News and Notes' Black Bloggers Roundtable for Wednesday August 1, once again shows the bloggers lack of command of the issues.
I have been ill and really did not want to blog today at all.... but this silliness bugs me... mainly because I know there are more astute African American bloggers available for this show. Yet News and Notes brings on the same crew over and over again. This is the same crew (except for one) that trashed Michael Moore's film "Sicko" a few weeks ago.
First Farai Chideya refers to Jasmyne Cannick as a Political blogger.... yet she rarely offers any substantive political commentary on the show. Let's be truthful here.... Cannick is an entertainment & pop culture blogger....not a serious political blogger. In fact, she constantly expresses her disinterest in political issues, and instead focuses on the latest events in the entertainment world.... Black entertainment in particular.
But that's not what really annoyed me.... what annoyed me was the nonsense spouted by blogger Michael David Cobb Bowen. On the show he stated that Iraq was being turned around because of the surge. WHAT? I guess he missed the report of the 142 people killed yesterday and the new problems within the Iraqi Government. Bowen must be tapping into the Bush propaganda machine, which has created a completely different reality for those who want to avoid the facts about Iraq.
Iraqi Deaths rose 23% in the month of July over June. The Iraqi death toll for July was 2024. This was the 2nd deadliest death toll for Iraqis this year. Furthermore, the political situation in Iraq is still unstable. (1) (2) (3) (4) Quality of life is also on the decline in Iraq. (5) (6)
Bowen goes on to say that the "surge" of 30,000 U.S. troops has improved the areas of Iraq outside of Baghdad.... therefore, things are turning around. He is asserting that the troop surge was meant for all areas of Iraq. Not quite Mr. Bowen. First of all, the troops that were sent as part of the surge were meant to turn things around IN Baghdad.... NOT outside of Baghdad (although there were a few areas outside of Baghdad that received more troops). The troop surge was specifically intended to improve the situation in Baghdad (with the clear, hold and build process). Therefore, the troop surge has little to do with areas outside of the Iraqi Capital.
Bowen does not know what he is talking about. His general assertion that the troop surge has been a success is really loopy and is not based on reality.
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