September 30, 2004


The Sydney Morning Herald's furiously negative Paul McGeough:

In another of those blood-curdling tapes released by the hostage-takers this week, Bigley addressed the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as he pleaded for his life: "I think this is possibly my last chance to speak to someone who will listen."

Sadly, the truth of the Bush and Blair adventure in Iraq is that the two leaders never listen.

Sadly, the likes of McGeough never listen to Steven Moore. He emails:

You may recall a blog about six months back, "The View from Baghdad," written by an anonymous guy working with budding democrats in Baghdad, that disappeared suddenly in April. It posted a lot of photos and gave personal accounts of what was going on with every day Iraqis. Well, I am back and no longer anonymous.  

I came back from Iraq in May, and got disgusted with how the media was portraying events in Iraq, and thoroughly nauseated by Michael Moore (who has never been to Iraq) and the lies he is propagating, so I started The Truth About Iraq. I've decided to use the polling information from Iraq to debunk some of the myths that have been created by the media.

Domestically, our organization also did a poll of swing state media markets - Columbus, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Philly - and found out that a lot of the messages we have on our site about how life is improving for Iraqis move voters. Given that more than 7 million people watched Dan Rather last night, and Fahrenheit 9/11 has sold some 13 million tickets, I figure the only way to counter such massive disinformation is through paid television commercials.

Sounds like a plan. Go visit the site for more information.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 30, 2004 04:13 PM

What a great site, didn't know it existed. THANK YOU!

Posted by: Kathleen A at September 30, 2004 at 09:29 PM

yeah the Iraqis are so full of thanks they're trying to kill their "liberators"...what a load of bullshit! what a major fuckup and you still have the hide to put a positive spin on this mother of all abortions.

Posted by: ddunn at October 1, 2004 at 12:53 AM

ddumm, is there something you wanted to say? Could you say it in English?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 1, 2004 at 01:46 AM

There are lots of good things going n there and some unfortunate ones as well. ddunn, can you show me where any major political leader has dismissed the notion that in most of the provinces life is getting pretty close to normal? There are obviously some areas where that is not the case, and I am not going to sugarcoat those areas, although I find it odd that Najr is awfully quiet these days. What, more stability, nonsense, we know better, just like John Kerry who knows more about Iraq than the Prime Minister of the country.

Posted by: JEM at October 1, 2004 at 02:19 AM

I thought that it was in English. How would you have otherwise been able to understand and respond to it? What you obviously don't understand or have never studied is history. You're of the same " it'll be a cake walk", "they'll be greeting us with chocolates and flowers" cheerleader mentality. One thing is for sure;...1,2,3 years from now, with another 1000, 2000 and more American casualties, God knows how many dead Iraqis, terrorism still running rampant and the bright light of democracy NOT spontaneously breaking out all over the Mideast, sad old cunts like you will still be singing the same old song.

Posted by: ddunn at October 1, 2004 at 02:45 AM


Is that what you fear, or what you wish for?

Posted by: Steven H. at October 1, 2004 at 04:52 AM

nothing esoteric about's just what will happen.

Posted by: ddunn at October 1, 2004 at 05:24 AM

You can predict the future?

What am I going to say next?


Yep! Good guess.

Posted by: buzz harsher at October 1, 2004 at 05:52 AM

Andrea is sooo know what she done? She changed me n to m making me dumb...get it? Wow what a put down! She must be really smart.

Posted by: ddunn at October 1, 2004 at 05:54 AM

No Buzz I can't predict the future don't think anyone can but I do study history. Do you? We kill some of them...they kill some of us ... we kill some of them... they kill some of us and so on. The U.S. public gets a gut full and we back out, ala Vietnam, and nothing changes...really. You wanna bet me that in 5 years time we will have won the "war on terrorism"...I dare you.

Posted by: ddunn at October 1, 2004 at 06:10 AM

just read that a Sunni cleric has been gunned down in Mosul... gosh there's democracy breaking out everwhere

Posted by: max at October 1, 2004 at 06:57 AM


I encourage you to add C.E. Callwell's "Small Wars" to your study of history. A dash of military history from before 1968 might enrich your perspective on the current conflict. Not _every_ war is Vietnam, ya know.

Win the war on terrorism in 5 years? No, of course I won't commit to that, no more than I would to the concept that I can convert my infant daughter into a functional adult in 5 years, or even 10 years. Just because it will take a while doesn't mean it's not worth doing.

Posted by: buzz harsher at October 1, 2004 at 07:25 AM

Shorter ddunn: "It didn't work once, so it'll never work! Run! The sky is falling!"

Posted by: PW at October 1, 2004 at 07:37 AM

"just read that a Sunni cleric has been gunned down in Mosul... gosh there's democracy breaking out everwhere"

Depends on which cleric, maybe?

Posted by: buzz harsher at October 1, 2004 at 08:32 AM

Hm. "Cunts." Okay, you're banned.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 1, 2004 at 11:51 AM

Shorter ddunn Mk 2: If its not totally perfect instantly, it is a complete, irremediable failure.

Posted by: Sheriff at October 1, 2004 at 06:44 PM