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US troop deaths push monthly toll to 7-month high in Iraq

BAGHDAD – The killings of three U.S. soldiers in separate attacks in Baghdad pushed the American death toll for April up to 47, making it the deadliest month since September, the military said Wednesday.

[ ]…In all, at least 4,059 members of the U.S. military have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

“We have said all along that this will be a tough fight and there will be periods where we see these extremists, these criminal groups and al-Qaida terrorists seek to reassert themselves,” U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner told reporters in Baghdad.

The Right probably doesn’t need a cheat sheet at this juncture with the dead-ender talking points, the TPoints have simply become a knee jerk reaction. The Maj. General dutifully tied in any violence to AQ, though he offers no proof. It was as most of this flair ups have been for over five years, probably the work of Iraqis. The the blogs for Bush dutifully blame the media for not reporting the good news. Republican blogger Don Surber notes its no big thing, war is, I kid you not “seasonal”, This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 at 8:33 am and is filed under We won

War like everything else is seasonal, with activity rising in the spring and declining in the winter.

When I studied biology we made no distinction between the difference in how dead someone was that died in Winter as compared to how dead they were if they died in the Spring. Perhaps things have changed. Dying, especially dying for a lie about how a nation as well armed as American is somehow under dire threat from a the rag tag nation of Iraq, where they still don’t have reliable electricity or clean water. Its the media’s fault, not the lying president that got us there. From a Conservative blog called This Ain’t Hell, Posted by Jonn Lilyea in Media, Terror War

The AP could barely contain their glee as the rushed out the report that “US troop deaths hit 7-month high in Iraq“

He excerpted the same Yahoo/AP story I used. I went over the story twice with my “glee” detector and found zero traces of “glee”. When the media reports casualties, that fact to a right-winger is a bias. Facts are bias. The only way to make the Right happy with news coverage to to stop reporting facts. TAH and Don should state that fantasy on their blogs so their readers who generally agree, and the world knows the that no reporting should be done that causes any fissures of the fantasy world they live in. The major networks are already largely in agreement with the dead-enders, Networks continue to ignore NY Times’ military analyst story, but all find time for Hannah Montana

Since The New York Times reported on the hidden ties between media military analysts and the Pentagon on April 20, the three major broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, and NBC — have still not mentioned the report at all, according to a Media Matters for America search* of the Nexis news database. Times reporter David Barstow wrote that “the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform” these military analysts, many of whom have clients with an interest in obtaining Pentagon contracts, “into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks.” As Media Matters noted, the three networks also reportedly declined to participate in a segment on the April 24 edition of PBS’ NewsHour regarding the Times story; Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC also refused to appear in the PBS segment.

By contrast, during their April 28 evening newscasts, all three broadcast networks reported on the Vanity Fair photo of Miley Cyrus, star of Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana: ABC devoted about two and a half minutes to that story, while CBS and NBC each devoted about two minutes to it.

The administration with the full cooperation of the media told America just the kind of lies, distortions and half truths that TAH and Suber wanted to hear and they wanted everyone else to hear. Hey, mission accomplished. But no the Right is still pissing and moaning like the little wussies they’ve always been. They got things almost completely their way. Even Democrats signed off on the 12 billion dollars a month to protect us from the awesome Iraqi war machine ( let’s all remember that the 9-11 hijackers, none of whom were Iraqi, used box cutters and hijacked planes – not WMD or even AK-47s) the likes of which have never been seen before. An Iraqi population of 25 million we could have gave every Iraqi a million dollars, put a fast food restaurant and new school on every corner plus bought everyone a new Mercedes and still came out well ahead. has more on the latest casualty reports from Iraq, Fighting in Baghdad Rages; I am Confused

Is it just me, or does anyone else think it’s weird that we’re now launching MLRS rockets at the people we liberated five years ago?

We went to free the oppressed Iraqi Shias from the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein. We toppled him in 2003. He later died in 2006. And now we’re fighting pitched battles in the streets of Sadr City with the people we went there to free. As part of the Global War on Terror.

I don’t think this is helping.

Sheldon Rampton at CD thinks the Bushies and their “analysts” may have broken the law, Pentagon Pundit Scandal Broke the Law

The Pentagon military analyst program unveiled in last week’s exposé by David Barstow in the New York Times was not just unethical but illegal. It violates, for starters, specific restrictions that Congress has been placing in its annual appropriation bills every year since 1951. According to those restrictions, “No part of any appropriation contained in this or any other Act shall be used for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States not heretofore authorized by the Congress.”

As explained in a March 21, 2005 report by the Congressional Research Service, “publicity or propaganda” is defined by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to mean either (1) self-aggrandizement by public officials, (2) purely partisan activity, or (3) “covert propaganda.” By covert propaganda, GAO means information which originates from the government but is unattributed and made to appear as though it came from a third party.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Let’s take the Right’s infantile babbling about the good news to its logical conclusion. Why have a tomb for an unknown soldier. Why not, as the Right seems to want, just have a good news tomb. A tomb to salute those that did not die. Why have Arlington Cemetery at all, in Republithink World all those dead bodies just show the world that we’re just flesh and blood too and they’ll think we’re weak. In Conservative world one assumes we should just incinerate all the dead and not even bother notifying the next of kin. WE could save some trees and ink by removing the obituaries from all newspapers. Let’s stop reporting murders, robberies and about corrupt politicians, it just upsets people. Republicans could have what they really want the most dumped down ignorant culture in world history.

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