Friday, May 22, 2009

Neocon Group Calls for Military Strikes on Media

Neocon Group Calls for Military Strikes on Media by Jeremy Scahill

"Of course, the media have shaped the outcome of conflicts for centuries, from the European wars of religion through Vietnam. More recently, though, the media have determined the outcomes of conflicts. While journalists and editors ultimately failed to defeat the U.S. government in Iraq, video cameras and biased reporting guaranteed that Hezbollah would survive the 2006 war with Israel and, as of this writing, they appear to have saved Hamas from destruction in Gaza. …"

"Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts, and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media. Perceiving themselves as superior beings, journalists have positioned themselves as protected-species combatants. But freedom of the press stops when its abuse kills our soldiers and strengthens our enemies. Such a view arouses disdain today, but a media establishment that has forgotten any sense of sober patriotism may find that it has become tomorrow’s conventional wisdom."

"The point of all this is simple: Win. In warfare, nothing else matters. If you cannot win clean, win dirty. But win. Our victories are ultimately in humanity’s interests, while our failures nourish monsters."

"It is, of course, very appropriate that such a despicable battle cry for murdering media workers appears in a JINSA publication. The organization has long boasted an all-star cast of criminal "advisers," among them Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, James Woolsey, John Bolton, and Douglas Feith. JINSA, along with the Project for a New American Century, was one of the premiere groups in shaping U.S. policy during the Bush years and remains a formidable force with Obama in the White House. "

Six Ways the Af-Pak War Is Expanding by Tom Engelhardt

"Of course, there are now so many bulls in this particular china shop that smashing is increasingly the name of the game. At this point, the early moves of the Obama administration, when combined with the momentum of the situation it inherited, have resulted in the expansion of the Af-Pak War in at least six areas, which only presage further expansion in the months to come: ... "

Why Goldman Sachs Is the Greediest and Most Dastardly of the Wall Street Pigs By Jim Hightower

In the "this has to make you sick" department, read the following 2 articles and ask yourself the obvious questions ...

U.S. to Steer GM Toward Bankruptcy By David Cho, Peter Whoriskey and Kendra Marr

"Under the GM draft bankruptcy plan, the company would receive just short of $30 billion in additional federal loans, a source said. The figure is a starting point in negotiations between the government and the company, the source said, and could change. A cash injection that large would boost the U.S. investment in GM to nearly $45 billion. "

Senate Passes $91.3 Billion War Funding Bill by Andrew Taylor

"The Senate voted 86-3 to pass the bill, which provides money for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan"

Let's make no mistakes about this: First, GM's decision makers are wholly and fully responsible for the company's plight. Second, anyone who looks at these numbers must be awed at the ease with which massive military spending on a war nobody wants and we can't possibly win cut like butter through our AIPAC-regulated Congress, while a considerably lesser amount to save GM and countless workers/jobs ran into a wall. And this pales in comparison to the mountain of taxpayer money $8.5 trillion given to Wall Street.


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