Thursday, August 05, 2010

I Hate The War

The US military engaged in a little propaganda this week, now didn't they?

Barack Obama gave a wowie-powie speech (that seemed to channel Colin Powell) and all was well and the US was leaving. But they weren't all leaving, now were they?

In fact, the death toll had increased by two. Reuters notes 2 US soldiers killed on Monday -- and we only learn now. USF/MNF has nothing posted. When on Monday did they did. Barack began speaking in Atlanta a little after 11:30 a.m. EST. That would have been 6:30 p.m. in Baghdad. Were they already dead by then?

The White House knew while spinning all day Monday and continuing on Tuesday that two US service members were dead, killed by a bombing (a third wounded). But they didn't want you to know because it would interfere with Barack's messaging. It would hurt Brand Obama.

Today, Ari Shapiro (All Things Considered, NPR) reported, "The White House has been on a good news streak this week, accentuating the positive every day in areas ranging from Iraq to the BP oil well to the auto industry." But it's easy to have a 'good news' streak if you control what information gets out and what information doesn't.

Barack Obama grand-standed on the backs of 3 US service members -- two dead, one wounded. That announcement, which USF should have made on Monday, was killed because Barack needed some sweet-ass headlines.

The male model needs to stop fundraising -- and, in fact, whoring out the presidency -- and start getting down to work. First order of business, finding a fall guy or gal to blame the decision to bury the news of the 2 deaths Monday.

It's over, I'm done writing songs about love
There's a war going on
So I'm holding my gun with a strap and a glove
And I'm writing a song about war
And it goes
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Oh oh oh oh
-- "I Hate The War" (written by Greg Goldberg, on The Ballet's Mattachine!)

Last week, ICCC's number of US troops killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war was 4413. Tonight it's 4415. (And no, I couldn't wait until tomorrow morning which is why there were two "I Hate The War"s tonight.)

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