Monday, October 16, 2006

Kennedy's nonsense on Meet the Press catches attention of former DIA spook

Former DIA Director of the Defense Humint Service, W. Patrick Lang, takes note of Rep. Mark Kennedy's blathering about Iraq on Meet the Press in this post on his blog: Sic Semper Tyrannis.

He is pretty clear about the future in Iraq after withdrawal. Al Qaeda and the international Sunni jihadi network does not win and use all of Iraq's oil resources to foment more terror and insurrection against the west.

However, he doesn't bring up the fact that terrorists in other regions (e.g. Kurdistan) already control Iraqi oil resources and maybe using that to finance terror in Turkey, Iran, Syria, or against opposing groups within Iraqi Kurdistan. But they are our terrorists, so we won't mention that.

I am still disappointed about Robert Fitzgerald not being included in the debate on "Meet the Press", especially since I would have liked to hear what W. Patrick Lang would say about Fitzgerald's Iraq policy and posture towards combatting terrorism originating in the Islamic World.

You can tell Meet the Press that you, too, are disappointed by their decision:

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or by phone:
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Basically, I have come to the position that Meet the Press is not news or journalism, just a slick form of (DSCC and RSCC) paid advertising and ego-validation for candidates in the major parties. The fragmentation of modern media really means that an appearance there is not as significant as it would have been, 10 or 20 years ago... but at least it brought Kennedy's nonsense to the attention of one competent and well-credentialed critic.

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