Sunday, April 20, 2008

Flag Criminals ...

Maybe we should yank their pensions and benefits?


To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.

The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air. [my em]


I would certainly feel comfortable calling these retired flag officers traitors.


Greenwald is on this too:


At the same time, though, in light of questions on this very topic raised even by the NYT back in 2003, it is difficult to take the article's underlying points seriously as though they are some kind of new revelation. And ultimately, to the extent there are new revelations here, they are a far greater indictment of our leading news organizations than the government officials on whom it focuses. [em in orig]


Cross-posted at the Brain.

1 comment:

deuddersun said...

Traitors is too kind a word. From the article I must assume that American lives were lost due to their malfeasance. Murderers is more appropriate.

This is only one more reason why the API is necessary, to counter, in our own small way, the coordinated, structured, relentless efforts of the Neocons to maintain their facist hold on the United States of America.