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Commentary on the Death of Gerald Ford

Yes, it was Gerald R. Ford who took those famously amoral and criminally incompetent backroom operators, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, out of the lower quadrants of the twisted bowels of the Nixon White House and raised them to the highest levels of American government, where, in one form or another, overtly and covertly, they have inflicted their primitive ideology and violent psychodramas on the nation, and the world, for more than three decades.
The Enduring Legacy of Gerald R. Ford

Yes, it was Gerald R. Ford who took those famously amoral and criminally incompetent backroom operators, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, out of the lower quadrants of the twisted bowels of the Nixon White House and raised them to the highest levels of American government, where, in one form or another, overtly and covertly, they have inflicted their primitive ideology and violent psychodramas on the nation, and the world, for more than three decades.

 link to www.chris-floyd.com



The GAW [Great American Whitewash] In Action

The GAW can be used for just about anything; but when a former statesman, or better still, an ex-president dies, then the GAW is wrapped in sparkling stars and stripes and thrust at the reader/viewer with the subtlety of a 40 car pile-up. We saw this when Nixon passed, then Reagan. And now that Gerald Ford has died, we see it again -- in one instance, through pure political revisionism; and in another case, complete omission.

 http://redstateson.blogspot.com/2006/12/gaw-in-action.html



Adieu, Gerald Ford: Farewell to Our Greatest President

Ford was surrounded by bellicose advisors such as his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger; his vice president, Nelson Rockefeller; his chief of staff, and later secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld and his presidential assistant, Dick Cheney. The fact that this rabid crew were only able to persuade Ford to give the green light for Indonesia's invasion of East Timor--an appalling decision to be sure -- is tribute to Ford's pacific instincts and deft personnel management. Unlike George W. Bush, Ford was of humane temper and could mostly hold in check his bloodthirsty counselors.

 http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn12272006.html



Gerald Ford, Unsentimentally

On domestic policy, Ford was a standard issue Republican, vetoing social spending bills, cutting food stamps and housing and education programs, infamously denying aid to New York City while all the while boosting Pentagon spending. And, in a move Bush and Cheney would have applauded, he proposed the nation's first official secrets act to provide criminal penalties for the unauthorized disclosure of classified material.

 http://www.progressive.org/mag_wx122706



President Gerald Ford Dies at 93; Supported Indonesian Invasion of East Timor that Killed 1/3 of Population

Gerald Ford served as president until he lost to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election. In 1975 He ordered the final pullout of U.S. troops from Vietnam. He later offered amnesty to Vietman era draft resisters. Gerald Ford surrounded himself by advisers who would later play key roles in the current Bush administration and in shaping Bush's Iraq war policy. Donald Rumsfeld served first as his chief of staff and then as Secretary of Defense. Dick Cheney also served as Ford's chief of staff. Paul Wolfowitz served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

 http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/27/1638254
and 28.Dec.2006 08:35

ring

It was Gerald R. Ford who asked that his thoughts about the war in Iraq be released after his death. He said that he did not agree with Bush's reasons for attacking Iraq and thought that it was not good for America. He also had harsh words for Cheney and Rumsfeld. Too bad he didn't say all of that when it would have mattered. Or was there a time for that? These men were hell bent to get us into a war and I suppose Ford's thoughts would have gone just about as far as the thoughts of the PEOPLE have gone with this bunch.

ford was pro genocide 28.Dec.2006 10:41

marco

The man supported genocide.

Why on earth would the corporate media applaud this man?

I guess I answered my own question huh?

Not to mention his Nixxon pardon is the reason we're still
stuck with such events as Abramoff, Ken Lay, Ted Haggart,
John Foley, John Rowland... I guess I'll stop there, there's
so much more I *could* say.

 http://mke.indymedia.org/en/2006/12/206633.shtml

Why Does the Media Do Anything? 28.Dec.2006 20:34

ranger

What did you expect them to do with Ford's death? Look at the love fest after Reagan's death. They made one of the most dangerous Presidents in US history into a saint.

Media skewed on Ford 04.Jan.2007 19:06

Olde Timer Republican

Nixon was a shame. Ford was a place holder. It is rude to speak ill of the dead, he was most likely a fine joe. Functionally, if his pardon of Nixon was so healing, he would have been elected. He was not. He allowed the current scum to rise. Rumsfeld and Cheney. Ask yourself.... Would the country be in better shape with the pardon and Rumsfeld and Cheny.... or without em.

This current four day medial extravaganza for a person who was not elected, who pardoned the president who deserved impeachment far more than Clinton, is re-writing history. If America loved that action they would have elected Ford.

After you make a mess, better clean it up. Who is going to clean up after Cheny and Rumfeld's "private contractors"?