On last night’s Nightly News broadcast, NBC ignored The New York Time’s David Barstow’s Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting on the Pentagon’s “message force multiplyers” – their retired officers – who were paid network consultants pretending to provide the public with independent views and opinions on the Iraq War. NBC is more than a little sensitive that several of the worst offenders among these former brass hats are on their payroll. (National Security News Service’s Chris Law and David Armstrong gave the story idea to Barstow four years ago.)
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Thanks to George Bush, Obama will be tested. The apparent geniality of his predecessor toward Obama belies the fact that George W. Bush has left the country bankrupt, rewarded polluters of the environment, and weakened our national defenses through a series of military misadventures. He looked the other way as Pakistan grew as a nuclear power. He privatized intelligence—in some cases to foreign-controlled firms. He failed to punish those who funded the attacks against us and has treated enemies such as Saudi Arabia as allies.
President Barack Obama. Photo: White House
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Barack Obama is a very smart man. But smart men have been president-elect before and have been conned by their predecessors. One of the smartest was John F. Kennedy. Like Obama, Kennedy was trying to forge a unity government. He put Republicans in his cabinet (McNamara at Defense, C. Douglas Dillon at Treasury). When he went into a series of meetings with intelligence officials, JFK learned about the nearly completed training and planning for a U.S.-backed invasion of Cuba to overthrow Fidel Castro. Kennedy, who also discussed the issue with President Eisenhower, ultimately convinced himself that Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles’ and CIA Director of Plans Richard Bissell’s CIA invasion plan would work.
JFK took full responsibility for the Bay of Pigs' failure.
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What does it take to get Steve Capus, Brian Williams, and NBC to do the right thing? David Barstow’s latest revelations in the November 30, 2008 New York Times, laying out retired General Barry McCaffrey’s myriad of conflicts interest as a NBC consultant, were first mentioned in his April 20, 2008 article. That story revealed how McCaffrey and other retired military officers were part of a secret Pentagon propaganda program to bolster public support for the Iraq War by appearing on network news shows.
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