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NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Williams himself repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.
“The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said on the broadcast. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”
Williams and his NBC camera crew were actually aboard a Chinook that took no fire but landed, according to Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller, who was the flight engineer on the aircraft that carried the journalists.
“No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft,” Miller said Wednesday.
So, apparently Williams and NBC have been promulgating this “misremembered” event since 2003 and only today did Williams confess he’d “misremembered” it? You don’t “misremember” whether or not your helicopter was shot down by an RPG. Either it wasn’t or you lied and said it was. “Misremember” my ass.
February 4, 2015 at 5:43 PM
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I have the awful feeling no one’s in charge of maintaining the morality and ethics I grew up believing were standards the United States held dear.
I counted on Constitutional lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama to do so but no. Shame! Shame on you Barack Obama! What are you doing?
Have the war mongerers gotten to you such that they have you emulating Netanyahu?
White House Exempts Syria Airstrikes From Tight Standards on Civilian Deaths
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.
But one former Obama administration official said the new White House statement raises questions about how the U.S. intends to proceed in the conflict in Syria and Iraq, and under what legal authorities.
September 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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Yo, Americans, are you all-in with your tax Dollar$ and your sons and daughters on this? This is the beginning of a new war that was supposed to be over but will probably last for years. We’ll spend untold billions of dollars. Again, raise your hand if you’re in.
From the “official homepage of the United States Army:”
1st Infantry Division HQ Deploying to Iraq
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 25, 2014) — Soldiers from the “Big Red One” 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq next month from Fort Riley, Kansas, DOD officials announced today.
“Yesterday the secretary (of Defense) signed a deployment for about 500 Soldiers from 1ID headquarters,” Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a Pentagon news conference.
Something tells me that those who’ve already died in Iraq are screaming from the grave: Don’t do it! It isn’t worth dying for! Nothing good will come of it!
September 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM
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September 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM
If someone was bombing the United States, what would you do? Lay down or get mad?
Why is this so hard?
September 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM
Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here: Who’s smarter? Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?
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I vote for China.
This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.
September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM
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This is one of the most chilling articles I’ve ever read. To summarize it: Hey, let’s kill some Palestinians to prove our weapons are so cool.
It’s about the global war/ killing industry that regards “skirmishes” and 6-day-type-wars, that kill hundreds if not thousands of human beings, as something like target practice with which to perfect their products. This is hard to cut and paste. All of it is grotesque but suffice it to say this is a window into the way the “defense” industry thinks.
September 18, 2014:
Less than one month after killing more than 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza, including more than 500 children, Israel is hosting its annual drone conference.
Organized in partnership with the US embassy in Tel Aviv, “Israel Unmanned Systems 2014” offers Israeli military firms an opportunity to flaunt the performance of their products, many of which were tested on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip this summer.
Speaking to the German magazine Der Spiegel last month, Avner Benzaken, head of the Israeli army’s “technology and logistics” division — a unit “comprised largely of academics who also happen to be officers” — explained the benefits of this occupation.
“If I develop a product and want to test it in the field, I only have to go five or ten kilometers from my base and I can look and see what is happening with the equipment,” said Benzaken
Easy access to a captive population [the Palestinians] to experiment on allows Israeli weapons manufacturers to market their products as “combat-proven,” a coveted label that gives Israel a competitive edge in the international arms trade.
More bone chilling reality here…
September 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM