Shoot the Messenger


A sampling of reader emails in response to my “Real Change” post:

TPM Reader JD:

John Burns has been a consistent supporter and cheerleader of the war in Iraq. Charlie Rose ditto. What’s missing from Kurtz’s post are the unmentioned facts about “violence”in Iraq. When 1/3 of the entire Iraqi population has either been killed or displaced and when Baghdad has been ethnically cleansed (75% Shiite), who’s left to kill? Who’s left to cause violence? When the Sunni insurgents are being paid not to shoot us (for awhile) why shouldn’t violence decrease? When the biggest armed militia in Iraq (the Mahdi army) has observed a shaky ceasefire during the time of the “decrease in violence” that couldn’t possibly have anything to do with a reduction in violence, right?

Violence is still at unacceptable levels. What if N.Y’rs were waking up to 15-30 dead bodies in the streets every day? 13 U.S. soldiers were killed in the last 10 days. Where are the graphs showing that violence has only been reduced to 2005 levels? There’s a sucker born every minute and apparently David Kurtz is one of them.

TPM Reader TR:

Burns of the Times has been an active proponent of the Iraq war for five years. I would rate his credibility on the surge on a par with that of President Bush.

TPM Reader SD:

What the hell is Kurtz drinking?

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