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Here Is What the Corporate Media Fails to Report About Iran

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James Madison became our country's first wartime president during The War of 1812, setting a precedent where no incumbent president has ever lost re-election during a time of war.

In 1846, President James Polk asked Congress to declare war on Mexico because, as he stated at a private Cabinet meeting, he wished ''to acquire for the United States--California, New Mexico and perhaps some other of the northern provinces of Mexico.''

In 1898, a mysterious massive explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Cuba's Havana harbor, killing 260 of the 400 American crew members aboard, thus kicking off the Spanish-American War.

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On August 5, 1964, the Washington Post ran the headline:

"American Planes Hit North Vietnam After Second Attack on Our Destroyers; Move Taken to Halt New Aggression."

President Lyndon Johnson's administration used this "attack" as justification for ramping up military activity in Vietnam.

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Ronald Reagan authorized the invasion of the tiny island of Granada.

His successor George H.W. Bush followed suit with his "100-hour war" with Iraq, known as "Desert Storm" in 1991.

In 1999, his son, then Texas Governor George W. Bush, reported to journalist Mickey Herskowitz:

"One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief"My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it"If I have a chance to invade"if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

Then came September 11, 2001, after Bush ignored repeated intelligence warnings Osama bin Laden was intent on attacking the United States.

Herskowitz commented:

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"Suddenly, he's at 91 percent in the polls, and he'd barely crawled out of the bunker."

Two years later the United States invaded Iraq, a country that had no hand in the fateful attacks, and posed no existential threat to our nation's sovereignty. After being re-elected in 2004, Bush stood before the American people talking about earning some "political capital" he intended to use. That "political capital" was privatization of Social Security and other Republican agenda items.

Well, here we are again.

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So my elderly brother-in-law who watches Fox News at least 8 hours a day is convinced that Iran attacked the oil tankers, after all "who else" he asked.

After I explained to him how illogical that would be, and who else had motives his response was:

"Well, why doesn't Iran come out with a statement denying it?"

When I told him that Iran had denied it he was unconvinced, saying: If Iran denied it why wasn't it on TV?"

That is how "informed" one is by the mainstream media. They never saw a war they didn't like, and promoted with their propaganda.

This little story is an example of what we are up against. Most people believe the propaganda without questioning it.

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I am up against the same stubborn ignorance here in the Netherlands.

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Ted Millar, thank you for your impressive research and for putting this all together for us in a concise, elegant package.

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Western media should be blamed for reporting incomplete and many times incorrect information. Media in Western countries are controlled by people who pay advertising dollars.

If Internet was not available, Western countries would have started war against Iran as if supporting crazy Saddam Hussein with information and military equipment were not enough to bring suffering to Iranian people. Arab countries of Persian Gulf region because of fear funded criminal Saddam's war against Iran. Over million of people were killed, many more were injured because of chemicals that Western countries sold to Iraq.

The lies are exposed to start a war.



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