Truth to Power

More lies from the DoD

This is a well worn pattern for our federal military. A sizable clump of peasants with unpronounceable names from an equally unpronounceable village on the other side of the globe are slaughtered by a drone, air strike, or troops on the ground. The initial story appears complete with quotes from locals, local officials, and aid workers- many if not all going on the record and giving their names- on or near the scene that lay out the basic facts of the story- that the US killed a bunch of civilians. And within hours of this come the denials from the US military. And not just any denials but creative ones. If not denying outright that anyone was killed at all (which is sometimes their first reaction) the US military will then offer up their own story in which the evil “Taliban” or “Al Qaeda in Iraq” killed the civilians in question. The sources for the military’s side of the story are almost never named, were no where near the incident, and have no first hand knowledge of the event in question at all.

This doesn’t stop our “liberal” media from giving the stories from anonymous military sources far removed from the atrocity equal if not more weight than the named local sources on the ground.</em>


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