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Showing posts with label Iraq War. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Iraq War. Show all posts

Friday, August 14, 2015

The TPI Morning Gazette (Brief Edition): Bush'd, Jeb Bush, Iraq War, Fox News, Hillary Email, Greta Van Sustren,


Non-Progressive News...



Bush'd

Jeb Bush...digging deeper and deeper into the inconsequential.
Real Clear Politics.com/Jeb Bush Taking Out Saddam Turned_Out_To_Be_A_Pretty_Good_Deal







(M) Jeb Bush is trying to get rid of his negative name recognition, but it's not working.Posted by Being Liberal on Friday, August 14, 2015


We realize Jeb Bush has a tough road to travel following the many pitfalls of his brothers administration. However, it is hard to imagine the road is so littered with "Dubya" landmines, Jeb and his team cannot come-up with more palatable answers for questions they should have known were on the horizon. The Iraq War is working against Jeb Bush like an anvil connection in a deep lake. 

What is the vale of a pivot to President Obama and Hillary Clinton, when the US should never have gone into Iraq? Regardless of your perception of "the value," any attempt to answer has fallen in the realm of the ridiculous.  The answer are an insult to all, but those who are hard core Right, hate Obama and want Clinton of the 2016 campaign.  The answer has basically comical.
  


Fox’s Greta Apologizes to Christie for Saying He ‘Hugged’ Obama

“I look at the picture, that’s no hug. I’ve got to say — I’m sorry about the hug.”Posted by Mediaite on Friday, August 14, 2015
After years of knowing these people have used the Christie handshake and shoulder bum as "hug" mantra; one comes clean.  

Erik Erickson is experiencing a major case of the chickens coming home to roost. He has served as a front-line soldier in garnering, developing and spreading right-wing hatred and shameless analogies over the past six years.
"This is anger at an unhealthy level," Erick Erickson said. "It is an anger that has become unhinged and is potentially uncontrollable."Posted by Mediaite on Friday, August 14, 2015
It is safe to assume Fox News is connected American conservatism and serves as an electronic beacon for the GOP. Additionally, it doesn't take a full syllogism to equate what you  are about to see and hear with the GOP "War on Women." 
A male Fox News host in 2015 literally advocated that women should be stripped of their rights to their own bodies.
 The Hillary email strategy could backfire!
A new Associated Press report today once again took a lot of the air out of right-wing allegations.Posted by Media Matters for America on Friday, August 14, 2015

And the chaff comes off the corn.




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Sunday, May 24, 2015

GOP Operatives: Bush Tears, Legacy Lies Or Elections Strategy...Or AllO f The Above?



And tear-up he should! (Presidential Library)

When will conservative America resign themselves to the fact the Bush Years were a horrific period in US History?  Is it possible conservatives will continue to fight the factual legacy of George W. Bush until after the new millennium in 2099? Or, and probably more accurate, will the mission to cleanse Iraq from the minds of the US public subside after the 2017 General Elections? 

Conservatives are not people who possess extensive reach back memory. They seem to focus on the now and the recent past with almost unyielding rejection of memory back even beyond five years. When memory is coupled with denial another side of American conservatism emerges. The coupling strategic and focused efforts to offer propagandized lies often wrapped in books and always accompanied by television show appearances. Selling a book is a key requirement for all authors; delivering perception altering propaganda has a far more nefarious purpose. And, you have to know, your are the prey for which the propaganda predator stalks.

Noted Fox News contributor and George W. Bush Administration information predator and political ;pundit Dana Perino, has a book that is reported #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.  Ah, the money is flowing, but ;I posit the money is a far secondary impetus for Perino's Bush cleansing. 

Perino visited with Fox New's Megyn Kelly; what ensued was reported in detail by Crooks & Liars.

When you perpetrate a lie, you live with the lie forever. WMD was the lie, now conservatives should accept Bush wearing the collar. 

Bush's tear!

The Bushies: Out Of Office Six Years And Still Working The Refs

Dana Perino has a memoir out that's currently at #2 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list -- but the success of the book and the fact that her ex-boss has been out of office for more than six years aren't stopping her from working the refs to get him better media coverage, as…
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fox News 2; GOP 0...Why Can't The GOP Answer The Questions? "If You Know What You Know Now....?"






Is the Iraq War becoming a Achilles Heel for GOP presidential candidates? Could the nation finally see a distant light of comeuppance regarding a failed policy from a failed administration? 

Of course, some will respond with Democrats also authorized the invasion. Well, yes if we consider the real prospect the Bush Administration literally faked the "evidence" while knowing full well Saddam had no WMD.

In 2005, Pentagon insider and aide to Colin Powell commented about WMD.

According to Larry Wilkerson, Powell's chief of staff, here's what Powell was thinking at the time:
WILKERSON: [Powell] had walked into my office musing and he said words to the effect of, I wonder how we'll all feel if we put half a million troops in Iraq and march from one end of the country to the other and find nothing.
Richard Clarke, White House insider and the inside scoop on Bush's wanting of Saddam Hussein. 60 Minutes June 2004; linked.

Bush wanted to bomb Iraq in 2001?  Linked.


Insiders, even if on a mission of revenge, generally offer some degree of factual reporting. In Clarke's case there seems to be other indications of a strong degree of veracity in his remarks. For his involvement in Bush's charade, Clarke apologized to 9/11 victim's families and the public during hearing testimony.

Leap forward to today's cadre of GOP presidential candidates. Why are the top tier candidates stumbling, tumbling and mumbling through answer to questions that should offer clear opportunity to divest from Bush's malfeasance? Are members of the GOP so comfortable the US public has forgotten the horrors of the full scope of the Iraq War, they need not prepare for the questions about the failed Bush policy? Where are their campaign staff and advisers? How about Reince Priebus and his RNC and their role in prepping for 2016? One last question. Are these potential presidential candidate so comfortable in the fact they will not appear on progressive media, CNN will not ask the tough question and print media is practically a dead news entity, they need not prepare for questions about the right and wrong of the Iraq invasion? Well, as some would say "the worm has turned." 

Fox News is asking the question and garnering significant journalistic booty (as in pirates booty) from gleefully appearing GOP candidates. I digress. the need for the parenthetic qualifier would be nil with any other cable news network).

To date and after a full week of meandering and stuttering about via Jeb Bush, Fox News has a commanding lead in journalistic gotchas. The conservative news network is 2-0 on Bush's Iraq.  

Jeb Bush at the start of his week.

https://youtu.be/9Kp6XbfQRno





Marco Rubio and inexcusable babbling replete with an analogy to the Mayweather/ Pacquiao championship fight.

https://youtu.be/kzH3PJms1hI




Who is next?

Maybe the next GP candidate will find a way to acclimate to the reality The Bush Administration worked hard and with great malfeasance to enter the Iraq War and simply answer the question without stuttering, I have not yet seen evidence of such, but I will wager the Kentucky Chameleon Rand Paul has all barrels loaded with an answer that will thrill most Americans. He has already stated the world would be much better off if Saddam had been left in power in Iraq.

We can rest assured no GOP candidate will go into US election campaign history with a crown jewel as that handed to Jeb Bush by a 19 year old college student.


“Your brother created ISIS,” Ivy Ziedrich.
“It was when 30,000 individuals who are part of the Iraqi military—they were forced out,” she continued. “They had no employment, they had no income, yet they were left with access to all the same arms and weapons. Your brother created ISIS!”


At that moment Bush patted Ziedrich on the arm and said, “All right. Is that a question?”

Ziedrich shot back: “You don’t need to be pedantic to me, sir. You could just answer my question.”
Bush returned: “Pedantic? Wow.”
Would anyone care to wager Jeb Bush did not know the word "pedantic?" 
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Jeb Bush Says "He Would Have Attacked Iraq, Too!"






“I love my brother, I love my dad,” he told an audience in Chicago in February. “I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions that they had to make. But I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and my own experiences.”

Seriously? And if that point didn't drill deep into your psyche, try this one as Jeb relates his affinity for the advise of his brother and former US President. 

“If you want to know who I listen to for advice, it’s him,” Jeb Bush said, the Post reported, citing four anonymous attendees of the meeting.

Candidate Bush cannot escape the horrors of his brothers years in the Oval Office, so what does he do? He feigns cloning!

During his campaign to appeal to Right wing voters,  he does what any insane person would do, he reaches to appeal to those voters with a moniker that the rest of the nation hold in contempt. He dare not reiterate (deploy) these incantations, to appeal to the rest of the nation should he win GOP nomination in 2016.

Recall he is vying for the nomination against at least 20 other GOP candidates. Why not grab the following sentiment to win in the primaries.

Gallup February 2008


You can see his strategy, with all due risks, and why he will have to answer for his rhetoric should he win the nomination. 

Let's drill down a bit, on the absolute folly of Jeb Bush's strategy. Is he so closeted by love of brother that he has ignored irrefutable data contrary to his beliefs? Or, is he simply politicking? While I strongly suspect the latter, I also recognize the denseness of conservatives and their lack of exposure to credible media; he might be showing sings of a "closet syndrome."

Yesterday, Bush joined the Sunday morning news parade and stepped clearly outside the realm of sanity. He actually used the words "Intelligence they had...." He completely ignores clear evidence the INTEL was faked, and used to manipulate the free world (especially the American public).





In 2004, multiple media reported on a former Treasury Secretary's comment about Bush/Cheney intentions in Iraq.

CNN Politics
O'Neill: Bush planned Iraq invasion before 9/11In new book, ex-Treasury secretary criticizes administrationWednesday, January 14, 2004 Posted: 2:12 AM EST (0712 GMT)
(CNN) -- The Bush administration began planning to use U.S. troops to invade Iraq within days after the former Texas governor entered the White House three years ago, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill told CBS News' 60 Minutes.
How about a lie filled timeline of Bush's march into Iraq.

Mother Jones
Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq
Mushroom clouds, duct tape, Judy Miller, Curveball. Recalling how Americans were sold a bogus case for invasion.       By Jonathan Stein and Tim Dickinson| September/October 2006 Issue

Granted, conservatives probably place no faith in the reports posted above. Nonetheless, Jeb is vying for President of the United States. He has to know in full detail the extent to which his brother. Dick Cheney and cabal lied the US towards a second middle eastern war.

Primary campaign or not, Jeb really must come-up with much more viable comments about his brother and the Bush Years horrors that blanketed the nation.

Is it possible Jeb fails to recognize the point of this meme?



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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Churning Out The Propaganda And Exposing Their Inner Core!


One should wonder if the inventors of television as an entertainment media could have fantasied their "baby" turned into a Frankenstein Monster. You think the point is a bit exaggerated? Maybe so, until we consider exactly how the media is revealing a seedy side of America that was less prevalent prior to Ronald Reagan. Your suspicions have been connected.  

Both political ideologies (liberal and conservative) use the media to deliver messages to the American people. Consequently, the media also capture damaging images of mental process that manifest in oratory. And, that often leads of unfettered manipulation and revelations of pure ignorance. 

Yesterday, we published a piece  about the extent to which the Sunday morning news shows have become a haven for "older white guy GOP conservatives."  The networks chose between high-end millennial (far more republican than not (see charts via link above) and provides thus providing non-strop drivel. We the viewer are consequential subjects and victims. 

Our concern for public opinion shaping via the Sunday news shows is minor compared to the more universal use to media for conservative propaganda. Along with GOP opportunity for propaganda and influencing public opinion, comes exposure of those who opine so publicly and dramatically.

We offer a few minutes that illustrate our point. Below you will find irrefutable evidence of conservative insanity. As you move into the piece think about a world in which these people have full control of our nation.


Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol topped the marquee of Right-wing demagogues who occupied yesterday's "older white guy GOP conservatives."

Media Matters

Sunday Shows Turn To Discredited Iraq War Architects For Iraq Analysis

Blog ››› ››› EMILY ARROWOOD


Sunday Shows Turn To Discredited Iraq War Architects For Iraq Analysis
Blog ››› June 15, 2014 4:17 PM EDT ››› EMILY ARROWOOD

Excerpts
NBC and ABC's Sunday news shows turned to discredited architects of the Iraq War to opine on the appropriate U.S. response to growing violence in Iraq, without acknowledging their history of deceit and faulty predictions.
 Wolfowitz
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Wolfowitz, who served in the Bush administration from 2001 -- 2005 as Deputy Secretary of Defense, is universally recognized as one of the original architects of the Iraq invasion. He infamously predicted the war reconstruction effort could pay for itself from Iraqi oil revenue (for reference, the cost of the Iraq War is now estimated to be more than $2 trillion), and publicly accused Saddam Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction long after the intelligence community informed the Pentagon that he did not. Later, Wolfowitz claimed that the conflict was primarily about liberating the Iraqi people rather than confronting the WMD threat, while also making the assertion -- without evidence -- that without the invasion, "we would have had a growing development of Saddam's support for terrorism." 
Ten years after the start of the war, Wolfowitz admitted that the Bush administration bungled the conflict and should never have taken control of the country away from Iraqi leadership, despite having been the first senior Bush official after September 11, 2001 to call for Hussein's overthrow.
Kristol 
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Kristol cheerleaded the U.S.-led invasion in Iraq and was even a member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a coalition of neoconservatives pushing for military invention. He infamously predicted the Iraq conflict was "going to be a two month war," (the war lasted approximately 104 months) and testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging military action, Kristol proclaimed that "American and alliance forces will be welcomed in Baghdad as liberators." 
One month into the conflict, in April 2003, he declared that the "battles of Afghanistan and Iraq have been won decisively and honorably." That same month, Kristol maintained that there is "almost no evidence ... at all" that "the Shia can't get along with the Sunni, and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime." 
In recent months Kristol has sneered at the notion that Americans may be "war-weary," calling it an "excuse to avoid maintaining our defenses or shouldering our responsibilities" while advocating for military invention in Syria. 
Watch Kristol speak GOP lockstep on Obama's "mistake" in removing US troop from Iraq. We must remember John McCain argued similarly last week on the Morning Joe Show and his argument came across as, "To the victory go the spoils." McCain segment posted below.
http://mediamatters.org/embed/static/clips/20......


Sit for a moment with a cabal that should have sat in a court room similar to that photo-shopped below. If not to defend against charges for violation of international law, then for crimes and malfeasance against the American people. I personally never heard the word "impeach," leveled against George W. Bush.

 

An image that denotes "No"credibility regarding international affairs, no credibility regarding veracity, and the image depicts a dark abyss of US History.
Let's transition to another war-hawk who also wants US troops in any conflict across the globe. Brazil had best watch out, McCain is watching.

Read much more after break below

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Arrogance, Hubris And The Bush Henchmen: Cheney and Rumsfeld And A Case For war Cromes Tribunal!





Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) sat (on camera) with Steve Kornacki, MSNBCUP, and provided a serious and level-headed approach to continued "double-down" yapping from dick Cheney about US torture in the Middle East. Cheney continues to speak about "he would do ti again." I have to wonder if he would be so bold and brazen to go there if President elect Obama had followed the wishes of progressive Americans via authorizing Eric Holder's Justice Department to perform a full and detailed accounting of Bush/Cheney's " False WMD and US Torture."

http://on.msnbc.com/1q8xdUd




From Cheney to Rumsfeld ........

MSNBC, Alex Witt and Errol Morris.."The Unknown Known" movie
http://on.msnbc.com/1e3e7i5



CNN's Christiane Armanpour and Errol Morris, Producer "The Uknown Known"  movie. 
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/201....



The WIP, "The Case for Donald Rumsfeld’s Prosecution"

ExcerptIn 2009, Manfred Nowak, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, stated that there was already enough evidence to try former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes. Nowak’s statement confirmed what human rights and legal organizations have been saying for several years, and spotlights one of the Bush administration’s most controversial decisions regarding the use of torture. 
Nowak’s statement followed a bipartisan Senate Arms Services Committee investigation made public in December. In scathing and unequivocal terms, the investigation revealed that Rumsfeld and other high-ranking administration officials, including former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, bore major responsibility for detainee abuse by American troops at Abu Ghraib in Iraq; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and other military detention centers. 
The abuse was not the result of only a few soldiers acting on their own, but the consequence of interrogation policies approved by Rumsfeld and other top officials who “conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees.” 
The use of torture in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq has a long history. On Dec. 2, 2002, following a request by Guantanamo officials that additional techniques beyond those in the U.S. Army field manual be approved for use, Rumsfeld authorized new interrogation policies for Guantanamo, including placing prisoners in “stress positions,” hooding detainees for 20-hour interrogations, exploiting phobias to induce stress, sensory deprivation, and isolation. 
These techniques were later used in Afghanistan and Iraq. Complaints of abuses at Guantanamo by FBI officials to the Defense Department in December 2002 were disregarded. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in January of 2003 senior officers of the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) office repeatedly objected to interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo, but “Pentagon officials ‘didn’t think this was a big deal, so they just ignored the JAG."

There has to be some form of justice for a time when American crusaded for the simple sake of crusading!


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Whirling Wind And Party Ideology That Reminds Of 9/11


Re-blog from The Whirlingwind Dot Com......

We have to comment. The images chosen and depicted by Benjamin T. Moore, Jr. have a common thread. With an exception for Mike Lee (of whom I know nothing) the pictured Senators have a past or current background that reaches into Civil Rights. Their reach has been (Sessions) and is (Paula and Cruz) very much anti-Civil rights. Their common bound speaks volumes about their mindsets, their social paradigms and how they legislate. I am stopping just shy of calling each Paul and Cruz are not in the Senate to legislate. ~ The Pardu
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Radical Republicans Carry On Osama’s Legacy


radical republicans carry on osamas legacy header Radical Republicans Carry On Osamas Legacy
by Benjamin T. Moore, Jr.
If you believe the official account of the events on September 11, 2001, Osama Bin Laden masterminded a plan to bring this nation to its knees. We lost 2,978 innocent civilians on that day by conservative estimates. Because of this, we launched two wars, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. We’ve spent trillions of dollars, ruined our economy and sacrificed 10′s of thousands of the treasure of this nation. Thanks to certain Radical Republicans, it turns out, Osama could have been more effective by simply donating to one of several Republican “Super-PACs.”

Radical Republicans

I am old enough to remember the political parties before the Republicans lost their damn minds. No, I’m not going to play the false equivalence game and pretend to be “fair and balanced” like FAUX News. Sometimes, one of the two sides in a dispute is clearly and unequivocally wrong! I can recall when the Republicansbelieved in fiscal responsibility. Now they merely pay lip service to it. Republicans used to believe in smaller government. Now, they’re fascist.
“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”
Benito Mussolini
They care more about the wishes of the corporations who own them than they do about the actual constituents they purport to represent. The Republicans I remember growing up, tended to be against wars and if anything leaned towardsisolationism.” The radical Republicans of today, haven’t seen a seen a war they’re not in favor of.
The only things they’re not in favor of are the very things that would make this nation stronger, energy independent and would boost the standard of living and quality of life for United States citizens.
Radical Republicans were against bailing out our automotive industry. Think about this for a moment. During WWII, it was our automotive industry that tooled up to produce tanks, firearms and many of the necessities that made it possible for us to prevail. Were it not for the manufacturing base provided by our automotive industries, we all might well be speaking German today. That is, those of us left alive to live under a totalitarian dictatorship.
radical republicans detroit Radical Republicans Carry On Osamas Legacy
Not the Detroit I remember.
Even if we ignore the national security implications, think of all the jobs that would have been lost. Not just the direct jobs lost because of factory closings, but all the additional downstream jobs in the companies that produce the products the automotive industries require. Think of the small businesses that depend on the people in communities who are employed by the automotive industry. Mitt Romney’s Op-Ed entitled, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” should be instructional. Detroit has indeed gone bankrupt. Look at Detroit. It is rapidly spiralling down into a “3rd World” experience. This began when the automotive industries began pulling out and relocating. Trouble is, many of these manufacturing plants are now in communities all around the nation. Possibly there are a few employing people in your community. Had we taken the advice of the radical Republicans, you might have been surprised to find your own community looking like Detroit.

Radical Republicans Or Closet Terrorists?

radical republicans pearl harbor attack Radical Republicans Carry On Osamas LegacyWhat if a foreign power attacked the United States and killed 45,000 of our citizens? Men, women and children? I want you to actually consider this for a moment. What would you think ought to be done? When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 killing 2,402 of our sailors and wounding 1,247, we dove into WWII which resulted in nuclear weapons being used for the first – and hopefully the last – time in recorded history. When we were attacked on September 11, 2001, we counted 2,978 fatalities. We went to war with two nations – one of which had absolutely nothing to do with the attack – and spent trillions of dollars.
Yet, each year, 45,000 of our brother and sister American citizens die because they have no health insurance. That’s over 15 times the number of people we lost in the September 11 attacks… each year! Do you think we ought to do something about it? How can anyone claim to be a patriot and profess a love for this nation, be against a law that will potentially save 45,000 American lives? Radical Republicans are.
Radical Republicans make Osama Bin Laden look like a piker! He only murdered 2,978 of our citizens. The policy the Radical Republicans are doggedly pursuing will murder 45,000 of our citizens each year. We sent Seal Team 6 to get Osama. Who are we sending after these terrorists?

Backstabbing Our Troops The Radical Republican Forte`

radical republicans wounded veterans Radical Republicans Carry On Osamas Legacy
What about them? Can they stand a Government shut down?
If you’re old enough, you will remember when the Republican Party didn’t merely pay lip service to being pro-military. They actually respected and honored those who had served out country in uniform. Being a veteran put you at the head of the line for a job when you returned to civilian life. During the Vietnam war when there was a draft, many times employers would hold your job for you upon your return. Not so now. The families of many active duty soldiers depend on “food stamps” to feed their families during their loved one’s absence.
Radical Republicans in their zeal to stomp on minorities and people of color, are doing all they can to defund and under fund our food stamp safety net. Because of their policies, according to the Department of Defense, some 5,000 families of active duty servicemen will have their food stamps cut. Imagine what that does to the man or woman fighting in the field. How can he or she concentrate on their job while worrying about whether or not their children are going to bed hungry.
While we’re on the subject of hunger in America, 52.32 million people – 1 in 6 – many of them children, are struggling with hunger right here in this country which likes to boast of its “exceptionalism.” When Russian President, Vladimir Putin said that America was not exceptional, many of these same Radical Republicans took offense. Well damnit! The truth hurts doesn’t it?  How the Hell are we exceptional when 52.32 million of our citizens are going to bed hungry just like people in 3rd World Nations?
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The entire span of the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis.
Our infrastructure is collapsing around our ears. We’ve got bridges all across this nation that have been marked as unsafe and closed. Some have even fallen down costing lives. We’ve got thousands of veterans, both men and women returning from war in need of jobs. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives under the leadership(?) of John Boehner have refused to pass a single jobs bill. They’ve refused to pass a single bill that would help our returning troops. Oh, by the way, they have voted to repeal Obama Care 41 times. They have caused the United States credit rating to be downgraded. At the time of my writing this, we’re headed for another Government shut down. Did I mention we have troops who are currently fighting a war? Might be nice if we paid them.
Who needs terrorist when you’ve got Radical Republicans doing everything in their power to destroy America. I’m sure Osama Bin Laden is spinning at the bottom of the sea saying, “Damn! If I’d only known!”

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Iraq Re-Construction Study, Dissed By All Major Networks Except MSNBC and NPR

On March 7h, we published a piece related to the unfathomable waste associated with the reconstruction of post war Iraq.  We remind the Iraq War was a war this nation should not have perpetrated. There is evidence it was a war of desire by George W. Bush and further evidence it was perpetrated via historic levels of malfeasance and hubris (MSNBC video).

www.veteranstoday.com
The Iraq War, war in Afghanistan and Bush Era tax cuts will build the Bush Legacy as surely as this.  More evidence of historical archives here "...... (on bin Laden) And he could be hiding in some cave, we have not heard from him in a long time...". (Really, he was in a well constructed compound snuggled up with a supposed ally.) Of course, all leading to this, a 'resilient US economy.

The US was not only ill prepared (budget and rationale) for Bush's personal crusade, our  leaders (Bush/Cheney/Rice/ Rumsfeld/Tenet) had no plans to remove the nation from the war. Literally, they had no "end-game" strategy. Of course, that should not have surprised anyone, as Bush's reasons for crusader against Saddam was without serious and contemplative thought, so (end-game) strategy was not possible.

Before we move-on we must state, "Had McCain/Palin won in 2008, we would still be mired in Iraq with all associated deaths, maiming and cost to taxpayers."  Cost to taxpayers continued well after President Obama withdrew our troops form Iraq, and post-war costs continue today. 

The recently released Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), released a report (and linked in the first paragraph above) extensively details the extent of wasted funds on Iraq reconstruction.

Two critical points remain related to post war Iraq. First, by listening to Dick Cheney over the past month, I get the impression he would not change a thing about perpetration of the Iraq War. Second, we remain in a sanitized world regarding the war. While most know the nation lost 4,500 plus troops and reports are Iraq suffered over 100,000 dead, most people in the US a know nothing of the SIGIR report and post war cost (that we have born and continue to bare).

Why is that?

The answer is simply: no media coverage of the SIGIR investigation and the subsequent exhaustive report.

Media Matters published a story yesterday that should send shivers down the spines of the American public. Basically, no major news electronic media gave the SIGIR story any appreciable airtime


  

Media Matters

BLACKOUT: Networks Ignore Report Finding Massive Waste In Iraq Reconstruction

Take a look at a graph from the Media Matters piece.


We feel that Media Matters charts indicates the power of electronic media. How could media executives so blatantly ignore stories that relate so deeply to all US citizens. We are taxpayers, we are voters, we are still suffering from Bush/Cheney malfeasance, and we are looking at cutting programs for the less "well-off" in part based on the Iraq War.  Is it possible the reconstruction cost from the Iraq War at over $60 billion dollars not newsworthy?  We posit that is not possible!

Do you remember any of the following. (Exhibits only, the video  posted for full viewing)

CNN Breaking News video 
ABC video
NBC video
Fox News video
CBS video


Was "Shock and Awe" so attractive to the nation?  Did it remind us of a 'fireworks' display, or did it appeal to a more jingoist paradigm that may infest many of us.  Was the start of the war so exciting, that all after the first few days melts into the "forget it file".   Shouldn't all matters related to such a dark time (unparalleled actually) in US history, receive full coverage? If our media is truly about the business of 'news, current events, and "informing" how could so many networks give the SIGIR research so little air-time. According to Media Matters, CNN gave the SIGIR study "NO" airtime.  CNN covered the opening of the war far more than any network!


The graph above clearly shows the extent to which network news producers and managers influence what we know and when we know it.  One can make the case the media, despite opportunistic angst of "liberal media or mainstream media", is an information entity that often fails us.  During times of heated and consistent political bickering and child's play,w have media that does not point to issue of critical importance.


Maybe, one day someone might think, "wait a minute  look back at Viet Nam and Iraq wars, did we accomplish any real mission and at what cost. If we do not have information, will live in a information-ally deprived reality. Information is critical as it educates.   Elections are influenced by information.  Should we not have the full picture on the Bush/Cheney war?


"If we forget our past, we are doomed to relive it".  Yes, and 47% of voters voted for Mitt Romney.  


Now take a look at the graph above, if you need another look.  I am thankful my news watching is almost exclusively MSNBC, when driving NPR, and other wise articles posted in social media and lined to credible new sources.  Suppose your news source is is CNN, or for that matter Fox News?  


Yet, there is on problem with my premise. I presuppose that you even care about issues left form Bush/Cheney.
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