I am blogger. Hear me roar!
The bloggers had it right all along. There were no WMDs in Iraq. The government was lying. The mainstream media got it all wrong. They reported on the claims about WMDs in Iraq without actually checking the facts. At the very most generous, they were all idiots. At the very worst, they were all complicit in the lies that sent thousands of Americans off to be killed and crippled in a war built on those lies. We were right. They were wrong. I am blogger. Hear me roar!
The blogs, with little staff and pocket-change budgets, knew these were lies and reported that to the public. The mainstream media, with budgets in the millions, and staffs of hundreds, reported these lies to the public as being the truth.
Who will you trust from this time on?
Bush Unfazed by Criticism of Iraq WMD Hunt
"Saddam Hussein is a man who has told the world he wouldn't have weapons of mass destruction, and yet he deceived the world," Bush said on Nov. 1, 2002.
The following excerpts from an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate were declassified on July 18, 2003 and presented at a White House background briefing on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
We judge that Iraq has continued its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs in defiance of UN resolutions and restrictions. Baghdad has chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of UN restrictions; if left unchecked, it probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade.
A haunting end to hunt for WMD
It’s a national humiliation akin to a personal one: It’s too painful to dwell on. Dead U.S. soldiers, dead Iraqi civilians, a war with no end in sight — it makes us cringe. So, we expel it from our minds, if not our lives, bury it and move on.
Iraq New Terror Breeding Ground
Usama bin Laden rejected the idea of forming an alliance with Hussein and viewed him as an enemy of the jihadist movement because the Iraqi leader rejected radical Islamic ideals and ran a secular government.
Army sergeant refuses 2nd Iraq deployment http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/01/13/objecting.soldier.ap/index.html
A mechanic with nine years in the Army, including a role in the assault on Baghdad, has refused to return to Iraq, claiming "you just don't know how bad it is."
US Losses - Photos Hidden By US News Media
From the Pentagon as of January 14th 2005,figures have been released at some 1,361 U.S personnel killed and just over 10,000 wounded from the Iraq war and occupation.Is this a true reflection of the actual casualties or a manipulation of the figures ?http://www.iraq2005.blogspot.com/
Second story down. Inside sources are reporting that actual American KIAs in Iraq are close to 9000.
A U.S. Marine was killed in action south of Baghdad, and a U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing after coming under fire in Mosul, the military said Saturday. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6727646/
The military gave no details of the death, which brings the number of American troops killed in Iraqi since the March 2003 invasion to about 1,360.
Iraq War Cost $102 Billion Through September, Pentagon Says http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=asC2oZAGbhZE&refer=top_world_news
As of today, 1,355 U.S. service personnel have died in Iraq, 1,213 since May 1, 2003. Another 10,372 have been wounded, according to the Pentagon's official Web site.
Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the suspected ringleader of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse, took the stand for the first time Saturday and said he was ordered by interrogators to physically mistreat and sexually humiliate prisoners.
Iraqi detainee Hussein Mutar, in videotaped testimony shown as the sentencing phase began Friday evening, said he had supported the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein until he was abused.
The New York Times has obtained 10 previously undisclosed e-mails, including attached photos, sent by Spc. Charles A. Graner Jr., now on trial in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, around November 2003.
Included were new photographs Graner had sent to friends and family, including his young children. One message referred to Take Your Children to Work Day with the comment, "how about send a bastard to hell day?" Attached was a photograph of a detainee's head bloodied beyond recognition.
Prisoners from Iraq's Abu Ghraib escape
Six people were killed Friday when a minibus carrying Iraqi civilians collided head-on with a U.S. military tank!