This article is an interesting condemnation of the strategy employed by much of the MSM.
I didn’t know, for example that the Airport-Baghdad road was now safe:
Yet just two days earlier the Washington Post headlined a piece on Route Irish as follows: “Easy Sailing along Once-Perilous Road to Baghdad Airport.” It observed, “Two months ago, the killings stopped. In October, one person was wounded on the road and no one was killed, according to the U.S. Army. . . . It was safe enough to stop here, to linger, to chat, and a computer screen flashed the statistical evidence. . . . In 10 months, the only enemy fire they have seen on the airport road came after one of the civilian trucks they were escorting broke down.” And two months earlier, USA Today had published a similar account, backing it up with a quote from an officer whose men patrolled the roads: “Route Irish is definitely not the most dangerous road in Iraq any longer, and everyone who uses it knows it.”
On the topic of Iraq, this article is also well worth a re-read.
Iraq near civil war – Is it avoidable?
I have been hearing a lot on the news about Iraq nearing a civil war, and that it's only a few days away. Do you think there is still time to stop the inevitable? Or is it too late already?
It’s been “a few days away” for months.
It’s impossible to tell what’s really happening, the media have long ago lost the ability to report unpartially on Iraq.
What is certain, without one shadow of a doubt, is that a withdrawal will make the situation back home much worse. It will be seen as a victory and a sign of weekness in the USA and that is the very last thing that the west (heck, civilisation) needs.
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