Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage

Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack have been two of the biggest supporters of the Bush’s failed foriegn policy especially the war in Iraq, yet the media including the New York Times and ABC have fawned over them, The Media and Bush Apologists Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack. Glenn Greenwald’s original article on O’Hanlon and Pollack and the presses tendency to pass them off as unbiased is here.

Iraqi Children Bear The Burden of An Uncalled-For War

Of the estimated 4 million Iraqis who have been displaced in Iraq or left the country, 1.5 million are children. For the most part, they don’t have access to basic health care, education, shelter or water and sanitation. They carry on their shoulders the tragic consequences of an uncalled for war.

“Sick or injured children, who could otherwise be treated by simple means, are left to die in the hundreds because they don’t have access to basic medicines or other resources. Children who have lost hands, feet and limb are left without prostheses. Children with grave psychological distress are left untreated.” That is the assessment of 100 British and Iraqi doctors.

But if we believe the narrative or rather fairy tale that Rightie pundits and bloggers regursitate daily, Iraq and it’s entire population is much better off. The media isn’t reporting the good news. At this writing only two print news sources are carrying this story. This isn’t to say that the military in Iraq is to blame, Stryker soldier “gravitated to children”

Army Cpl. Christopher Nelson and his wife had decided to wait a few years before starting a family.

So in the meantime, the 22-year-old Fort Lewis Stryker Brigade soldier lavished other children with attention, including his nieces and nephews — and the Iraqi children he met while deployed on his second tour in the war. “He just gravitated to children,” said his father, John Nelson, of Rochester, Thurston County. “The kids are really what made his day over there … and the difference they were making with the kids was what was important to him.”

But last weekend, his affection for children made him a target of violence.

Cpl. Nelson, a 2003 graduate of Rochester High School, was killed along with two other Stryker soldiers after a suicide bomber set off his explosives at a playground in Iraq’s Diyala province, where the soldiers were handing out candy and toys to children, according to The Associated Press.

Bush and his supporters are to blame. Cpl. Nelson and those children would still be alive if Bush hadn’t yanked out the weapons inspectors.

As is usually the case when a Bush loyalist has engaged in some scandalous behavior the apologists are sure to follow,

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The problem with that kind of approach is the writer didn’t work with her and was not witness to her shenanigans. The lawyers that were couldn’t have had too much of an ideological ax to grind since many of them were Republicans too. Amid Turmoil, U.S. Attorney Will Shift to Headquarter

The embattled United States attorney in Minnesota announced on Monday that she would step down to go to work at the Justice Department in Washington on legal policies.

The announcement by the prosecutor, Rachel K. Paulose, 34, was made after reports of new staff turmoil in her office. At least one senior lawyer resigned on Friday from his management post in a protest over Ms. Paulrose’s leadership. Three other managers left their administrative jobs in April, also in protest.

[ ]…Ms. Paulose suggested that she was a victim of “McCarthyite hysteria that permits the anonymous smearing of any public servant who is now, or ever may have been, a member of the Federalist Society, a person of faith and/or a conservative (especially a young, conservative woman of color).”

[ ]…Ms. Paulose’s appointment as a United States attorney last year was viewed by many prominent lawyers in Minnesota, and in her own office, as symbolic of a larger problem under Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. Under Mr. Gonzales, experienced prosecutors were succeeded by relatively young and inexperienced lawyers seen as fiercely loyal to the administration.

For Paulose to make such hysterical accusations in light of her own issues about race and gender is like George Bush criticizing Pakistan’s President Musharraf or being authoritarian, “Paulose allegedly denigrated one employee of the office, using the terms ‘fat,’ ‘black,’ ‘lazy’ and ‘ass.’”

“Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.” ~ H. Ballou

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