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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

I know...I know...

I'm posting a lot on this Newsweek issue. Mostly, because the issue (torture) is something that I've posted on quite a bit and is something that, as I see it, is so important to the 'war on terror' that it has, single-handedly, the ability to turn the tide against the US.
So now I'm just posting some musings from others as well.
Keith Olberman calls for Scott McClellan's resignation:

Or would somebody rather play politics with this? The way Craig
Crawford reconstructed it, this one went similarly to the way the Killian Memos
story evolved at the White House. The news organization turns to the
administration for a denial. The administration says nothing. The news
organization runs the story. The administration jumps on the necks of the news
organization with both feet - or has its proxies do it for them.
That’s beyond shameful. It’s treasonous.


Ultimately, though, the administration may have effected its biggest
mistake over this saga, in making the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs look like a
liar or naïf, just to draw a little blood out of Newsweek’s hide. Either way -
and also for that tasteless, soul-less conclusion that deaths in Afghanistan
should be lain at the magazine’s doorstep - Scott McClellan should

What Olberman is speaking of concerning Richard Meyers (JCofS) is his statement saying that it wasn't the Newsweek story that was responsible for the rioting (emphasis mine):
Q: Do either one of you have anything about the demonstrations in
Afghanistan, which were apparently sparked by reports that there was a lack
respect by some interrogators at Guantanamo for the Koran. Do
either one
of you have anything to say about

GEN. MYERS: It's the -- it's a judgment of our commander in Afghanistan,
General Eikenberry, that
in fact the violence that we saw in
Jalalabad was not necessarily the result of the allegations about disrespect for
the Koran
-- and I'll get to that in just a minute -- but more tied up
in the political process and the reconciliation process that President Karzai
and his Cabinet is
conducting in Afghanistan. So that's -- that was
his judgment today in an
after- action of that violence. He didn't --
he thought it was not at all
tied to the article in the

Its becoming more and more plausible that this Newsweek snafu is being used to deflect attention away from a bigger issue.


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