In the latest case of reality running headon into the US/Bush war fantasy in Iraq, the source of the oncoming truck is none other than the US intelligence establishment. This is a major story: all 16 of the US spy agencies conclude that the war in Iraq has increased the ranks of terrorists and made the US more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. I wondered how NPR might eviscerate this story, here it is.
Mary Louise Kelly describes the report's dismal findings and Debbie Elliott responds by saying, "Now is the main thrust of this report anything very new; you know we have heard reports before that Iraq is a breeding ground and motivation for terrorists?"
To which Kelly answers, "Right, that point has been made in a number of reports and in terms of the link between Iraq and the war on terror that is hotly debated...."
Here's a newsflash for NPR. "That point" may have been made in a number of other venues (CBS, Washington Post, NYT, and CSM for example) but not on NPR. Search their site or Google NPR and you'll find very little on this score--although you will find one story where those making the connection between the London bombings and the Iraq War were called extremists.