Monday :: Mar 31, 2008

Off Script


by Turkana

Just days ago, Glenn Greenwald posted videos of a Charlie Rose interview to lambaste the corporate media's whitewashing of the facts in Iraq. Certainly, there have been professional and conscientious exceptions, and given the political climate, we should be grateful that anyone has published or reported anything honest; but such are the exceptions that prove the rule. As Greenwald wrote:

The significance of the interview lies as much in what it says about the American occupation of Iraq as it what it illustrates about the American media. In the American media's discussions of Iraq, when are the perspectives expressed here about our ongoing occupation -- views extremely common among Iraqis of all types and grounded in clear, indisputable facts -- ever heard by the average American news consumer? The answer is: "virtually never."

Rose was as adversarial and argumentative -- angry, even -- as he ever gets with anyone, because he plainly did not anticipate, and did not like, that he was being exposed to such hostility towards our Freedom-spreading, Liberty-loving Liberation of the grateful, lucky (dead and displaced) Iraqi people.

To see how scripted and narrow the American media's discussion of Iraq continues to be -- as Americans are told that it is a matter of mandated orthodoxy that they believe that the Surge is Working (so much so that John McCain actually demanded yesterday that Hillary Clinton "apologize" for daring to question the pronouncements of the High, Honorable Commanding General, David H. Petraeus) -- watch the entire interview and consider how those views are never heard.

And Greenwald provided some choice excerpts from the transcript. Read the entire post.

But the timing was particularly ironic in that reality finally may be forcing the corporate media, against their collective will, to report the story they've so carefully avoided reporting. In the past week, there have been a dramatic changes, in Iraq, from worse to worst, with Moqtada al-Sadr vowing a fight to the end, the Green Zone under attack, and the official Iraqi military again relying on U.S. forces to save it. So, at least 461 people were killed before the Iranian-brokered cease-fire took hold and al-Sadr's fighters methodically melted away back into hiding, with the end result that the Sadrists were strengthened, while at least one report already says that the official Iraqi government won't abide by the truce. Whether or not the latter is the case, this was the week that should have shattered the American media's ability to lie about the war.

To honest reporters, there was never any question that al-Sadr's cease-fire was a key reason for the relative decrease in violence, over the past half year. Now, we know that all al-Sadr has to do is call out his forces, and the official Iraqi military has to run back to the U.S for help. For the past week was the most obvious proof yet of the years of continuing reports that the Iraqi military cannot stand on its own. After five years, now. And Iraq's defense minister has admitted his military will need American help until 2018.

Given that our own military cannot sustain our commitment in Iraq, shouldn't we stop wasting time arguing about the Democratic candidates' irrelevant political embellishments, and start forcing them to address the enormous flaws in their Iraq withdrawal plans? There's a war going on, and it has nothing to do with the petty political sniping between the Clinton and Obama camps. And that's the point: there's a war going, and the Clinton and Obama camps need to do a better job of talking about it. Because no one else will.

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