MSM Continues Negative War Propaganda

In it's continuing quest to publish as much liberal drivel as possible, the Fish Wrapper continues to publish as many liberal Bush haters as possible. Today's liberal blather is provided by Marie Cocco. In her column entitled Taking Stock of Lessons Learned (renamed to "Lessons to be learned from our blunder in Iraq" by the DFW), Ms. Cocco trots out all of the typical liberal talking points about the war.

The Iraq invasion was a political choice, not a necessity of national security. If we were befuddled, or scared out of our wits by the Bush administration's rhetoric about weapons of mass destruction and its false linkage of Iraq with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, our suspicions should have been aroused by White House hucksterism: ``From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August,'' White House chief of staff Andrew Card said in explaining why the president waited until the fall of 2002 -- on the eve of the midterm congressional elections -- to begin selling us the faulty Iraq product.

Doesn't this one ever get old? It's obvious Ms. Cocco chose to listen to the MSM stories of the Duelfer report, which basically said that even if Saddam didn't have any WMD at the time, he was doing everything in his power to get them.

All wars require a dose of propaganda to rally the public, to boost the troops, to bind a nation together as it endures hardship. The trouble with the Iraq War is that it was all propaganda, all the time, all along.

She's right to a point; there has been a lot of propaganda about the war. However, it's been the exact opposite of what she means; all of the propaganda has been on the part of the MSM, and it has all been against the war. I constantly hear vastly different stories from soldiers and those who have actually been on the ground in Iraq than from the MSM. One solider made this clear in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show.

Lauer: "Don't get me wrong, I think you're probably telling the truth, but there might be a lot of people at home wondering how that could be possible with the conditions you're facing and with the insurgent attacks you're facing. What would you say to those people who are doubtful that morale could be that high?"

Captain Sherman Powell:"Well sir, I'd tell you, if I got my news from the newspapers also I'd be pretty depressed as well!"

Ouch! That's gotta hurt, Matt!

Much has been made these past few days about the passing of a cruel anniversary. We've now been at war in Iraq as long as we were fighting World War II. There is a reason we have come to call the World War II generation ``the greatest.'' The citizens of that era earned the accolade, through sacrifice on the battlefield and at home.

And these soldiers of today haven't? If I was a soldier, I would be incredibly insulted by that statement.

If such broad sacrifice had been required to go to war in Iraq, would Congress have been so compliant in approving the conflict? Would the country in 2004 have re-elected President Bush?

Why don't you ask the soldiers, Marie? Why don't you ask them if they are aware of the sacrifice? I'd be willing to bet that they are.

Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry at the time offered a plan for a negotiated settlement that is strikingly similar to the initial word leaking out of the Iraq Study Group. Kerry called, in part, for negotiations involving key regional players such as Iran and Syria. If the entire nation was giving up its flesh and blood -- or even forced to open its wallet -- would we have groped for an exit strategy two years ago?

Riiiight. We're going to negotiate with Syria and Iran, two nations that continually support Al Quaida and attempt to undermine any attempt to establish freedom in the Middle East. There's a reason "Cut and Run" Kerry lost the election - he's a coward, just like most liberals.

And never again should we avert our eyes from the dark seed our own actions cultivated. Even if most Americans have all but forgotten the images of Abu Ghraib, it is safe to say most Arabs and Muslims have not. ``I mean, those pictures, a hundred years from now, when the history of the Middle East is written, those things will be part and parcel of whatever textbook that Iraqis and Syrians and others are writing about the West,'' Col. William Darley of Military Review told the Columbia Journalism Review for an oral history of the war. Much the same could be said about the indefinite detention of hundreds of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- a blight our closest allies have urged us, time and again, to rectify.

Islamofascists murder innocent people on video for all the world to see, kidnap and torture on a regular basis. We prosecute and punish those who do things that are mild in comparison, but somehow we're the more evil? To this day I don't understand that logic, and I don't think I ever will.

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