Mainstream Media Doesn’t Cover Barack’s New Iraq Plan

15Jul08

What is going on?

I was in the car for over an hour this afternoon, and heard endless radio coverage of the New Yorker cover, but none – zero – of the fact that Barack has done the big flip flop on the war in Iraq. Visit his website and see – they have removed the unconditional commitment to drawdown the troops over 16 months and replaced it with this:

Barack Obama believes we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. Immediately upon taking office, Obama will give his Secretary of Defense and military commanders a new mission in Iraq: ending the war. The removal of our troops will be responsible and phased, directed by military commanders on the ground and done in consultation with the Iraqi government. Military experts believe we can safely redeploy combat brigades from Iraq at a pace of 1 to 2 brigades a month that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 – more than 7 years after the war began.

I sent out a couple of thousand emails this afternoon to let people know, I notified Drudge and others, and still, there is no coverage – even on the internet. How can this be?

But it’s worse. There are stories like this one on the Washington Post’s website that get things completely wrong!

Obama Reaffirms Iraq Withdrawal Plan, Sparking a Fresh Round of McCain Camp Criticism

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Barack Obama is strongly reaffirming his stance on pulling combat troops out of Iraq in his first 16 months in office, if elected president, emboldened by the Iraqi government saying last week it supports a timetable for U.S. forces to leave.

Who is this Bacon character? Is he brain dead? Today was an absolute abandonment of Barack’s anti-war position. His plan now calls for leaving Iraq whenever it’s convenient. Where is the rage of the anti-war left that he’s betraying? There’s nothing on Huffington Post, nothing on Daily Kos. I can’t find any acknowledgment of the flip flop.

What is going on?

Yesterday, I was wondering why Barack was promoting the New Yorker cover. Today, it appears realistic to suggest the move was deliberate – part of a plan to hide the Iraq betrayal behind a sexy story or two.

What else can it be? But still – it doesn’t explain that even the blogosphere won’t run the story.

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