Austin Bay proposes an Astonishing News Network
ANN editors and producers would examine current events from the perspective of a historian at least 10 to 20 years in the future. Programming for the 2006 to 2016 decade would seek to answer this question: How do we make modernity work?
That really is the big question shaping our times. ANN would help answer it by providing detailed coverage of the planet’s sputtering, flailing, suffering, struggling but evolving Arab, African and Asian democracies, and intersperse those complex stories with updates on nanotechnology and genetic engineering. ANN’s human interest “puff pieces” wouldn’t be Hollywood fluff — they would anticipate by a decade or more the other networks’ “news” by focusing on young “thirty-something” entrepreneurs around the globe (the men and women producing the next generation of wealth).
For the time being, a few bloggers have been doing that — and I include Philomathean among them.
One story for ANN: September 2002: Iraq Buried Chemical Weapons Near Fallujah
Joseph Shahda has translated another key text from the archives of captured documents left untranslated by the Pentagon. In this case, Shahda appears to have struck gold: the memo describes not only the disposal of chemical-weapon materials but also where Iraq buried them. The memo dated September 15, 2002, comes from the General Relations group from one of Saddam’s military/intelligence organizations, and describes in detail where the chemicals were hidden from UN inspectors (via Power Line)
Instead of ANN, we have reporting like CNN’s, yesterday. I was on the treadmill and was watching their report of the Zarkawi killing. They explained at great length how the Bush administration had missed a great opportunity when it decided not to kill Zarkawi in 2002 even when they knew where he was hiding in Northern Iraq, where he had installed a sarin factory as an al-Qaeda operative.
CNN has had talking head after talking head from 2003 to this day, compaining that the Bush administration had acted unilaterally, that invading a sovereign country is wrong because Saddam presented no threat, there was no connection between al-Qaeda and Iraq, and there were no WMDs in Iraq. Now CNN is telling us how the Bush administration had missed a great opportunity to act unilaterally by bombing a sovereign country because there is proof that WMDs were being manufactured by an al-Qaeda operative in Iraq??
Today’s articles from Maria
Hitchens: A Good Day’s Work: Why Zarqawi’s death matters:
Most fascinating of all is the suggestion that Zarqawi was all along receiving help from the mullahs in Iran. He certainly seems to have been able to transit their territory (Herat is on the Iranian border with Afghanistan) and to replenish his forces by the same route. If this suggestive connection is proved, as Weaver suggests it will be, then we have the Shiite fundamentalists in Iran directly sponsoring the murderer of their co-religionists in Iraq. This in turn would mean that the Iranian mullahs stood convicted of the most brutish and cynical irresponsibility, in front of their own people, even as they try to distract attention from their covert nuclear ambitions. That would be worth knowing. And it would become rather difficult to argue that Bush had made them do it, though no doubt the attempt will be made.
Death of a Monster: The end of Abu Musab Zarqawi
Zarqawi’s Final Atrocities
WSJ editorial: After Zarqawi: Now’s the time to secure Baghdad
Special ops A-Team helped nail Zarqawi. U.S., British defense chiefs formed task force to kill him 2 months ago
Spencer Ackerman looks at THE DOWNSIDE OF ZARQAWI’S DEATH, and comes up with a doozy or two. Ackerman should read this (via Betsy).
At the blogs, Democrats Call Zarqawi Killing A Stunt. Dr Sanity has the REACTION ON ZARQAWI’S DEMISE FROM THE REALITY-BASED COMMUNITY. Video remix. Another one bites the dust.
On the Duke rape case The second dancer in the Duke lacrosse case told police early on that allegations of rape were a “crock” and that she was with the accuser the entire evening except for a period of less than five minutes.
‘Islamic indoctrination’ taken to Supreme Court: Asked to review case of class that had students ‘become Muslims’. I don’t think the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would have been as agreeable if the students had “become Presbyterians”.
The NYT claims that the C.I.A. Knew Where Eichmann Was Hiding, Documents Show
Photos of a Russian subway