Beginning of the end? (Cedric)

Beginning of the end?

BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC’S BIG MIX — THE KOOL-AID TABLE

CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS BLEEDING MEMBERS OF THE CULT OF ST. BARACK LIKE CRAZY. HIS ‘CREATIVE CLASS’ TRIBE THAT COULD HAVE ONCE RIVALED JONESTOWN IN INTENSITY IS NOW ABOUT AS RAGING AS A FOREVER FLACCID MEMBER. SO MUCH SO THAT DAVID AXLEROD IS INSISTING “FOREVER FLACCID” MAY BE THE 2012 CAMPAIGN MOTTO.

FROM THE TCI WIRE:

If Bush were in the White House, the press could argue (as they’re so fond of doing) that reporters don’t take positions and they could pretend that was somehow opinion journalism. But Bush isn’t in the White House. Barack is. Barack who ran pretending to be against the Iraq War. Barack who pretended he would bring home all US troops from Iraq.
It’s not opinion journalism to ask why the candidate is not living up to his promise on the issue that generated so much support for his campaign.
The US press has ignored the White House efforts to extend the US military presence in Iraq as much as it could. When forced to cover it, they will with an article that tosses the question to the Iraqi side when what needs to be asked is:
1) Why is the campaign promise being broken?
2) If it was a “dumb war,” why has President Barack Obama continued it for years now?
3) At what point are the American people and their desires going to be factored into any decision on Iraq?
4) How is the US secured by US soldiers remaining in Iraq?
The US press had a million and one excuses for their coverage that sold the war. They swore it would be better someday. We’re still waiting for an adult press to emerge in the United States when it comes to Iraq.
US House Rep Dennis Kucinich: Hi. I’m Congressman Dennis Kucinich, To my brothers and sisters with Occupy Wall Street and around the nation who are fighting for economic justice, let’s not forget the wars. Nine years ago, the House of Representatives authorized the war on Iraq based on lies. Those who would rewrite history today would have us believe that we were fooled into thinking that Saddam Hussein was a threat and had something to do with 9-11. That’s not true. We were not fooled. We were lied to. Lied to by those who wanted the war for their own personal financial gains. Nine years ago, I analyzed the authorization for military force in Iraq and it was obvious based on information freely available that it was based on lies. I’ll put a link to that analysis below. We were not fooled. We were lied to. It’s now obvious to even the most fervent war profiteer that the war in Iraq was a mistake. Iraq was not pursuing Weapons of Mass Destruction, had nothing to do with 9-11, was not a threat to the United States, so why have we stayed in Iraq so long when we know it’s a lie? Why did we see an estimated a million Iraqi civilians die? We know war profits have soared. Wall Street favorites like Haliburton, KBR, Bechtel, DynCorp, Northrup Grumman, General Electric and General Dynamics do very well when we spend money on war. Halliburton’s stock price rose 600% between October 7, 2002 and June 30, 2008, the end of the quarter before the financial crisis. The war in Iraq may end up costing as much as $5 trillion dollars, and we have sacrificed the lives of 4,473 brave Americans and tens of thousands of our troops have been injured. The money spent for war could have spent on education, creating green jobs and rebuilding our infrastructure. It’s time to end these wars. It’s time we got some of our money back. We should implement an excise tax on the profiteers who have gained so much from a war based on lies. Keep Occupying Wall Street and I will keep occupying Congress.
With all the money wasted, with all the US lives wasted, with all the Iraqis murdered, and with no functioning government and Little Nouri as the new Saddam, exactly why should US tax payers support another day of this illegal war?
At what point does that question get asked? Maybe if Helen Thomas were still in the White House pool but, of course, the whole point of running her out of the pool was to avoid those important questions and instead to banter with the White House like, this week, when Jay Carney apologizes for showing well after the press-conference-in-two-minutes, he declares something came up and the alleged best and brightest in DC quickly shout out ‘jokes’ about was it his lunch they came up?
It’s good to know that while they fail to inform the American people and while the US is still engaged in endless war, the DC press corps does find time to get their yucks on.
The Palm Beach Post pretends to ask the important questions about the US military remaining in Iraq. Pretends because their ‘on the one hand’ for staying is that if Iran takes over Iraq, “it would be bad for him [Barack] politically — not to mention any actual increased risk of global terror.” Yes, those are the stakes, Barack’s image. In that case, let’s kill another one million Iraqis (is it up to two million yet?) and send another nearly 5,000 US troops to their death because what really matters is not what Barack does, but how he looks. That really is why the United States was created, right? To ensure that one day Barack’s image would be protected. The paper’s readers are smarter than the journalists who work for the paper as evidenced by the poll — 80% say no to US troops staying in Iraq. Yes, it’s a small poll but maybe the paper doesn’t have a lot of readers?
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