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Fox/President Bush Blur Lines Of War In Iraq And War On Terror

Reported by Donna - August 31, 2006 -

Once again Fox and President Bush manage to blur the lines between the war on terror and the war with Iraq. Finally, after a whole week of virtually ignoring the war in Iraq in place of it's one year anniversary coverage on Katrina, Studio B with Shepard Smith covered the war in Iraq somewhat.

However, blurring that line seemed the purpose of this report.

Smith started off the segment by saying that dozens and dozens had been killed in Iraq today as the message gets out that things are getting better and asked if there was evidence to support that.

Smith went to Molly Henneberg for the report. Henneberg reported that Bush said that Iraq was the central front on the war on terror. (Comment: But didn't elaborate on who made Iraq the central front in that war - they certainly weren't the central front on the war on terror before we attacked them) Henneberg continued and said that the president said, quote, "that the war on terror is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century."

She reported that critics argued that Iraq had taken the president's attention off of the war on terror. Henneberg said that the president said the war will be difficult and long but will end quote, "in the defeat of terrorists and totalitarians."

The banner that ran while this segment went on said the following, 'Pres Bush Compares Islamic Radicalists To Nazis, Communists'

Henneberg reported further that the president said those who say we should pull out of Iraq now could not be more wrong, that the results would be disastrous. Then there was a video where the president said, "We'd be handling Iraq over to our worst enemies, Saddam's former henchmen, armed groups with ties to Iran and Al Qaeda terrorists from all over the world who would suddenly have a base of operations far more valuable than Afghanistan under the Taliban."

Comments: Kudos for Studio B for finally touching on the war in Iraq after totally ignoring it. While Smith questioned whether the good news was really happening, Henneberg didn't touch o it. Henneberg's segment focused on helping blur the lines between the war in Iraq and the war on terror. The president even spoke of it, blending it together to make the picture complete. Perhaps he didn't see the poll where a majority of American people think the war in Iraq and the war on terror are two different wars.

But the president sealing it with saying that Al Qaeda would suddenly have a base of operations far more valuable than the Taliban in Afghanistan takes the cake. They already have that base and the reason they have that base is because this president made it that way, preemptively attacking a country under a false basis. Yes, they're there, but they're there because of this president's actions.