Tuesday, December 13, 2005


After '1,000 Days Of War,' Patrick Cockburn reports that "every month up to a thousand fresh corpses arrive at the mortuary in Baghdad."

Asked by NBC's Brian Williams to defend predictions that "the U.S. would be welcomed as liberators" in Iraq, President Bush replied, "I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome."

On the last day of campaigning in Iraq, as "four U.S. Army soldiers died in a roadside bombing, gunmen killed a Sunni Arab candidate for parliament, and militants tried to blow up a leading Shiite politician," Slate was running a campaign blog by Ahmad Chalabi's daughter, who identifies her dad as "a liberal democratic candidate."

The head of the Badr Organization is quoted as warning that if Baathists regain power as a result of Iraq's electoral process, then "we will take up arms against them," and already "it's like Chicago in the '20s."

Chris Lehmann finds Defense Secretary Rumsfeld "holding forth on-- what else? -- the responsibilities of the media," 'While the Lincoln Group Spins.'

The Chicago Tribune reports on the millions that the 'U.S. Paid For Media Firm Afghans Didn't Want,' and Pacific Views rounds up coverage of the Rendon Group, a key player in the 'Military's Information War.'

Ralph Nader laments 'The Widening Wasteland' of "Advertisements, Infomercials and Stacatto News," and Robert Parry locates 'The Meaning of (the War Over) Christmas,' calling it "a testament to the investment conservatives have made in media over three decades."

Read On Just a little more evidence that the people with whom we are dealing are really not playing with a full neck...several French fries and half a burger short of a happy meal; know what I mean, Vern?


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