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  •  Bill Moyers' Buying the War (2+ / 0-)
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    is an excellent piece on the unwillingness of journalists at the time to penetrate the smokescreen of lies and report that the emperor had no clothes, and Iraq had no WMDs.  I think you can view the whole piece online here.

    I remember screaming at the TV so many times during this period, to the point where my spouse finally forbid me to watch Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, or Wolfowitz speak.  I still can't understand how these war criminals walk free to this day.

    “No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people.” ~ my new Senator Elizabeth Warren

    by Domestic Elf on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:43:22 AM PST

    •  It is excellent (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm listening to it now

      Whatever happened to courage?

      by chloris creator on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:58:18 AM PST

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    •  excerpt from the Bill Moyers transcript (1+ / 0-)
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      BILL MOYERS: But is there anything unusual about an Administration marketing its policy?

      WALTER PINCUS: It's, I think each Administration has learned from the other, and with this group is just the cleverest I've ever seen, and took it to new heights.

      NORM SOLOMAN The TV, radio, print, other media outlets are as crucial to going to war as the bombs and the bullets and the planes. They're part of the arsenal, the propaganda weaponry, if you will. And that's totally understood across the board, at the Pentagon, the White House, the State Department.

      COLIN POWELL (9/26/02): A proven menace like Saddam Hussein in possession of weapons of mass destruction.

      PRESIDENT BUSH (Discussion with Congressional Leaders, 9/26/02): The Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons.

      DONALD RUMSFELD (DOD Press Briefing 9/26/02): We do have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of Al Qaeda members.

      PRESIDENT BUSH: The regime has long standing and continuing ties to terrorist organizations.

      BOB SIMON: Just repeat it and repeat it and repeat it. Repeat Al Qaeda, Iraq. Al Qaeda, Iraq. Al Qaeda, Iraq. Just keep it going. Keep that drum beat going. And it was effective because long after it was well established that there was no link between Al Qaeda and the government of Iraq and the Saddam regime, the polls showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans believed that Al Qaeda… that Iraq was responsible for September 11th.

      by chloris creator on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 02:49:27 PM PST

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