This Girl's Voice

Monday, February 03, 2003  

•• godfather of Gonzo is baaaaack ••

there's an interesting new interview with Hunter S. Thompson in the News & Politics section over at Salon today.

he's promoting his new memoir "Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century" which is apparently going to be on this weeks' New York Times bestseller list.

the article/interview states that Thompson, a lifetime member of the NRA and a friend of Pat Buchanan, says he believes the Bush "administration is 'manufacturing' the Iraqi threat for its own political gain and the economic gain of the 'oligarchy' (read: the military-industrial complex)."

When asked what the folks in the White House get out of it, Thompson responded:

"They get control of the U.S. economy, their friends get rich. These are not philosopher-kings we're talking about. These are politicians. It's a very sleazy way of using the system. One of the problems today is that what's going on today is not as complex as it seems. The Pentagon just asked for another $14 billion more in the budget, and it's already $28 billion. [Defense spending in the 2003 budget rose $19.4 billion, to $364.6 billion]. That's one sector of the economy that's not down the tubes. So, *some* people are getting rich off of this. It's the oligarchy. I believe the Republicans have never thought that democracy was anything but a tribal myth. The GOP is the party of capital. It's pretty basic. And it may have something to do with the deterioration of educational system in this country. I don't think Bush has the slightest intention or concern about educating the public."

The Salon.com interview might be a subscriber Premium service -- so i don't know if the link will allow you full access; i'm a Salon premium subscriber, however, i'm not completely certain, but i think that Salon's now offering a free "day" pass to those who want to read their premium articles without fully subscribing.

can't you just see the OpEd peeps at both the WSJ and The Weekly Standard blast-faxing their talking points to all their tv talking head operatives over at Fox News and across the conservative dominated American talk radio programs to those GOP/Bush administration "arrow carriers" like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham?

i must say, i do hope Hunter goes over to MSNBC and talks to Chris Matthews on Hardball , and hooks up with Pat on Buchanan and Press ; that should be fun.

posted by voxpopgirl | 2/03/2003