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Title: Corporate Media Turns to Warhawks, Including Former Bush Officials, to Beat Drums of War on Iran
Source: Common Dreams
URL Source: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2 ... -officials-beat-drums-war-iran
Published: Jan 3, 2020
Author: Julia Conley
Post Date: 2020-01-04 14:28:13 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 149
Comments: 4

Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer, senior adviser and White House press secretary under the George W. Bush administration, appeared on Fox News Thursday night in the hours after the Trump administration assassinated top Iranian military official Qasem Soleimani. (Photo: Fox News/screenshot)

Trump critics and peace advocates watched in horror Thursday night and Friday morning as some of the top architects of the Iraq War took to the corporate media to spin a narrative aimed at retroactively convincing Americans that the killing of Iranian military official Qasem Soleimani was essential to the safety of the U.S.—a replica of the run-up to the Iraq War nearly two decades ago.

Following reports that President Donald Trump ordered the airstrike that killed Soleimani, the major general of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, former George W. Bush administration officials were among those who media outlets called on to make a case for the act.

"CNN is allowing a parade of Republican lawmakers to go on air and cheerlead for war with Iran, and barely bothering to ask any of them how the U.S. keeps the region safe or what the plan is. We've learned much less since 2003 than we should have."
—Matthew Chapman, Raw Story

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer suggested, as conservatives did in 2003 regarding Iraqi civilians, that Iranians would likely celebrate the killing of Soleimani—presuming to speak for demonstrators who have decried economic hardships in the face of U.S. sanctions and government mismanagement in recent weeks.

"The Iranian people have been leading a revolution, a rebellion against their government, knowing what a dictatorship it is," Fleischer told Fox News. "So I think it is entirely possible this is going to be a catalyst inside Iran where the people celebrate the killing of Soleimani."

Journalist Judd Legum wrote that Fox is "getting the band back together" as right-wingers rework their 2003 claims to apply to Iran, joined by Trump administration officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo appeared on CNN Friday to claim that Iranian civilians "will view the American action last night as giving them freedom"—even as thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran and other cities in Iran to protest the Trump administration's actions. 

A number of observers denounced cable news networks for offering a platform to pro-war extremists while ignoring the voices of peace advocates and critics.

"Former Bush appointees who thought the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a good idea?" tweeted journalism professor and Guardian columnist Christian Christensen. "Maybe not be the most objective commentators on US interests in the region." (1 image) (1 image)

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#1. To: Deckard, Hillary W Trump neocons (#0)



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Hondo68  posted on  2020-01-04   17:45:37 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Here we go again beating the drums of war. No doubt there is much disinformation and outright lies. Maybe this Iranian was a problem but to assassinate him on the soil of a country he was visiting smells of opportunism and a deflection away from the impeachment. It might backfire as here is one more impeachable offence, engaging in war crimes. What goes around come around, this should be remembered

paraclete  posted on  2020-01-06   0:10:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: paraclete (#2)

Uh he was on the battlefield in an area that Congress has approved for military force.

A K A Stone  posted on  2020-01-06   7:29:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: A K A Stone (#3)

Uh he was on the battlefield in an area that Congress has approved for military force.

So if your exalted Congress approves it is alright, does that include impeachment?

paraclete  posted on  2020-01-06   16:51:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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