He also talked about questioning the credibility of the news about the war Iraq. As a paranoid liberal, I tend to believe that everything in the news is an incredible spin of something that probably happened, but is reported mostly to distract the public from the topics that actually matter. I was visiting my elderly neighbor today, and we talked as FOX NEWS blared in the background. For the entire two hours of my visit, I watched about 2 minutes of repeating footage about the cessna which had flown within 3 miles of the White House. At least 10 times, I was assured that the Son of a Bush was out safely riding his bike and that everyone that mattered was safe. During the broadcast, I said to myself, "It's probably a stupid rich white guy who screwed up his flight plan." I was wrong. It was two stupid rich white guys. What a waste of two hours of satellite bandwidth.
In a snippet of today's news in the Washington Post:
The military also said that Marines at a checkpoint had killed a woman and a child who were passengers in a car that, despite warnings, refused to stop as it approached a checkpoint. The statement said the marines thought the car was a suicide bomb and were "unaware of the gender of the passenger or that there was a child in the vehicle.There is something here that isn't being said. In America, how do we gesture to someone to stop? We hold our hand up, palm facing the addressee. Despite what you may think, this is not the universal hand gesture for "stop." In Iraq, to gesture to someone to stop, you hold your fist in the air. How conceivable is it that this woman didn't even realize that they were telling her driver to stop and that a language barrier is what killed her and the child? Certainly, it may not be the case in this particular incident, but interviews from American journalists who have been in Iraq have reported this hand-signal confusion contributes to the casualties at checkpoints. I don't blame the Marines for shooting, since car bombs are a serious threat to their survival. I don't blame the driver for not stopping. All I'm saying is, "What a stupid loss."