No Bad News? Make Some Up!

Day in, day out, the mainstream media bombards us with terrible news from Iraq.  From rising death tolls to stories of the enemy on the march, it seems that doom and gloom rule the day.  These news organizations have an agenda, and that’s to portray the U.S. in the worst possible light so to increase the “shock” factor and get people to watch.  Ratings go up, advertisement revenues go up and as those on the left would say, “Fat cat corporate types will rub their hands in glee over the flow of money.”

The only problem with that tactic is… all the news coming out of Iraq lately has been fairly positive.  The surge is working and Iraq as a whole is a safer country because of it.  So now, as I’m sure you have noticed, there is hardly ANY news about the war gracing our TV and print media.  This doesn’t mean that the mainstream media has given up hope that America loses the war for that sake of their bottom lines.  When in doubt, turn your attention somewhere else and make stuff up!  And that’s exactly what “journalist,” Seymour Hersh of the leftist The New Yorker, has done.

CNN.com – The Bush administration has launched a “significant escalation” of covert operations in Iran, sending U.S. commandos to spy on the country’s nuclear facilities and undermine the Islamic republic’s government, journalist Seymour Hersh said Sunday.

Hersh told CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer” that Congress has authorized up to $400 million to fund the secret campaign, which involves U.S. special operations troops and Iranian dissidents.

“They believe that their mission is to make sure that before they get out of office next year, either Iran is attacked or it stops its weapons program,” Hersh said.

OK, so comrade Hersh is spilling secret military plans that may or may not exist in his ongoing effort to portray the Bush Administration in the worst light possible at the expense of our national security.  This comes from a “journalist” who swears to protect the 1st amendment yet releases news reports that aid efforts of those who would love to take that 1st amendment away.  So, where is this guy getting his information?

CNN.com – The new article, “Preparing the Battlefield,” is the latest in a series of articles accusing the Bush administration of preparing for war with Iran. He based the report on accounts from current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources.

And who might these people be?  I know there is such a thing as unnamed sources, but I also know that a bigger story is who in our government is willing to spill state secrets.  I know that a current military person is smart enough not to say anything that could put the troops at risk.  I also know that a former military person isn’t going to be “in the know” about current operations.  When it comes to congressional sources… well, congress has long complained that it doesn’t know what is going on, and since congress has a lower approval rating than the Bush Administration, how is that a reliable source?  Not to mention that the congressional sources are Democrats, and they gain a political advantage by making these accusations.  The people who are actually “in the know” either refuse to comment or outright deny the findings of this “journalist.”

“As usual with his quarterly pieces, we’ll decline to comment,” White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told CNN.

“The CIA, as a rule, does not comment on allegations regarding covert operations,” CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said.

Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, denied U.S. raids were being launched from Iraq, where American commanders believe Iran is stoking sectarian warfare and fomenting attacks on U.S. troops.  “I can tell you flatly that U.S. forces are not operating across the Iraqi border into Iran, in the south or anywhere else,” Crocker said.

So, as per my previous article about the types of actions the U.N. takes to solve problems, what is the U.S. and the U.N. actually doing to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons?

CNN.com – The United States has said it is trying to isolate Iran diplomatically in order to get it to come clean about its nuclear ambitions. But Bush has said “all options” are open in dealing with the issue.

Iran insists its nuclear program is aimed at providing civilian electric power, and refuses to comply with U.N. Security Council demands that it halt uranium enrichment work.

U.N. nuclear inspectors say Tehran held back critical information that could determine whether it is trying to make nuclear weapons.

I find this article by Seymour Hersh deplorable and treasonous, if any of its contents are in fact true.  Mr. Hersh is not an elected official, and therefore, not in a position to divulge intelligence information that could hurt the our country and our troops.  Why doesn’t Mr. Hersh just provide Iran with a blueprint of these supposed plans?  The press who would have jumped on the Cuban Missile Crisis story back in the 1960’s held their tongues so that President Kennedy could prepare a response to the Soviets without the public’s knowledge.  Breaking the story would have undermined the U.S. efforts and could have sparked a war.  This dangerous behavior is no different that the actions of Geraldo, who sketched out in the sand the movements of the troops he was embedded with in Iraq.  Frankly, this is the kind of behavior that in another country would lead a writer before a firing squad… luckily for Hersh, this is American and we treat scumbags like him better then he deserves.

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