Saturday, May 14, 2005

Iraq Memo Continues to be Ignored

The secret British memo about the lead-up to Iraq continues to get very little media coverage. A Little Left of Centrist has a round-up of what has appeared.

A number of papers have written stories, but why is the television media ignoring this story? I don't know. But if the media really were as horribly biased to the left as many claim, they'd be all over this story. As it is, I sometimes think the media is just biased to the simplistic and dramatic. Anything that can't be told in a 60-second segment or doesn't come with great footage is going to get bumped in favor of Michael Jackson or the personal life of a runaway bride.

This isn't always the case, but it too often is. The American people are smarter than the television media give us credit for.


At 1:45 PM, Blogger Sean said...

Because it does not add anythign new to the facts, regarding the Iraq war. thos who oppose it believe Bush was set on doing it, and those who support the war feel even if Bush was set on going to war he was right.
All the news has is parts of comments, not entire memos. So the media is forced to create context.
I dont see the big deal at all.
Blair had questions about Bush, and they set out what they needed to support the war effort. The US altered its plan, to go through the UN. The fact still remains, that if Saddam had let the inspectors in, there would have been no war. Just because the UK and the US believed that Saddam would refuse, therefore leaving war as the only option, is not some smoking gun.

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Alan Stewart Carl said...


I think part of the problem is that the debate is so polarized that neither "side" could be swayed to change their mind. The memo is not conclusive of anything, but that doesn't mean it's not still interesting. I find it to be, at the least, poor policy making to decide war is needed BEFORE all the facts and reasons have been put in place.

At 3:42 AM, Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Sean mentioned the same arguments over at A Little Left of Centrist. Oddly enough he said no one has posted the entire memo. Had he looked up, he would have seen I had indeed posted the entire memo.

The ironic part is, on Sean's blog, the heading has this quote from Winston Churchill, "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."

At 2:11 AM, Blogger Sean said...

maybe you need to read your own site. Show me where you have the entire "memo" posted on yoru website. show me!


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