Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Glenn Greenwald,

Brit Hume and the Bush administration take propaganda to a new level

Just as George Bush and Dick Cheney have done on politically important occasions, Gen. David Petraeus (along with Ambassador Ryan Crocker) last night selected Fox News' Brit Hume as the "journalist" rewarded with an exclusive "interview." Whereas Hume, in the past, at least has pretended to play the role of journalist when interviewing high Bush officials -- doing things like asking (extremely respectful) questions about sensitive areas (with no follow up) -- he dispensed entirely with the pretense here. This "interview" took government propaganda to a whole new level, and really has to be seen to be believed (the full video is here).

The whole production was such transparent propaganda that one doubts that Pravda would have been shameless enough to present it. Even the title of the program was creepy. Fox did not even bother to call it an "interview," but rather hailed it as a "Briefing for America."


Yet another in a long list of propaganda efforts. Sometimes I wonder, are they trying to convince the Congress and the Public they have nothing up their sleeves, or are they trying to convince themselves they are doing the right thing.

Can a pair of deliberate brown nosers convince anyone of anything except the fact that, yes, they are brown nosers of the highest degree willing to sacrifice the very Constitution they swore to uphold, to please their bosses? Well so it appears.

Money does strange things to people as in this Vanity Fair article: "Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency—much of it belonging to the Iraqi people—was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed. Following a trail that leads from a safe in one of Saddam's palaces to a house near San Diego, to a P.O. box in the Bahamas, the authors discover just how little anyone cared about how the money was handled."

Money Whores-O-Plenty.



micki said...

Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote 'NYT' Op-Ed Die in Iraq

By Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher

Published: September 12, 2007 7:25 AM ET

NEW YORK The Op-Ed by seven active duty U.S. soldiers in Iraq questioning the war drew international attention just three weeks ago. Now two of the seven are dead.

Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance T. Gray died Monday in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad, two of seven U.S. troops killed in the incident which was reported just as Gen. David Petraeus was about to report to Congress on progress in the "surge." The names have just been released.

Gen. Petraeus was questioned about the message of the op-ed in testimony before a Senate committee yesterday.

The controversial Times column on Aug. 19 was called "The War As We Saw It," and expressed skepticism about American gains in Iraq. “To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched,” the group wrote.

It closed: "We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through."

Mora, 28, hailed from Texas City, Texas, and was a native of Ecuador, who had just become a U.S. citizen. He was due to leave Iraq in November and leaves behind a wife and daughter. Gray, 26, had lived in Ismay, Montana, and is also survived by a wife and infant daughter.

The accident in Iraq occurred when a cargo truck the men were riding in overturned.

The Daily News in Galveston interviewed Mora's mother, who confirmed his death and that he was one of the co-authors of the Times piece. The article today relates: "Olga Capetillo said that by the time Mora submitted the editorial, he had grown increasingly depressed. 'I told him God is going to take care of him and take him home,' she said. 'But yesterday is the darkest day for me.'”

One of the other five authors of the Times piece, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Murphy, an Army Ranger and reconnaissance team leader, was shot in the head while the article was being written. He was expected to survive after being flown to a military hospital in the United States.

micki said...

The busheviks -- any way you slice it -- with the assistance of State Run TeeVee (Fox News), is winning the propaganda war.

One small example of their successful propagandizing, from Zogby International:

Nearly half (46%) said they believe the report given by Petraeus will accurately reflect the actual situation on the ground in Iraq, while 31% said they will doubt the report’s accuracy.

Nearly half??????

micki said...


Russia Tests Powerful 'Dad of All Bombs'
Posted: 2007-09-12 10:56:56

MOSCOW - The Russian military has successfully tested what it described as the world's most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb, Russia's state television reported Tuesday.

It was the latest show of Russia's military muscle amid chilly relations with the United States.

Channel One television said the new weapon, nicknamed the "dad of all bombs" is four times more powerful than the U.S. "mother of all bombs."

"The tests have shown that the new air-delivered ordnance is comparable to a nuclear weapon in its efficiency and capability," said Col.-Gen. Alexander Rukshin, a deputy chief of the Russian military's General Staff, said in televised remarks.

Unlike a nuclear weapon, the bomb doesn't hurt the environment, he added.

The statement reflected the Kremlin's efforts to restore Russia's global clout and rebuild the nation's military might while the ties with Washington have been strained over U.S. criticism of Russia's backsliding on democracy, Moscow's vociferous protests of U.S. missile defense plans, and rifts over global crises.

The U.S. Massive Ordnance Air Blast, nicknamed the Mother Of All Bombs, is a large-yield satellite-guided, air-delivered bomb described as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in history.

Channel One said that while the Russian bomb contains 7.8 tons of high explosives compared to more than 8 tons of explosives in the U.S. bomb, it's four times more powerful because it uses a new, highly efficient type of explosives that the report didn't identify.

While the U.S. bomb is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT, the Russian one is equivalent to 44 tons of regular explosives. The Russian weapon's blast radius is 990 feet, twice as big as that of the U.S. design, the report said.

Like its U.S. predecessor, first tested in 2003, the Russian bomb is a "thermobaric" weapon that explodes in an intense fireball combined with a devastating blast. It explodes in a terrifying nuclear bomb-like mushroom cloud and wreaks destruction through a massive shock wave created by the air burst and high temperature.

Thermobaric weapons work on the same principle that causes blasts in grain elevators and other dusty places - clouds of fine particles are highly explosive. Such explosions produce shock waves that can be directed and amplified in enclosed spaces such as buildings, caves or tunnels.

Channel One said that the temperature in the epicenter of the Russian bomb's explosion is twice as high as that of the U.S. bomb.

The report showed the bomb dropped by parachute from a Tu-160 strategic bomber and exploding in a massive fireball. It featured the debris of apartment buildings and armored vehicles at a test range, as well as the scorched ground from a massive blast.

It didn't give the bomb's military name or say when it was tested.

Rukshin said the new bomb would allow the military to "protect the nation's security and confront international terrorism in any situation and any region."

"We have got a relatively cheap ordnance with a high strike power," Yuri Balyko, head of the Defense Ministry's institute in charge of weapons design, told Channel One.

Booming oil prices have allowed Russia to steadily increase military spending in recent years, and the Kremlin has taken a more assertive posture in global affairs.

Last month, President Vladimir Putin said he ordered the resumption of regular patrols of strategic bombers, which were suspended after the 1991 Soviet breakup.

micki said...

Oh goodie! Look at the good news in the above article!!!

Unlike a nuclear weapon, the bomb doesn't hurt the environment.

DEN said...

Must build environmentally conscious bombs, never mind the incinerated remains of whatever it roasts.

Stupid Humans!

DEN said...

I am truly ashamed of my own species of humanity and it's reckless disregard of life.


Gerald said...

Time to Confront the Losers

Gerald said...

We know that the right wing Neocons were drooling for an excuse to begin a war and were probably thrilled that the 9/11 disaster provided the "Pearl Harbor" type event that gave the excuse for them to fulfill their despicable wet dream.

We know that Bush entered the presidency with a long history of failure in everything he touched, that only his father's connections provided him with his income and wealth.

We know that the right wing leadership has mindlessly, in lockstep, rubberstamp supported the failed Bush-Cheney Iraq policy.

We know that the right wing media-- Fox Noise, the dittoheads-- Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Savage, Coulter, Ingraham, O'Reilly-- have all maintained their loyalty to Bush and Cheney and their total failure in Iraq.

Gerald said...

Bush at his Shrink

Gerald said...

Overloaded Nations

Gerald said...

As this "Human Katrina" hits, we'll be no different than Darfur or any of the aforementioned voluntary victims of their own overloaded demographic disasters.

Gerald said...

Hitler Bush wants a human Katrina for Nazi America in order to enslave her people.

Make no mistake!!! We are slaves who will work for slave wages.

Gerald said...


Gerald said...

Surging toward Iran

Gerald said...

A proxy war is being fought in Iraq, but it isn't one pitting the Iranians against the Iraqis: the U.S. is the proxy, fighting on behalf of Israel against Iran and Syria.

That's what all this malarkey detailing how the Iranians want to "Hezbollah-ize" the Iranian-run "Special Groups" is about. So now we're fighting Hezbollah, a group that arose because of the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, and is concerned exclusively with ridding their country of Israeli troops and influence.

Gerald said...


David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Patty Murray is on the Energy adn Water Appropriations subcommittee, and while she would probably vote for S. 1914 anyway, she maybe needs to be encouraged to co-sponor the bill.

This bill in effect, postpones action on a Reliable Replacement Warhead (a new nuke) until after a new prez takes office.

micki said...

Dr. B -- Done.

Dear Senators Murray and Cantwell:

I have grave concerns and am opposed to the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) plan to build new nuclear weapons. The Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program is expensive, unnecessary and extremely dangerous.

If the current administration gets its way and RRW moves forward, how will the United States provide the leadership necessary to convince Iran to halt uranium enrichment, assist N. Korea in dismantling its nuclear weapons' program, and discourage other countries from developing nuclear weapons programs? The answer is: the United States would be totally ignored for its duplicity and double standards.

Nuclear disarmament should be our primary goal, IMO. The House has already voted, on a bi-partisan basis, to cut all funding for the RRW in the FY 08 budget. I understand that modest cuts have been proposed in the Senate, however, there is pressure to restore full funding. We need a robust discussion about the United States' nuclear weapons policy. Rather than agree to funding restoration and moving forward with RRW, I encourage you to sign on as a co-sponsor to S. 1914, the Nuclear Policy and Posture Review Act of 2007.

Thank you,

Micki ......etc

micki said...

Nuclear Policy and Posture Review Act of 2007 (Introduced in Senate)

S 1914 IS

Thanks for the suggestion, Dr. B -- I have sent an email to Senators Murray and Cantwell.

I would encourage everyone here to contact his/her Senators on this very important bill, too.

Info @ above link.

micki said...

Dianne Feinstein is the author of S. 1914 -- co-sponsors are:

Casey, Robert (D-PA)
Collins, Susan (R-ME)
Durbin, Richard (D-IL)
Feingold, Russ (D-WI)
Kennedy, Edward (D-MA)

Contact your Senators.

micki said...

Please contact your Senators. oops, must be polite

David B. Benson said...

No Micki --- Order them!


Carey said...

Wow. What terrible news about two of the seven authors being killed.

The results of the Zogby poll are similar to something vague I heard elsewhere. That sinking feeling knocking at our collective minds' doors is almost too much to bear.

Well, thank you Micki for that charming article on the effects of massive bombs.

:-)) ...or however you key that sucker in.

Thank you Dr. B for the "very bad news" in yesterday's thread. It makes complete sense.

Excellent comments Gerald.

Finally I have a chance to thank Micki for her essay on 9/11 and fearmongering. One gets physically sick watching Bushco operate and manipulate with abandon. The coupling with the anniversary, I'm afraid to say, was highly effective. I heard on the radio this morning a poll of 27% Dems who thought Saddam was personally and intricately involved with 9/ll. Crestfallen doesn't begin to describe my reaction to that disgusting gem.

Carey said...

One small favor of sorts....While Moveon scored a mixed slew of responses to their "Gen. Betray Us" campaign, liberals, in turn, were blessed with Petraeus' moment of honest revelation that Americans are still basically unsafe.

David B. Benson said...

The size of the problem:

There are about 91,000 ocean vessels, of which about 2,000 are cruise ships. (Fishing craft, navies, research ships, etc. are not included.) The 89,000 or so cargo ships deliver an estimated 99,000 billion tonne-kilometers per year. This means these vessels consume about 230 million tonnes of diesel fuel per year. This contributes around 2% of the yearly anthropogenic carbon load of about 8 billion tonnes.

DEN said...

OK a bit of humor to take us away from the reality of life here.

DEN said...

Phrase for the day:

Get a soul asshole!

Plenty of souless so-called humans willing to sacrifice their fellow humans for THEIR needs.

Den said...

The Googles signed me out!

musta pissed them off.

micki said...

The Googles signed me out!

What does that mean?

Den, I want one of those nutcrackers! I think that's a great item. Do those people who are selling it think it's gonna reflect bad on ole Hill?