Sorry about the headline. I'm just very pissed off that these two putzes are in bed together, with McCaffrey gaining huge financial benefit from his military investments while he talks up BushCo's wars on American TeeVee. Americans watch this medal-clad retired military guy and give him undue respect, and believe everything he says. Meanwhile, Williams and NBC, swimming in a slavering, war-mongering, General Electric-owned carnal bliss, have absolutely not one iota of shame.
- Reported first in April, 2003 in The Nation. Completely ignored by the traditional media. But of course - it was slamming them. So they conveniently ignored it.
- Reported again in April, 2008 by David Bartsow in the New York Times article Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand. Brian Williams only made a snotty comment on his blog, and that was the last of that.
- Yesterday we have a front page article, again by David Barstow in the New York Times, One Man's Military-Industrial-Media Complex.
- Yesterday Glenn Greenwald noticed The ongoing disgrace of NBC News and Brian Williams.
Will anyone else?
Meanwhile, as soon as, or probably before, it became evident that the terrorists in Mumbai might be from Pakistan, the US media started the war drums at a fevered pitch. On CNN's front page there was the headline "Tensions High Between India, Pakistan" and a poll question: "Are you worried that the Mumbai attacks could lead to a new conflict between India and Palistan?"
At that very same moment, I'm watching the Indian news channel NDTV 24x7 (live feed), and they were interviewing Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The interviewer was tough, asking pointed questions about why the Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) (who may have trained the Mumbai terrorists) are allowed by the Pakistani government to operate openly in Pakistan. But Qureshi was willing to answer the questions of a journalist, and impress upon him that Pakistan will do everything it can to assist India in the investigation. They were already sharing intelligence, and both sides, while saying tough things, were separating the fact that although the terrorists may have come from and were trained in Pakistan, that it was not the Pakistani government who specifically sent them to terrorize Mumbai. There was a dialogue in place, at the highest levels, and openly in the press. What a concept.
Pakistan is responsible for controlling terrorist groups who launch attacks from their country. No doubt about it. But until it is proven that the Pakistani government personally ordered those attacks, no discussions of India attacking Pakistan should be entertained.
Unless you are the US media, who lusts for war, and profits from it.