Mad Maddie Albright can take comfort in the fact that she'll never be forgotten.
Nor her War Crimes.
And speaking of support staff in War Crimes, THE WASHINGTON POST's Loveday Morris appears to be going out for the part of Leni Riefenstahl today with this lovely piece of propaganda:
Iraq’s counterterrorism forces, known as the Golden Division, were once so loathed that they were nicknamed the “Dirty Division.”
They were accused of running secret prisons and carrying out extrajudicial killings. Some lawmakers called for them to be disbanded.
But the country’s war against the Islamic State has restored the reputation of the elite forces, which have spearheaded nearly every major fight against the militants in Iraq. Their commanders have become battlefield celebrities, while popular songs praise the troops’ prowess.
She not only scrubs the boys clean, she wipes their asses as well.
It's a cute little piece of porn where "allegations" are sometimes mentioned in passing.
Documentation is never provided.
Because to document would be to tell the truth.
These allegations were true.
Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki used the SWAT forces to carry out intimidation, murder and much more.
And their actions are not "allegations." They are documented by human rights organizations and dear lovey Loveday may want to check out some UN testimony as well.
I don't have time for liars.
Loveday is a better reporter than this.
But the history of Iraq coverage by western reporters has been one of lies and meek submission.
If you're a western reporter and you're 'brave,' that generally means when you're out of Iraq you have a tendency to go on a college speaking tour in the US and tell all the things you refused to report (or, in fairness, your outlet wouldn't let you report) when you were in Iraq.
But if you actually tell the truth?
You get threats -- from the government and its forces.
Very few have told the truth while in Iraq.
Ned Parker is one of the few.
Of non-American westerners, Martin Chulov used to have a bit of spine before he was sued by the Iraqi government. Deborah Haynes grew especially bold in her last year in Iraq offering some very strong reporting.
But the pattern truly has been cower and hide.
(Tim Arango has reported truth many times but has often had to surround it with filler -- this was especially true under the hideous "will this coverage hurt President Obama?" Jill Abramson. Jill, I still laugh at my part in your downfall -- and earlier in your son's as well.)
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