Television agendas shape images of war: US focuses on patriotism, Arabs see horrors, British have eyes on west and Iraq favours Saddam
US television: At 7am Washington time yesterday, Iraq's information minister was briefing in Baghdad, the 101st Airborne was stuck in a sandstorm, and reports of civilian casualties in Baghdad were beginning to cause alarm. And WETA, the Washington area's main public-service TV broadcaster, was showing a cartoon about magic dragons.
U.S. Allies Also Have Chemical Weapons
The Bush administration cited Iraq (news - web sites)'s alleged stocks of weapons of mass destruction in its decision to invade. President Bush (news - web sites) now says Syria, too, owns an arsenal of chemical weapons.
Budgetary Shock and Awe
The American public transfixed by the unfolding invasion of Iraq may someday look up and discover too late what the Republican Congress did while the world's attention was elsewhere. Led by the Bush administration, the House and Senate are about to march under the public's radar screen and lead the country into a decade of budgetary disaster.
Cronyism and Rebuilding
The Bush administration began handing out private contracts Monday to build water treatment systems, airports, bridges and other foundations of what President Bush envisions as a "peaceful and prosperous Iraq." The director of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Andrew Natsios, calls it "the largest disaster relief response we have ever put together."
Rules Loosened for FBI Crime Database
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department lifted a requirement Monday that the FBI ensure the accuracy and timeliness of information about criminals and crime victims before adding it to the country's most comprehensive law enforcement database.
Let's go back some 20 years. Ronald Reagan was president. George Shultz was secretary of state. Lebanon was in turmoil. And Iraq and Iran were locked in a vicious war that had sharply curtailed the flow of oil out of Iraq.
Would President Assad invite a cruise missile to his palace?
So now Syria is in America's gunsights. First it's Iraq, Israel's most powerful enemy, possessor of weapons of mass destruction ? none of which has been found. Now it's Syria, Israel's second most powerful enemy, possessor of weapons of mass destruction, or so President George Bush Junior tells us. No word of that possessor of real weapons of mass destruction, Israel ? the number of its nuclear warheads in the Negev are now accurately listed ? whose Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, has long been complaining that Damascus is the "centre of world terror".
The Cost of War
Former admirals, generals and military officials agree that the U.S. can safely reduce the Pentagon budget by 15%. That's enough to do ALL of the following:
Defense Planning Guide, 1994-1999
From The Horses's Mouth
"In the Middle East and Southwest Asia, our overall objective is to remain the predominant outside power in the region and preserve U.S. and Western access to the region's oil. We also seek to deter further aggression in the region, foster regional stability, protect U.S. nationals and property, and safeguard our access to international air and seaways. As demonstrated by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, it remains fundamentally important to prevent a hegemon or alignment of powers from dominating the region. This pertains especially to the Arabian peninsula. Therefore, we must continue to play a strong role through enhanced deterrence and improved cooperative security."
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