Rupert Murdoch Endangers Soldiers

Ken AshfordIraq, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

From the New York Times

The United States military expressed anger and dismay today over the unauthorized release of photographs of a jailed Saddam Hussein in his underwear and performing menial activity. …

“These photos were taken in clear violation of Department of Defense directives and possibly Geneva Convention guidelines for the humane treatment of detained individuals,” the military statement, issued in Iraq, said, promising an investigation. …

The pictures were published today on the cover and inside pages of two tabloids controlled by the media magnate [and Fox News owner] Rupert Murdoch, The Sun, a British daily, and The New York Post.

Not surprisingly, a week after lambasting Newsweek, President Bush now suddenly can’t see much of a connection between media coverage and insurgent activities:

President Bush, when asked if he thought the pictures would stoke more anti-Americanism in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, voiced some doubt. “I think the Iraq insurgency is inspired by their desire to stop the march of freedom,” he said. …

You know, I don’t think a photo inspires murderers,” Mr. Bush said, at an appearance with Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen of Denmark.

No, only text, right?  Right?  rolleyes

I don’t mind it when theo-neocons take a contrary position to me.  That’s fine.  It’s their inability to adhere to their own arguments that makes them opportunistic and morally groundless pussies.  The strength of their convictions is about as solid as jello.