Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered

By Peter Hart

June 14, 2014 “ICH” – “FAIR” – –  The invasion of the major Iraqi city of Mosul by the Sunni militant group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has US reporters recalling the Iraq War–and showing once again how they see that deadly conflict mostly through the prism of US sacrifice and suffering.

On ABC World News (6/10/14), Martha Raddatz declared that “Mosul was once a focal point of America’s fight to bring peace and stability to this country.” It is hard to imagine many Iraqis would think of the Iraq invasion as an effort to bring peace, but this is not a new approach for ABC. When militants seized control of Fallujah in January, ABC‘s Terry Moran spoke of  “a decade of US-led war to plant democracy in Iraq” (Extra!2/14).

The invasion of the major Iraqi city of Mosul by the Sunni militant group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has US reporters recalling the Iraq War–and showing once again how they see that deadly conflict mostly through the prism of US sacrifice and suffering.

On ABC World News (6/10/14), Martha Raddatz declared that “Mosul was once a focal point of America’s fight to bring peace and stability to this country.” It is hard to imagine many Iraqis would think of the Iraq invasion as an effort to bring peace, but this is not a new approach for ABC. When militants seized control of Fallujah in January, ABC‘s Terry Moran spoke of  “a decade of US-led war to plant democracy in Iraq” (Extra!2/14).

Blitzer was interviewing Peter Brookes of the right-wing Heritage Foundation, who refused to concede that the war was a mistake because Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. “We didn’t know that at the time,” he told Blitzer–which of course depends on who “we” are. But it’s not as if Brookes thinks US government should avoid blame–just not the Bush administration: “The real blunder is when the Obama administration got out in 2009 and left the Iraqis on their own.”

Brookes goes on to reject arguments about starting the Iraq War based on hindsight, since it’s clearly not fair to re-assess Iraq based on what politicians know now about how the war would go. At one point, Brookes says that predictions are difficult–it’s “especially hard about the future, right?”

But right before the Iraq War started, it wasn’t so hard. In fact, Brookes told CNN (3/5/03) that the Iraq War was “going to last a couple of weeks.”

He was wrong, of course–but he’s still an Iraq expert in the corporate media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38810.htm

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