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View Diary: Watching Maddow's "Hubris: Selling the Iraq War" (189 comments)

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  •  As I watched it, (11+ / 0-)

    I felt sick to my stomach, as it was bringing back such old, old nightmares. And as I think about it now, it still makes me sick to my stomach.

    While I can't say that I was as disappointed in the documentary as some have stated above, I did feel it was lacking. How in the hell can you tell this story - this epic tale of failure - in about 45 minutes? IMO You can't.

    I'm thinking that most of the folks that didn't already know this crap, probably didn't watch it.

    And I think it is rich that Isikoff and Corn are the co-authors of this book - that is just a joke because they are part of the corporate media that enabled this war, mainly because they kept silent and went along with the corporate overlords.

    Sorry for the rant, but as a Marine mom, whose son served three tours because of this crap, it is so personal. I am so grateful that my son came home alive - but if the media and personnel directly tied to that failed administration had stood up and reported facts, and yes even their hesitancy, he and so many others would not have been there.

    •  Don't blame the media (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, auditor

      There were no facts that justified war to report.  That was the point that was obvious to anyone who is schooled in concepts like evidence, to anyone who knows anything about history, allies, intelligence, etc.  The people who needed to know, knew.  I could tell by the fact that the French so strongly opposed the war.  France is an ally.  France would not oppose a war if the US was really threatened or if western interests were really threatened.  That alone spoke volumes.  The French knew that we were full of shit.   The media reported on French opposition.   The media reported what you needed to know.

      I believe Al Sharpton said at the time that he figured that if they had any proof they'd have showed us the pictures, referring I assume to the pictures the Kennedy administration showed to De Gaulle and to the UN when they had real facts and real evidence of WMD in Cuba.  There were no pictures to report.  That told me the same thing it told Al.

      What the media needed was someone like Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton or a few other Senators of stature to come straight out and tell the truth.  They did not.  

    •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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      chloris creator, elwior

      for your family's service!

      I do want to point out that David Corn was not 'part of the corporate media that enabled this war'.

      "With the arrival of George W. Bush, Corn became a harsh critic of the President. His next book, The Lies of George W. Bush, charged that Bush had systematically "mugged the truth" as a political strategy; and he found fault with the media for failing to report this effectively. The book also broke with journalistic practice for its explicit charge of lying, a word usually avoided as editorializing."

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