Posted by: mutantpoodle | July 25, 2007

Is Journalism Happening?

pic_newspapers21Yesterday, George Bush mischaracterized misrepresented lied about the nature of al qaeda in Iraq.

Dog bites man, right?

Here it is, from the Washington Post:

President Bush argued anew Tuesday that the Sunni insurgent group known as al-Qaeda in Iraq is an integral part of the larger al-Qaeda terrorist network, as he attempted to rebut critics who say the war in Iraq has distracted the United States from a broader struggle against Islamic extremism.

“Some will tell you al-Qaeda in Iraq isn’t really al-Qaeda — and not really a threat to America,” Bush said. “Well, that’s like watching a man walk into a bank with a mask and a gun, and saying he’s probably just there to cash a check. We are fighting bin Laden’s al-Qaeda in Iraq.” [Italics mine]

Except that’s not what his own latest National Intelligence estimate said. And here’s the miracle: the Post actually called him on it:

U.S. intelligence officials, in a declassified report on al-Qaeda released last week, described al-Qaeda in Iraq as an “affiliate” of the larger terrorist network, which has reestablished a haven in Pakistan.

But the report did not say that the Iraqi group had taken orders from the network; instead, it said that the larger network “will probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities” of the Iraqi group and use its association with the group to “energize the broader Sunni extremist community” for fundraising and recruiting. [Italics mine]

(snip)

“The masterminds who want to harm this country are in Pakistan while our troops are in Iraq. It doesn’t get much simpler than that,” said Rand Beers, a former National Security Council aide who is president of the National Security Network, an advocacy group.

There. That wasn’t so hard, was it? And while it’s four years late, there haven’t been any serious consequences as a result of mixing a docile, unquestioning press corps with a serially dishonest administration in the interim.

Have there?

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