DUMB ASS PETER BERGEN, NO RELATION TO CHARLIE MCCARTHY WHO HAD MORE COMMON SENSE, TAKES A LOOK AT THREE BOOKS -- TWO BY WOMEN AND 1 BY MEN -- AND NO SURPRISE, 'CHICKS' NEED TO SHUT UP.
BERGEN TARGETS ANN JONES ESPECIALLY AND SLAMS HER FOR NOTING "THAT THE UNITED STATES WAS INITIALLY WILLING TO PLAY BALL WITH THE TALIBAN IN THE MIDDLE 1990S BECAUSE OF ENERGY INTERESTS EAGER TO BUILD A PIPELINE ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM THE GAS FIELDS OF CENTRAL ASIA".
THAT'S CALLED REALITY AND DOES ANYONE PROOF THE NATION? (APPARENTLY NOT, SEE THE SUSAN SEAFORTH HAYES OF INDEPENDENT MEDIA.)
IS THE NATION UNAWARE OF FRED HALLIDAY'S NOVEMBER 1996 REPORT FOR ITS MAGAZINE? OR THAT ONE OF THEIR "CONTRIBUTING EDITORS," GORE VIDAL, HAS WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ON THIS TOPIC?
MIKE FERNER HAS COVERED IT AT COUNTERPUNCH. MARJORIE COHN HAS COVERED IT AT COUNTERPUNCH. THE LIST IS ENDLESS.
BUT THE NATION ALLOWS NON-LEFTY PETER BERGEN TO SLAM ANN JONES?
WHAT THE HELL IS PETER BERGEN DOING IN THE PAGES OF THE NATION TO BEGIN WITH?
HERE ARE SOME MORE QUESTIONS:
*WHY DOES THE NATION ALLOW TWO WOMEN TO BE TRASHED?
*DOES KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL, EDITOR & PUBLISHER, ENJOY SEEING OTHER WOMEN TRASHED IN THE PAGES OF HER MAGAZINE?
*WHY DOES SHE FARM OUR REVIEWS TO A MEMBER OF THE 'CENTRIST' NEW AMERICAN FOUNDATION WHEN THE NATION IS SUPPOSEDLY A MAGAZINE FOR THE LEFT?
*WILL SHE NEXT HIRE BERGEN'S THINK TANK CO-HORTS LIKE NEOCON FAREED ZAKARIA OR CHRISTY TODD WHITMAN OR FRANCIS FUKUYAMA TO WRITE FOR THE NATION?
BERGEN MOST RECENTLY CO-WROTE AN ARTICLE WITH MICHAEL LIND. MAYBE THE NATION -- IN SEVERE IDENTITY CRISIS MODE -- CAN NEXT HIRE HIM.
Equally oblivious is the US Secretary of State. Yes, Condi Rice continues to flaunt her loose grip on reality. Her failure as US National Security Advisor (remember, 9-11 was on her watch) trails her as US Secretary of State. Mark Tran (Guardian of London) reports that Condoleezza Rice "said Iraq was worth the cost in US lives and dollars". Today, the US military announced: "Three Marines and one Sailor assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died Thursday from wounds sustained due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province." Also today, the US military announced: "An attack against a Multi-National Division - Baghdad patrol killed a Soldier west of the Iraqi capital Dec. 22. The Soldiers came under sporadic small arms and indirect fire during a patrol. One Soldier was killed and another wounded." Five deaths and Condi says it's worth it. The total number of US troops killed in the Iraq war is 2965 and Condi says 'It's worth it.'
As for the financial costs, the National Priorities Project has released their summary of the US federal government's budget for 2006 which notes ". . . the total cost of the Iraq War rose to nearly $380 billion. . . . Broken down another way, on average, the federal government spends about $11 million every hour on the Iraq War, $256 million each day, or around $8 billion per month."
Condi's statements about things going swimmingly come as the BBC reports that at least seven Iraqi police officers were arrested by British troops in Basra due to suspicions of "corruption and leading a death squad in Basra."
While Condi proves she's useless in every position, Bully Boy hopes and prays that Santa Clause will bring him a way out of the illegal war he started so that he can announce some new 'plan' in 2007. 75 US troops, who lost their lives this month so far, won't be able to wait for that news. It is the deadliest December for US troops since the start of the illegal war and December isn't over.
Recommended: "Iraq Snapshot"
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