Thursday, September 30, 2004

Happy happy, joy joy

The thing is, I shouldn't post the same cartoon I just posted about 2 posts ago.

Oh, but it is just so relevant, so look at it again, and then keep reading. THank you, Rhetoricians for Peace!

Found this article on, and see? I still have not made it toward my TV. Here is affirmation of the kind of media control we in America really need, because I am getting so tired of bad news. From the Christian Science Monitor, Tom Reagan's "Pentagon wants 'uplifting accounts' about Iraq."

Well, sure, and I want the USA not to have gone there in the first place, but guess what: I can't make the spin say that.

But the Pentagon can.

Check this out:

Thursday morning in Baghdad multiple car bombs and rocket attacks killed at least 40 people, including many children and several US soldiers. The Bush administration, The Washington Post reports Thursday, worried that negative stories like these are dominating the news headlines during an election period, has decided to send out Iraq Americans to bring what the Defense Department calls "the good news" about the situation in Iraq to US military bases.

The Post also reports that the administration is moving to "curtail distribution" of reports that show the situation in Iraq growing worse. In particular, the US Agency of International Development said this week that it will "restrict distribution" of a report by its contractor, Kroll Security International, that showed the number of attacks by insurgents had been increasingly dramatically over the past few months. Attacks have risen to 70 a day, up from 40-50, since Iraqi Prime Minister Alawi took office in June.

Here is one example that the article lists:

In one sign that the administration and the military are working harder to keep a lid on negative stories, Salon reports that an Army Reserve staff sargent from Texas, with 20 years experience who is now serving in Iraq, may face up to 20 years in prison for "disloyalty and insubordination."The reason? He wrote an article criticizing the occupation of Iraq on an anti-war website, The article contained no classified information. In his commentary, Sgt. Al Lorentz offered a "bleak assessment" of the situation.

"I have come to the conclusion that we cannot win here for a number of reasons. Ideology and idealism will never trump history and reality," wrote Lorentz, who gives four key reasons for the likely failure: a refusal to deal with reality, not understanding what motivates the enemy, an overabundance of guerrilla fighters, and the enemy's shorter line of supplies and communication.

At last: I will get to wake up to good news every day, and instead of getting depressed by what I hear on NPR or read in the local paper, I will be uplifted and regain my optimism. I simply cannot wait to live in this new world!

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