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Archive for the 'iraq' Category

Of Stenography and Smarm

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

CJR Daily awards a laurel to NY Times reporter Marc Santora and tosses a much-deserved dart at Gawker.

War Stories From Ward 7-D

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Anyone who remembers nightly new reports during the Vietnam era knows what it’s like to see clips of flag-bedecked coffins being offloaded from military planes. Our current government joins previous administrations by acknowledging the power of those images, and suppresses them during the increasingly unpopular war in Iraq. The coffin images of the sixties and [...]

Press Conference 4.3.07

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Ed Henry: The conservative newspaper columnist Robert Novak recently said that in fifty years of covering Washington he’s never seen a President more isolated than you are right now. What do you say to critics like Novak who say that you’re more isolated now than Nixon was during Watergate? [first rhetorical device implemented: make critics [...]

John Bolton Is An Arrogant and Irrelevant Creep

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Can anyone really explain why this person could ever be considered a diplomat, in ANY sense of the word? It was an absolutely shameful display by Bolton. “You’re a declining empire….you were beaten in Vietnam….and you’ll be beaten in Iraq.” – Tony Benn

FRONTLINE This Tuesday: “News War”

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

This just arrived in my inbox. It’s going to be an excellent series of programs. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/newswar/preview/ Four-and-a-half hours over the next six weeks! – On FRONTLINE This Week: “News War” (60 minutes), Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings) – Inside FRONTLINE: The press’s “perfect storm?” – Live Discussion: Chat with producer [...]

This Is Not Your Grandfather’s Insurgent Uprising

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

…unless, of course, Fox News says it is. Iraq is World War II, until it isn’t. It’s the cold war, until it isn’t. And whatever you’re thinking, it’s not the V-word.

Even Profiteering War Criminals Can Learn From Their Mistakes

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Kissinger admits we can’t win in Iraq. Has he been telling Bush and Cheney this during his once-a-month visits?

Electorate Hands Elephants Their Asses…

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

…Pelosi Eats President’s Lunch. Karl Rove’s “architecture” is now a building in search of…um….a structural engineer. Yeah, that’s it. Suddenly no one cares about John Kerry’s inept standup routine, the Threat Of Gay Marriage, or Rush Limbaugh’s dumbassed gyrations. And let’s see Bush talk about “political capital” now. Washington Post: Overall, 59 percent of voters [...]

Rhetorical Course Correction: “A Truly Orwellian Moment”

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

I watched the first 15 minutes (all I could stomach) of the President’s news conference this morning and realized I could learn all I needed to know from this.

Kissinger: Still Dangerous

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Here’s a clip of the Woodward segment on last night’s 60 Minutes. The part that left me jaw-dropped: “Of the outside people that I talk to in this job,” Vice President Cheney told me in the summer of 2005, “I probably talk to Henry Kissinger more than I talk to anybody else. He just comes [...]