Wednesday, December 18, 2013

More war propaganda from the New York Times

When Hoshyar Zebari started his 'travels' a few weeks back, it was hilarious to watch him go country to country offering tips and advice on security.

After all, if Iraq's Foreign Minister had any expertise on the topic, surely he would have, as a member in good standing of Nouri al-Maliki's Cabinet (for two terms), implemented such expertise at home and Iraq's rising violence would have, at the very least, stayed level and not increased.

But that's not what happened, is it?

Well Zebari, in his desperate attempts to increase  his own profile, has now offered advice to Afghanistan.  Azam Ahmed and Matthew Rosenberg (New York Times) serve the US government by noting the trip comes as Karzai is balking at signing a US agreement on troops remaining in Iraq.

The two further serve the government with crap like this:

 In a moment of candor, Mr. Zebari offered a piece of advice to the president that would have been unthinkable from an Iraqi official just two years ago: Get over your differences with the Americans and sign the deal.
“Don’t be under the illusion that no matter what you do the Americans are here to stay,” Mr. Zebari told Mr. Karzai. “People used to say that about the American presence in Iraq, too. But they were eager to leave, and they will be eager to leave your country as well.”        

Was that candor?

Hell, why didn't they call it "Candor in Karbul for Karzai."  It would have made it even more cutesy.

Nothing would have made it factual because you can't do government propaganda and be factual at the same time.

This sort of whoring would be appalling from any outlet.

It's only more so from the New York Times.

Right, home of Judith Miller and . . .

No, no, no.  We're not excavating ancient history today.

I don't want to talk about what happened
On your favorite TV show
I just want to get you close enough
So I can take off all your clothes
I don't want to make you cry or break your heart
Girl, we don't have the time

-- "Wicked Way," written by Ben Taylor and David Saw, first appears on Taylor's  The Legend of Kung Folk Pt. 1

No, we don't have the time for ancient history today.

We'll drop back to the 2012, however, September of last year.  That's when Tim Arango reported:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.        

And yet today, two government propagandists at the Times act is though that never appeared.

Now it couldn't be its own story.

To get it into the paper it had to appear deep in the story (on Syria) because that is how the paper of misrecord works.  We've noted that many, many times before when we used to cover that rag here every day. That wasn't my discovery, Gore Vidal had long ago pointed it out to me.

So Zebari does the bidding of the US government, the New York Times tags along to misreport what has taken place in Iraq, and it's a circle of spin.

Zebari's desperate to become something -- anything.  He just doesn't want to be Foreign Minister for a third time.  He's made it known he will accept President of the KRG but he really wants President of Iraq.  Sadly, for him, the KDP and the PUK don't want him in either post.

I don't know that Karzai will or won't fall for Zebari's Dance of the Seven Veils but just maybe Barack will find him a new job since he does the dance so well?

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