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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 09:29 AM
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Robert Parry: Bush's War Without End
Bush's War Without End

By Robert Parry
September 14, 2007

Let it be noted that the morning after George W. Bush announced an open-ended possibly permanent military occupation of Iraq the premier U.S. newspapers ran headlines about the President ordering troop cuts, itself a troubling reminder of how the American people got into this mess.

The New York Times lead headline read: Bush Says Success Allows Gradual Troop Cuts. The Washington Post went with: Bush Tells Nation He Will Begin to Roll Back Surge.

In a subhead, the Post highlighted a tidbit from its own interview with Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq: that he projected sustainable security in that country by mid-2009 (which would fall shortly after the sixth anniversary of Bushs Mission Accomplished speech).

Granted, the news stories did include some reasons for skepticism about Bushs latest happy talk, including references to the assassination of the U.S.-allied Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha earlier in the day in Anbar Province and the apparent collapse of Iraqi negotiations over how to divvy up the countrys oil revenues.

Yet, despite Bushs long history of wishful thinking or delusions about Iraq, the major newspapers still gave Bush the headlines he wanted.

So, Americans bustling past newsstands on their way to work would get the superficial impression that Bush was finally moving toward the Iraq exit door when he really was doing all he could to paint the country, and his presidential successor, into a corner.

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EST Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 09:57 AM
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1. Had the papers included only one or two words in those headlines,
they would have not only reflected the truth, they would have also reflected the majority attitude of the perennially slow learning American electorate.

The words? Begin each headline with "The Mendacious,"
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