Powell Calls It What It Is

Posted: 11/30/2006 by Floyd in Labels: ,

Colin Powell made a statement yesterday that will be spinning every which way but loose by the main-stream media, it is none other but a statement of truth and that is Iraq's violence meets the standard of civil war. Why does this sound so pertinent? It is because the way the main-stream media has been dancing around the issue refusing to call this war what it is, in a way it does not really matter except by the media not calling the war what it is, well, it looks as though they are in denial. This is not really the first time Powell has disagreed with the regime, in 2004 Powell came out and said that the evidence concerning the cause for war was a mistake, in other words the evidence he submitted to the United Nations to justify war, may have been wrong.

Going back to the civil war in Iraq and the media, and let us look at what exactly is a civil war, one definition would be this;

"a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country. a conflict within a given society or nation state."

This is quite a broad definition I know but this will get you into the mind-set of the media, to which seem more and more puppets of the state. NBC however was the first one to get tired of rolling over, so they made a statement in the effect that Iraq was involved in a civil war, it said basically that it met its definition to be called a civil war. But as I stated before it would seem that most of the media is in denial of the facts presented to them or they are lap dogs, it has to be one of the two, these people are supposed to be journalists they had to have attended college somewhere, but increasingly to me it seems they might have flunked History.
Let's check out another criteria for civil war and that would be this;"a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight for political power or control of an area. Political scientists use two criteria: the warring groups must be from the same country and fighting for control of the political center, control over a separatist state or to force a major change in policy. The second criteria is that at least 1,000 people must have been killed in total, with at least 100 from each side." Like I say I don't know if the media is in denial or lap dogs, or they did not do to well in history, this has been going on and escalating steadily since the elections that were held in Iraq and a lot of it seems politically motivated as well as religious, but at least the subject gives the media something to talk about and spin on, sometimes I think if they ever run out of spin there might not be to much left for them to talk about.
Yesterday the bipartisan Iraq study group put together views and opinions and called for a gradual pull-out of American troops from Iraq and was approved unanimously by the 10 member panel. The panel did not call for a specific timetable on the withdrawal but the report makes it clear that Mr. Bush emphasize to the Iraqis, that withdrawal is imminent. We will see shortly what the reaction will be to this decision, but I remain a pessimist when it comes to the language that is in the report, but also it is a give and take situation here and it was a bipartisan panel that came up with this and unlike our school days we "can't just grab our ball and go home."


  1. Something spooky about this. Not only that he left, whether on his own or not, but that until now, has kept pretty quiet about all this.
    Might be just me, but, it would have been better if he'd been saying this all along, rather than here and there. ; (

  1. Floyd says:

    Leaves one to wonder don't it, thanks for dropping by Messiah Coffee always good to hear from you.

    In my honest opinion they have not a clue in hell what to do in Iraq.

  1. Your blog looks great- and I love the Kennedy quote and the new Clint look...don't you find it so odd that we have Semantice battles about such a bloody situation...and then people like Powell "commenting" ( what like he was just a spectator??? odd..)

    keep bloggin it - I am going to sit and read here a bit and get caught up....thanks for coming by WS...

  1. Floyd says:

    Hey enigma thanks for stopping in always good to hear a familiar voice.

    You are right but most of the semantics are brought on through the media. They know as well as we do that Iraq is in a civil war, it makes me somewhat perturbed to say the least that the media does not know exactly what civil war means.

    Geez it's like he owns the media. and like you say on trusting Powell well that i don't know, but he seems to know the meaning or definition of civil war, the reason we have these battles within the media is because Bush mostly and some others cast the deep shadow of doubt on the people.

    They thrive on this sort of thing doubt is their strongest weapon, but don't underestimate America,,,I believe they caught on.

  1. joloco says:

    I do not see the press bias that you see. Though I agree with your assessment of the world around us I do not think there is some effort to bias news reports one way or the other. Keep up the good work.

  1. Floyd says:

    Thanks for stopping joloco and thanks for the comment, yep, I kind of whoop up on the media sometimes. I just get tired of all the spin they put out there anymore, and on calling Iraq what it is, we are caught up in the blood-letting over there and fighting the insurgency while the two groups fighting each other (Sunni & Shia) both hate us about the same.

    The 20,000 or so troops they call for is not enough, yesterday CNN came out with an assessment that agreed with my numbers, we need 400,000 or so troops there to gain control of the situation, So the media got smart on that one.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello floyd,

    thanx for your post and really they don´t have any clue what to do and the baker report seems to be again far away from the thinking of the people their...but what to do?

    Getting more allies is the only chance...


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  1. Floyd says:

    Hello Chris my friend, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Don't be a stranger, thanks for the photo link.