When Sen. Wellstone spoke against going to war in Iraq

Now: (via Reuters and the New York Times):

A dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore into Shi’ite Muslim districts across Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing more than 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

Sunni Islamist insurgents linked to al Qaeda are regaining ground in Iraq, invigorated by the war next door in Syria and have stepped up attacks on Shi’ite targets in an attempt to provoke a wider sectarian confrontation.

October 3, 2002:

  • Mark Gisleson

    Public radio was hugely disappointing in the build up to the Iraq War, abusing their journalistic obligations with watery he said/she said punditry, rarely fact checking the liars and all too often mocking those who used facts to dismiss Cheney’s outrageous lies.

    But given that, public radio did better than almost all the rest of the “mainstream” media. I would grudgingly give NPR a C-/D+, but that’s grading on a curve. By any absolute standards of journalistic excellence, NPR failed, leaving Cheney-Bush a clear path to launch their unjust war of conquest for oil.

    And yes, mark me down as one who’s never been comfortable with the “official” explanations for Wellstone’s untimely death. Of all the Senators and all the planes, only the one who spoke out against an illegal war died, and died an enemy of the Bush family, a family whose enemies all too often die of unnatural causes.

  • Bonnie

    Ugh, remembering this whole chapter brings back the worst memories. I remember it is when I learned about bloggers ( atrios ) and starting following in an attempt to get REAL INFO!

    I have watched this speech several times. He was right about everything.

    Sure miss that guy.

  • Xopher

    I would agree with Mark about NPR’s performance in the ramp-up. I disagree that better coverage from public radio would have made any difference, especially considering the New York Times’ contributions.

    And I am willing to accept the investigators’ account of the plane crash. But I will admit that as soon as I heard about that crash, I thought, “Cheney.”