November 26, 2003
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
More U.S. soldier deaths than March 2003
President Bush yesterday said that we "put the Taliban out of business forever" - taking credit for supposedly ridding the world of the terrorist regime. He made these comments just a day after the Taliban launched a rocket attack on Kabul's most prominent hotel. It was also one day after Reuters reported Mullah Omar, the Taliban's still at-large leader, "urged Afghans to unite against U.S.-led foreign forces on their soil" and the same day Afghanistan's Foreign Minister desperately requested more international help in fighting off Taliban guerrillas. All told, the AP calls the Taliban "an increasingly virulent insurgency" while the LA Times reports "nearly two years after the U.S. drove the Taliban from power, remnants of the Islamic extremist group are regrouping and attacking U.S. troops."
That's the Bush Cartel. As our soldiers continue to get killed and their bodes desecrated, the Bush Cartel sees its first obligation is to cover up for its own incompetence, not to protect our troops.
Another of our readers is a bit more observant than the mainstream press about this issue:
On Monday, we get this from Reuters in an article talking about how the U.S. intends to "blitz" the media to put a more positive spin on Iraq:
"The media blitz coincides with a sharp rise in attacks by guerrillas against American interests and comes amid signs that both U.S. troops and the American-led civilian administration are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of Iraqis."
On Tuesday, the blitz blows in and the wire services report the raw spewage without question, contradicting their own stories from the previous day.
Here is Reuters:
"A top U.S. general said on Tuesday that intensified U.S. military strikes had halved the number of attacks on his forces in Iraq (news - web sites) in the past two weeks, but assaults on Iraqis had surged."
Sweet lord, I can only hope the American people are not so sheep-like as the administration believes. And why isn't the press doing its job by questioning these leaders about what the reporters have seen with their own eyes on the ground in Iraq?
Why do I even ask?
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After all, the Bush Cartel won't even let us mourn our dead soldiers with public honors. The visual images of death might remind people that the White House is using our troops for cannon fodder.
When Bush dared to speak before a military audience on November 24 (in between fundraisers) the press was FORBIDDEN from talking with the troops, lest they express dissent and dissatisfaction with King George [LINK]:
Before the press was herded into the giant hangar in advance of George W. Bush's pep rally/photo op with the Fort Carson troops, we were given the rules.
The article from the Rocky Mountain News was entitled, "Gag order leaves troops, reporters speechless."
The Denver Post put it more succinctly: "Ground Rule 9 for the media covering President Bush's presidential visit Monday sounded more like an edict from Beijing or a banana republic." [LINK]
In a scathing column, the Denver Post Columnist lacerates the Bush Administration for muzzling our soldiers who are putting their lives on the line, in order to ensure a Karl Rove controlled photo-op success. Whatever this propaganda technique is, it is not America: It borrows part from the Soviet Union and part from Goebbels.
"If there are problems with the war in Iraq, they don't come from the folks doing the fighting," the Post reporter observes. "Those men and women are doing a heck of a job. If there are problems, they stem from spin doctoring."
"Monday's Ground Rule 6 [for the media]- 'no roaming' - amounted to a heavy-handed smack at the First Amendment. But it was an insult to the intelligence of military men and women and their families as much as it was an indictment of the media."
Bush makes eloquent speeches about spreading the seeds of democracy around the world, while he is doing everything that he can to dismantle it at home.
These young men and women are being denied their rights as Americans, just as they are being asked to die for democracy.
Strip Bush of those army jackets he wears to try to dispel his AWOL Chickenhawk personal history. Put him in one with black and white stripes.
Too many good young men and women of America have died for his lies and his deceptions.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
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