Campaigns Touch Briefly on the Wars
Politics tends to wring all seriousness out of speech. Sometimes this is a demonstration of unforgivable ignorance. Republican vice presidential candidate
Does President Obama agree with Rep. Ryan that we need to lock in victory now? Probably not, since he has chosen to continue the war, which he inherited in 2008, for six additional years, until 2014. Possibly he sees before his eyes evidence that success is not within reach even then, but he has said otherwise so many times (beginning in 2008, when he recommended
What's worse, nobody in the U.S. and the allied countries, except for the relatives of the victims, gives a damn. That will be true of
An obvious instance of the political and organizationally self-interested
Lies are common in the press and in broadcasting, in some cases they're deliberate and calculated to sway public opinion for individual or corporate purposes, but in many instances they're lazy, obtuse or intended to pander to interested parties or government officials, or are the result of intimidation by such figures.
Let me shift from the discussion of new and old wars to the subject of journalism. Last weekend, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, attracted international press attention to the diplomatic refuge provided him in the Ecuadorian government's
The U.S. makes no official comment. As the Swiss journalist and activist
Since then, there has been silence, although Australian television (Assange is an Australian) has claimed that the
Of course they have not. However, The Times, like other major newspapers, does not have as its principal duty the conveyance to its readers of government statements that it has nothing to say. The Times still vaunts its publication of the Pentagon Papers -- stolen classified documents -- during the Vietnam War (although the papers were simply handed to the paper by an official opposed to the war and were not the product of their newsgathering).
The existence of an Assange grand jury and government prosecution plan is not, of course, an earth-shaking matter. But it might be interesting if The Times (or The
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