Its been a little while since I have had the opportunity to update this, mostly because the internet has been down and I have been pretty busy. I hope everybody has had a wonder New Year, and I hope 2006 brings every happiness.
I was watching our government’s propaganda tool (aka Fox news) and they were highlighting the “Pull out of Iraq” syndrome. We are going to pull out of Iraq, and reduce the troop strength from 155,000 to 135,000. I guess it sounded really good at home. I am sure that it makes the public feel like everything is successful and that an end is near. My opinion is that it’s exactly what the government wants people to believe. Everything is fine, everything is dandy, and our boys are coming home. I look at it a little differently.
I would suppose that they not going to pull 20,000 guys out of Iraq and send them home, what they are going to do is just send 20,000 less guys than they would have normally planned to do. This means that 130,000 guys are going to have to do the job that 155,000 people would normally do. So, basically, we are getting shorted, we are going to have to work harder and longer to make up the difference. Now, that might be great for the 20,000 people that don’t come out, but that doesn’t make it any easier for the rest of us.
I have a bone to pick with the idiots at MSNBC. I happened to catch the special about that Afghan terrorist Al-Qaida guy and I can’t believe they broadcast the interview. I mean, it must make people feel really good to see the guy that is planning the deaths of their sons and daughters, on national TV. I know it might be considered news by some people, but give me a break! I understand that journalists are supposed to be non-biased (except for the NYTimes and Orange County Register) but the news is also not supposed to glorify the enemy. Imagine the parents of the soldiers that this guy has allegedly killed, seeing this guy get a lengthy interview in front of a national audience, when their sons and daughters passing was nothing more than a footnote. Don’t media outlets have a sense of decency at all? But then, I guess we all know the answer to that one. The news really played it up, how the reporter got the interview, what he had to go through, how dangerous it was, and how the CIA attempted to verify the information. They did their best to make murderer seem like a victim of circumstance. Am I supposed to feel sorry for this reporter, who had to endure a 7 hour trip with blindfolds on? Should I have sympathy for the terrorist, which wears a rag over his head so he can’t be identified? Should I be ashamed that we have forced simple people to fight back any way they can, just because we attacked their country in response to their attacking ours? I might not be the most educated person in the room, but I know what insults me. I think somebody, particularly the media, needs to be held accountable. Maybe, if the government slapped them with a penalty for aiding and abetting, treason, or just simple collaborating with the enemy, maybe that would wake somebody up. I want the presidents of the major networks to be there to explain to the parents of the next group of soldiers that this guy kills, that the network was partly to blame. We could have reported these guys’ locations, but we wanted the big ad dollars. We should have fed the CIA the intelligence, but then our ratings would not have won the nightly Nielsen’s. We are so sorry for your loss, you know, we covered that terrorist in detail, so can we get a shot of you grieving over your daughters coffin, for the 6 o’clock?
Starting the New Year off with a bang!!!