Just in case you thought the Iraq war was lost, here comes the cavalry! Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, tanned, rested and ready, is returning to public life with a new political action group, Freedom’s Watch, that’s promising to spend $15 million in a five-week advertising campaign designed to convince Americans that the so-called surge is working.
“For people who believe in peace through strength, the cavalry is coming,” Fleischer proclaimed. Oh, Ari, still playing soldier with his friends. Think Progress has a list of Ari-isms on Iraq that ought to make anyone considering getting involved with Freedom’s Watch a little wary. My favorite is this one from June 2003: “When you take a look at the level of violence inside of Iraq, it is impossible to argue anything other than violence has, indeed, come down as a result of America’s military operations.”
What I find interesting is that another prominent war-supporting Republican is equating flackery with military service. Just like Mitt Romney did two weeks ago, suggesting that his five sons’ work on his presidential campaign might somehow substitute for military service — none of the able-bodied “Flying Romney” brothers deigned to enlist — Fleischer’s cavalry remark is just macho self-importance from a guy who isn’t, like, actually going to go fight in the war.
Heckuva job, Ari.
Joan Walsh is Salon's editor at large and the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."More Joan Walsh.