Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Iraq veracity deficiency

There's been a new offensive mounted; it's another concerted attack on the truth. We're supposed to believe the 'Surge' is working and things are improving in Iraq, just because they wish it was so.

NO QUARTER blog points out that the 'things aren't so bad' crowd have gained their supposed Iraq expertise from whirlwind tours of the most secure military installation in Iraq. After having touched a toes to the sands of Iraq they then claim mystical insight.
This is how it happens: A desperate Republican goes to Iraq looking for something—anything—to justify the continuing presence of American troops there. The Republican stays for a week (give or take), and then returns home as if he or she were Moses coming back from Mount Sinai, carrying to the American people stone tablets engraved with The Ultimate Truth About Iraq.
And of course, this Ultimate Truth About Iraq is learned by the Republican in the chow hall, on the secure base, with the hand-picked soldiers sitting at the table.
This is what Senator Jim Webb rightly called the “dog and pony show.” For those who don’t know, that’s an old military expression used to describe how troops are often forced to put on a “show” for visiting politicians or VIPs to convey just how swell everything is going on the front lines. ...(more)
Michael Ware has been reporting from Iraq for a long time, and not from the relative safety of the 'Green Zone'. He doesn't see Iraq through the rose colored glasses of the Neo-Con's and their apologists.

Michael Ware rebuts Cheney, O'Hanlon and Pollack.
Live from Iraq, CNN Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware disputes the veracity of recent claims by Dick Cheney, Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack about Iraq.-


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