Friday, July 21, 2006

Typical Friday PM News Stories

News released on a summer Friday afternoon is virtually guaranteed a burial. With vacations and weekend plans, how many Americans pay attention to these stories? Sure, one or two will get legs like the U.S. drone fired predator missile that wiped out a Pakistani family. But most die under the weigh of later stories.

What tends to come out on Friday evening? The answer is tales of military abuse and government corruption. This afternoon the news revealed a daily double. In their defense, Soldiers charged with murder say their orders were to kill all military aged men.

Soldiers Say Ordered to Kill Young Men07/21/2006 15:58:36 EST
Soldiers in Murder Case Claim They Were Ordered to 'Kill All Military Age Males' in Iraq Raid

The government corruption story had a familiar ring. High ranking ex-Bush administration officials migrate to the private sector and find a way to con their ex-boss and co-workers.

Ex-Pentagon Officials Accused of Fraud07/21/2006 12:55:09 EST
AP Exclusive: Former Pentagon Officials, U.S. Contractor Accused of Fraud and Conspiracy in Iraq

The problem with both groups of stories is their pattern and frequency. When will the most recent batch of Bush defectors to the private sector unethically use their influence to siphon major bucks from the federal till? My guess is they have already started.

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