March 3, 2008

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Do you remember a few years back when it came out that networks were using White House-produced "news pieces"? Watch this video and tell me that they aren't still doing it. CBS News gives us a "feel good" story about an Iraqi interpreter and his family, who after 18 months of persistent effort by an American vet he befriended in Iraq, was lucky enough to get one of the 500 spots alloted for Iraqi immigrants into the U.S., due to a special program for Iraqi interpreters since they are targeted for working with the Americans. One of 500. After we've displaced almost 5,000,000 Iraqis. Yeah, that'll make a dent.

The other thing that struck me is something said by the vet, Tim Koon:

The best thing that’s going to come out of the whole Iraq experience is that you’re going to have a lot of Americans who know Arabs well and are friends. And the more societies get to know each other, the better off everyone’s going to be.

Well, leaving aside the fact that it might have been a good thing if the neo-cons in charge bothered to get to know any other society before unleashing hell on their country, is it really that novel a concept for Americans to be friends with Arabs? The bigger question is how they could ever trust us to be friends with Americans.

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