It’s no secret that the American media, consumed with an unprecedented hate for our president, has tried with all its power to paint a negative portrait of the War in Iraq. In hindsight, Bush’s plans certainly could have been carried out better. But in a war, leaders don’t have the benefit of working from hindsight.
Unfortunately, the media, along with the Democrat presidential front-runners, seem to think it’s perfectly o.k. to simply say, “If I knew that what I know now, I would never have voted . . .” Sure. My six-year old would love if I let him get away with that kind of excuse when he disobeys. Maybe that says something about how these liberals were raised, or have chosen to live as adults. But that’s another issue altogether.
It’s also no secret that the vast majority of the world’s media has joined the American under the mindset that if the American media is going to work against it’s own military, we certainly can too. Der Speigal, a German, anti-war publication, is a prime example. As Captain Ed describes them:
They have often featured George Bush on their cover in unflattering pictures and with negative headlines such as “Power and Lies”, an issue last year in which they declared Iraq lost.
That is, until they did the unthinkable. They sent their own reporter to Iraq and now has come to the stunning realization that the world has missed the story.
Since June, Ramadi residents have only known the war from televison. Indeed, US military officials at the Baghdad headquarters of Operation Iraqi Freedom often have trouble believing their eyes when they read the reports coming in from their units in Ramadi these days. Exploded car bombs: zero. Detonated roadside bombs: zero. Rocket fire: zero. Grenade fire: zero. Shots from rifles and pistols: zero. Weapons caches discovered: dozens. Terrorists arrested: many.
Ramadi is an irritating contradiction of almost everything the world thinks it knows about Iraq — it is proof that the US military is more successful than the world wants to believe. Ramadi demonstrates that large parts of Iraq — not just Anbar Province, but also many other rural areas along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers — are essentially pacified today. This is news the world doesn’t hear: Ramadi, long a hotbed of unrest, a city that once formed the southwestern tip of the notorious “Sunni Triangle,” is now telling a different story, a story of Americans who came here as liberators, became hated occupiers and are now the protectors of Iraqi reconstruction.
Captain Ed continues:
Fichtner also reports that the “greatest enemies of success in Iraq” come from Iran and Syria. Iran supplies the terrorists with money and arms, and Syria allows them to infiltrate through their shared border with Iraq. How does the military know about Iranian involvement? It’s not exactly a case for Sherlock Holmes. Some of the mines and grenades found in Iraq by Americans in arms caches still have the original packaging from their manufacturers in Iran.
Der Spiegel has its eyes open now. Perhaps the rest of the world will follow.
Maybe so, but my money says the American media will be last to come. And if it even does, it will probably be kicking and screaming the entire way.