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  •  Of course there is plenty of room (16+ / 0-)

    for criticism, but I will give Maddow & MSNBC credit for being the first corporate media outlet to at least tell part of the story. It cannot be comprehensive in the time allowed, but it does expose the lies that led to the massacre. Using news clips, as she did, are a good way to do that directly. Since Comcast just bought out the last of MSNBC from mega defense contractor GE, it probably wouldn't have been possible to do this before. Chuck Hagel's nomination as Defense Secretary is a good "news hook," and of course, it also had to pass through the network's legal department, which probably imposed some restrictions.

    OTOH, it is appalling that no one in the corporate media has yet exposed the neocons. Since 1998, they have been pushing for an invasion of Iraq. Until they are exposed, we are at risk of repeating the so-called "mistake." Look at these snips from a letter to President Clinton, and note the names. They are only a few of this machine that wants to remake the Middle East at the cost of American lives.

    We are writing you because we are convinced that current American policy toward Iraq is not succeeding, and that we may soon face a threat in the Middle East more serious than any we have known since the end of the Cold War.  In your upcoming State of the Union Address, you have an opportunity to chart a clear and determined course for meeting this threat.  We urge you to seize that opportunity, and to enunciate a new strategy that would secure the interests of the U.S. and our friends and allies around the world.  That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power.  We stand ready to offer our full support in this difficult but necessary endeavor.....

    We urge you to act decisively. If you act now to end the threat of weapons of mass destruction against the U.S. or its allies, you will be acting in the most fundamental national security interests of the country. If we accept a course of weakness and drift, we put our interests and our future at risk.

    Elliott Abrams    
    Richard L. Armitage    
    William J. Bennett
    Jeffrey Bergner    
    John Bolton    
    Paula Dobriansky
    Francis Fukuyama    
    Robert Kagan    
    Zalmay Khalilzad
    William Kristol    
    Richard Perle    
    Peter W. Rodman
    Donald Rumsfeld    
    William Schneider, Jr.    
    Vin Weber
    Paul Wolfowitz    
    R. James Woolsey    
    Robert B. Zoellick

    Thank you, chloris, for writing about this. It continues to be an important topic for discussion.

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:50:45 AM PST

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