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Monday, December 01, 2003

posted by Jazz at 12/01/2003 10:24:00 AM

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The Oct. 27th Richard Reeves commentary was too precious not to share. This is about Dubya's visit to the Phillippines that week, but the closing bits could have the word "Iraq" subsituted for that country and it would play just the same. I'm guessing there was an unwritten message about Iraq here, but why Reeves didn't even bring it up beyond an indirect
statement from an American GI in Baghdad at all is a mystery to me.

http://richardreeves.com/
It's the 10/27/03 article. I'll include a snippet of the intro below just to whet your appetite.
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WASHINGTON -- "America is proud of its part in the great story of the
Filipino people," said President Bush to a joint session of the Congress
of the Philippines last week. "Together our soldiers liberated the
Philippines from colonial rule."

Unfortunately, we then killed more than 200,000 Filipinos. Almost all of
the dead were civilians, killed in the two years after we liberated them
from the Spanish in 1898. One of our generals there, a cranky Civil War
veteran named Jacob Smith, told his men: "I wish you to kill and
burn...I want all persons killed who are capable of bearing arms in
actual hostilities against the United States."

"How young?" asked Major Waller Tazewell Waller (cq) of the United
States Marines. "Ten years and up," said General Smith.