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Did FOX News' Brit Hume Read The Same National Intelligence Average?

Reported by Deborah - August 26, 2007 -

Guest Blogger
Bill Corcoran

The National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq was released Thursday and it painted a bleak outlook for Iraq, but somehow from all the debris FOX News' managing editor and Washington Bureau Chief, Brit Hume, pulled a kernel of "good news" from the report and ballyhooed it on his "Special Edition Report." Even a blind pig can find an acorn. Hume gleefully reported there are military gains in Iraq. However, what Hume failed to report is the devastating focus of the National Intelligence Estimate and how Iraq is a political disaster.

Here is what Hume failed to tell the FOX News viewers. The Iraqi government will become more precarious over the next six to 12 months and its security forces have not improved enough to operate without outside help, intelligence analysts conclude in a new National Intelligence Estimate. Despite uneven improvements, the analysts concluded that the level of overall violence is high, Iraq's sectarian groups remain unreconciled, and al-Qaida in Iraq is still able to conduct its highly visible attacks. "Iraqi political leaders remain unable to govern effectively," the 10-page document concludes. To read the rest of the report on the National Intelligence Estimate click here:
Iraq to become more precarious? - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com

FOX News has become notorious for watering down the chaos in Iraq, or even side-stepping major events on the ground in Iraq, because they don't fit neatly into the image the Bush administration wants to present to Americans of what is really happening in Iraq. With just a few weeks to go before General David Petraeus presents his Iraq report to members of Congress, a "report" which will be ghostwritten by White House speechwriters, the FOX spin machine is pulling out every stop to doctor up the news coming out of Iraq, or avoid reporting altogether anything that smacks of being negative about the Iraq war. The FOX News propaganda machine is doing a disservice to every American serving in the military in Iraq, and to their families back in the United States. The object of this guest blog is to bring to News Hounds readers the truth about conditions in Iraq and not a watered down version of events taking place in the war torn country.

Army too stretched if Iraq buildup lasts-Yahoo News

Army too stretched if Iraq buildup lasts
Sapped by nearly six years of war, the Army has nearly exhausted its fighting force and its options if the Bush administration decides to extend the Iraq buildup beyond next spring.The Army's 38 available combat units are deployed, just returning home or already tapped to go to Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere, leaving no fresh troops to replace five extra brigades that President Bush sent to Baghdad this year, according to interviews and military documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

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Female troop deaths in Iraq on pace to top record - CNN.com

FEMALE TROOP DEATHS ON THE RISE IN IRAQ

CNN) -- A U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad last week marked the fourth death of an American female service member this month, a toll that hasn't been topped since June 2003. Eighty-two service women have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to the Pentagon. In 1994 the U.S. military began allowing women to serve in posts other than front-line infantry, special operations and artillery units.


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U.S. misses armored vehicles goal - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com

U.S. SPENDS 9 BILLION A MONTH ON IRAQ WAR BUT CAN'T GET NEW ARMORED VEHICLES TO OUR TROOPS FIGHTING IN IRAQ

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will fall far short of its goal of sending 3,500 lifesaving armored vehicles to Iraq by the end of the year. Instead, officials expect to send about 1,500. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Wednesday that while defense officials still believe contractors will build about 3,900 of the mine-resistant, armor-protected vehicles by year’s end, it will take longer for the military to fully equip them and ship them to Iraq.

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Officials: Intelligence community has tepid faith in Iraqi leader - CNN.com

U.S. INTEL CONCLUDES AL MALIKI NOT THE MAN FOR THE JOB IN IRAQ

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. intelligence community doubts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is able to lead Iraq, according to administration officials who have seen the revised National Intelligence Estimate. The report concludes that al-Maliki may not have the ability or capacity to "push forward" legislative reforms, according to one of the officials.

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McClatchy Washington Bureau | 08/22/2007 | Criticized by U.S., Maliki says Iraq can find other friends

Criticized by U.S., Maliki says Iraq can find other friends

BAGHDAD — Firing back in an escalating war of words, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki on Wednesday chided U.S. officials for expressing impatience with the Iraqi government's failure to unite divided political factions and said Iraq would find other friends if the United States was disenchanted. "These statements do not concern us a lot," Maliki said to reporters while he was visiting Syria. "We will find many around the world who will support us in our endeavor."

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George Bush hints Iraqi PM must go - Telegraph

George Bush hints Iraqi PM must go

President George W Bush has signalled that his patience with the Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki had run out, suggesting that he should be voted from office before the country's security deteriorates further.

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Army Reports Brass, Not Bloggers, Breach Security

ARMY OFFICERS NOT "GRUNTS" BREACH INTERNET SECURITY

For years, the military has been warning that soldiers’ blogs could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information. But a series of online audits, conducted by the Army, suggests that official Defense Department websites post material that’s far more potentially harmful than blogs do.

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7 SOLDIERS TELL WHAT IT IS REALLY LIKE IN IRAQ

The War as We Saw It - New York Times

By BUDDHIKA JAYAMAHA, WESLEY D. SMITH, JEREMY ROEBUCK, OMAR MORA, EDWARD SANDMEIER, YANCE T. GRAY and JEREMY A. MURPHY

Viewed from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal. Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population. To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched. As responsible infantrymen and noncommissioned officers with the 82nd Airborne Division soon heading back home, we are skeptical of recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable and feel it has neglected the mounting civil, political and social unrest we see every day. (Obviously, these are our personal views and should not be seen as official within our chain of command.) The claim that we are increasingly in control of the battlefields in Iraq is an assessment arrived at through a flawed, American-centered framework. Yes, we are militarily superior, but our successes are offset by failures elsewhere. What soldiers call the “battle space” remains the same, with changes only at the margins. It is crowded with actors who do not fit neatly into boxes: Sunni extremists, Al Qaeda terrorists, Shiite militiamen, criminals and armed tribes. This situation is made more complex by the questionable loyalties and Janus-faced role of the Iraqi police and Iraqi Army, which have been trained and armed at United States taxpayers’ expense.

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Bush Lied, Soldiers Keep Dying.
3,722 U.S. Military Fatalities in Iraq
427 U.S. Military Fatalities in Afghanistan
27,409 U.S. Military Maimed in Iraq (source: DoD Update as of August 15, 2007)
76,771 Iraqis Reported Killed (source: Iraq Body Count)
655,000 Iraqis Reported Killed (source: The Lancet)
1,018,263 Iraqis Reported Killed (source: justforeignpolicy.org)

SUMMARY

The Project for Excellence in Journalism has conducted a study and found FOX News devotes only 8% of its news to the Iraq war while CNN devotes 18% and MSNBC 15%. The Iraq War, now into its fifth year, which makes it longer than World War II, is rapidly becoming the second "Forgotten War." The Korean War, which lasted 2 and 1/2 years was the first "Forgotten War." A quick review of most daily newspapers indicates Iraq War coverage has been relegated to the back of the main news section of each paper.How little coverage the Iraq war is given is also apparent in the "letters to the editor" section of daily newspapers where seldom are there any letters pro or con about the Iraq War. Sadly, the mainstream media has taken their marching orders from FOX News who will go to any lengths to avoid reporting on the chaos in Iraq. Because FOX News is the ratings leader between the three major cable news stations, CNN and MSNBC have also shaved their coverage of the Iraq War and are following in the footsteps of FOX News with more and more tabloid news. The losers are the troops in Iraq and their families back in the United States, and the winners are the Bush administration who would like as little Iraq war coverage as possible......BILL CORCORAN