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Iraq 10 Years Later: The Deadly Consequences of Spin


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: bushadministration, bush, media, lies, military, Iraq war, propaganda, news, economy, americans )

Cal
- 549 days ago - motherjones.com
Those who questioned the case for war have won the fight over history. But that won't bring back the tens of thousands of lives lost.



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Winn Adams (192)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:25 pm
History will show this president made some of the worst decisions in history for America.
 

Carol Dreeszen (364)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:38 pm
I would rather have George W Bush as President today than Obama..no doubt! He was not perfect...not any President was..but he loved his country and he supported our troops way more than Obama ever has!! And he supported the American dream contrary to what Obama does. George W Bush I think will end up being known as one of the better Presidents who made some mistakes but more importantly he owned up to them! Unlike Obama!!
 

John B. (215)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:34 pm
Thanks Cal for posting the link to the article by Mr. Corn. Mr. Corn's critique of the media and the proponents of the invasion was very well put. Read and noted with sadness for all the warriors who didn't come home and for those who did and haven't gotten the physical and mental care they deserve.
 

lee e. (114)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:55 pm
This is the horror of our nation - it's wrath and vengeance with no mind set in advance -- such a shame to our country and to our economic future! What a devastation! While the filthy perpetrators of this mayhem are getting off scot-free like traitors let loose on our soil -- I believe that the perpetrators of this attrocity and murderous rampage that brought our country to near demise should be brought to justice - that includes the entire bush/cheney regime!!! They destroyed two countries -- and while we may have a slight chance of rebound -we've destroyed Iraq altogether - at great cost to the people and with no truth behind the hubris that brought us into this illegal conflict! To boot -- we are now a nation that has abandoned its principles - utilizing TORTURE and "rendition" as a reasonable way of conducting our wars - in MY name! I so renounce this decade of destruction and will constantly call on the perpetrators of our humiliation to justice! A nation that allows its administration to act as inhumanely to the rest of the world carries a very bad Karma -- Germany had its time of bringing its evil-doers to judgment and to bring closure and begin to "repent" for the ills we have wrought - we must as well! I will never rest until my name is cleared as an abettor to the horrors we brought on this country and the torture we have placed on the individuals who still suffer ( as well as Bradley Manning - who the President should forgive - since his is a voice of a whistle-blowing hero that we should all admire)~
 

Jerry B. (120)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 8:43 pm
Noted this was a hard call to make, just my opinion.thanks Cal.
 

James Maynard (68)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 8:50 pm
"After all, he tried to kill my daddy."

It's on tape. Disgusting.
 

Marie W. (65)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 11:51 pm
Worst president ever!
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:16 am
I hope he and his stupid GOP cronies (namely Cheney and Rummy) are happy with themselves for this mess they created.

Carol Dreeszen, it's sad you're so anti-Obama and anti-Democrat that you would actually defend the reprehensible actions of one of the worst presidents of all time.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:58 am
Noted.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:25 am
This dim bulb should have a great deal on his conscience. War - what is it good for? Absolutely nothing - unless, of course, you are a part of the military industrial complex and can get filthy rich off death and destruction.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:30 pm
http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/3550669
I thought about replying to Carol Dreeszen point-by-point (since nothing about her post is accurate), but decided not to feed the troll who is getting paid enough already.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:33 pm
Thanks for posting that article Joanne, about the letter from the Iraq vet.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 4:27 pm
W will go down as one of the worst presidents. AND let us not forget those who bullied and threatened those who did not think war in Iraq was necessary. AND FREEDOM FRIES!!
Remember there are those who remember the W years as the "Good Old Days." Talk about people needing to have their votes suppressed!!!!
 

Jude Hand (59)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 4:49 pm
Noted. What a sad state of affairs. But it can't overshadow the ridiculousness in Congress over the past months.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:00 pm
Noted
 

Thomas P. (468)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:54 pm
Noted...thanks Cal. As time goes on, I think a strong case can and will be made not just that the Bush administration was one of the worst administrations in history, but also among the most corrupt and even criminal. As strange and as sad as it may sound to some, I don't know how much President Bush had to do with many of the daily operations of the country and particularly some of these larger foreign policy decisions. I do think there were those in his administration, namely VP Cheney and Sec Rumsfeld, as well as people like David Addington and Paul Wolfowitz, who might look over their shoulder for the rest of their lives for fear of being tried as war criminals. This has already happened in Malaysia, and may yet happen in some parts of Europe as well.
 

Dave C. (214)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:57 pm
one reason the rich GOP are trying to re-write/control history book publishing houses.????
Bush Administration = Lies, Liars, horrible 8 yrs for the world and its future.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:42 pm
I fully agree with the comment lee e. made; and also agree with Thomas P. with the exception that W himself stated, "I'm the decider." Let's not forget that. Let's also not forget the thousands that were in the streets protesting....or the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson---because her husband, Joseph Wilson, simply told the truth and stated facts that proved Curveball was a liar. Let's also not forget the important Downing Street Memo.

What American cable was cramming down our throats in the weeks prior to the Iraq invasion....remember Lacy Peterson? You couldn't go anywhere to escape that story. The one person we had on cable news who was honestly questioning The Powers That Be was Phil Donahue---who got fired.
The "deadly consequences of spin" are felt the most by those who died in Iraq--Iraqis and Americans, the most innocent being children. Not to fail to mention the tens of thousands of injured troops coming home to a mess of red tape and unemployment. There's a special place in hell for Dumbya, Cheney, Dumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Powell and the rest.
 

Avril Lomas (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:36 pm
Spin !! it was not.! BALD FACE LIES IT WAS. I HAVE CALLED THIS DISASTER THE LIARS WAR,FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS. I DO NOT KNOW HOW ANY OF THIS GANG CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT.
CHENEY AND ADDINGTON WERE THE MASTER MINDS, CHENEY SEEING THE BENEFITS TO HALIBURTON,(he is still on the board and getting a nice salary.) BUSH,RICE, RUMSFELD,and Colin Powell.(who was royally lied to ,and made a fool of himself at the UN. More than 100,000 Iraqis killed. 4,5000 US soldiers killed and many thousands disabled.. CHENEY,et.al. are awash in the blood of innocents, Their is NO excuse for them ,The situation at this time is as chaotic as ever, with sectarian violence EVERY DAY.I do wish that I believed in the after life,as I know where that gang would be..MAYBE THEN THEY MIGHT CONSIDER APOLOGIZIING.BUT DON,T HOLD YOUR BREATH!! ,NOT DISCUSSED> THE WHOLE FIASCO WAS UNFUNDED.
and the American middle class etc. are expected to pay for it.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:27 pm
Note: I just read an article stating that Halliburton made $39.5 Billion off the 2 wars.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:11 am
We live on a rebellious planet with criminals and geniuses dumped here. The g-ds of other worlds expelled their greed and furies. But among us are outraged heros and heroines ready to renounce the prejudice and envies of war and to soothe the hurts with unearned love.

Many know condemned souls and their planet are not abandoned.

These see saucers in the sky.

Hell is not forever.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:08 am
History will not judge George W. Bush, Dick Checney or their entourage kindly.

"As of Friday December 9, 2011, the war in Iraq had claimed 4,487 American lives, with another 32,226 Americans wounded in action, according to Pentagon statistics. However, actual statistics vary depending on the government or organization doing the research. The total death toll varies from 115,676 (US Gov) to 600,000."

The Iraqi's who died left behind tens of thousands of orphans. This war was unjustified, and the people responsible for it are criminals. For some startling statistics, please click on the following link: Iraq War Facts, Results & Statistics at January 31, 2012
 
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