The Media Embarrasses Itself by Treating the Lying Bush Bumblers Like Iraq War Experts

Human beings’ progress and development throughout history owes a great deal to the intrinsic ability of pattern recognition. One of the benefits of pattern recognition is either recognizing one’s own disastrous actions, or seeing behaviors in other beings that produce catastrophic results to avoid repeating those behaviors as a means of self-preservation and likely success at surviving. The idea of human beings making choices they know are guaranteed to end in catastrophic failure is not only risking extermination, it is the mark of stupidity. The infamous Einstein quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results” has never been more prescient than in describing the state of the conservative movement and American mainstream media.

There is no accounting for the insanity of the conservative movement in deliberately repeating past mistakes, except, possibly, the conservative lunacy of never wavering no matter how often the position ends in failure. However, mainstream media has no excuse for repeating gross errors if for no other reason than the historical record they had a hand in documenting in great detail. Still, America’s mainstream media is as apt to repeat failures as conservatives likely due to the symbiotic relationship between corporate media and the conservative movement.

The insanity of mainstream media outlets was on grand display and obvious to any human being with a pulse on Sunday when “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked one of the architects of the Iraq War what America should do “as a policy matter” to deal with the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Gregory’s question informs the brilliance of America’s mainstream media; ask Wolfowitz, one of the chief visionaries and supporters of the 2003 invasion of Iraq what action America should take to ameliorate the current civil war in Iraq that Wolfowitz and company had a major hand in creating.

It is not as if everything Wolfowitz and other Bush-era neocons purported about invading a stable, sovereign nation that had nothing to do with the terror attacks on 9/11 was completely wrong; including the crippling cost of the war in money and lives as well as the “guaranteed” presence of WMD. The abomination of Gregory’s query to neocon Wolfowitz is not that he did not know precisely what the neocon would say, because he did. Last March in an interview Wolfowitz argued that regardless the neocons got everything wrong about Iraq, including the lies pushed by the Bush administration that Saddam was developing weapons of mass destruction, he said that if Iraq did not have WMD in 2003, it “might” have got them later. He said, “We would very likely either have had to go through this whole scenario all over but probably with higher costs for having delayed, or we’d be in a situation today where not only Iran was edging towards nuclear weapons but so was Iraq and also Libya.”

Broadcast media is not alone in its insanity to give Bush’s gang of Iraq War instigators a forum and standing as credible voices on what America’s involvement in Iraq’s civil war should be. On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal set aside space for an opinion piece by L. Paul Bremer, Bush’s special envoy to Iraq, who disbanded the Iraqi Army and set the stage for the insurgency that is driving the civil war today. Bremer did precisely as every Bush neocon did leading up to the 2003 invasion and argued that America has no choice but to become militarily involved in the civil war neocons created in 2003. The theme of Bremer’s commentary was that sending in the military was the only American option.

Bremer said, “Of course Americans are reluctant to re-engage in Iraq. Yet it is President Obama’s unhappy duty to educate them about the risks to our interests posed by the unfolding drama in Iraq.” Americans were already “educated” once about the neocons need to engage in a war in Iraq and it is stunning Bremer is insane enough to make the same argument in the Wall Street Journal with an article titled “Only America Can Prevent a Disaster in Iraq.” Bremer, like the rest of Bush neocons know full well that it was their lust for war with Iraq that created the disaster in Iraq in 2003 that continues unabated today.

Bremer has been joined by William Kristol of the Weekly Standard who criticized President Obama over the weekend for “our ridiculous and total withdrawal from Iraq in 2011” despite it was his neocon cohort George W. Bush that negotiated America’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011. Kristol, a warmonger who never served in the military has spent the past few days calling for sending American soldiers to fight against and protect both insurgent Sunnis and Iraqi Shias to “stabilize” conditions in Iraq.

In April 2003, Kristol declared, like George W. Bush, that “the battles of Afghanistan and Iraq have been won decisively and honorably,” but he wants Americans to win decisively again despite the neocons Iraq war droned on for 8 long years and Americans are still fighting in Afghanistan. Kristol said “Now is not the time to re-litigate either the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 or the decision to withdraw from it in 2011. The crisis is urgent, and it would be useful to focus on a path ahead rather than indulge in recriminations.” Kristol also graced MSNBC yesterday where he argued, again, that America must send troops to get in the middle of Iraq’s civil war.

One expects, on one hand, for neocons to push for another American war in Iraq, and the other, to avoid appearing in the media for fear of reminding Americans they are solely responsible not only for the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds-of-thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, but the current civil war their invasion created. However, it is the media outlets who invite the warmongers as Iraq War experts to repeat the same arguments for going to war in Iraq again that is despicable. It is imperative to remember that the mainstream media contributed to the neocons push for war in Iraq prior to the 2003 American invasion and yet despite the catastrophic results they are repeating the same behavior again. The mainstream media is as culpable for pushing the invasion and 8-year occupation of Iraq in 2003 as the Bush neocons, and by giving the same warmongers a venue to push for another war is beyond irresponsible.

American mainstream media began its rapid descent into incompetence during the lead-up to the war in Iraq, and it should be treated like a pariah now for providing the same venue for neocons to hawk for war. It is bad enough the corporate media is a forum for the conservative mendacity machine, but to repeat the same errors of giving the exact same Bush neocons a venue to push for war in Iraq again is not just insane, it is what Americans have come to expect from the corporate-controlled mainstream media; irresponsible activism in pursuit of giving conservatives the only voice in 24-hour news cycles.


13 Replies to “The Media Embarrasses Itself by Treating the Lying Bush Bumblers Like Iraq War Experts”

  1. I think to the intelligent, educated, people of this country the MSM has become little more than a joke. As their viewer ratings continue to decline they become more extreme. No one really reports the news anymore. It is just opinions of all to unknowing blurbs who are pitched as “experts”.

    To dole out Kristol, Wolfowitz, Bremer, Cheney, or any of those warmongers is just plain ridiculous. They have no room yo criticize Obama on anything. He has spent 6 years cleaning up their mess.

    The public is overwhelmingly against sending troops back into Iraq. I don’t think that sentiment is going to change. They want to send troops into a country where their own army throws down their guns and uniforms and runs away. I don’t think so.

  2. I said it before and for those who didn’t read it I will say it again.

    The media like the blood gurgling chickhawks cannot admit the greatest mistake in American Foreign Policy. To do so would shatter the legend in their own minds. Remember everything that we who were oppose to the war said about the outcome has come true.

    The one person that I recalled opposing the war was Phil Donahue.He had the hightest rated show on MSNBC and what happened? He was fired. So the village didn’t want to give up that fat paycheck and didn’t even question the intelligence even when it blew up in Bush face. Yellowcake for sale anyone?

    Try as they might the American people will not fall for the okey doke again. Sure you got the stupid to deal with that tie a yellow ribbon and chant USA but they are a minority and like Feith,Kagen,Wolfowitz the only to shut them down is when they open their mouth, KICK THEM IN THE NUTS AND TELL THEM TO STFU

  3. Remember the other day when McCain said we should get Petraeus and the old gang together to attack Iraq? I was reading on Huff Post that Petraeus basically said we need to not take sides and not be the air force for their government. Wonder if McCain got that memo?

  4. The media has enabled the Republicans, and are now complicit with them in stealing our treasure, and freedoms. They have blood on their hands, which they’re trying to wipe off on Pres. Obama.

  5. And where are the Democrats? Why don’t we have some strong pushback from them on this? We ought to be hearing from our Democrat TV stars and others to tell these armchair warriors to STFU and get out of Obama’s way! Now!

  6. The Democrats who would give some pushback don’t get called. Look at MTP line up last Sunday. Who did they call? Jane effing Harmon. Case closed

  7. I wonder why MSM never reported on: Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.
    Article One–Deceiving Congress With Fabricated Threats of Iraq WMDs To Fraudulently Obtain Support for an Authorization of the Use of Military Force Against Iraq.
    Why did the MSM hush this up? Published on Sunday, May 13, 2012 by Common Dreams
    War Tribunal Finds Bush, Cheney Guilty of War Crimes
    Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal orders reparations be given to torture victims
    – Common Dreams staff
    The eight accused are Bush; former US Vice President Richard Cheney; former US Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld; former Counsel to Bush, Alberto Gonzales; former General Counsel to the Vice President, David Addington; former General Counsel to the Defense Secretary, William Haynes II; former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo.

  8. No Mr. Kristol, Now is exactly the time to re-litigate the decision to go to war in Iraq and it is time for you, Cheney and the other warmongers to sit down and be silent on the matter, unless, that is, you all are willing to lead the charge and to be on the front line and in the line of fire. You can take your blood thirsty media hosts with you.

  9. Mainstream Media suffers from COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: The MENTAL conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. When confronted with challenging new information, they seek to preserve their current understanding of the world by REJECTING, EXPLAINING AWAY, or AVOIDING the new information or by CONVINCING themselves that no conflict really exists.
    This is how they avoid responsibility for enabling and reporting the contrived stories,opinions and glib canards from the likes of Cheney, Kristol and Wolfowitz.

  10. The Fog Machine of War
    Chelsea Manning on the U.S. Military and Media Freedom

    However, the concerns that motivated me have not been resolved. As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan. I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance.
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