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Watergate and the Iraq War - A higher standard of truthfulness? : Comments

By Jason Leopold, published 10/6/2005

Jason Leopold argues there are parallels to Nixon and Bush, Watergate and Iraq.

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One might add that the media in Australia has been less revealing of the memo than else where. The SMH and The Age in each case ma story equivalent to Enron or HIH is given less than full treatment and relegated to inside pages rather than balzing headlines repeated ever more till the story dies.
Granted the memo whilst showing Bush and Blair as guilty has no reference to Australia. we of course under ANZUS soon after 9/11 signed up to support Bush, or at least Howard did. In 2002 many of our ministers went to or were in contact with members of the USA governmen, though doubtless they did not see and were not told of the planned war. It was you see the wrong intelligence we relied on!
As an aside I do believe the Times and Post have partially apologised for misreporting. Friel and Falk in The Record Of a Paper isbn1844670198 give more details.
Posted by untutored mind, Saturday, 11 June 2005 4:53:09 PM
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I am uncertain as to whether there are parallels or similarities between the Nixon era and the present era of US government, but I think it more than apparent that the US is presently being run by self-interested billionaires, who often have the most minimal regard for anyone else.

I donít know what has been the most repulsive display of this type of government, whether it was the probable fraud shown during the 2004 and 2000 elections, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_U.S._Election_controversies_and_irregularities), the probable government aided or organized events that occurred on 9/11/2001, (http://perso.wanadoo.fr/jpdesm/pentagon/investigation77.htm), or the probable hoax of WMD in Iraq (http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2003/3025lar_v_cheney.html)

Information about these events and issues is extensive on the internet and in blogworld, but very little is being reported in the mainstream press. Maybe the mainstream press is also being governed by the elitist billionaire contingent, but in the future, journalists in the mainstream media cannot complain about being governed or manipulated by self-interested others, if they donít complain, or if they continue to disregard or ignore what is occurring.
Posted by Timkins, Sunday, 12 June 2005 10:15:31 AM
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Agree with Jason Leopold that there are paralalls between Nixon and Bush, and believe that the main problem with the Bush opposition, the democrats, was gutlessness or not game enough to use the obvious against the Bush Republicans, that because the WMD argument had ceased to hold water, the most foolish thing that John Kerry did was to say he was going to finish what George Bush had started, not by pulling all troops out of Iraq but sending in more troops. Kim Beazley of course, went somewhat the same way, believing that once we were in, we had to stay in.

What was needed for Kerry, at least, as part of his elective strategy was to get the big powers, along with Canada, South Africa and New Zealand who had refused to support the preemptive strike - to join with him to support and revive the UN to the full.

Remember also that well before the elections, the main meat in the problem sandwich, Saddam, had been captured, and would have neatly fitted in with a more democratic arrangement for Iraq, anyhow, even if all US troops had been pulled out by the victorious democrats, a victory which most likely would have happened, and no doubt with future historians saying that the future world is much better for it.

George C - Bushbred
Posted by bushbred, Saturday, 30 July 2005 1:15:24 AM
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