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Monday Mesopotamian Mess

Reported by Chrish - March 13, 2006

In between the “wicked weather” segments, Bill Hemmer had nothing but bleak news about Iraq. Even Fox couldn’t film the scenes of carnage and destruction with rose-colored lenses. Hemmer interviewed Nina Easton from the Boston Globe and Joseph Curl from the Washington Times. Neither journalist was optimistic about what appears to be an impending civil war in Iraq.

But voicing the positive tone of the administration, Hemmer said at the conclusion of the interview that “many believe that a unified government will go a long way towards reducing the violence.” (Comment: many – a clear majority of Americans according to a CNN poll – believe that sending troops to Iraq was a mistake)

Later in the hour, Hemmer interviewed Stuart Holliday, former American UN Ambassador for Special Political Affairs, David Gardner of the Financial Times of London, and Graham Allison, former Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton. None of the three were optimistic. But Hemmer stated that at least the Iraqi security forces were “getting better by the month” and that would provide the US with an opportunity to draw back. However, according to Think Progress, Hemmer is wildly optimistic. Hemmer asked Holliday if “he were in that camp that believes that a united Iraq government will help stop the violence?” Holliday replied that a united government will “send a signal that sectarian violence will not extend into the government (Comment: the Iraq Ministry of the Interior seems to include death squads). Gardner ended the segment by glumly pointing out that the US forces are seen as part of the sectarian violence.

Comment: Try as it might, even Fox “can’t put lipstick on this pig.” Three years after “mission accomplished,” things are rapidly spiraling out of control. Fox won’t be able to spin this one; but I’m sure they will blame the media and the Democrats, as Neil Gabler predicted on Fox News Watch. And, of course, there’s always the ongoing culture war!


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