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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Lieberman wrong about the Iraq press

If you need more proof to show you just how out of touch Joe Lieberman is when it comes to Iraq, just read this quote from his op-ed piece
Every time the 27 million Iraqis have been given the chance since Saddam was overthrown, they have voted for self-government and hope over the violence and hatred the 10,000 terrorists offer them. Most encouraging has been the behavior of the Sunni community, which, when disappointed by the proposed constitution, registered to vote and went to the polls instead of taking up arms and going to the streets.

Last week, I was thrilled to see a vigorous political campaign, and a large number of independent television stations and newspapers covering it.

No wonder Joe Lieberman loves the Iraqi press, the Bush administration is writing all the stories.
As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.

The articles, written by U.S. military "information operations" troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor, according to U.S. military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Many of the articles are presented in the Iraqi press as unbiased news accounts written and reported by independent journalists. The stories trumpet the work of U.S. and Iraqi troops, denounce insurgents and tout U.S.-led efforts to rebuild the country.

Oh, I pray for just one Democrat to challenge Lieberman in the primary.