The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Iraq War:
A Liar Pretends to Tell the Truth

Jun 2, 2008

Scott McClellan, who used to be Bush’s press secretary, has now issued a memoir claiming to expose some of the dirty dealings that went on in the Bush administration. In his book, What Happened, McClellan also criticized the U.S. news media for working hand in glove with the Bush administration to promote the U.S. war against Iraq.

A few high profile television broadcasters agreed and even went so far as to blame their corporate bosses for pressuring them to repeat the Bush administration line. Speaking on the “Early Show,” Katie Couric, the anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” complained that pressure came from “the corporations who own where we work and from the government itself to really squash any kind of dissent or any kind of questioning of it [the Iraq War].” Jessica Yellin, a reporter at MSNBC who now reports for CNN, also spoke about the “enormous pressure from corporate executives” to justify the U.S. attack on Iraq.

Of course, these are not exactly new revelations. From the beginning, a big section of the U.S. population saw through all the lies used to justify going to war. Long before the war started, millions of Americans all over the country went into the streets to demonstrate their opposition to the war, even while the news media spread lie after lie.

More than five years later, the war is more unpopular than ever. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are dead. A whole part of the U.S. generation that went to war has been maimed in one way or another. But people like McClellan think they can rescue their own scabby reputations by blaming it all on Bush–and make some money doing it! No! There’s more than enough blame to go around.

Bush, McClellan, and the news media all deserve to be hung from a yard-arm!