Monday Night Wrap
Two pieces from the LA Times tonight that you should read before counting sheep: in our efforts to handle security in Afghanistan, we are making it worse for President Karzai when we kill his supporters. And read this if you want to get a better picture of the madman at Foggy Bottom: John “Cuba Has WMDs” Bolton.
The Washington Post reports in a Page One tomorrow that Fallujah has become the most intense battleground in Iraq for forces fighting our troops. And our own tactics approved directly by the Pentagon are only making matters worse, according to the locals. The NYT has a story on Fallujah as well with the same theme.
Knight Ridder also reports on how Bush is avoiding talking about the helicopter downing, and how the Pentagon is forbidding the media from taking video of the offloading of caskets from Iraq so that the public doesn’t feel a return to the days of Vietnam are upon us. The Post also reports tomorrow on how Bush is trying to disassociate himself from the daily bad news on Iraq by speaking above it and ignoring it. Let’s see if this works.
The Independent reports in tomorrow’s edition that Pentagon claims about Saddam coordinating the attacks in Iraq are garbage.
The next time you see a reporter talk about the day Bush said “major” combat operations were over in Iraq, remind the reporter that the White House actually never used the qualifier “major”. In fact, a campaign was undertaken to scrub various government websites to doctor the message and add the qualifier after the fact.
Declan McCullagh of CNET writes a good summary of the Administration’s efforts to keep the public from knowing much about what’s going on. Note the nugget about Condi wanting to be known as a “senior administration official” in a background briefing recently, and keep this in mind the next time you see that tag in a story from the Post or NYT.
Knight Ridder is reporting that the Bush Administration has steered the FDA away from oversight of “off-label” drugs as a payback to industry, and as a result many Americans are being needlessly endangered without their knowing it.