A Baghdad fairy tale from McClatchey?
They hire "iraqi bloggers" to keep us guessing.
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Bush must be stopped, the reasoning seems to go, by any means necessary. Subjecting the undiscerning to first order fraud is a small price to pay.
Greg Mitchell, chief dunce at Editor & Publisher, calls it "some remarkably revealing commentary and news," which means that it is anti-Bushie raving from media poltroons with stars in their eyes. The "it" about which I'm writing is a blog, the "McClatchy Baghdad Bureau's" Inside Iraq:
"Inside Iraq" chronicles daily life in a war zone through the words of Iraqi journalists in McClatchy's Baghdad Bureau as they risk so much each day to survive. These are unedited first hand accounts of their experiences. Their complete names have been withheld for security reasons.
The Associated Press used an anonymous source, of a sort, whom they called Jamil Hussein which might have been a pen name for Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim or Jamil Gholaiem Hussein who might or might not have been an Iraqi police captain working in Yarmouk or Khadra… it's a long story. He, if he exists and was not a composite, was the AP's source for the tale of six burning Sunnis. The story was fabricated. (Even Eason Jordan isn't buying it.)
To accept that these are anonymous Iraqis blogging for McClatchy, a notoriously anti-Bushie news service, requires a profound leap a faith. You must believe that every lefty preconception about the war and its aftermath turned out to be true. You must believe that despite the erudition of such Iraqis as Omar and Mohammed Fahdil of Iraq the Model, the best McClatchy could find were a few folks who were semi-articulate with English, who more resemble anAmerican pretending to use broken English.
This is "remarkably revealing commentary" to the anti-Bushies. The Congressional Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey Caucus needs its collaborators. (What are surrender monkeys without a Vichy regime?)
One anonymous Iraqi blogger – "Correspondent Sahar," whose existence is unverifiable -- tells us this:
I know it is all about the oil. I know that those who thought to use the greed of US politicians to remove one rotten tyrant and impose the will of tens of others upon the people of Iraq, had oil in mind as payment for the services rendered by the US Administration.
That's wild stuff, but we could have picked up that dross from those neo-Nam rallies we see spring up from time-to-time Stateside. It is crude Op/Ed at best.
Another anonymous Iraqi blogger, "Dulaimy," shares a ha-ha:
“Recent studies proved that Iraqis are the most romantic people on the globe for the following reasons: 1. They are used to have dinner using candle lights (because there is no electricity). 2. They sit in front of a wooden stove (no electricity or fuel, no other alternative). 3. When the husband is late for more than 5 minutes the wife will call repeatedly (he might get kidnapped). 4. A wife will sell all her golden possessions (to pay the ransom). 5. All men are back home by 5 p.m. for their wives (because of the curfew)”
'T is "remarkably revealing commentary," to be certain.
In the post prior, just before joking around with us, "Dulaimy" tells us that a friend who was just killed (by Donald Rumsfeld?):
i think it is about time to say I have had enough, I will not make any new friends that will be killed, kidnapped or leave the country.
To all my friends; those who are still here, who left, missing or killed: No one will take your place...
If it is true, that he lost a friend, it is very sad. On the other hand, it's a simple thing to invent and type if your goal is to slander the United States, its soldiers, and its mission. That's what McClatchy is doing, and their propagandizing shows no real knack for bending any but the most malleable (or already twisted) minds.
Anonymous Iraq blogger "Laith" tries to be sarcastic as his government secures Baghdad: he complains about all the walking he has to do:
What kind of security plan is this? How will it work with this mess? Where is the new equipment to discover the car bombs the government talked about ? All these questions came to my mind at the same moment I passed the check point.
I hope to find answers to my questions and thank you again Mr. President and Mr. PM for the new fitness plan (this is the best name of teh secuirty plan) hoping that the plan returns back fitness and health to all Iraqis.
Greg Mitchell calls this journalism, and he credits McClatchy with "some of the best reporting on the war." We don't know if this even exists. When America's media invents, distorts, and manipulates the truth to harm our country, its leaders, and its soldiers and one calls it a great thing, there is no removing the neo-Nam slop from his eyes; he's imagining retrograde nostalgia, trying to relive a contrived and craven aspect of a dead era.
Permit me an observation: Bitterness is unbecoming. (And we can't ask Heidegger.)
Then again, we can look at the larger picture. I mean, what harm is caused by a few little inventions and fabrications if they help to secure for this country a President Hillary, Obama, Edwards, or LaRouche? (Situational ethics were never my forte.)