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Sep
2004

The brave posturing of armchair warriors

by Norman Solomon

TruthOut

09/11/04

The prevailing rhetoric insists that any alternative to current U.S. wars is unthinkable. No less than Saadoun Hammadi two years ago, the president and vice president like to use the royal 'we' when discussing military action they favor. But the underlying message, decoded, can be understood as: 'Let's you and them fight.' During the next weeks, to a large degree, hopes for the Bush-Cheney ticket may hinge on the willingness of the news media to ignore such realities. Historically, the USA's media establishment has been overly fond of 'leadership' in Washington that sends other people off to kill and be killed -- routinely, as in the case of the Iraq war, on the basis of lies. Government officials who glorify other people's patriotic deaths are rarely eager to partake of such glory themselves. Cases in point: Saadoun Hammadi. Dick Cheney. George W. Bush...

http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/091204L.shtml


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