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Extra! Extra! We Report What FOX News Doesn't Report on the Iraq War

Reported by Chrish - July 7, 2007 -

Note: Guest blogged by Bill Corcoran

Fox News is becoming notorious not so much for what they report on the Iraq war, but what they don't report. Whether it is by design, or suggested "talking points" from the Bush White House, Fox News has done an end run around some of the biggest news stories coming out of Iraq. To the trained eye, the way Fox News avoids the bitter truth about Iraq is all part of a scheme to divert attention away from the realities of the Iraq war. In the spirit of being "fair and balanced," we have done a round-up of SEVEN stories Fox News overlooked in their headlong rush to again trash Bill Clinton, or dredge up any type of tabloid news story that will help keep Fox News viewers in the dark about what is really taking place in Iraq where there are still over 160,000 U.S. troops.


BAGHDAD BODY COUNT RISES

Nearly five months into a security strategy that involves thousands of additional U.S. and Iraqi troops patrolling Baghdad, the number of unidentified bodies found on the streets of the capital was 41 percent higher in June than in January, according to unofficial Health Ministry statistics.

During the month of June, 453 unidentified corpses, some bound, blindfolded, and bearing signs of torture, were found in Baghdad, according to morgue data provided by a Health Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

In January, 321 corpses were discovered in the capital, a total that fell steadily until April but then rose sharply over the last two months, the statistics show.

CHENEY'S FORMER COMPANY AND OTHERS PROFIT FROM WAR

The number of US-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government's capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns, the Los Angeles Times T. Christian Miller reports in an expose on the lucrative business of war.

MENTAL ILLNESS HITS U.S. CONTRACTORS IN IRAQ

Contractors who have worked in Iraq are returning home with the same kinds of combat-related mental health problems that afflict American military personnel, according to contractors, industry officials and mental health experts.

But, they say, the private workers, who may number in the thousands, are largely left on their own to find care, and their problems often go ignored or are inadequately treated.

A vast army of contractors — up to 126,000 Americans, Iraqis and other foreigners — is working for the United States government in Iraq. Many work side-by-side with soldiers and are exposed to the same dangers, but mostly they must fend for themselves in navigating the civilian health system when they come back to the United States.

With no widespread screening, many workers are not identified as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other problems, mental health experts and contractors say. And, they add, the quality of treatment for other problems can vary widely because of limited civilian expertise in combat-related disorders.

Only a few mental health professionals have focused on the issue, but they warn that the number of contractors leaving Iraq with mental health problems is large and growing.

IRAQI PRIME MINISTER HAS HISSY FIT BECAUSE GIS KILLED IRAQIS

"Take this job and shove it."
That is what the United States military in Iraq should be saying after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned U.S. forces for killing 26 Iraqi citizens during the "surge" of Baghdad, as reported by Associated Press earlier this week.

Al-Maliki flexed his muscles once before when the U.S. military attacked Sadr City a year ago and the Iraqi Prime Minister banned military operations in Sadr City without his approval after complaints from his Shiite political allies. The ban frustrated U.S. commanders pushing for a crackdown on the Mahdi Army, blamed for sectarian killings.

The United States military is an occupying force in Iraq and does NOT take orders from Prime Minister al-Maliki or anyone else in Iraq for that matter.

If Prime Minister al-Maliki doesn't like how U.S. forces are putting their lives on the line for his country, then either President Bush or General David Petraeus should tell the Iraqi Prime Minister that the United States military is pulling out of Iraq and al-Maliki can fend for himself in the civil war that rages in Iraq.

Close to 3,600 Americans have died in Iraq in the past four years, and over 27,000 have been wounded--many with head wounds that will leave them disabled for life.

It is high time President Bush and the rest of people in charge of this war in Iraq tell Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES HAS THE U.S. MILITARY TAKEN ORDERS FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL.

GI BRAIN INJURIES SOAR. FOX NEWS DUCKS STORY

Six out of ten of the U.S. troops killed in Iraq are killed from exploding bombs. The Army also said six out of ten of the soldiers wounded in Iraq have severe brain injuries due to explosive devices, according to a report aired on CNN by John King.

This is not the kind of report you will ever read or see on Fox News because Fox News believes in bringing their viewers only "happy talk" about the Iraq war.

Fox News' latest "feel good" piece about the Iraq war centers on the city of Ramadi where, according to Fox News, the U.S. military and Iraqi security forces have tamped down the violence.

Fox News is notorious for hyping how well things are going in a certain city in Iraq. Two years ago it was Fallujah. Fox News bragged about how the city was under control. But two years later, and Fallujah is again a hotbed of sectarian violence.

The same goes for Tal Afar. Fox News claimed U.S. forces had brought security to Tal Afar and President Bush even mentioned the calm conditions in his State of the Union Address.

However, Tal Afar has erupted with sectarian violence in recent weeks as the insurgents keep shifting their operations around the Iraqi landscape.

The bottom line is this: Fox News misleads their viewers with "happy talk" about the Iraq war when in fact all that has happened is the insurgents move from one city to another as U.S. forces sweep a city like Ramadi.

CONSTRUCTION WOES ADD TO FEARS AT NEW IRAQ EMBASSY

U.S. diplomats in Iraq, increasingly fearful over their personal safety after recent mortar attacks inside the Green Zone, are pointing to new delays and mistakes in the U.S. Embassy construction project in Baghdad as signs that their vulnerability could grow in the months ahead.

A toughly worded cable sent from the embassy to State Department headquarters on May 29 highlights a cascade of building and safety blunders in a new facility to house the security guards protecting the embassy. The guards' base, which remains unopened today, is just a small part of a $592 million project to build the largest U.S. embassy in the world.

The main builder of the sprawling, 21-building embassy is First Kuwaiti General Trade and Contracting Co., a Middle Eastern firm that is already under Justice Department scrutiny over alleged labor abuses. First Kuwaiti also erected the guard base, prompting some State Department officials in Washington and Baghdad to worry that the problems exposed in the camp suggest trouble lurking ahead for the rest of the embassy complex.

The first signs of trouble, according to the cable, emerged when the kitchen staff tried to cook the inaugural meal in the new guard base on May 15. Some appliances did not work. Workers began to get electric shocks. Then a burning smell enveloped the kitchen as the wiring began to melt.

All the food from the old guard camp -- a collection of tents -- had been carted to the new facility, in the expectation that the 1,200 guards would begin moving in the next day. But according to the cable, the electrical meltdown was just the first problem in a series of construction mistakes that soon left the base uninhabitable, including wiring problems, fuel leaks and noxious fumes in the sleeping trailers.

16 TONS AND WHAT DO YOU GET IN KARBALA, IRAQ?

KARBALA, Iraq — A now-dead plan to ring Baghdad with a trench to keep out insurgents has found new life in Karbala, a predominately Shiite Muslim city 50 miles south of the capital.

Iraqi construction crews this month will begin digging a 12-mile-long trench to the west and south of the city of 1.4 million residents to help prevent car bombs and protect two holy Shiite shrines.

U.S. and Iraqi officials shelved plans announced last year for a bigger trench to surround Baghdad. Instead, they've focused on conducting military operations in the provinces and raiding car-bomb shops.

The Karbala trench will create a 10-foot-deep crescent, buttressing approaches from the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Ramadi, about 70 miles northwest of Karbala, to the main highway running south to Najaf. Police towers will punctuate the trench, which will funnel traffic to checkpoints outside the city center.

Local officials think that the trench will offer another layer of protection from insurgents, even though it won't surround the city.

AND SO IT GOES......

These are just a few of the many, many stories Fox News has chose to ignore in their never-ending pursuit of keeping their viewers in the dark about what is really taking place in Iraq. Instead, Fox News has taken on the role of chief fear merchant for the Bush administration by making a mountain out of a mole hill over the amateur so-called "terrorist" attack in London and Scotland by a gaggle of Middle-East born doctors who apparently thought they could set off car bombs with a syringe. This, and the "missing WHITE woman du jour," continue to be what Fox News feeds their viewers on a 24/7 basis rather than the truth about the war in Iraq.

As reported by Bill Corcoran, guest blogger for Newshounds.