ARTICLE BY RALPH PETERS
May 20, 2008 — DO we still have troops in Iraq? Is there still a conflict over there?

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, Iraq has magically vanished from the headlines.

Want a real "inconvenient truth?" Progress in Iraq is powerful and accelerating.

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 Iraq:

* 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 Sadr City would end disastrously, we were treated to a brief flurry of headlines.

* 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 Basra the month before, absent-without-leave (and hiding in Iran) 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.

Today, Iraqi soldiers, not militia thugs, patrol the lanes of Sadr City, where waste has replaced roadside bombs as the greatest danger to careless footsteps. US advisers and troops support the effort, but Iraq’s government has taken another giant step forward in establishing law and order.

My fellow Americans, have you read or seen a single interview with any of the millions of Iraqis in Sadr City or Basra who are thrilled that the gangster militias are gone from their neighborhoods?

Didn’t think so. The basic mission of the American media between now and November is to convince you, the voter, that Iraq’s still a hopeless mess.

Meanwhile, they’ve performed yet another amazing magic trick – making Kurdistan disappear.

Remember the Kurds? Our allies in northern Iraq? When last sighted, they were living in peace and building a robust economy with regular elections, burgeoning universities and municipal services that worked.

After Israel, the most livable, decent place in the greater Middle East is 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 US or allied combat units in Kurdistan for 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. Iraq’s Sunni Arabs, who had supported al Qaeda and homegrown insurgents, now support their government and welcome US troops. And, in southern Iraq, the Iranians lost their bid for control to Iraq’s government.

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 Iraq. But the truth does have a way of coming out.

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.

When Iraq 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.

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?

Comments

  1. My dear Major
    I gave up watching the news when they took out the embedded reporters. I knew that the non-embedded reporters were sitting in a hotel at the bar writting their stories with a drink in hand while lie-ing their asses into Hell just to make themselves seem important.
    As soon as i found out about military blogs i became an advid reader. I listen to talk radio as much as i can when i am working. I discovered that if i want to know what the Hell is going on all i have to do is search for it.
    As you can probably guess i am in the 95.3%.
    Thank you and all who are with you for putting your boots in those very difficult places for we who can not walk beside you.
    A not so young Georgia Nana–Miss Em

  2. The answer to the question is Yes, we still have troops in Iraq. And I watched embedded reporters and know that they still don’t get it. But remember that Main Stream Media News is about attracting audience for the commercials that pay the firm, not about making anyone smarter than they were when they turned on the television or opened the printed pages…

  3. Interestingly, mainstream media was calling for the invasion of Myanmar because its military dictator wasn’t allowing the US military to provide humanitarian assistance.
    I am anticipating the upcoming elections. Any word on when the Iraqi elections will be? Before or after ours? It will be intresting to see if either has an effect on the other.

  4. This is off subject…but Happy Father’s Day!!….hope you can sit on your arse all day and smoke ceegars…you have earned it!

  5. Hey Major, saw the following article in the New York Times yesterday, “Reporters Say Networks Put Wars on Back Burner”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/23/business/media/23logan.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=wars+on+back+burner&st=nyt
    I found the stats to be the most interesting. In the past six months of 2008, the three networks have shown 181 minutes of Iraq coverage – – compared with 1,157 minutes for all of 2007.
    Afghanistan coverage has increased, 46 minutes in six months – – total in 2007 was 83 minutes.

  6. If Jane Fonda is going out to Iraq or Afghanistan. her press agent is asleep somewhere.
    Brings back bad memories from Nam, and I was not impressed — standing now there are enough flaming liberals who know nothing about the issues… ipodites, and forgetting the validity of sources.
    If they have their way, lets see,
    in the time frame they have decided on, the resurgence of Sadrists, rogue Pakistanis, Hezbollah (already in office in Lebanon, Taliban, etc. etc..) will have rushed back in Iraq —
    and the death toll and collateral toll will be devastating.
    Well, I guess that is what Obama wants.
    Stay safe, Godspeed to you, your Amen…

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