Of all the things on TV, Bill Moyers Journal is one show that
you should be watching each and every week.
This week Bill discussed Body Of War with it's creators Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro. Body of War is a documentary about Thomas Young an Iraq War veteran who was wounded in the war and is now an anti-war activist along with his wife and mother.
From the transcript:
Five years ago this week, President Bush invaded Iraq because, we were told, Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was plotting with Al Quaeda terrorists to attack America. We were told the war would be quick and tidy - and that grateful Iraqis would welcome their liberators with flowers in the streets.
Well, now the war is into its sixth year. We're spending over ten billion dollars a month, with the long-range cost reckoned in trillions. For Iraqis and for American soldiers and their families, the human toll is even harder to calculate -- numbers alone don't do it: 4,000 soldiers dead, nearly 30,000 wounded. But numbers aren't personal; the only way truly to understand the human cost of this war is to know someone who is bearing it. Someone like Tomas Young.
You can read the transcript here and also view the whole episode.
While you are there also watch Buying The War an in-depth review of the behavior of the press leading up the the beginning of the war. FOX, CNN and the mainstreet media are complaisant in their lack of serious reporting on the crap the administration was feeding the American public and helped beat the drums of patriotism so loud that any dissenters were branded anti-American.
Don't forget your flag pin folks least you be called a traitor by Faux news and you friendly Republican neighbors.
In case you've forgotten the press is supposed to be skeptical of what comes out of the White House, not cheerleaders....that is why we have the First Amendment :
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.