HotAir has the details, and you can go here to read Anderson Cooper's "painstaking" jusitification for deciding to run the video.
There is ZERO justification for airing this video. This is not a "newsworthy" item. We know that Islamic terrorist snipers are killing US soldiers. This is not news. We also know that these Islamic terrorists in Iraq cannot defeat our military, so they are trying to get our media to run videos such as this to get people in the US to drop their support for the war in Iraq. We've been through this before. The whole freaking purpose of terrorism is to scare people in to doing what you want them to do, and in this case CNN is providing an outlet for straight up terrorist propaganda videos.
Someone please explain to me what possible purpose is served (other than the inevitable ratings bonanza for CNN) by airing a video of these scumbags killing our troops. The people in our Armed Forces are over there trying to help Iraqi's get on their feet and start a new prosperous life free from scum like Saddam. Now CNN is helping the terrorists who want to turn Iraq back to the dark ages?
Here was Anderson Coopers excuse for airing the video-
"Whether or not you agree with us in this case, our goal, as always, is to present the unvarnished truth as best we can."
Fuck you Anderson. We already know the truth. We already know that these scumbags are taking pot shots at US troops. We all know that US troops are dying over there on a daily basis. It's a freaking war. Soldiers die in wars.
You aren't presenting the truth, you are presenting terrorist propaganda videos that are made for the express purpose of breaking down our collective will to defeat these scumbags.
Uncle Jimbo from BlackFive gives you a soldiers perspective on the whole thing. He is not pleased, to say the least.
It's amazing. How many of you heard about this story?
ULTRASOUND MACHINES & MEDICAL SUPPLIES – AL QAIM IRAQ
Spirit of America responded to a request from 1st Lt Matt Thompson, USMC for an ultrasound machine and medical supplies for an Iraqi medical center in Al Qaim (near the Syrian border). In fact, two ultrasound machines were donated – one purchased by SoA and the other donated by Sonosite. Here is an email from Lt Thompson:
I hope you got the flag as a token of our thank you. What you have done is such a wonderful thing for these people in Iraq. Unfortunately, I have become the new Watch Officer and although this puts me at the helm of the ship per se, it also precludes me from going outside the wire any more. This makes it impossible for me to get back out to the hospital. I am hearing reports that they [the Iraqi medical staff] were ecstatic and that they are functioning like modern hospital now. You can be assured that you have helped save lives in western Iraq.
Lt Matthew Thompson
Here is the delivery of the ultrasound machines and supplies to the medical center:
Marines donate items to hospital in Al Qaim
TOYS AND BOOKS FOR CHILDREN IN BASRAH
Marines Lieutenant Colonel Jim Wilmott requested school supplies, books, toys and recreational equipment for children in Basrah. In cooperation with US Regional Embassy Officer (REO), Mark Marano, Spirit of America purchased 350 soccer balls, 375 Beanie Babies, over 100 educational toys and 1,000 Arabic-language books. Those donations have arrived in Basrah and are being given to local children. Mark Marano emailed saying us:
Receiving and distributing these donations has been the best part of my tour here. These types of gestures do more to win the hearts and minds more than any of our other efforts.
Basrah schoolchildren receive supplies courtesy of Embassy & Marines
All these projects were made possible by your generous support. Thank you.
That’s all for now.
All the best,
Jim Hake and the Spirit of America team
Instead CNN runs the video of some scumbag murderer killing a US soldier in broad daylight.
By the way, if you want to donate to the folks helping our troops in Iraq, I highly recommend the awesome work done by the people at Spirit Of America. They are responsible for the above examples of the fine work being done by our soldiers.
Anderson Cooper, how do you sleep at night?