[Manifestly from any unbiased point of view the chaos in Iraq is escalating daily. Most of our national news sources seem to be involved in major cover-ups. CNN did do a war survey this past weekend that was totally depressing on all fronts -- Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran. Michael Ware, an Australian reporting for them, both gets to the spots at stake and tells it as it is:
Our troops are being worn out and demoralized -- 100 returnees who have suicided. We are discredited as a nation as the Bush administration flails out desperately -- classifying the Iranian Revolutionary Army as a terrorist organization -- to what end? To prepare for bombing it? There go our access routes to Iraq and Afghanistan and oil. One can only wonder how much more damage our government can do to us during the next 17 months -- during which we shall undoubtedly be barraged with propaganda that would have made Hitler's, Mussolini's, Franco's and Pinochet's look amateurish in comparison. May they not get away with stealing any more elections.
The npr, the NY Times, and presumably the Washington Post are now trying to penetrate the miasma per such as the below. Ed Kent]
The War as We Saw It
By BUDDHIKA JAYAMAHA, WESLEY D. SMITH, JEREMY ROEBUCK, OMAR MORA, EDWARD SANDMEIER, YANCE T. GRAY and JEREMY A. MURPHY
The claim that we are increasingly in control of the battlefields in Iraq is an assessment arrived at through a flawed, American-centered framework.
Buddhika Jayamaha is an Army specialist. Wesley D. Smith is a sergeant. Jeremy Roebuck is a sergeant. Omar Mora is a sergeant. Edward Sandmeier is a sergeant. Yance T. Gray is a staff sergeant. Jeremy A. Murphy is a staff sergeant.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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