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Friday, June 10, 2005 

Free Press Has A Duty To Ask Questions

The Asheville-Citizen Times calls out the media for its lack of reporting on this important document:

In the wake of the memo, about 90 Democratic members of the House of Representatives are demanding to know if its contents are accurate. "No need'' to respond was the official line from White House press secretary Scott McClellan.

The question won't go away. Was a pre-emptive war really the last resort, or were we sold a bill of goods? The main claim for war, the threat of weapons of mass destruction, has now proven to have been an illusion. Nearly 1,700 U.S. servicemen and women now lie buried because of our involvement in Iraq, hundreds of billions of tax dollars have been expended and according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday, most Americans now believe the effort hasn't made us safer. That is almost certainly true in that National Guard and reserve units have been run ragged and the Army is lagging badly in recruiting - for May, it originally set a goal of 8,050 recruits. It later revised that goal to 6,700. It got about 5,000.

We are left with the elephant in the living room: Did this war have to happen?

Have we used lives and resources on an undertaking that wasn't necessary, when we find ourselves in a world where there are in fact enemies posing threats and battles that must be fought?

It's a question a free press should not be afraid to ask.

In fact it is its duty.

 posted by Georgia  # 7:48 PM  
Forget the Free Press and the MSM. It's time for average citizens to demand answers. The best way we can do this is to sign the on-line petition by Congressman Conyers.
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