As General Petraeus indicates failure, Dick Cheney continues to conflate Iraq with September 11th attacks and John McCain is still very confused about the difference between Iran and Al-Qaeda. The noise machine continues its attempt to influence the media echo chamber with President Bush adding, "The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary, and it is just." In spite of this meme cluster, by now it should be clear that judgment -- not experience -- matters most.
As one might imagine, the aversion to fact and the real is reflected online too, with a varied playlist of clips found The YouTube Blog note The Iraq War, Five Years On. In another effort, Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan features audio and video testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations. KPFA radio in Berkeley blogged and broadcast the event, with highlights repeated on Democracy Now.
Meanwhile the New York Times asks Can’t Grasp Credit Crisis? Join the Club, and this from the BBC, Tent City - America Style: