Sure, you do. It's a "quagmire", remember? But, the news from Iraq has been muted lately. Here's a great piece from Ralph Peters of the New York Post explaining why.
: A MEDIA BLACKOUT IRAQ
By RALPH PETERS
May 20, 2008 -- DO we still have troops in
? Is there still a conflict over there? Iraq
If you rely on the so-called mainstream media, you may have difficulty answering those questions these days. As Iraqi and Coalition forces pile up one success after another,
has magically vanished from the headlines. Iraq
Want a real “inconvenient truth?” Progress in
is powerful and accelerating. Iraq
But that fact isn’t helpful to elite media commissars and cadres determined to decide the presidential race over our heads. How dare our troops win? Even worse, Iraqi troops are winning. Daily.
You won’t see that above the fold in The New York Times. And forget the Obama-intoxicated news networks - they’ve adopted his story line that the clock stopped back in 2003.
To be fair to the quit-Iraq-and-save-the-terrorists media, they have covered a few recent stories from
* When a rogue US soldier used a Koran for target practice, journalists pulled out all the stops to turn it into “Abu Ghraib, The Sequel.”
Unforgivably, the Army handled the situation well. The “atrocity” didn’t get the traction the whorespondents hoped for.
* When a battered, bleeding al Qaeda managed to set off a few bombs targeting Sunni Arabs who’d turned against terror, that, too, received delighted media play.
* As long as Baghdad-based journalists could hope that the joint US-Iraqi move into
would end disastrously, we were treated to a brief flurry of headlines. Sadr City
* A few weeks back, we heard about another Iraqi company - 100 or so men - who declined to fight. The story was just delicious, as far as the media were concerned.
Then tragedy struck: As in
Basrathe month before, absent-without-leave (and hiding in ) Muqtada al Sadr quit under pressure from Iraqi and US troops. The missile and mortar attacks on the Green Zone stopped. There’s peace in the streets. Iran
Today, Iraqi soldiers, not militia thugs, patrol the lanes of
, where waste has replaced roadside bombs as the greatest danger to careless footsteps. Sadr City USadvisers and troops support the effort, but ’s government has taken another giant step forward in establishing law and order. Iraq
My fellow Americans, have you read or seen a single interview with any of the millions of Iraqis in
Sadr Cityor who are thrilled that the gangster militias are gone from their neighborhoods? Basra
Didn’t think so. The basic mission of the American media between now and November is to convince you, the voter, that
’s still a hopeless mess. Iraq
Meanwhile, they’ve performed yet another amazing magic trick - making
Remember the Kurds? Our allies in northern
? When last sighted, they were living in peace and building a robust economy with regular elections, burgeoning universities and municipal services that worked. Iraq
Israel, the most livable, decent place in the greater Middle Eastis Iraqi Kurdistan. Wouldn’t want that news getting out.
If the Kurds would only start slaughtering their neighbors and bombing Coalition troops, they might get some attention. Unfortunately, there are no
USor allied combat units in Kurdistanfor Kurds to bomb. They weren’t needed. And (benighted people that they are) the Kurds are pro-American - despite the virulent anti-Kurdish prejudices prevalent in our Saudi-smooching State Department.
Developments just keep getting grimmer for the MoveOn.org fan base in the media.
’s Sunni Arabs, who had supported al Qaeda and homegrown insurgents, now support their government and welcome US troops. And, in southern Iraq Iraq, the Iranians lost their bid for control to ’s government. Iraq
Bury those stories on Page 36.
Our troops deserve better. The Iraqis deserve better. You deserve better. The forces of freedom are winning.
Here in the Land of the Free, of course, freedom of the press means the freedom to boycott good news from
. But the truth does have a way of coming out. Iraq
The surge worked. Incontestably. Iraqis grew disenchanted with extremism. Our military performed magnificently. More and more Iraqis have stepped up to fight for their own country. The Iraqi economy’s taking off. And, for all its faults, the Iraqi legislature has accomplished far more than our own lobbyist-run Congress over the last 18 months.
seemed destined to become a huge American embarrassment, our media couldn’t get enough of it. Now that Iraq looks like a success in the making, there’s a virtual news blackout. Iraq
Of course, the front pages need copy. So you can read all you want about the heroic efforts of the Chinese People’s Army in the wake of the earthquake.
Tells you all you really need to know about our media: American soldiers bad, Red Chinese troops good.Is Jane Fonda on her way to the earthquake zone yet?