Saturday, May 26, 2007

Iraq: Administration Was Warned

The largest headline in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, arguably one of the best newspapers in the nation: "Harrah's unveils its new Pool." Accompanied by a large photograph including gawking spectators ("In the pool, casino managers and bikini-clad servers cut a ribbon"), the article appeared on the front page.

Not worthy of page 1 coverage? That would be "'03 files warned of risks in Iraq war," describing newly declassified documents which were circulated within the U.S. government shortly before the invasion of Iraq. In this article, Katherine Schrader of the Associated Press asserted the analysts found (among other things) "establishing a stable democracy in Iraq would be a long, steep and probably turbulent challenge (and) Al-Qaeda would see the invasion as a chance to accelerate its attacks and the lines between al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups 'could become blurred.'" Not surprisingly, Keith Olberman covered this story at the top in yesterday's Countdown, but I haven't had a chance yet to see how the mainstream media generally is addressing this. I would appreciate hearing what others have seen, read, or heard of this story. And by the way, this is one of the benefits (oversight) of having a Democratic Congress, with the Senate Intelligence Committee voting- eight Democratics and two Republicans, Nebraska's Hagel and Maine's Snowe- by 10-5 to release the documents.

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