From Editor Robert Parry: Over the past two weeks, as the U.S. government lurched toward a war against Syria, the mainstream U.S. news media fell dutifully in line much as it did a decade ago over the invasion of Iraq. But Consortiumnews.com again remained out of step, asking tough questions and demanding better answers.
I invite you look back through our Syria-related stories of the past couple of weeks, including the investigative work of real journalists, the insights of serious intelligence professionals and the historical context from thoughtful scholars.
Our stories pointed out that the Obama administration was presenting even less public evidence of its claims about Syria than the Bush administration did about Iraq. We also explained which side of the Syrian civil war was blocking peace talks (the U.S.-backed rebels). We provided desperately needed background for this debate.
But finances continue to limit what we can do. We are experiencing one of our worst fund drives ever, raising barely one-fifth of our summer target of $25,000. So, at this crucial time, I ask our readers to contribute what they can.
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Robert Parry is a longtime investigative reporter who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 to create an outlet for well-reported journalism that was being squeezed out of an increasingly trivialized U.S. news media.