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Whenever we approach institutional funders, they
make clear they want their favored issues to be our focus and sometimes
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always been to our readers and to journalism. We address important
topics, whether they’re trendy or not, and we do so honestly, whether it
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That is why – in our 11-year existence – we have
been way ahead of the curve in defining threats to the American Republic
and in describing what key government players are really up to.
We were very early in explaining the dangers of an
unchallenged right-wing media machine. We warned about the risks to U.S.
national security from “politicized” intelligence. We rejected the
fawning “conventional wisdom” about Colin Powell. We challenged the
notion of the well-meaning, patrician Bush family.
We stood up to the unfair press treatment of Al
Gore. We took on the big newspapers for their shameful treatment of
journalist Gary Webb on the contra-cocaine scandal. We explained how
Korean theocrat Sun Myung Moon was using criminal money-laundering to
help finance America’s right-wing media and political apparatus.
More recently, we stood in the path of the Iraq War
stampede. Not only did we contest the bogus WMD arguments, but we
foresaw the military disaster that loomed. In late March 2003, as the
U.S. invasion was only two weeks old, we published an article entitled
“Bay of Pigs Meets Black Hawk Down,” which began:
“Whatever happens in the
weeks ahead, George W. Bush has ‘lost’ the war in Iraq. The only
question now is how big a price America will pay, both in terms of
battlefield casualties and political hatred swelling around the world.
“That is the view slowly
dawning on U.S. military analysts, who privately are asking whether the
cost of ousting Saddam Hussein has grown so large that ‘victory’ will
constitute a strategic defeat of historic proportions. At best, even
assuming Saddam’s ouster, the Bush administration may be looking at an
indefinite period of governing something akin to a California-size Gaza
“The chilling realization
is spreading in Washington that Bush’s Iraqi debacle may be the mother
of all presidential miscalculations – an extraordinary blend of Bay of
Pigs-style wishful thinking with a ‘Black Hawk Down’ reliance on special
operations to wipe out enemy leaders as a short-cut to victory. But the
magnitude of the Iraq disaster could be far worse than either the Bay of
Pigs fiasco in Cuba in 1961 or the bloody miscalculations in Somalia in
That story appeared at
Consortiumnews.com on March 30, 2003. In many circles, it did not make
We also led the way in
exposing the Bush administration’s razing of the Geneva Conventions, the
Nuremberg principles and other pillars of international law. Beyond
that, we described how George W. Bush’s “preemptive” or “predictive”
wars had domestic corollaries that were eroding the U.S. Constitution.
Sadly, our Web site
didn’t have the impact that I wished it had. I regret that we were too
small to prevent or, at least, limit some of these disasters now
unfolding. I wish we could have done more to prevent the tragic loss of
life in Iraq, among both Americans and Iraqis.
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Robert Parry, Editor
Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra
stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from
Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at
secrecyandprivilege.com. It's also available at
Amazon.com, as is his 1999 book, Lost History: Contras, Cocaine,
the Press & 'Project Truth.'