The question could be asked: How does Barack get away with supporting thug Nouri al-Maliki? But the answer's so obvious that the question may seem uneeded. He gets away with supporting Nouri because American media really doesn't give a damn about Iraq.
"There just isn't a huge amount of reporting coming out of Iraq these days by western media because budgets are shrinking," photo journalist Kael Alfred declared Friday on Your Call (KALW). "There are a lot of conflicts happening all over the world and our attention shifts elsewhere. And, you know, we were just speaking about this before the show, how ten years on, the anniversary of this war, we really don't know what's happening in Iraq, we don't what it looks like."
Which is why we're not doing cartwheels over Rachel Maddow's 'special' on MSNBC tomorrow night. It's not just that Hubris is based on a book from several years ago, it's also that Rachel been talking it up as "this really definitive statement about how Bush lied us into a war."
Wow. Color us underwhelmed.
Exactly how is that new or novel?
More importantly, what does it have to do with today.
MSNBC prime time is heavy on jocular hosts and light on actual reporters. Maddow herself is nothing but a dee jay. She wouldn't know how to break a story if you slow-walked her through it.
Iraq is a tragedy.
Maybe if Rachel put down the axe she uses on Bully Boy Bush long enough to explore the realities for the Iraqi people, how they are protesting and even why they are protesting?