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» Paging Tom Ricks: Name Those Analysts from PostWatch
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» Paging Tom Ricks: Name Those Analysts from PostWatch
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
August 7 2006 06:00 PDT War News (Blogs Opinion below) 08:01 PDT Syrian foreign minister storms out of Lebanon summit, reason unknown. (AP/Jerusalem Post) 07:44 PDT Lebanon's prime minister, choking back tears, demanded a "quick and decisive ceas... [Read More]

» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» Our Friend Tom Ricks from MilBlogs
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
August 7 2006 06:00 PDT War News (Blogs Opinion below) 08:38 PDT Lebanon wants UN document to include call for IDF withdrawal; France expected to circulate new draft Monday. (Haaretz) 08:26 PDT Lebanese PM Siniora says only one person... [Read More]

» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
August 7 2006 06:00 PDT War News (Blogs Opinion below) 08:38 PDT Lebanon wants UN document to include call for IDF withdrawal; France expected to circulate new draft Monday. (Haaretz) 08:26 PDT Lebanese PM Siniora says only one person... [Read More]

» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
August 7 2006 06:00 PDT War News (Blogs Opinion below) 08:38 PDT Lebanon wants UN document to include call for IDF withdrawal; France expected to circulate new draft Monday. (Haaretz) 08:26 PDT Lebanese PM Siniora says only one person... [Read More]

» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
August 7 2006 06:00 PDT Footage of Israeli Navy Commandos (Shayatet 13) as the approach the second floor apartment in Tyre where a Hezbollah missile launching crew was trying to get some rest. War News (Blogs Opinion below) 10:20... [Read More]

» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
August 7 2006 06:00 PDT Footage of Israeli Navy Commandos (Shayatet 13) as the approach the second floor apartment in Tyre where a Hezbollah missile launching crew was trying to get some rest. War News (Blogs Opinion below) 10:25... [Read More]

» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
August 7 2006 06:00 PDT Footage of Israeli Navy Commandos (Shayatet 13) as the approach the second floor apartment in Tyre where a Hezbollah missile launching crew was trying to get some rest. War News (Blogs Opinion below) 10:25... [Read More]

» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» MidEast War: 84 from Pajamas Media
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» Off the Rails at the Washington Post from A Blog For All
Howard Kurtz interviewed WaPo reporter Thomas Ricks on CNN's Reliable Sources about the situation in Lebanon and Ricks made some pretty startling accusations against Israel. He claims that Israel is purposefully leaving rocket launchers in the hands ... [Read More]

» WaPos Ricks No longer A Reliable Source from Samurai Soapbox
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» Who's Responsible For Civilian Deaths? from Joust The Facts
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Comments

Joe Gelman

I'm not shocked that there is a nutcase out there working for the Washington Post, I am shocked however that Kurtz allowed this type of nonsense to air on his program without a much stronger expression of dismay on his part. Kurtz is a little weak, but I know he has not anti-Israel agenda like a few others I could mention.
Joe Gelman

shlemazl

"Yes, that's what military analysts have told me." Is this guy taking advice from Hezbollah or Al-Qaeda?

chrisse

Let's just hope we are beginning to see the downfall of the media's reliability with the fallout of doctored photographs. Then there's the Reuter's story that Lebanon had rejected the US/France UN proposal for a ceasefire - apparently it wasn't from the Lebanese government at all.

N. Paneth

Anyone who knows anything about the Israeli military would recognize the falsity of these speculations that some Hezbollah rocket launchers have been left intact to harm Israeli civilians. In an army full of civilians from every walk of life, whose own families would be put at risk, such a cynical ploy would immediately be snuffed out. It is unfortunate that was passes here for military intelligence suggests complete lack of insight into the Israeli military mind.

czekmark`

Obviously, Ricks is either a Islamic shill and/or an anti-semitic. What he is doing is known as projection because it is the muslims that continuously sacrifice their people for their cause.

gordo

Ricks is saying basically, "... the Jews caused 9/11."

John E.

This really surprises me on two counts. First, the charge against the Israelis is so bizarre as to be beyond belief. Second, I've found Ricks to be for the most part a thorough, professional, and reliable military reporter (I'm a former Army PAO; I spoke with him on a few occasions when he was working stories that involved my MACOM). Has he gone off the deep end?

I'm guessing he's taking some wild speculation from some "analysts," who, after all, don't necessarily (or usually) have first-hand knowledge. Some retired colonel or some Brookings military guy is probably making a crazy guess about what Israel might be doing, and Ricks gives it equally crazy emphasis.

This is not like him.

anonymoose

> RICKS: Yes, that's what military analysts have told me

RICKS CANNOT NAME THE "MILITARY ANALYSTS" HE ALLEGEDLY SPOKE TO, BECAUSE HE MADE IT UP.

The only "analysts" he talked to were in offices with nice couches and doctor of psychiatry degrees on the wall.


S Silverstein

Chrisse wrote: Anyone who knows anything about the Israeli military would recognize the falsity of these speculations that some Hezbollah rocket launchers have been left intact to harm Israeli civilians. In an army full of civilians from every walk of life, whose own families would be put at risk, such a cynical ploy would immediately be snuffed out. It is unfortunate that was passes here for military intelligence suggests complete lack of insight into the Israeli military mind.

Brilliant, but too nuanced and evolved for little minds like Ricks' to comprehend. In Ricks' world, though, when he hears hoofbeats, he thinks not of horses, not of zebras even, but of unicorns.

The man is demented. What other crap has he foisted on the journalistic universe?

I agree with other posters. Mr. Ricks, start naming your "military analyst" sources. I think you're a liar.

Shelby

In addition to the comments above, note the last paragraph quoted, about targeting journalists. How is that supposed to advance Israel's "narrative"? Is he saying Israel is attempting to kill journos to intimidate them into taking a pro-Israeli line? Or is it something else? A bit too bizarre for me to fathom....

Patrick R. Sullivan

What amazes me about this is that almost no one has picked up on it. Rush Limbaugh hasn't said a thing about it yet.

Contrast all the attention Mel Gibson's slurs on Jews got with the almost total lack of coverage of Ricks' far worse slander.

Patrick R. Sullivan

I take it back, Rush is now talking about it. In his second hour. To me this a much bigger story than some Hezbollah connected photographer doctoring photos on Reuters, which Rush spent the first hour beating to death.

pst314

Un-named military analyst? How convenient that he is un-named. Anybody, no matter how ignorant or crazy or dishonest, can call himself a military analyst...and unfortunately can find a journalist eager to quote him.

Brooklyn

VP,

I just want to bring one more crackhead into this equation. Check this out it is from CAMERA's site:

http://camera.org/index.asp?x_context=3&x_outlet=14&x_article=1172

It is about CNN International anchor Rosemary Church who also believes that the Israeli's have the power to stop inbound katyushas but they don't want to b/c then they will lose legitimacy.

Hilik

Well I must say I'm shocked to read what some reporters writing especially THOMAS RICKS, REPORTER, THE WASHINGTON POST.
It's just clearly show these people has no any clue or knowledge about Israeli/Jewish sociaty.
We the Israeli very much care about any lifes.
It's very sick to think that we will sacrifice any lifes for propoganda porpuses, or targeting
media.
Abviously the porpuse of writing such twisting and sick thoughts
to domonize Israel.
This is not our way it's against our believe.

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