Former Iraqi PM: 'Civil War'

How appropriate. In a cab in Brooklyn on my way home from seeing V for Vendetta, the driver, Mohammed and I sit in silence, listening to AM 1010 WINS ("You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world"). It's an old-timer, middle of the road CBS affiliate.

First, they feature former Iraqi PM, Iyad Allawi: "It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more... If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."

The newsreader returns and says (paraphrasing): "... but President Bush is singing a very different tune: 'We will win the war in Iraq. Not just because it ensures our safety here at home but to make the world safe for Democracy.'" Mohammed shook his head. I shook my head. We laughed.

Now, what the Republican leadership, should you choose to still call it that, would cry is Media bias! filter! nattering nabobs! etc. John Murtha has some choice words for Tim Russert on this subject, via John Amato [VIDEO]:

MURTHA: You can't win this with rhetoric. What the Republican chairman has no impact on me or anybody else as far as I’m concerned. This should not be political. When I go by the graveyard over there at Arlington, it doesn't say Democrat or Republican, it says American.
RUSSERT: Some in the administration say the media is distorting the good news that's coming out of Iraq.
REP. MURTHA: Well, they said the same thing about Vietnam. They said the same thing over and over and over about Vietnam. They said, "We're winning the war in Vietnam." That-you could go back and get quotes from Vietnam, and you’d see the same kind of, of, of reports, "The media’s the one that’s distorting; everything’s going fine in Vietnam." Well, everything’s not going fine in Iraq...

(Political Cortex, C&L)

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