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The risks of war? There was the risk of being bombed if you had the
misfortune to live in a neighborhood where US targeters thought Saddam
Hussein might be located.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, 78 percent of white Americans
supported invading Iraq, but only 29 percent of blacks.
Perhaps Americans can be excused for imagining that "regime change" in
Iraq would be a cakewalk.
Of the more than 700 journalists who have registered with the CentCom
Coalition Media Center here, two have emerged as celebrities.
You could have knocked CNN's Aaron Brown over with a feather.
How bad can things get, how fast? Are we already at the point where
literally nothing can derail the war machine?
Let's say you have a war to sell. You have the usual public relations
tools at your disposal: highly scripted press conferences, stories
leaked by White House officials to a compliant press.
A generation ago, when I worked at the Washington Post, the
right-wing fringe occasionally referred to us as "Pravda on the
Potomac." We reporters were amused but also rankled.
War may or may not be inevitable, but a one-sided discussion of US
policy toward Iraq appears to be all but guaranteed on network
It's a fascinating scheme, "this very ambitious and aggressive embed
plan," as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Bryan
Whitman calls it.
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