Trust is hard to come by in Afghanistan

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Rachel Maddow does her show live from Afghanistan, she traveled there last week and the first show was aired on 6 July 2010.

We came to Afghanistan because we wanted to understand whether the American war strategy makes sense, whether the continuing and growing presence of U.S. troops is helping us reach our goals there. President Obama’s “uplift” strategy for winning in Kandahar is in full swing — only it’s not about blowing things up but rather opening police stations and trying to create a civil society.

As Brigadier General Ben Hodges told us on a drive through Kandahar City this week, that’s a tough bar to reach. Kandahar has run on corruption since the days of ancient traders on the Silk Road paying for safe passage. Hodges said coalition forces need to establish trust between local people and the government, at the level of policemen and district officials.

This is the first cut from first night airing.

To watch, stream, the rest of the show, covering a number of topics you can visit her MSNBC site, below the video’s you’ll find her blog link, of which I cut the above blockquote, for more on her visit to the theater.

2nd Night of Afghan Live Reports

The rest of the stream of last nights, 7 July 2010, reports found here.

There are also a few reports that weren’t on her show, each day, but on the web only.

This is called real journalism as she covers many issues of an occupation of others few here are really paying any attention to except as a political tool and false meme’s of patriotism, from those sitting comfortably here and way to many watching fox with little reporting as our very own 24hr propaganda media outlet


    • dennis on July 8, 2010 at 14:54

    how long this utter goat fuck is likely to go on, Jim…

  1. …. if we are not on the official, keep it going cheerleading squad.

    CNN quickly (and characteristically) capitulated to that pressure by firing her.  The network — which has employed a former AIPAC official, Wolf Blitzer, as its primary news anchor for the last 15 years — justified its actions by claiming that Nasr’s “credibility” had been “compromised.”  Within this episode lies several important lessons about media “objectivity” and how the scope of permissible views is enforced.

    First, consider which viewpoints cause someone to be fired from The Liberal Media.  Last month, Helen Thomas’ 60-year career as a journalist ended when she expressed the exact view about Jews which numerous public figures have expressed (with no consequence or even controversy) about Palestinians.  Just weeks ago, The Washington Post accepted the “resignation” of Dave Weigel because of scorn he heaped on right-wing figures such as Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh.  CNN’s Chief News Executive, Eason Jordan, was previously forced to resign after he provoked a right-wing fit of fury over comments he made about the numerous — and obviously disturbing — incidents where the U.S. military had injured or killed journalists in war zones.  NBC fired Peter Arnett for criticizing the U.S. war plan on Iraqi television, which prompted accusations of Treason from the Right.  MSNBC demoted and then fired its rising star Ashleigh Banfield after she criticized American media war coverage for adhering to the Fox model of glorifying U.S. wars; the same network fired its top-rated host, Phil Donahue, due to its fear of being perceived as anti-war; and its former reporter, Jessica Yellin, confessed that journalists were “under enormous pressure from corporate executives” to present the news in a pro-war and pro-Bush manner.

    What each of these firing offenses have in common is that they angered and offended the neocon Right.  Isn’t that a strange dynamic for the supposedly Liberal Media:  the only viewpoint-based firings of journalists are ones where the journalist breaches neoconservative orthodoxy?  

    Get it straight.  Don’t patronize.

    except as a political tool and false meme of patriotism

    Hey, don’t we get enough of that from the chickenhawks already ?

    There’s always way more civilian casualties in war than there are official soldier’s deaths.  Then the refugees.  There are what, a million or so refugees in western Pakistan at this point ?

    If you only want peace for your own country or neighborhood, you don’t really want peace.

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