The day the music died
[Welcome, Crooks & Liars readers!]
dayofshame.com was created to promote observances and analyses of the run-up to the Iraq War and of the fateful day when the reality-based community seemingly lost its charter. And we're looking for you to help recollect, commiserate, and if possible, make sense of it all.
On February 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations to rally support for an invasion of Iraq.
His presentation contained little substance and numerous obvious flaws, and the international community was unimpressed.
America's mainstream media, however, declared it "compelling."
For a nation living in the ghostly shadow of the twin towers, the media's Good Warmaking seal of approval was enough to keep that treasonous question — "why?" — relatively unheard.
The costs — in lives, money, reputation, and more — of this war of whim are nearly incalculable.
This year's fifth anniversary coincides with a Super Tuesday primary like no other. As Americans across the country go to the polls, a couple of hundred thousand American troops, contractors, and mercenaries are still stewing in America's longest and most ill-conceived war.
If you have thoughts and recollections about the fateful day of Powell's presentation, and the festival of lies and ignorance that preceded it, please send them to vastleft AT vastleft DOT com between now and February 5th. E-mailed commentaries, links to existing posts from back in the day or anytime since, and new posts on your site are all good — however you would like to express yourself about that surreal, world-changing period.
We plan to crosspost some of the most memorable submissions on the dayofshame.com blog and on correntewire.com.
Thank you for helping commemorate the tragic day — two days after the anniversary of Buddy Holly's, Richie Valens's and the Big Bopper's death — the day the music really died.