Just Catapulting the Propaganda, People!

Monday, July 25, 2005 at 11:48 AM

via CNN

The U.S. military on Sunday said it was looking into how virtually identical quotations ended up in two of its news releases about different insurgent attacks.

Hmm, how did that happen, anyway?

After a car bombing in Iraq on Sunday, officials put out a news release with a quote from an unidentified Iraqi. In the statement, the unidentified Iraqi called the terrorists "enemies of humanity".

Fair enough, terrorists are enemies of humanity, that makes sense to me, and is a good quote. Unfortunately, the same quote was used in a press release about a different attack on July 13th that killed may Iraqi children.

Here's the worst part, from the CNN story:

After questioning by news media, the military released the statement without the quotation.

So, when they were called on it, they simply deleted it and re-released. We are meant to swallow this? Anyone remember earlier this year, when they used identical pictures to identify North Korean and suspected Iraqi nuclear (nuke-ular, for my fans on the right) facilities?

What are we supposed to believe? With a government this secretive, why is it conspiratorial to suspect deception?

Here's an example: Let's say you're working the counter at the local grocery store, and someone comes in, looks like a kid, and puts a six pack of Bud on the counter.
"Are you 21?", you ask
"Yep, he says.
"Well can I see your ID?"

Would you sell this person alcohol? Or would you speculate that since he won't show you his ID, he must be lying to hide the fact that he is under 21?

Yet our government expects us to consistantly do precisely that.