Today is the fourth anniversary of the day that, in an act of heinous barbarism, Osama bin Laden and his terror network, al Qaida, launched the most despicable and devastating attack against Americans on U.S. soil since the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. On this day, the Orlando Sentinel, a newspaper owned by the Tribune Company, chooses to publish a column by one John Hinderaker, yes AssRocket himself, on, get this -- Media Bias Against the Iraq Debacle
It is clear that public support for the Iraq war is eroding. Some of the polls supporting this claim are faulty in various ways, but the basic point cannot be denied: Many Americans, possibly a majority, have turned against the war. This should hardly be a surprise. On the contrary, how could it be otherwise? News reporting on the war consists almost entirely of itemizing casualties.
Headlines read: "Two Marines killed by roadside bomb." Rarely do the accompanying stories -- let alone the headlines that are all that most people read -- explain where the Marines were going, or why what strategic objective they and their comrades were pursuing, and how successful they were in achieving it; or how many terrorists were also killed.
. . . The sins of the news media in reporting on Iraq are mainly sins of omission. Not only do news outlets generally fail to report the progress that is being made . . . they also avoid talking about the overarching strategic reason for our involvement there: the Bush administration's conviction that the only way to solve the problem of Islamic terrorism, long term, is to help liberate the Arab countries so that their peoples' energies will be channeled into the peaceful pursuits of free enterprise and democracy, rather than into extremist ideologies and terrorism.
This piece is breathtaking in its mendacity and stupidity. Assrocket well knows that the reasons that we were told to fight in Iraq were a pack of lies from the Bush Administration -- WMDs, mushroom clouds, greeted with flowers, Shinseki wildly off the mark, etc. But to tell these lies on September 11, when the BIGGEST lie told by the Bush Administration was that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11, is a disgrace and an affront to the near 3000 people who lost their lives four years ago on this date. The Tribune Company should be ashamed. But shame is wholly lacking in this country in these days of Republican rule. The Death of Outrage indeed. Assrocket is oblivious to the shame he should feel of course -- read these words:
One wonders how past wars could have been fought if news reporting had ignored strategic and tactical goals, and instead consisted almost entirely of a recitation of casualties.
. . . How about the Battle of Midway, one of the most one-sided and strategically significant battles of world history? What if there had been no "triumphalism," as liberals sometimes call patriotism, in the American media's reporting on the battle, and Americans had learned only that 307 Americans died -- never mind that the Japanese lost more than 10 times that many -- without being told the decisive significance of the engagement?
What a disgrace. The Battle of Midway, fought against the country that ACTUALLY ATTACKED us, Japan, was one of the most stunning and admirable triumphs of American intelligence work, led by Joseph John Rochefort, in the history of our nation. It also was marked by the great leadership of one of our greatest naval heroes, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and one of our greatest Presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is blasphemy to even compare Iraq to Midway.
We are conducting an experiment never before seen . . .
I agree - we are experimenting with the possibility that we will squander American Exceptionalism by having the worst President in the history of the Republic, placed in power in large measure due to the complicity of a supine Media.
What could have been Iraq's Midway? At least symbolically? Tora Bora. But we have no Chester Nimitzes or FDRs today:
Well past midnight one morning in early December 2001, according to American intelligence officials, Osama bin Laden sat with a group of top aides - including members of his elite international 055 Brigade - in the mountainous redoubt of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan. Outside, it was blustery and bitterly cold; many of the passes of the White Mountains, of which Tora Bora forms a part, were already blocked by snow. . . . Captured Qaeda fighters, interviewed separately, told American interrogators that they recalled an address that bin Laden had made to his followers shortly before dawn. It concerned martyrdom. American bombs, including a 15,000-pound "daisy cutter," were raining from the sky and pulverizing a number of the Tora Bora caves. And yet, one American intelligence official told me recently, if any one thing distinguished Osama bin Laden on that cold December day, it was the fact that the 44-year-old Saudi multimillionaire appeared to be supremely confident.
. . . Now, as the last major battle of the war in Afghanistan began, hidden from view inside the caves were an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 well-trained, well-armed men. A mile below, at the base of the caves, some three dozen U.S. Special Forces troops fanned out. They were the only ground forces that senior American military leaders had committed to the Tora Bora campaign.
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