I watched the vice-presidential debate last night. Over and over again, Palin referenced the surge, drilling home the its success and challenging Biden on the fact that Obama did not support the surge. I try – really I do – not to post too much about the presidential race, but this issue kept nagging at me. It’s not even a question of whether the media is providing fair and balanced coverage because it is too dangerous for members of the American media to visit most neighborhoods of Baghdad, much less the more remote parts of Iraq.
Today I learned about a series of three videos that have been produced by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi who grew up in Baghdad and emigrated to Britain. Abdul-Ahad is a reporter for Britain’s highly respected Guardian newspaper, which has a long history of editorial and political independence. He returned to Iraq to determine the truth about the success of the surge. He discovers the real reason that the violence has decreased; throughout the city, 20 miles of 12-foot high walls have been built by the military to separate the Sunni and Shia populations. The surge has left the city more divided and desperate than ever.
Watch part one of the three part series below:
Click on “More” to watch parts two and three: Continue reading
I may alienate some people with this post, but I feel strongly that the above video contains important information that everyone needs to hear. If you are offended, please consider that our ability to freely express our opinions is one of the things that makes this country great. You may not agree with my opinion, nor I with yours, but isn’t it wonderful that we can express them without fear of reprisal?
It has astounded and mystified me that we have allowed our current President to get away with actions that have led to the death of more than 4,000 American soldiers. From the beginning, I never believed his claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and by now everyone (hopefully) understands that there was no direct link between Iraq and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At the the very least Bush is guilty of narrow-mindedness and less than admirable intelligence. But now, Vincent Bugliosi has written a book titled “The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder.”
Who is Bugliosi and what makes his opinion different or more important than anyone else who may have heretofore made similar claims? Bugliosi is highly credible because Continue reading