Amazing. Two staunch members of the Legion of Mainstream Media (otherwise known as the LMSM) have declared the debacle in Iraq to be just what it is: a civil war.
NBC Monday announced that from that point forward it would describe the Iraq conflict as "a civil war."
To announce this radical change in policy, NBC didn't send out serious Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Nah, this story is too big for Brian. Give it to the prince of fluff, Today's Matt Lauer.
The dwindling few who still, for reasons known only to God or their psychiatrist, support President George W. Bush's failed invasion if Iraq, continue to claim the situation is not as bad as portrayed by the media.
Which, of course, is nothing more than political wishful thinking. Just ask CNN correspondent John Roberts, who went into Baghdad with the invading U.S. forces three-and-a-half years ago and recently returned to the war-ravaged country for a first-hand look.
Here we are, nearly two weeks after the mid-term elections that were supposed to turn things around for this country and make us all feel better.
And what do we have? Chaos would be a good word. Utter chaos would be two, better words.
The bloodbath in Iraq is escalating (and "bloodbath" is the word even the ultra-cautious Associated Press used in its headline today), Democrats continue to snipe at each other, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger calls the Iraq war unwinnable and Bush foreign policy disastrous and the Pentagon has a new plan for the war.
After watching incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's giddy, giggly, Katie Couric-style performance before the cameras Thursday I had to wonder: Is this bimbo ready for prime-time?
After being elected the first female Speaker in the history of the old-boys club called the House of Representatives, Pelosi - who promised quick, unflinching reform of the Congressional cesspool - urged her colleagues to elect as her Number Two the ethics-challenged, lobbyist-pandering, pork-bloated John Murtha.
Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promises changes in the corrupt way Congress conducts its business but her shameless promotion of Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha suggests her reign at the top will be business as usual when it comes to protecting one of her own.
One of the first rules of politics is to avoid the "appearance of impropriety." It doesn't matter if you are guilty or innocent of wrongdoing. You must work your ass off to prove you are above suspicion.
We spent most of the past week talking about what happened in the Midterm Elections of 2006.
We know what happened: Democrats won, Republicans lost. Voter anger triumphed.
Now let's take a look at what didn't happen.
In the months leading up to the election, paranoia reigned supreme and conspiracy theories ran rampant through the Internet. A lot of predictions of doom and gloom dominated political debate.
Most of those predictions turned out to be pure fantasy.
A few months ago, knee-jerk Democrats who insisted on Republican-style lockstep from all who march under their banner celebrated with open glee the defeat of maverick Senator Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary election.
That unabashed joy carried over into the liberal blogging world where the pundit wannabes on sites like Daily Kos claimed credit for Lieberman's defeat and predicted Ned Lamont's staunch anti-Iraq-war stance would carry him to victory in November.Read More
President George W. Bush decided before Tuesday's mid-term elections to fire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld but lied, once again, to the press and the American people about his intentions.
Bush admitted Wednesday that he interviewed former CIA director Robert M. Gates over the weekend for Rumsfeld's job and said he intentionally misled reporters last week about the defense secretary's future to avoid making the Iraq war more of an issue in the election.
American voters sent President George W. Bush and his gang of thugs called the Republican Party a strong message Tuesday.
It wasn't subtle, it wasn't polite and it wasn't subject to interpretation.
It said: Go to hell. Go directly to hell. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Now it's your turn.
We in the media, be it traditional or non non-traditional; new or old; print, broadcast or web, have done our job. We've reported on the issues, highlighted the problems that confront the country and spotlighted the crooks, liars and malcontents who either hold or seek power.
We've done all we can do. Now itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up to you.
We've suggested Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as much as rational analysis should allow Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the factors that could, and perhaps should, determine how you might vote. But, in the end, the decision is yours and yours alone.