. Yes. It's not a bad idea. I guess it's - of all the worst ideas, this is the least of the worst ideas.

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