Mother Jones magazine is reporting a hawkish advocacy group connected to the White House has hired a Virginia company to begin test-marketing language that could be used to sell a war with Iran. The group Freedom's Watch first made headlines this summer when it launched a $15 million ad campaign in support of the surge of American troops in Iraq. The group's leadership includes former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer and Bradley Blakeman, a former deputy assistant to President Bush. Freedom Group recently hired the company Martin Focus Groups in Alexandria, Virginia. One participant who was paid to be part of a focus group told Mother Jones: "The whole basis of the whole thing was, "we're going to go into Iran and what do we have to do to get you guys to along with it." DN
If you would like to donate to Freedom Watch, be aware it will not be deductible. Your investment in a better world may yield political return on investment, but no deduction. Source Watch has an instructive and chilling article on Freedom Watch and its connections to Dick Cheney. I guess it is a good sign that our VP still has to build public support for a war. At least we still have to be persuaded into a kind of consent. May the time never come when we are just told what we must believe and do, upon pain of being sanctioned in one way or another. That is one mean looking Eagle they have at Freedom Watch. That is the America even Americans might fear.