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Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You Paperback – January, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Context Books; First Edition edition (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893956393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893956391
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors point out the media dosen't cover the hundred thousand civillian deaths in the first gulf war; dosen't refer to the destruction of Iraq's water and sewage treatment systems and just about all the rest of Iraq's civillian infrastructure by the bombings...
Erlich has a section devoted to wheather this coming war is about oil. He notes that the U.S. would greatly prefer to get its hands directly on Iraqi oil: a post-Saddam Iraqi government would probably privitize the industry into the hands of U.S. companies and adopt the oil policies the U.S. likes at OPEC. He quotes an article from the British press apparently sourced from British Petroleum that Ahmad Chalabi, head of the INC met with officials from three American oil companies and promised to divide Iraq's oil resources between them as a reward for the U.S. toppling Saddam. Not that they wouldn't want to do business w/Saddam...Dick Cheney as head of Haliburton advocated lifting sanctions on Iraq before he became the VP canidate. Haliburton stands to get huge reconstruction contracts for Iraq's oil industry after the war.
Solomon points out how the U.S. got security council authorization in the last war. Yemen lost 70 million dollars in aid in late 1990 for vetoing a U.S. rough draft resolution and other rotating security council members were threatened w/a similar fate. Similarly in late 2002 Mauritius withdrew its UN ambassador after he opposed a U.S. rough draft, not willing to risk a cut-off of U.S. aid.
Seth Ackerman of FAIR has a section on media treatment of the U.S. using inspections to spy and scout targets for bombing.
Appendix 2 is an analyses by Institute for Public accuracy experts of George W. Bush's speech in Cincinanti on October 7th.
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I initially read this informative, hard-hitting book shortly before America and its "coalition of the willing" invaded Iraq. I have since re-read it, a good exercise to test the validity of the warnings and conditional predictions raised by authors Norman Solomon and Reese Erlich.
As an integrity test this book rings even truer with the passage of time and onrush of events than when it was first published shortly prior to the invasion of Iraq. The authors adroitly cite the rush to war and the falsehoods asserted by Bush and minions, focusing on the "weapons of mass destruction" charge. The authors hit very hard the American contention that the inspections carried out by UN forces were not working, taking the same position as former UN inspector Scott Ritter.
The chapter dealing with Depleted Uranium alone is worth the price of the book. The authors cite the dangers of an eventual epidemic breaking out among invading forces and the general populace, classifying Depleted Uranium as "America's Dirty Secret." As the authors state, "Depleted uranium is the material left over from the processing of nuclear fuel. The U.S. military uses DU as a substitute for lead to fill the core of special ammunition. Depleted Uranium is 1.7 times denser than lead ... "
In addition to stressing the potential risk to Iraqi civilians resulting from Depleted Uranium, along with citing the deferential treatment from the media concerning invasion plans, as well as showcasing American unilateralism, the authors also cover the important oil issue.
All you had to do was read this book before the war and you would not be one scintilla surprised over the kind and beneficent manner with which Bush and cronies dealt with Dick Cheney's former company, Halliburton, which received such a glorious windfall in post-war Iraq, all without having to go through the bother of competitive bidding.
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TARGET IRAQ: WHAT THE NEWS MEDIA DIDN'T TELL YOU illuminates one of the biggest problems with any discussion about a possible war against Iraq--namely, that people still trust and rely on the information they get from the mainstream media. That is not to say that the Dan Rathers and Wolf Blitzers are lying, but anyone who thinks the big city newspapers and network news shows are completely unbiased and thorough is missing half the picture.
In TARGET IRAQ, Norman Solomon and Reese Erlich address our flawed media in two ways. First, they expose the forces that create bias in your average journalist--from pushy editors to career ambition to staying on the good sides of those in power. Second, they pick up some of the stories that have gone under-reported since the first Gulf War. They cut through the rhetoric on issues like oil and preemption and replace it with clear, fact-based analysis. They unearth stories that the major media passed over, like the effects of depleted uranium left behind from the first war and the real effects of 12 years of sanctions--cancer patients without medicine, water treatment plants that can't treat water, children without adequate nutrition.
This is not some ultra-lefty, tree-hugging plea for peace under any circumstances. This is a straight presentation of facts collected by veteran reporters who've been on the ground in Iraq. No one should consider themselves fully informed about the issues surrounding the impending war until they've read this book.
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What the authors have done is great. Solomon and Erlich actually paid attention to exactly how the US government and the news media talked the American public into accepting the 2003 war against Iraq. This book brings terrible truths into focus: the deceptive media practices from President Bush on down, and the inaccurate "information" provided by lots of supposedly fine American journalists, conservatives and liberals alike.
You have to wonder, reading this book, just how the situation got so bad that the reporters don't even seem embarrassed about repeating false statements endlessly! The misleading character of the media coverage about this war is brought home to the reader by Solomon and Erlich. Plus, there's a very moving introduction by the historian Howard Zinn. And Sean Penn in the afterword tells why he became so concerned about the war that was impending and now is history.
This is the kind of multi-layered book you can read easily and thoughtfully. And you can give it to people who might disagree with you and learn a whole lot from reading "Target Iraq." This book provides plenty of facts but it doesn't just pile them on; it puts them in an analytical context that demolishes the claims of the Bush Administration and its apologists.
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