Putrid Vulgarity on the AP Wire

Angela Keaton, October 15, 2011

Today’s APNews Break featured the welcome news that US drops keeping troops in Iraq.

Reporters Lara Jakes and Rebecca Santana however managed to suck the joy from the long awaited announcement by possibly the most tasteless paragraph to come over the wire since Clinton era intern shenanigans.

The decision ends months of hand-wringing by U.S. officials over whether to stick to a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline that was set in 2008 or negotiate a new security agreement to ensure that gains made and more than 4,400 American military lives lost since March 2003 do not go to waste. [Emphasis mine.]

Yes, that’s right. The American youth sacrificed for the inhumane, illegal and unconstitutional occupation of Iraq are mere veggie fried rice left overs that shan’t go to waste in the mighty victory over the Iraqi people.

Jakes and Santana note that, “Iraqis are still angry over incidents such as the Abu Ghraib prison scandal or Haditha, when U.S. troops killed Iraqi civilians in Anbar province, and want American troops subject to Iraqi law.”

One couldn’t imagine why.




15 Responses to “Putrid Vulgarity on the AP Wire”

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  2. Someone here at Antiwar.com had posted this a month or two ago and I just had to save it for an appropriate occasion:

    Two lemmings are chatting while standing in the line to the cliff. One says to the other, "Of course we have to go over the edge. Anything else would dishonor all the lemmings who have gone before us."

  3. "Let them eat cake."

    Right?

  4. [...] estimable Angela Keaton crystallized the war in her last post (below). The war becomes difficult for the establishment to talk about when it is presented as it [...]

  5. The AP has been carrying the water of the neocons since before the Iraqi invasion and occupation. The fact that they are still trying to justify their perfidy to what America used to stand for should surprise no one.

  6. It's getting harder to be proud of our country. It appears we are willing to sacrifice fighting poverty,cancer, alzheimers, heart disease, aids, diabetes, etc. in favor of spending trillions satisfying a lust for the killing of Arabs of any age, sex or life purpose. When you remember this whole conflagation beginning with Iraq was engineered by the neocons whose principal motivation was maintaining the balance of power to protect Israel. It would have been far more cost effective and humane to give all Israelis permanent residency visas to the U.S. together with a $25000 stake, enabling the return of Palenstine to its rightful owners, rather then wait for the nuclear fulfilling of the prophecy of the book of Revelation which was obviously written by somebody on funny mushrooms. And, of course, all participants end up dead or radio active.

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  7. I thought it was only my imagination about what you say about the AP's neocon bias…..I am happy I was not wrong…

  8. Kinda blows that old red-herring about "left-wing media bias" out of the water, eh?

  9. As soon as I see an AP byline, up goes my shield. I usually keep going but sometimes I get curious as to what's the latest line of crap that they're pushing. Reuters is just as bad.

  10. Informative article. Conversely I’m not convinced that I agree with many of the opinions expressed.

  11. [...] elaborate on these supposedly lots ” of other reasons we needed to go to Iraq,” and the lots “of benefits that have come out of Iraq.” And what’s this talk of Iran planning to attack Iraq if the US withdraws? [...]

  12. Mysterious couple of grafs:

    "In recent months, Washington has been discussing with Iraqi leaders the possibility of several thousand American troops remaining to continue training Iraqi security forces. A Pentagon spokesman said Saturday that no final decision has been reached about the U.S. training relationship with the Iraqi government.

    "But a senior Obama administration official in Washington confirmed Saturday that all American troops will leave Iraq except for about 160 active-duty soldiers attached to the U.S. Embassy."

    So an unnamed source confirms what Pentagon maintains hasn't been decided yet. Let's wait 'til Dec. 31 – and count how many stay behind. I'll bet it's more that '160'. Earlier, Pentagon said about regiment-strength, or 3,000, will stay.

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