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CNN’s Iraq Reporter Warns of White House Spin

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Posted on Jul 18, 2007

Could the Bush administration be invoking the ominous specter of al-Qaida—and suggesting the extremist group is gathering strength and preparing to strike—for political reasons?  CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware says Americans should watch out for rhetorical sleight of hand from the White House concerning the current threat level and the newly unveiled National Intelligence Estimate.


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“That statement in the NIE is about three years too late,” Ware responded. “Al Qaeda has reorganized itself through the war in Iraq that America handed it on a silver platter in its own backyard. ... The war here ... has energized the jihadi community across the globe.” Ware asserted that “Iraq veterans” among foreign terrorists “are creating a whole new momentum back in their homelands,” but said that “the true danger of al Qaeda in Iraq is the template or the model it offers” even to those who have never been to Iraq.

Equally quick to insist that the NIE should not be taken too literally, Ware said, “We must be aware of the spin, the smoke and mirrors from the administration, trying to reshape the message on Iraq being specifically about al Qaeda ... trying to evoke some Pavlovian response from the American public to fear them into again supporting the war. That doesn’t quite hold water.”

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By Skruff, July 20, 2007 at 9:36 am Link to this comment
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88210 by hardnose on 7/20 at 5:27 am

“By your utterance it sounds as if you may not agree with how the Australian government put the “hot iron” to the ragheads there?”

What of the Muslims born here… Muhammad Ali. Birth name, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr comes to mind?

Here’s a little tale for you:

The Von Wallenstiens were a German family who lived in Greenburg New York.  During WW II Mr Von Wallenstein was deported due to his ties with the Deutsches Reich,(He was a Reichstag member, and part of the Krupp family empire) Ignorant Americans believed Deutsches Reich was connected with Hitler’s “third Deutsches Reich” (Deutsches meaning German)turns out when he was returned to Germany it was discovered that he had Jewish roots. He was sent to a concentration camp where he died.

After the war, Mrs Von Wallenstein was given an appology by President Truman. When she died she willed the family estate to the Greenburg school department which still uses their house as administrative offices…

Mrs Von Wallenstein once said that Germans who fled Germany before WW II made good American citizens because they saw the true evil that was prewar Germany and would never allow such a thing to happen here…

It seems that most of those people must be gone by now.

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By hardnose, July 20, 2007 at 6:35 am Link to this comment

Racer, very good post! As in past, present, and future political campaigns, I’m sure, the candidates will ALWAYS say what theY feel the people WANT to hear, then do just the opposite.  Remember Bush Sr. when he said “read my lips, no more taxes?” And what did he do? The SOB raised the taxes.  I wish more people, like you, would or could read between the lines on what the candidates say.

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By hardnose, July 20, 2007 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

Bukko - YES! I support the interment camps back then just as I would support the same today.  Apparently you don’t believe just how deep the muslim hatred goes for infidels, huh? They could take an oath on the Bible or their Koran to support the U.S.A. and I STILL would not believe them.  I have a very STRONG dislike for ANYONE who talks against the U.S.A.  Bad mouth the current administration, FINE, they deserve it plus more, but desecrate my flag and, by damn, you’ll have one hell of a fight on your hands with no quarter given.  By your utterance it sounds as if you may not agree with how the Australian government put the “hot iron” to the ragheads there?

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By racer, July 20, 2007 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

AL-QAIDA IS A WORD INVENTED BY THE CIA, SO WHO SHOULD WE FEAR. THE ARABS USE THAT WORD WHEN THEY HAVE TO USE THE TOILET. SO I HEARD AL-QAIDA MEANS TOILET. AND WHAT ARAB GROUP IS GOING TO USE TOILET FOR THEIR GROUPS NAME. I DON;T REMEMBER HEARING BIN LADEN USE THE WORD AL-QAIDA IN ANY OF HIS TAPES, I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE ARAB MEDIA. THIS WORD COVERS EVER MUSEUM WITH A GUN.
ENOUGH OF THIS SPIN.
THIS WHAT WE SHOULD BE ON ALL OF ARE MINDS.
ISSUES THAT THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AREN’T TALKING ABOUT,REALLY MAKE ME THINK.
NOBODY TALKS
SPP
NAFTA SUPER HIGHWAY
TTC
KANSAS SMARTPORT
MEXICAN TRUCKS ON OUR HIGHWAYS
NORTH AMERICAN UNION
THIS IS GOING ON UNDER THE RADAR AND THE TOP CANIDIDATES AREN’T TALKING “WHY”
IS THERE A REASON, DO THEY KNOW THIS HAPPENING AND ARE IN AGREEMENT.
TAKE IMMIGRATION BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE WERE NOT HAPPY WITH THAT NEW BILL AND IT WAS STOP. NOW THE BORDERS ARE NOT SECURE.ANOTHER “WHY” IF THEY DON’T GET THEIR WAY THEY DO NOTHING.
ALL THESE ISSUES AND THEY KEEP SMILING AND SAY WILL DO A GOOD SNOW JOB FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN WE BECOME PRESIDENT VOTE FOR ME. THEIR IN THE SENATE AND CONGRESS NOW , HOW ABOUT DOING A GOOD JOB NOW. ANOTHER “WHY”
SOME FOOD FOR THOUGH
BILL CLINTON IS A MEMBER OF THE “TRILATERAL COMMISSION” WHO ARE BEHIND THE FORMATION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN UNION.
RUDY GIULIANIS LAW FIRM ACTING AS THE EXCLUSIVE LEGAL COUNSEL FOR CINTRA A SPANISH FIRM TO BUILD AND RUN THE TRANS- TEXAS CORRIDOR TTC AND COLLECT TOLLS THE FIRST IN AMERICAN HISTORY. SO BOTH PARTY ARE ONE IN THE SAME. AND PART OF BUSHS CO HARDS.SO WHO DO WE VOTE FOR, U-TUBE RON PAUL AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK.

OH I FORGOT HILLARY AND BILL JUST LOVE DINNING WITH GEORGE AND LAURA. WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS STOP ONLY GOD KNOWS.
I’LL END WITH THIS QUOTE
GEORGE MASON
“NO POINT IS OF MORE IMPORTANCE THAN THE RIGHT OF IMPEACHMENT SHOULD BE CONTINUED. SHALL ANY MAN BE ABOVE JUSTICE”.

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By farmertx, July 19, 2007 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

Yes time is running out on salvaging our Constitution and way of life.
Before the Brown One issues his ruling that the Executive Order dealing with Acts of Violence (not the title, but the gist of the order) applies to demostrations and protests, we had best act.
Luckily for all of us, this administration has opened the eyes of many honest Republican’s (yes, there are a few) about putting Party loyalty ahead of the country’s best interest’s.
Assuming that Diebolds’ magic voting machines will not be used in the next Presidential Election, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Question is, is it daylight…or the headlight of the Southbound fast freight? Time will tell.

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By Bukko in Australia, July 19, 2007 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment

Fascinating to see there’someone who still speaks favourably about putting Japanese in American concentration camps. You must be so disappointed that the U.S. Congress apologised to the surviving Japanese and paid reparations to them.

When the next terrorist attack takes place on American soil, Mr. Hardnose, will you support rounding up all the Muslims on U.S. soil and putting them in camps? That would be a hard-nosed thing to do. Or would it be enough to make them swear an oath that they’re for the U.S. and not against it?

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By cyrena, July 19, 2007 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment

#88153 by farmertx on 7/19 at 8:55 pm

Farmertx:

Good comments. And yes, it would be great to return to our way of life, (to the extent possible)and that means trying to salvage and then repair, as much of the Constitution as we can. I think it’s possible, but time really is running out.

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By farmertx, July 19, 2007 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment

Seems like we have digressed from the topic at hand. And that is, we are in the sad position of not being able to really believe anything our President nor his minions say.
Granted that all politician’s lie. But, in the past, we had been able to pretty well trust them when it came to doing the right thing for the country.
That trust has been destroyed by Shrub and Company.
We need to focus on never allowing that to happen again.
Can we remember the time when traveling on an American Passport was a guarantee (almost) of safety?
Can we remember when America was admired and respected (mostly) in all corner’s of the world?
Wouldn’t you like to return, as best as anyone can return to the past, to those days?
The damage that the Shrub and the Shootist have wrought will take decades to overcome, here and abroad.
Republican’s have learned a hard lesson about blindly trusting their candidate and putting Party loyalty ahead of what’s best for America. Let’s hope it sticks with all of us.

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By Reality Checker, July 19, 2007 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

So what they are saying is that their little war on terror has created more terrorists than there was when they started wiping them out a few years ago.

That’s quite a confession, I admire their courage for admitting such a thing to everyone.

Does that prove that war is not the answer?

Factionalism is the most evil thing in the world. Does war tend to create factions or does it bring groups together?

Are you working to create factions or are you working to bring people together?

Answer that question to yourself and you will know whether you are working for God or the devil. You can only serve one master.

Jesus was the son of MAN. If you don’t love and serve man you are not even close to God no matter what you think you are.

Fear is the Mother of hatred. If all these haters had the courage to face their fears instead of masking the weakness with hatred so they can sound tough they might be able to heal themselves and get to the next level.

The only thing that remains constant in this universe is CHANGE.

People are afraid of change because it’s unknowable effects on the future.

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By THE MANGEMEISTER, July 19, 2007 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment
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Kudos to Greg Bacon (De’ja vu all over again)Your exactly right!

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By hardnose, July 19, 2007 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment

Come on Straight Talk, you’re grasping at straws just for the sake of an argument.  The Japanese pulled the SNEAK ATTACK on the U.S.A., NOT the Germans. It appears that the old saying; “a little learning is a dangerous thing” is rather true in your case. 

Have a good life and open your eyes as well as your ears.

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By straight_talk_11, July 19, 2007 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment

The number of Germans in the U.S. is and was enormous. They are also harder to differentiate from the rest of the population. There were also many of them in powerful positions in industry and government. The few Italians and Germans who were interned were not interned for the simple reason that the country of their ancestors or their origin was attacking us. We cannot say the same about most of the Japanese who were interned, and who had committed no “crime” except being Japanese.

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By DennisD, July 19, 2007 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment
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In the game of “politics” the fear card is always the trump card. First comes fear, then dependence, then total control with no questions asked. Sounds very Rovian doesn’t it.

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By farmertx, July 19, 2007 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

Straight talk 11
Check your history books. Germans and Italians were interned, although not as completely as the Japs were.
But then again, the Japs chose to send a peace mission to DC, knowing that the attack would be made, anyhow.
Notably, not all Japs in Hawaii were not interned. Only on the West Coast.

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By hardnose, July 19, 2007 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

Straight Talk 11-You betcha, there will be NO middle ground.  NO! I’m not going along with the current jerks in office, I would not follow them to “El Dorado!” I feel I’m using good old common sense when I say you’ll either be for the U.S.A. or against it REGARDLESS of the current or future administration. Try this site on for size:

http://www.terrorismawareness.org

What you believe or feel is, of course yours and yours alone, just as mine is mine.  We’ll just have to hide and watch and see who gets to say “I told you so” first.

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By straight_talk_11, July 19, 2007 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

“...yes we, the U.S.A. “locked up” a lot of Japanese at the onset of WWII and rightfully so, or do you remember Pearl Harbor?”
- hardnose

Good grief! Why didn’t we lock up all the Germans and Italians in the U.S.? It would have been just as “rightfully” done as what we did to the Japanese citizens of the U.S.A., or do you want to be responsible for what any country whose blood happens to run in your veins does against the United States? What an idiotic mindset. You really just bared yours, pal!!!

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By hardnose, July 19, 2007 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment

Goffredo, where did I mention “foreign policy?” As far as that goes ‘si si’ isn’t either, savvy?

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By straight_talk_11, July 19, 2007 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

I was not aware of the article below when I first responded to hardnose. However, as serendipity would have it, it’s just what the doctor ordered in terms of my reference to warnings from our forefathers:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070717_the_president_we_were_warned_about/

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By hardnose, July 19, 2007 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

cyrena, yes we, the U.S.A. “locked up” a lot of Japanese at the onset of WWII and rightfully so, or do you remember Pearl Harbor?  Check your history, Mexico DID give safe haven to the enemies of the U.S.A. during WWII, so did So.America and I feel they are doing the same today.  Escapees from the interment camps went to Mexico and spied? Balderdash(for want of a better word)! The spies were in place BEFORE Pearl Harbor just as they were in place AT Pearl Harbor PRIOR to the cowardly attack.  So, dig deep for the facts IF interested.

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By cyrena, July 19, 2007 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

Comment#87952 by hardnose on 7/19 at 6:52 am

•  During WWII Mexico harbored German and Japanese spies, and they are doing the same TODAY! Get real, people, Mexico hates us with a passion that is beyond comprehension.
Many of you reading this and other items like this will NOT, I’m sure, believe one iota of any of it.  I certainly hope I never have the occasion to say “I told you so,” but you can bet your sweet ass I WILL.
Well hardnose, I have to say for the record, that I have AVOIDED saying “I told you so” for the past 7 years, beginning as soon as the bush-cheney campaign kicked in. I’ve avoided it all along the way, if only because it isn’t helpful, to remind others of their own vulnerabilities in falling for it all. There is no pleasure in the “I told you so”, when the consequences are so horrific.

As for Mexico hating us, that could be true. I can’t think of another country right now, that doesn’t. But, we locked up way more Japanese right here at home, as a result of WWII, so if a few of them escaped later, turned spy, and made their way down to Mexico, (from the camps here in California where they were locked up) then I guess that’s a believable scenario. I just doubt it has much to do with the price of oil in Iraq right now.

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By Goffredo, July 19, 2007 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

Hardnose,

“yee-haw” is not a foreign policy.

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By straight_talk_11, July 19, 2007 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

“There will be no middle ground, you’ll either be for the U.S.A. or against it.”

Hardnose, so we just have to accept whatever our questionably elected leader says and go for it? He has a wonderful track record as a consistent deceiver of the public, doesn’t he? And that’s putting it kindly. Germans had your mindset during WWII. How do you differentiate yourself from them, just by saying this is my country and Germany was theirs and the U.S. is always right no matter what idiot gets into office?

What was there to keep the Germans from saying the same thing? Our forefathers warned us against what is happening now, but you just want to blindly follow current leadership, worshiping our forefathers in theory while ignoring their warnings and all the plentiful information available that what is happening is precisely what they warned us against?

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By hardnose, July 19, 2007 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

Bacon, you seem a bit “fried!” Where do you come up with all the BS you utter.  Sounds as if you are anti everything.  Just whose side are you going to be on when the stuff hits the fan over here?  There will be no middle ground, you’ll either be for the U.S.A. or against it.

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By JG, July 19, 2007 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment
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I watched that interview on CNN. It was riveting. I have appreciated Michael Ware’s reports for some time now and he is one person I put some faith into what he says is the truth or close to it. That particular interview he basically called George Bush a liar. It was about time somebody did.

I agree that I hope nothing happens to this guy. There is little truth or the challenging of what is being said and reported going on since this war began. We need more people like Ware willing to just say what he sees and knows.

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By Greg Bacon, July 19, 2007 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

It’s Déjà vu, all over again, this time, against Iran, using the “aL-CIA-duh” boogeyman.

Some of the same lies, distortions, half-truths and an
American military build up in the Middle East, all with one goal in mine: To start the bombing campaign against Iran.

Although this time around, some of the media are a bit reluctant to go along with the agitprop being dished out.
They’re nervous bridesmaids, still a bit chafed that they bought all the lies and BS that led to the current illegal and immoral war against Iraq.

But they won’t wait long at the MIC/Zionist altar.  The same echo-chamber that was so successful in selling the War against Iraq is being cranked up again. Slowly, the MSM, still blushing like the new bride it is, will open it’s mouth eagerly and quickly swallow WHOLE the treat that is being offered by their newest husband, the demented ZIOCONS.

Somewhere, there’s a budding Judith Miller, toiling away furiously retyping pro war talking points as she/he carries out the goals of her masters, the ZIOCONS.
And let’s not forget Mr. Judith Miller, the idiotic and easily fooled NYT hack, Michael Gordon. Gordon does his master’s bidding exceedingly well, prepping the gullible American public for the next war of aggression.
And there’s CNN, which like to boast it’s the best in the news business.
Which can be easily verified by the amount of time CNN always devotes to blonde bimbos, like Paris Hilton.
When AIPAC cracks the whip, CNN will jump on board even more than it already is and start selling this next war of aggression as “Us against Them.”
Us being the good guys in white hats and them, well them is anyone Israel deems an obstacle to its goal of ME hegemony.

Soon, American troops will again be used as mercenaries for Israel’s dreams of ME domination.

NO MORE AMERICAN BLOOD FOR ISRAEL

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By martin weiss, July 19, 2007 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

one thing that seems to be overlooked because it is so obvious—

a war of aggression for no good reason is mass murder.

Extremists, that is, people who believe their rules are more important than other peoples’ lives—like Bush-Cheney, Sadr, Bin Laden, the right-wing Israeli nuts and the evangelicals willing to kill for Jesus—
all these folks need to be locked up where they can do no harm. Living things are more important than rules or books.

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By hardnose, July 19, 2007 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

Ed, as much as I dislike saying it, you are so damned correct.  China is laughing at us and our greed and KNOW it is the way to destroy us.

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By Skruff, July 19, 2007 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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87952 by hardnose on 7/19 at 6:52 am
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“I, for one, would rather be on “full alert\” than to ‘caught with my pants down!’”


Just one question:

Are those Chinese made pants?

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By Emily Anne, July 19, 2007 at 11:15 am Link to this comment
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Spin? What kind of thinking is that? I thought the Bush administration has made it clear: al Qaeda is obviously to blame for every nasty incident taking place on the planet, from broken steam pipes in New York to same-sex marriages and earthquakes. It’s obvious that the U.S. had better keep Bush and his friends in office for the good of humankind.

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By grumbles, July 19, 2007 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

....hope nothing happens to Mr Ware. I am very wary of these private contractors in Iraq. They were identified in the pictures out of Abu Ghraib, but never prosecuted. In whose interests do they act? Is this Cheney’s army? I hope telling truth to power doesnt get him a bullet for his trouble…....One thing is for sure..I put nothing past this administration. Nothing.

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By Ed, July 19, 2007 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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You can wipe Islam off the face of the earth, you can execute Tim McVie but you’ll never get rid of terrorism. The “war on terrorism” and the “war on drugs” (et al) is an excuse to take away civil liberties, build a police state, build empire and be a global bully.

And while the short-sighted, money-grubbing, foolish leadership plays these games, China builds itself into a power that will not be able to be stopped should they decide to dominate.

America is no longer the home of the brave. It is the home of the greedy, the wimpy and the stupid.

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By hardnose, July 19, 2007 at 7:52 am Link to this comment

With the attitude of the government AND of the majority of the people I firmly believe the U.S.A. is ripe for clandestine enemy attacks.  The U.S.A. has the old hippie mentality of “make love, not war,” and that will be our downfall, YES! too damn many “peaceniks.”  I, for one, would rather be on “full alert” than to “caught with my pants down!”  It is apparent that not enough Americans learned just how vulnerable we really are after 9/11.  Our immigration frailty proves that! During WWII Mexico harbored German and Japanese spies, and they are doing the same TODAY! Get real, people, Mexico hates us with a passion that is beyond comprehension.

Many of you reading this and other items like this will NOT, I’m sure, believe one iota of any of it.  I certainly hope I never have the occasion to say “I told you so,” but you can bet your sweet ass I WILL.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, July 19, 2007 at 7:43 am Link to this comment
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Number 1 Ware should be preaching to his moron Prime Minister in Australia.Num 2 Here comes the media when Bush is at 28% telling us the truth.We do not need to hear the truth when it is popular we need to hear the truth when it is unpopular.To his defense Mr Ware has always told what he perceived as the truth even when it was unpopular.
To those of you in my generation the coverage of Vietnam was more accurate earlier.One of the reasons LBJ did not run was Walter Cronkites view that the best we could hope for was a draw.Could you picture a journalist today on one of the three major networks having the balls to take a stand.They wonder why no one watches the evening news.

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By Skruff, July 19, 2007 at 6:41 am Link to this comment
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Wolf Wolf Wolf…. Oh shit, why won’t anyone lister?

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By Margaret Currey, July 19, 2007 at 6:08 am Link to this comment
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The war was coming to this blood bath, the Repbs thought that the war on the cheap was won when GWB put on the flight suit and said we won, that was what four years ago, what happened, was the war on the cheap a backfire, sure was. 

The person who said it best was Teresa Heintz Kerry she said if you want four more years of Hell, elect George W. Bush.

The whole gang needs to be Impeached, what it is this thing called Executive Privelege, is it something to hide under?

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By Marshall, July 19, 2007 at 4:33 am Link to this comment

#87900 by Goffredo on 7/18 at 10:12 pm

There’s not a single intelligence official in the govt., regardless of political affiliation, that believes AQ is a hoax or that it should be ingored.  The NIE is pretty clear on that.  So if you want to ignore the NIE and distract yourself with the Administration’s interpretation, then go ahead.

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By ReneaL, July 19, 2007 at 3:24 am Link to this comment
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#87891 by 911truthdotorg on 7/18 at 8:52 pm

“Aussies are awesome! They bullshit no one.”

Do you mean that Rupert Murdoch, this wunderful Aussie refugee in the U.S.A (owner of Fox Noise) is awesome?
Hmmm…I beg to differ.

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By cyrena, July 19, 2007 at 2:26 am Link to this comment

#87900 by Goffredo on 7/18 at 10:12 pm

....“How many reports in the last 5 years have we seen of an attack thwarted by our superheroes, only to never get another news story about it, or any details???

Just when the wind is dying down, they try to get it to howl again. 

Not buying it.”....

Goffredo,

I swear I’ve lost track, though I had been keeping up for a while. I had to narrow my focus to just all of the aviation industry scares that have resulted.

But, to get a ball park figure, I suppose one could count the number of episodes of “24” or some of those similar TV shows, just to get an idea.

I’m not buying it either of course, but there are a whole lot of folks who have, and the paranoia creates reactions that are even more disruptive than the created scenario could ever have been.

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By Outraged, July 19, 2007 at 1:36 am Link to this comment

Spin…? Ya think!

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By martin weiss, July 19, 2007 at 1:30 am Link to this comment

Oh, yeah—one more thing. Osama and Al Queda, if you’re reading this, fair warning. Bush wants endless war, but if the Democrats get in just remember what happened to the Italians and the Japanese and the Nazis—all at once, under a democrat president.

We Democrats come from the wrong side of the tracks. We do not fool around like Bush. If you won’t act civilized, you and everyone you know will be history.

We know your people have been systematically mistreated, and we’re willing to talk. But if you kill innocent people, we will finish what Bush has so miserably messed up.
TaTa for now.

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By martin weiss, July 19, 2007 at 1:13 am Link to this comment

The “neo-cons” want conflict—they prefer it to peaceful resolution of differences.

Saddam offered to open Iraq to the US Army’s inspections, Bush refused. Bush preferred to invade.
Iran offered through the Swiss ambassador to cease uranium enrichment—not only did Bush refuse, he censured the Swiss for even bringing the offer.
Rumsfeld and Cheney sold Saddam the only wmd’s he ever had. They also sold Iran nuclear technology so they would have a potential target for a future war.

They thrive on crisis, conflict, and catastrophe.

Their buddies are making billions off Katrina and billions off Iraq. They need enemies to keep the $600 billion per year defense budget. Twenty billion yearly in Columbia isn’t enough, they need to buy or control the entire world’s natural resources.
They love blood money because the blood’s never theirs. They whine about attacks on America killing thousands but they kill a million brown people. They imprison the poor and dissidents. They’ve made corporate money the same as free speech, but they’ve created barbed-wire enclosures called “free speech zones”.

Only two of the original rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights haven’t been abolished under Bush—quartering soldiers in our homes and the right to bear arms. All the rest are gone.
Now they’ve abolished the posse comitatus act, allowing federalization of the national guard as domestic police—shades of nazi ss troops. Would anybody be surprised if they staged another 9/11, declared martial law and canceled the 08 election?

By allowing old technology like the oil industry to dominate our government, they’ve stifled American ingenuity and innovation. And they lie like a rug.
Thanks to Mr. Ware for telling it like it is, better late than never. Thanks to Truthdig for this forum.

Oh, yeah, one more thing—at least Clinton likes women.
I don’t mind folks of different genders, but when we have a male prostitute visiting the White House regularly, I gotta say these hypocrites are sick.

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By Goffredo, July 18, 2007 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

How many reports in the last 5 years have we seen of an attack thwarted by our superheroes, only to never get another news story about it, or any details??? 
Just when the wind is dying down, they try to get it to howl again. 

Not buying it.

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By 911truthdotorg, July 18, 2007 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

Michael Ware is a true “American” hero!

He should be given OUR Medal of Freedom.

Take it away from Tenet, Franks or the
third schlep, Bremer, that our monster-in-chief gave it to and give it to Ware.

Aussies are awesome! They bullshit no one.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, America: Freedom to Fascism

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By Bukko in Australia, July 18, 2007 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

I’m proud that an Aussie journo, Ware, is one of the few people in the mainstream American TV news media to tell the truth. And I’m not even an Aussie citizen.

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By gradioc, July 18, 2007 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Yeah, I’m so impressed that CNN has the cajones to speak truth to power now that 75% of the US understands this whole thing has been a pack of lies from the start. Way to jump in front of the parade there CNN. Why weren’t you warning people about administration bald faced lies, oops, excuse me, I meant “spin”, 5 years ago.

You are gutless corporate parasites masquerading as journalists.

How did this story make it on the air anyway? Didn’t Paris Hilton fart or something? It must be a real dog of a news day when CNN is reduced to actually reporting that Bushco is lying. Hey, Atlanta, guess what? The sun came up too. Stop the freakin’ presses.

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By Enemy of State, July 18, 2007 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

Its about time the main streem media starts noticing (and bringing to the public’s attention) the obvious spin thats been coming from this administration. I don’t like to say “too little too late”, but that is appropriate in this instance.

  Of course they call everyone against us AlQaeda. In Iraq only about 5% of the problematic insurgents/militia types are AQ. And
hey they aren’t at all popular over there, thats how we got the Sunnis in Anbar to start fighting AlQaeda (for now instead of us). This spin that we have to stay the course so AlQaeda won’t take over is pure spin.

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By QuyTran, July 18, 2007 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment

One another dirty “black magic” played by this criminal administration !

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By cyrena, July 18, 2007 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

If indeed this is a now increased danger, Ware is right on the mark with this….


“the true danger of al Qaeda in Iraq is the template or the model it offers” even to those who have never been to Iraq.”

In short, george’s war has provided EXACTLY this model/template, for spontaneous global terrorism to sprout anywhere, and become self-sustaining.

The creepiest part is that bin Laden and other originators of these models, have said….EXACTLY THAT!!!

bin Laden himself has said in the past, that this jihadist movement will continue long after he himself, is gone. And, it has. We knew it would, even without his influence. I’m still not convinced that he’s even still alive.

And yet….we see what has come from the template, because we knew that it would, and it didn’t require any genius to figure it out. Just a little connecting of dots, facts, and history.

From the beginning, the conquest of Iraq was the plan, and to move on from there…to the surrounding nation states. That was the Cheney plan. But for georgie, it was just another chance to indulge in his favorite pastime, a real live game of Cowboys and Indians, (while replacing the Indians with Arabs and Asians, and Turks, and whomever else might be in the area). No doubt that was intended to keep georgie occupied, while the grownups (Cheney Cabal) did all of the backstage finagling.

Anyway, even now….these 6 years later, this recent “report” just doesn’t sound like anything different than we heard back then. Al-Qaeda is strong, and they want to take over the world, and we have to fight them. The portion of the NIE provided to the public is less than 2 full pages. So, we don’t know anything more than we did 6 years ago, (at least about al-Qaeda) and that was next to nothing, even then.

So, by now….I’m pretty damn tired of this shadowy and seemingly perennial group of bad guys, dictating our lives. And that’s just the “control group” of the bad guys. (al-Qaeda)

The real bad guys are the ones handing us all this cloak and dagger stuff, while creating more of it at the same time.

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