Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Perfect Solution

The following news item suggests the perfect solution for Bush’s Iraq war. Not only is it the perfect solution, but probably the only scheme that would resemble a solution more than a debacle.

G.W. Bush needs merely to supplement his delusional assertions that all is going well in Iraq with the kind of substitute satellite imagery described in the article below.

The U.S. government and Google need only replace current images of Iraq with images of Iraq before the American invasion. Instead of piles of dead bodies, screaming children, weeping men and women, smoldering U.S. vehicles, bomb craters in streets, and buildings in ruins, the replacement imagery would show bustling outdoor markets, tidy neighborhoods, green parks, gleaming palaces, well maintained streets, well fed people, and smiling Iraqis relaxing at streetside cafes. Best of all, there would be no American troops in the images – allowing Bush to say that because he has turned Iraq into a paradise the U.S. no longer needs to “support our troops” by keeping them in Iraq where they can be killed every day.

By CAIN BURDEAU March 31, 2007
‘NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Google's replacement of post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery on its map portal with images of the region before the storm does a "great injustice" to the storm's victims, a congressional subcommittee said.
‘The House Committee on Science and Technology's subcommittee on investigations and oversight on Friday asked Google Inc. (GOOG) Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt to explain why his company is using the outdated imagery.
‘"Google's use of old imagery appears to be doing the victims of Hurricane Katrina a great injustice by airbrushing history," subcommittee chairman Brad Miller, D-N.C., wrote in a letter to Schmidt.
‘Swapping the post-Katrina images and the ruin they revealed for others showing an idyllic city dumbfounded many locals and even sparked suspicions that the company and civic leaders were conspiring to portray the area's recovery progressing better than it is.’




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