I want to thank Bob Geiger for providing a short history of the Jamil Hussein episode. Bob also provided links to other bloggers’ take at the end of his post. If you haven’t been following the story of the Associated Press source that the Right Blogosphere insisted did not exist (turns out he did), then go there and read up.
How long do you suppose it will be before some right wing blogger says, “I hope they try him for treason — his talking to the press compromises Iraq’s security”?
We are spending $2billion a day in Iraq, and people are spending energy on this story? Man we need a draft bad.
From the AP –
“Ministry spokesman Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, who had previously denied there was any such police employee as Capt. Jamil Hussein, said in an interview that Hussein is an officer assigned to the Khadra police station, as had been reported by The Associated Press.”
Hold that thought.
Around Oct 10, a report suggested that as many as 600,000 Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the war. On October 21, the NY Times reported that :..al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, has ordered the country’s medical authorities to stop providing the organization [the UN] with monthly figures on the number of civilians killed and wounded in the conflict..”
I expect the wingnuts to distort the truth. It’s not being reported to any great degree, the extent the government-in-the-green-zone is twisting the facts in a country so violent that reporters can’t travel without military escort. Bush is treating those warped reports from the Mayor of the Green Zone as gospel.
It’s about time someone pointed out that our friends in Iraq have learned the ways of democracy fast, and are lying through their teeth.
Consider who their teachers are. “Lying through [ones] teeth” should merit a quick vote out of office in an actual democracy. I’ll leave to another discussion why such a reaction was far from “quick” in our case.