No cameras for dead US soldiers

Via Atrios, we get this WaPo article on how the Pentagon is contributing to the Bush regime's media drive to convince everyone that everything is wonderful in Iraq - no pictures that might bring a tear to Americans' eyes:
...It has ended the public dissemination of such images by banning news coverage and photography of dead soldiers' homecomings on all military bases.
So: never mind that dead guy who was blown to bits making Iraq safe for Halliburton - Iraqi children are attending schools (which never shut down), thanks to General Petraeus and "Jerry" Bremer!

Freedom of the press, as long as you saying what the boss wants to hear.
A White House spokesman said Bush has not attended any memorials or funerals for soldiers killed in action during his presidency as his predecessors had done...
I suppose it is kind of hard to squeeze in both a full 18 holes and 2-3 funerals everyday.

Moving on... from Cursor, we see that the Senate is urging Bush to give "War on Terrorism Medals" to soldiers participating in combat in Iraq. Only one senator, James Jefford (I-VT), dissented on the vote, for the very clear reason that what is going on Iraq nothing to do with the "war on terror":
"Those who support giving this medal to our troops in Iraq are once again trying to make a connection between Sept. 11 and Iraq that simply does not exist. I am a veteran and I wholeheartedly support our troops, but I believe it does the men and women in our military a great disservice to misrepresent the reasons why they are in Iraq. They certainly deserve medals for their service, but I will not be a part of the White House campaign to redefine this war".
Clearly, Jeffords is deluded - if Americans are dying anywhere in the world, then terrorism must be involved. But not as deluded as the Senate - I mean, really, don't our representatives know that everything is delightfully delightful in the "new Iraq"? There's no need for medals.

(Note: updated; edited and adds link)

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