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I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.
Aye yie yie. I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH. Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:
When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.
Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.
But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.
So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.
If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster. But, voila, here we are.
That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.
Truth does tend to seep out, eventually, in baby steps, albeit slowly.
CNN is actually showing Israelis cheering while rockets rain down on Gaza? Isn’t that forbidden? I mean, Israelis are kind, peaceful people who are only trying to defend themselves, right?
(Via CNN on Twitter at 7:24 p.m. ET.)
I will never again see CNN as even a marginal “journalistic” outfit: CNN Airing Doc on First President Bush Funded by His Presidential Library.
Any bets on whether it’ll air a disclaimer chyron at the bottom of the screen the whole time?
Roughly 18 hours ago, the AP reported that a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea. Hundreds are still missing.
Here’s a photo of the hull disappearing into the water:
This is a screenshot taken during Anderson Cooper’s show tonight at 8:54 p.m. ET. The video is supposedly “LIVE,” and it showed people being pulled off the ship that ahem, sank almost 20 hours ago:
So, CNN shows “LIVE” video of people being rescued from a ship that sank 20 hours ago. Okaaaaay.
CNN doesn’t care about being factual anymore. Nor does Anderson Cooper. If he did, he wouldn’t stand for this kind of thing happen on a show with his name on it.
This morning I listened to KGNU, my local community radio station’s “Morning Magazine.” In one segment, host Bente Birkeland interviewed two newspaper reporters about a new report recommending that Colorado buy its own aerial firefighting fleet. At one point, one of the reporters used the term, “CNN drop.”
I wondered what the heck a CNN drop is (he didn’t explain), but I could tell by the way he said it it wasn’t a flattering term. And I was right:
Fire commanders say they are often pressured to order planes and helicopters into action on major fires even when the aircraft won’t do any good. Such pressure has resulted in needless and costly air operations, experienced fire managers said in interviews.
The reason for the interference, they say, is that aerial drops of water and retardant make good television. They’re a highly visible way for political leaders to show they’re doing everything possible to quell a wildfire, even if it entails overriding the judgment of incident commanders on the ground.
Firefighters have developed their own vernacular for such spectacles. They call them “CNN drops.”
“A lot of people do a lot of things for publicity and for politics that don’t need to be done,” said Jim Ziobro, fire aviation chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Ah hah. Aptly named. And CNN bites every time.
Here’s an interesting report from Pew Research’s Journalism Project: Key Indicators in Media & News.
It’s full of all kinds of tidbits about local television, newspapers, cable and broadcast networks but the first sentence, about cable, is what jumped out at me:
In 2013, the cable news audience, by nearly all measures, declined. The combined median prime-time viewership of the three major news channels—CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—dropped 11% to about 3 million, the smallest it has been since 2007.
The “combined median prime-time viewership” of the three major cable news channels was “about 3 million?” Wow. Given all the yelling and screaming by and about the various cable news “journalists” — Hannity, O’Reilly, Matthews, Morgan, et al — you’d think they were bringing in audience numbers akin to that of the network news shows at 22.6 million.
They — the cable “news” screamers — get way, way too much of our society’s attention.
Jeff Zucker left NBC Universal last year to head CNN without, apparently, any idea of how he was going to resuscitate it:
Despite the mishmash of shows and documentaries that will air in the 10 p.m. hour for the time being, [CNN's president Jeff] Zucker told TV Newser that CNN is committed to news:
The fact is CNN is actually offering more hours of live news programming today than we have at any point in the last five years. So the two [live news and documentaries] are not incompatible. We are always there when news happens. We’re in Ukraine this week, and Crimea, in tremendous numbers, offering round-the-clock coverage, far more than anyone else.
That may be true when it comes to breaking news, but it does seem to conflict with what Zucker said in December when he told Capital New York that “we need more shows and less newscasts.”
Sounds like he doesn’t know what CNN needs.
What CNN needs is bold, decisive action. But instead, Zucker has taken a more haphazard approach that will only ensure that they will remain in the cable-news ratings cellar for some time to come.
Sheesh. I’ve never heard a corporate honcho sound so lost.