An eye-opening case study of the news at war, introducing a critical perspective on our mass mediaThe Pen and the Sword is the only comprehensive examination of how the media have covered the 21st Century’s #1 news story: terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is the full story—from 9/11 to the Obama doctrine, and including:The increasing importance of entertainment media and soft news in shaping our views.

Iraq: War Comes to the “City of Peace”

Iraq: War comes to the “city of peace”

In this chapter, we'll meet the Bush foreign policy team that led the nation to war with Iraq. They nicknamed themselves the “Vulcans” to show that they were tough, and so they were. But we'll also see that their policies were firmly rooted in the American elite consensus on global strategy. They were firmly pro-business, deeply committed to a Manichaean worldview, and to that worldview's corollaries—the necessity of violence and an American “right to invade.” Indeed, they looked forward to and planned for a world dominated, militarily and economically, by the world's only superpower. They were especially ardent on the need for American power to assert itself in the oil-rich ...

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