Neo-Hippie Ramblings - I'm a Non-Conformist Just Like All My Friends: Newsweek Story Hurt America's Image Abroad?

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Newsweek Story Hurt America's Image Abroad?

From Yahoo News:

By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON - The White House said Tuesday the United States' image abroad had suffered irreparable damage from a now-retracted Newsweek article alleging that American interrogators of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, desecrated the Quran, the Muslim holy book.

(Article continues online...)

Okaaaaaaaay, aside from the fact that it's probably true and someone just didn't have the guts to stand by their story....

Here's a news flash for the White House: In case you hadn't noticed, EVERY TIME Dubya opens his FUCKING MOUTH the United States' image abroad suffers.

On September 12th, 2001, we had most of the world's support and sympathy. It's been all downhill from there.

Rushing into this quagmire in Iraq without gathering any real support from the world community, well now that didn't help, did it?

Oh, and the Abu Ghraib torture hasn't helped.

Holding detainees indefinitely at Guantanimo Bay without filing charges? Hmm... lemme check. Nope, didn't help.

That memo to Tony Blair about 'fixing the facts' regarding intelligence on Iraq, not helping either.

Shooting that Italian journalist and various groups of unarmed civilians at checkpoints in Iraq... Do I have to say it?

And if John Bolton is confirmed as UN ambassador, tack on a whole new assload of 'not helping'.

2 Old Comments:

Yeah, it's too much. America's image suffering from the Newsweek story. Kind of like the sluttiest girl in the world saying her reputation was ruined because of a rumor that she slept with someone.

By Anonymous Tom Harper, at 2:24 AM  

It's all about spin -- knowing how and when to manipulate the media.

I'm not generally one to espouse conspiracy theories. However, if the White House had intended to ambush Newsweek, there'd be no better way than to leak an inflammatory story like that through an anonymous source, apply enough pressure for the source to clam up and then cry foul in a press conference.

By Blogger Rambler Joe Snitty, at 6:00 AM