Barack did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. He actually does deserve an Ivan The Terrible and if you doubt that, you're not paying attention to the WikiLeaks story and all that has happened in Iraq since Barack became president. It's disgusting -- like this story about a man being beheaded by the US military (killed to cover up a rape).
"Like my Pentagon papers, these Iraq war logs can't be buried" (Daniel Ellsberg, Guardian):
Nearly 40 years ago I leaked the Pentagon papers – a top secret 7,000-page study of US decision-making during the Vietnam war which revealed repeated lies and cover-ups by the administration. The Iraq war logs, published this weekend by Wikileaks, could be even more significant.
As with Vietnam, we have again seen evidence of a massive cover-up over a number of years by the American authorities. The logs reveal the human consequences of the continuing Iraq war, which have been concealed from the western public for too long: the countless instances of torture; the killing of hundreds of civilians at roadside checkpoints.
Now we know that the Pentagon, which claimed in the early years of the Iraq invasion either that it didn't count casualties or that it had no evidence of them, was indeed keeping meticulous records all along. It has reports of 66,000 civilian casualties – 15,000 of which were completely unknown to Iraq Body Count, the only public attempt to log the war's victims. That means 15,000 deaths that never made any news report – five times the number murdered on 9/11. It certainly would be news if they were American or British deaths. That's 15,000 families who've suffered huge anguish and who may potentially have been motivated to seek revenge against American or allied troops. For the Pentagon to lie or try to hide this kind of carnage can only be self-defeating.
Perhaps that the victims are "only" Iraqis shows the kind of mindset among the occupying commanders that kept this bloody war going for so long. Perhaps they failed to realise that the coalition's deadly activities have been such a powerful recruitment weapon for the resistance, both in Iraq and Afghanistan.A lot of people are trying to downplay the WikiLeaks release. If you doubt its importance, listen to Daniel Ellsberg, he knows what he's talking about. Idiots like Thomas E. Ricks? They don't know a damn thing. A number of reporters for outlets are working hard to avoid telling you what the documents actually record. Distractions. Distractors. Tom Gjelten is one.
"NPR: Establishment radio (Ava and C.I.)" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
On Friday's show, a caller with a British accent asked about the figures for Afghanistans killed that Tom had been tossing around and whethere they were verified. Tom got very angry and snapped that (a) he got those figures from NATO (as WikiLeaks proved this week, militaries lie) and (b) NPR has a reporter in Afghanistan! One reporter's able to confirm deaths around the country?
No, it didn't make sense but it yet again let Tom come off as a hot head. He can't handle the people, that becomes very obvious very quickly.
Can't handle the people? Can't even see 'em. That was obvious on Friday's All Things Considered when Tom wanted to 'report' on WikiLeaks.
". . . what the Pentagon spokesman said . . . He described these . . . Now, the Pentagon says . . .
Golly, the Pentagon's so lucky to have Tom to repeat their every mood and utterance. But what did other people think?
SIEGEL: And reaction to the release today?
GJELTEN: Well, the Pentagon is, understandably, very angry, as they were when the documents from Afghanistan were released. They said this decision to release them was made cavalierly. They do point out - and I can't say I disagree - that the period in Iraq that these documents covered was already very well chronicled. They say it does not bring new understanding to those events. Again, they emphasized the danger to U.S. intelligence that may be raised from the release of these documents.
What was the reaction? And Tom's going back to the Pentagon. That's he's already covered. Might peace activists have a reaction? Might attorneys working on torture cases have opinions? Might human rights groups have opinions?
All Tom spat up was what the Pentagon jerked off into his mouth.Amen. If you're a music lover like me, you will want to check out Kat's "Kat's Korner: Cher and the too far gone 70s" which is the second in her series on why Cher belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):