by John Hawkins | March 3, 2006 5:21 am
So, when does that civil war in Iraq the media has been talking about since the Golden Dome bombing actually start? Today, tomorrow, next week? Maybe the imaginary civil war will happen right after the imaginary draft that the Democrats were claiming was right around the corner all during the 2004 elections. Think that’s it?
But wait, I should correct myself: the media has actually been intimating that a civil war could be about to start for YEARS, not just since the Golden Dome bombing. Here are just a few quotes, compiled by Rich Noyes over at NewsBusters, to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about:
“Senator McCain, are you concerned that if the transfer of power does take place on June 30th that a huge vacuum will be created and it will be an invitation to civil war? Because no matter how deplorable Saddam Hussein was considered, he was the ultimate referee who kept the Sunnis and the Shiites apart from killing each other.” — NBC’s Katie Couric to John McCain on Today, April 5, 2004.
Moderator Bob Schieffer: “So what you’re saying is that we may be looking at something like a Yugoslavia there, which wasn’t really a country, but Tito held it together with the iron fist, and once he went, it really came apart.”
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman: “What we’re gonna find out, Bob, in the next six to nine months is whether we have liberated a country or uncorked a civil war.” — CBS’s Face the Nation, October 3, 2004.
Moderator Tim Russert: “Tipping point, could it tip back into a potential civil war if the Sunnis continue to stay out of the government?”×
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The ubiquitous Tom Friedman: “Absolutely. Right now in Iraq the big question, Tim, is can the Shiites, who will dominate the next government basically, will they reach out and share power?” — NBC’s Meet the Press, February 27, 2005.
“I’m Bob Schieffer. It just keeps getting worse in Iraq. The death toll is rising. Tension is growing between Shiites and Sunnis. Is the country sliding toward civil war?” — Schieffer beginning the May 19, 2005 CBS Evening News.
“Whenever violence breaks out, many go looking for old enemies to blame. US commanders have privately noted every time a bomb goes off in a Shiite neighborhood, something bad seems to happen in a Sunni area. And that simply adds the specter of civil war to the overall mayhem, which is probably just what the insurgents had in mind.” — CBS reporter Kimberly Dozier on the July 18, 2005 Evening News.
Senator John Thune: “I think we’re making, what I believe is progress in that direction.”
Host George Stephanopoulos: “But you say it’s progress. But there have been an awful lot of signs that it’s not. We know that they presented, for example, the constitution to the assembly but have not called a vote on it. We hear this opposition from the Sunnis, from Muqtada al Sadr. Aren’t you at all concerned that this constitution may in fact be a prelude to civil war? That it may be deepening the divisions?” — ABC’s This Week, August 28, 2005.
After we didn’t find any stockpiles of Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the mainstream media put on their hairshirts and made this big deal about how they should have been much more dubious about claims that Saddam had WMDS. Well, the media has been consistently telling us a civil war is just about to break out in Iraq and they’ve been wrong every step of the way. So, when will members of the mainstream start wringing their hands and wondering about why they just can’t seem to get that story right? When does the MSM start worrying that their incredibly partisan, pessimistic, and false coverage in Iraq is giving the American people a warped picture of what’s happening in Iraq and unnecessarily playing into the hands of the enemy? Today wouldn’t be too early for them to start.
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