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  •  The surge has seemingly worked for a simple (6+ / 0-)

    and dirty secret that no one in the media or in this administration is willing to talk about; that is, over the last 2 years there has been a slow ethnic
    cleansing, massive internal displacement and a massive ethno-religious gentrification of the mixed neighborhoods in Baghdad and other large cities, which has caused a decrease in target of opportunities which explain the drop in US and Iraq casualties over time. This gives the appearance that the surge is succeeding, but of course the media and this administration took this spurious relationship without further investigation and run with it. The only journalists out there who wrote about this is John Burn and a lady from the Christian Science Monitor (forgot her name) and also the graphs that General Petreaus presented during his hearing, but no one asked him about them.

    Of course, any time you flood a region with enough US fire power, you will bring the number casualties down and you will control the given area. However, in this case, the relationship between the increase of number of troops and the decrease of the number of casualties is more complicated than what we want to admit. The troop increase was a necessary condition, but not a sufficient one, actually far from being sufficient in giving this seemingly sense of calm. We have to factor in the aforementioned reasons as well.

    "Men make their history, but not under the conditions of their own choosing" Guess who said this?

    by Mutual Assured Destruction on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 07:32:57 PM PDT

    •  Ignoring History (3+ / 0-)
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      yet again.

      The United States of America Has Gone Mad  
      by John le Carré
      America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War.

      The reaction to 9/11 is beyond anything Osama bin Laden could have hoped for in his nastiest dreams. As in McCarthy times, the freedoms that have made America the envy of the world are being systematically eroded. The combination of compliant US media and vested corporate interests is once more ensuring that a debate that should be ringing out in every town square is confined to the loftier columns of the East Coast press.
      The imminent war was planned years before bin Laden struck, but it was he who made it possible. Without bin Laden, the Bush junta would still be trying to explain such tricky matters as how it came to be elected in the first place; Enron; its shameless favouring of the already-too-rich; its reckless disregard for the world’s poor, the ecology and a raft of unilaterally abrogated international treaties. They might also have to be telling us why they support Israel in its continuing disregard for UN resolutions.

      But bin Laden conveniently swept all that under the carpet. The Bushies are riding high. Now 88 per cent of Americans want the war, we are told. The US defence budget has been raised by another $60 billion to around $360 billion. A splendid new generation of nuclear weapons is in the pipeline, so we can all breathe easy. Quite what war 88 per cent of Americans think they are supporting is a lot less clear. A war for how long, please? At what cost in American lives? At what cost to the American taxpayer’s pocket? At what cost — because most of those 88 per cent are thoroughly decent and humane people — in Iraqi lives?

      How Bush and his junta succeeded in deflecting America’s anger from bin Laden to Saddam Hussein is one of the great public relations conjuring tricks of history. But they swung it. A recent poll tells us that one in two Americans now believe Saddam was responsible for the attack on the World Trade Centre. But the American public is not merely being misled. It is being browbeaten and kept in a state of ignorance and fear. The carefully orchestrated neurosis should carry Bush and his fellow conspirators nicely into the next election

      Think Tank. "A place where people are paid to think by the makers of tanks" Naomi Klein.

      by ohcanada on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 07:45:01 PM PDT

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      •  I agree with what you said or Mr Le Carre (1+ / 0-)
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        said. But i really think that the media (audiovisual especially) have become lazy. They just don't do the work. They want to get on the net and get all the story and arrive to very erroneous conclusions. They have fallen in love with the "i-got-you-" questions asked to politicians and no one, i mean no one, is doing the hard work. This is why i stopped watching the news on TV since 1984.

        As for the written press, there are some who still walk the beat, if i may say. On Iraq, the best coverage comes from the foreign newspapers/press and British journalists.

        I believe the worse thing that happened to journalism in this country is the 24/hours news channels. I grew up in the era of Murrow, Shirer, collingwood, shaw, and of course Cronkite. They did not yell or scream and foam at the mouth, but they were lethal in their questions, analyses and their editorial pieces. And we were more informed than now, at least i feel that way. I remember the Missile Cuban Crisis and how the NYT broke the story (I think the NYT) without any sensationalism. The coverage was austere, calm and dignifying, but to the point. Anyway, i am venting a bit. sorry about that :-).

        "Men make their history, but not under the conditions of their own choosing" Guess who said this?

        by Mutual Assured Destruction on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 08:10:55 PM PDT

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