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Aiding and Abetting the Enemy: the Media in Iraq
BLACKFIVE ^ | January 14, 2005 | LTC Tim Ryan, CO, 2/12 Cav, 1st Cav Div

Posted on 01/14/2005 7:11:32 PM PST by FreedomCalls

What if domestic news outlets continually fed American readers headlines like: "Bloody Week on U.S. Highways: Some 700 Killed," or "More Than 900 Americans Die Weekly from Obesity-Related Diseases"? Both of these headlines might be true statistically, but do they really represent accurate pictures of the situations? What if you combined all of the negatives to be found in the state of Texas and used them as an indicator of the quality of life for all Texans? Imagine the headlines: "Anti-law Enforcement Elements Spread Robbery, Rape and Murder through Texas Cities." For all intents and purposes, this statement is true for any day of any year in any state. True -- yes, accurate -- yes, but in context with the greater good taking place -- no! After a year or two of headlines like these, more than a few folks back in Texas and the rest of the U.S. probably would be ready to jump off of a building and end it all. So, imagine being an American in Iraq right now.

I just read yet another distorted and grossly exaggerated story from a major news organization about the "failures" in the war in Iraq. Print and video journalists are covering only a small fraction of the events in Iraq and more often than not, the events they cover are only the bad ones. Many of the journalists making public assessments about the progress of the war in Iraq are unqualified to do so, given their training and experience. The inaccurate picture they paint has distorted the world view of the daily realities in Iraq. The result is a further erosion of international public support for the United States' efforts there, and a strengthening of the insurgents' resolve and recruiting efforts while weakening our own. Through their incomplete, uninformed and unbalanced reporting, many members of the media covering the war in Iraq are aiding and abetting the enemy.

The fact is the Coalition is making steady progress in Iraq, but not without ups and downs. War is a terrible thing and terrible things happen during wars, even when you are winning. In war, as in any contest of wills with capable opponents, things do not always go as planned; the guys with the white hats don't always come out on top in each engagement. That doesn't mean you are losing. Sure, there are some high profile and very spectacular enemy attacks taking place in Iraq these days, but the great majority of what is happening in Iraq is positive. So why is it that no matter what events unfold, good or bad, the media highlight mostly the negative aspects of the event? The journalistic adage, "If it bleeds, it leads," still applies in Iraq, but why only when it's American blood?

As a recent example, the operation in Fallujah delivered an absolutely devastating blow to the insurgency. Though much smaller in scope, clearing Fallujah of insurgents arguably could equate to the Allies' breakout from the hedgerows in France during World War II. In both cases, our troops overcame a well-prepared and solidly entrenched enemy and began what could be the latter's last stand. In Fallujah, the enemy death toll has already exceeded 1,500 and still is climbing. Put one in the win column for the good guys, right? Wrong. As soon as there was nothing negative to report about Fallujah, the media shifted its focus to other parts of the country. Just yesterday, a major news agency's website lead read: "Suicide Bomber Kills Six in Baghdad" and "Seven Marines Die in Iraq Clashes." True, yes. Comprehensive, no. Did the author of this article bother to mention that Coalition troops killed 50 or so terrorists while incurring those seven losses? Of course not. Nor was there any mention about the substantial progress these offensive operations continue to achieve in defeating the insurgents. Unfortunately, this sort of incomplete reporting has become the norm for the media, whose poor job of presenting a complete picture of what is going on in Iraq borders on being criminal.

Much of the problem is about perspective, putting things in scale and balance. From where I sit in my command post at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, things are not all bad right now. In fact, they are going quite well. We are not under attack by the enemy; on the contrary, we are taking the fight to him daily and have him on the ropes. In the distance, I can hear the repeated impacts of heavy artillery and five hundred-pound bombs hitting their targets in the city. The occasional tank main gun report and the staccato rhythm of a Marine Corps LAV or Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle's 25-millimeter cannon provide the bass line for a symphony of destruction. Right now, as elements from all four services complete the absolute annihilation of the insurgent forces remaining in Fallujah, the area around the former stronghold is more peaceful than it has been for more than a year. The number of attacks in the greater Al Anbar Province is down by at least 70-80% from late October -- before Operation Al Fajar began. The enemy in this area is completely defeated, but not completely gone. Final eradication of the pockets of insurgents will take some time, as it always does, but the fact remains that the central geographic stronghold of the insurgents is now under friendly control. That sounds a lot like success to me. Given all of this, why don't the papers lead with "Coalition Crushes Remaining Pockets of Insurgents" or "Enemy Forces Resort to Suicide Bombings of Civilians"? This would paint a far more accurate picture of the enemy's predicament over here. Instead, headlines focus almost exclusively on our hardships.

What about the media's portrayal of the enemy? Why do these ruthless murderers, kidnappers and thieves get a pass when it comes to their actions? What did the media not show or tell us about Margaret Hassoon, the director of C.A.R.E. in Iraq and an Iraqi citizen, who was kidnapped, brutally tortured and left disemboweled in streets of Fallujah? Did anyone in the press show these images over and over to emphasize the moral failings of the enemy as they did with the soldiers at Abu Ghuraib? Did anyone show the world how this enemy had huge stockpiles of weapons in schools and mosques, or how he used these protected places as sanctuaries for planning and fighting in Fallujah and the rest of Iraq? Are people of the world getting the complete story? The answer again is no! What the world got instead were repeated images of a battle-weary Marine who made a quick decision to use lethal force and who now is being tried in the world press. Is this one act really illustrative of the overall action in Fallujah? No, but the Marine video clip was shown an average of four times each hour on just about every major TV news channel for a week. This is how the world views our efforts over here and stories like this without a counter continually serve as propaganda victories for the enemy. Al Jazeera isn't showing the film of the CARE worker, but is showing the clip of the Marine. Earlier this year, the Iraqi government banned Al Jazeera from the country for its inaccurate reporting. Wonder where they get their information now? Well, if you go to the Internet, you'll find a web link from the Al Jazeera home page to CNN's home page. Very interesting.

The operation in Fallujah is only one of the recent examples of incomplete coverage of the events in Iraq. The battle in Najaf last August provides another. Television and newspapers spilled a continuous stream of images and stories about the destruction done to the sacred city, and of all the human suffering allegedly brought about by the hands of the big, bad Americans. These stories and the lack of anything to counter them gave more fuel to the fire of anti-Americanism that burns in this part of the world. Those on the outside saw the Coalition portrayed as invaders or oppressors, killing hapless Iraqis who, one was given to believe, simply were trying to defend their homes and their Muslim way of life.

Reality couldn't have been farther from the truth. What noticeably was missing were accounts of the atrocities committed by the Mehdi Militia -- Muqtada Al Sadr's band of henchmen. While the media was busy bashing the Coalition, Muqtada's boys were kidnapping policemen, city council members and anyone else accused of supporting the Coalition or the new government, trying them in a kangaroo court based on Islamic Shari'a law, then brutally torturing and executing them for their "crimes." What the media didn't show or write about were the two hundred-plus headless bodies found in the main mosque there, or the body that was put into a bread oven and baked. Nor did they show the world the hundreds of thousands of mortar, artillery and small arms rounds found within the "sacred" walls of the mosque. Also missing from the coverage was the huge cache of weapons found in Muqtada's "political" headquarters nearby. No, none of this made it to the screen or to print. All anyone showed were the few chipped tiles on the dome of the mosque and discussion centered on how we, the Coalition, had somehow done wrong. Score another one for the enemy's propaganda machine.

Now, compare the Najaf example to the coverage and debate ad nauseam of the Abu Ghuraib Prison affair. There certainly is no justification for what a dozen or so soldiers did there, but unbalanced reporting led the world to believe that the actions of the dozen were representative of the entire military. This has had an incredibly negative effect on Middle Easterners' already sagging opinion of the U.S. and its military. Did anyone show the world images of the 200 who were beheaded and mutilated in Muqtada's Shari'a Law court, or spend the next six months talking about how horrible all of that was? No, of course not. Most people don't know that these atrocities happened. It's little wonder that many people here want us out and would vote someone like Muqtada Al Sadr into office given the chance -- they never see the whole truth. Strange, when the enemy is the instigator the media does not flash images across the screens of televisions in the Middle East as they did with Abu Ghuraib. Is it because the beheaded bodies might offend someone? If so, then why do we continue see photos of the naked human pyramid over and over?

So, why doesn't the military get more involved in showing the media the other side of the story? The answer is they do. Although some outfits are better than others, the Army and other military organizations today understand the importance of getting out the story -- the whole story -- and trains leaders to talk to the press. There is a saying about media and the military that goes: "The only way the media is going to tell a good story is if you give them one to tell." This doesn't always work as planned. Recently, when a Coalition spokesman tried to let TV networks in on opening moves in the Fallujah operation, they misconstrued the events for something they were not and then blamed the military for their gullibility. CNN recently aired a "special report" in which the cable network accused the military of lying to it and others about the beginning of the Fallujah operation. The incident referred to took place in October when a Marine public affairs officer called media representatives and told them that an operation was about to begin. Reporters rushed to the outskirts of Fallujah to see what they assumed was going to be the beginning of the main attack on the city. As it turned out, what they saw were tactical "feints" designed to confuse the enemy about the timing of the main attack, then planned to take place weeks later.

Once the network realized that major combat operations wouldn't start for several more weeks, CNN alleged that the Marines had used them as a tool for their deception operation. Now, they say they want answers from the military and the administration on the matter. The reality appears to be that in their zeal to scoop their competition, CNN and others took the information they were given and turned it into what they wanted it to be. Did the military lie to the media: no. It is specifically against regulations to provide misinformation to the press. However, did the military planners anticipate that reporters would take the ball and run with it, adding to the overall deception plan? Possibly. Is that unprecedented or illegal? Of course not.

CNN and others say they were duped by the military in this and other cases. Yet, they never seem to be upset by the undeniable fact that the enemy manipulates them with a cunning that is almost worthy of envy. You can bet that terrorist leader Abu Musab Al Zarqarwi has his own version of a public affairs officer and it is evident that he uses him to great effect. Each time Zarquari's group executes a terrorist act such as a beheading or a car bomb, they have a prepared statement ready to post on their website and feed to the press. Over-eager reporters take the bait, hook, line and sinker, and report it just as they got it.

Did it ever occur to the media that this type of notoriety is just what the terrorists want and need? Every headline they grab is a victory for them. Those who have read the ancient Chinese military theorist and army general Sun Tsu will recall the philosophy of "Kill one, scare ten thousand" as the basic theory behind the strategy of terrorism. Through fear, the terrorist can then manipulate the behavior of the masses. The media allows the terrorist to use relatively small but spectacular events that directly affect very few, and spread them around the world to scare millions. What about the thousands of things that go right every day and are never reported? Complete a multi-million-dollar sewer project and no one wants to cover it, but let one car bomb go off and it makes headlines. With each headline, the enemy scores another point and the good-guys lose one. This method of scoring slowly is eroding domestic and international support while fueling the enemy's cause.

I believe one of the reasons for this shallow and subjective reporting is that many reporters never actually cover the events they report on. This is a point of growing concern within the Coalition. It appears many members of the media are hesitant to venture beyond the relative safety of the so-called "International Zone" in downtown Baghdad, or similar "safe havens" in other large cities. Because terrorists and other thugs wisely target western media members and others for kidnappings or attacks, the westerners stay close to their quarters. This has the effect of holding the media captive in cities and keeps them away from the broader truth that lies outside their view. With the press thus cornered, the terrorists easily feed their unwitting captives a thin gruel of anarchy, one spoonful each day. A car bomb at the entry point to the International Zone one day, a few mortars the next, maybe a kidnapping or two thrown in. All delivered to the doorsteps of those who will gladly accept it without having to leave their hotel rooms -- how convenient.

The scene is repeated all too often: an attack takes place in Baghdad and the morning sounds are punctuated by a large explosion and a rising cloud of smoke. Sirens wail in the distance and photographers dash to the scene a few miles away. Within the hour, stern-faced reporters confidently stare into the camera while standing on the balcony of their tenth-floor Baghdad hotel room, their back to the city and a distant smoke plume rising behind them. More mayhem in Gotham City they intone, and just in time for the morning news. There is a transparent reason why the majority of car bombings and other major events take place before noon Baghdad-time; any later and the event would miss the start of the morning news cycle on the U.S. east coast. These terrorists aren't stupid; they know just what to do to scare the masses and when to do it. An important key to their plan is manipulation of the news media. But, at least the reporters in Iraq are gathering information and filing their stories, regardless of whether or the stories are in perspective. Much worse are the "talking heads" who sit in studios or offices back home and pontificate about how badly things are going when they never have been to Iraq and only occasionally leave Manhattan.

Almost on a daily basis, newspapers, periodicals and airwaves give us negative views about the premises for this war and its progress. It seems that everyone from politicians to pop stars are voicing their unqualified opinions on how things are going. Recently, I saw a Rolling Stone magazine and in bold print on the cover was, "Iraq on Fire; Dispatches from the Lost War." Now, will someone please tell me who at Rolling Stone or just about any other "news" outlet is qualified to make a determination as to when all is lost and it's time to throw in the towel? In reality, such flawed reporting serves only to misshape world opinion and bolster the enemy's position. Each enemy success splashed across the front pages and TV screens of the world not only emboldens them, but increases their ability to recruit more money and followers. So what are the credentials of these self proclaimed "experts"? The fact is that most of those on whom we rely for complete and factual accounts have little or no experience or education in counter-insurgency operations or in nation-building to support their assessments. How would they really know if things are going well or not? War is an ugly thing with many unexpected twists and turns. Who among them is qualified to say if this one is worse than any other at this point? What would they have said in early 1942 about our chances of winning World War II? Was it a lost cause too? How much have these "experts" studied warfare and counter-insurgencies in particular? Have they ever read Roger Trinquier's treatise Modern Warfare: A French View on Counter-insurgency (1956)? He is one of the few French military guys who got it right. The Algerian insurgency of the 1950s and the Iraq insurgency have many similarities. What about Napoleon's campaigns in Sardinia in 1805-07? Again, there are a lot of similarities to this campaign. Have they studied that and contrasted the strategies? Or, have they even read Mao Zedung's theories on insurgencies, or Nygen Giap's, or maybe Che' Gueverra's? Have they seen any of Sun Zsu's work lately? Who are these guys? It's time to start studying, folks. If a journalist doesn't recognize the names on this list, he or she probably isn't qualified to assess the state of this or any other campaign's progress.

Worse yet, why in the world would they seek opinion from someone who probably knows even less than they do about the state of affairs in Iraq? It sells commercials, I suppose. But, I find it amazing that some people are more apt to listen to a movie star's or rock singer's view on how we should prosecute world affairs than to someone whose profession it is to know how these things should go. I play the guitar, but Bruce Springsteen doesn't listen to me play. Why should I be subjected to his views on the validity of the war? By profession, he's a guitar player. Someone remind me what it is that makes Sean Penn an expert on anything. It seems that anyone who has a dissenting view is first to get in front of the camera. I'm all for freedom of speech, but let's talk about things we know. Otherwise, television news soon could have about as much credibility as "The Batchelor" has for showing us truly loving couples.

Also bothersome are references by "experts" on how "long" this war is taking. I've read that in the world of manufacturing, you can have only two of the following three qualities when developing a product -- cheap, fast or good. You can produce something cheap and fast, but it won't be good; good and fast, but it won't be cheap; good and cheap, but it won't be fast. In this case, we want the result to be good and we want it at the lowest cost in human lives. Given this set of conditions, one can expect this war is to take a while, and rightfully so. Creating a democracy in Iraq not only will require a change in the political system, but the economic system as well. Study of examples of similar socio-economic changes that took place in countries like Chile, Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia and other countries with oppressive Socialist dictatorships shows that it took seven to ten years to move those countries to where they are now. There are many lessons to be learned from these transformations, the most important of which is that change doesn't come easily, even without an insurgency going on. Maybe the experts should take a look at all of the work that has gone into stabilizing Bosnia-Herzegovina over the last 10 years. We are just at the eighteen-month mark in Iraq, a place far more oppressive than Bosnia ever was. If previous examples are any comparison, there will be no quick solutions here, but that should be no surprise to an analyst who has done his or her homework.

This war is not without its tragedies; none ever are. The key to the enemy's success is use of his limited assets to gain the greatest influence over the masses. The media serves as the glass through which a relatively small event can be magnified to international proportions, and the enemy is exploiting this with incredible ease. There is no good news to counteract the bad, so the enemy scores a victory almost every day. In its zeal to get to the hot spots and report the latest bombing, the media is missing the reality of a greater good going on in Iraq. We seldom are seen doing anything right or positive in the news. People believe what they see, and what people of the world see almost on a daily basis is negative. How could they see it any other way? These images and stories, out of scale and context to the greater good going on over here, are just the sort of thing the terrorists are looking for. This focus on the enemy's successes strengthens his resolve and aids and abets his cause. It's the American image abroad that suffers in the end.

Ironically, the press freedom that we have brought to this part of the world is providing support for the enemy we fight. I obviously think it's a disgrace when many on whom the world relies for news paint such an incomplete picture of what actually has happened. Much too much is ignored or omitted. I am confident that history will prove our cause right in this war, but by the time that happens, the world might be so steeped in the gloom of ignorance we won't recognize victory when we achieve it.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: enemy; iraq; iraqwar; journalists; mediabias; timryan; traitors; treason; war
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Amen.
1 posted on 01/14/2005 7:11:32 PM PST by FreedomCalls
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To: FreedomCalls

Awesome. This is a keeper.


2 posted on 01/14/2005 7:18:14 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all)
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To: FreedomCalls

jumbo ping!


3 posted on 01/14/2005 7:19:54 PM PST by Conservative Firster
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To: All

US GOP controlled Senate
AND
Main Stream Right Wing Media

Hang your heads in shame!

You remain silent while Hanoi Kerry betrays our troops to our enemies.

So when you wake up in the morning,
and look in the mirror,
before you go to the US Senate,
or to the TV or Radio studios,
know that you did nothing to remove this traitor.

Well REAL Americans know what you did NOT do!

John Kerry's 2005 Mideast "Bash Bush Tour"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1320709/posts

Kerry to meet with French president Jan 14 '05

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1320157/posts

KERRY TO AL AZHAR GRAN IMAN:
WASHINGTON COMMITED TERRIBLE MISTAKES IN IRAQ (TRAITOR ALERT!)
Jan 13 05

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1320020/posts

Kerry bashes US policy in meeting w/ leader of foreign group opposed to US
(not ‘71 or ‘85 – Jan 12 05!)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1319451/posts

"Former U.S. presidential candidate Senator John Kerry (D-MA), an election observer,
leaves the office of Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah in this
January 10, 2005 file photo. Middle East countries are frustrated by U.S. policy in
Iraq and feel too little is being done to end violence there, U.S. Senator John Kerry
said on January 12, 2005 on a visit to the region. Kerry repeatedly criticized the
Bush administration's Iraq policy during his failed bid to win the U.S. presidency
from George W. Bush, who led the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein."

Hanoi Kerry is NOT a legitimate US Senator.

Never has been!

The traitor is doing the same thing he has always done.

Aiding the enemy!

Kerry Trashes Bush in Baghdad Jan 05

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1315333/posts

Kerry Meets With Syrian President Jan 05

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1316737/posts

PM SHARON MEETS WITH KERRY Jan 05

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1317636/posts

Don't be like the Silent Majority in the 60's and 70's
Demand Kerry be ousted from the US Senate!

There is no need to impeach Hanoi Kerry from the US Senate

He is there illegally!

Kerry was an illegal candidate
and is an illegal US Senator per
US Constitution 14th Amendment Section 3

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1314858/posts

Contact the GOP controlled US Senate
AND
The MAIN STREAM RIGHT WING MEDIA

Distribute these url's!

EXPOSE HANOI KERRY!

Full details on these url's!

http://tonkin.spymac.net/hanoikerry1.html

There is a backup site
if the 1st url is unavailable.

http://stophanoikerry.150m.com


4 posted on 01/14/2005 7:20:06 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (US Senate AND Main Stream Right Wing Media READ US Constitution 14th Amendment Section 3)
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To: FreedomCalls

GREAT ARTICLE, BUT IT DOESNT ANSWER THE BIG QUESTION- WHY?

that is the enduring mystery to me- why.


5 posted on 01/14/2005 7:27:29 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Texas Eagle

LTC RANKLieutenant ColonelTHUNDER HEAD

JOHN T. RYAN

2-12 Battalion Commander

2-12 Cavalry Battalion

1st Cavalry Division

Sword

           Lieutenant Colonel John T. “Tim” Ryan hails from Glenville, North Carolina.  He attended Western Carolina University where he was designated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned in Armor in 1983.  After serving two years as a tank platoon leader in 2-252 Armor, North Carolina Army National Guard, he entered onto active duty in 1985 and attended the Armor Officer Basic Course and Ranger School.  2LT Ryan was subsequently assigned to Fort Hood and 3-66 Armor, 2d Armored Division where he served as a tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader and Delta Company XO.

       1LT Ryan then attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 1988 and rejoined 3-66 Armor then forward deployed in Garlstedt, Federal Republic of Germany and assigned to 2d Armored Division (Forward) as part of the COHORT unit rotation program.  While in 2AD (Forward), Captain Ryan served as 3-66 Armor S3 (Air), Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander and Delta Company Commander, including command during Operation DESERT STORM.  Captain Ryan then entered the Project Warrior program and had successive assignments as an Observer Controller on the “Scorpion” Team at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA and as a Tactics Instructor at the Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA.

       Following attendance at the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course and the School of Advanced Military Studies, Major Ryan was assigned to Fort Stewart, GA and served as the 3d Infantry Division Chief of Plans, 3-69 Armor Executive Officer, and 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division Operations Officer (S3).  LTC Ryan’s most recent assignment was as a Joint Plans Officer for the United States Joint Forces Command’s Standing Joint Force Headquarters in Suffolk, VA.  He holds bachelors degree in Industrial Arts Education from Western Carolina University and a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS.

       LTC Ryan’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/3 olc), the Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal (w/ 2 olc), parachute badge and ranger tab.

       To ThunderHorse Main Page


6 posted on 01/14/2005 7:29:02 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls
God bless LTC Ryan and all our fighting men and women around the world.

Hedge of protection prayers going up.

7 posted on 01/14/2005 7:33:10 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all)
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To: FreedomCalls

And surely the opinions and frustrations felt by this officer are echoed throughout all our military branches participating in the current SASO in Iraq. Dan Rather and the likes of him have become the defacto standard in journalism. If the L/MSM wanted to, they could flood the TV news and newspapers with thousands of thousands of good news stories as what our troops have done in that land for the past two years. It is against their principals to do this. They have agendas that do not include promoting the United States of America, quite the otherwise.


8 posted on 01/14/2005 7:36:56 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: FreedomCalls

Over and over again, it is reconfirmed to me just how wrong morons likc Chris Mathews are and the damage they are doing to our national security. May they all rot in Purgatory, or Teluride, or ... somewhere in Colorado. Nah, too good for them. Send them to Lebanon.


9 posted on 01/14/2005 7:38:51 PM PST by Richard Axtell (We should be proud, we made the right choice! God Bless George W. Bush!)
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To: FreedomCalls

Garry Owen!

this is on the mark.


10 posted on 01/14/2005 7:45:59 PM PST by castle05 (gun control means consistently hitting where you're aiming)
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To: FreedomCalls

Thanks for this post bump! Awesome read!

Methinks (mehopes!) LTC Ryan has a bright future.


11 posted on 01/14/2005 8:19:22 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

He will get his 20 in this year.


12 posted on 01/14/2005 8:28:40 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

Hope he stays the course rather than "20 and out!"


13 posted on 01/14/2005 8:35:22 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
US GOP controlled Senate AND Main Stream Right Wing Media

Hang your heads in shame!

You remain silent while Hanoi Kerry betrays our troops to our enemies.

So when you wake up in the morning,

and look in the mirror,

before you go to the US Senate,

or to the TV or Radio studios,

know that you did nothing to remove this traitor.

Well REAL Americans know what you did NOT do!

Worth repeating!

Of course, it would take courage to stand up to the media wh*res and actually accuse them and John Fraud Kerry of treason. Most of our politicians seem to have checked their courage at the door when they entered D.C.

14 posted on 01/14/2005 8:38:58 PM PST by jamaly
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To: FreedomCalls
This focus on the enemy's successes strengthens his resolve and aids and abets his cause. It's the American image abroad that suffers in the end.

Leftist papers like the Baltimore Sun and the Wash Post could headline a murder in their city almost every day. Of course they don't. Their visceral dislike of everything conservative has them in the aid and comfort to the enemy camp...right along with the 'rat leadership. Having Bush fail seems to trump everything for them.

15 posted on 01/14/2005 9:52:42 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: FreedomCalls
I remember a couple of weeks ago when a building in Minnesota blew up [natural gas was suspected as cause]. The truly lame media had the following report about the incident:

Calls to the building did not go through.

If it is MSM, one of the M's has got to stand for Morons.

16 posted on 01/15/2005 12:21:11 AM PST by topher (Pray for our leaders -- let the fighting 109th Congress rip into the evil past)
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To: FreedomCalls

Can't understand why this thread is not receiving more interest bump!


17 posted on 01/15/2005 8:16:50 AM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

"Can't understand why this thread is not receiving more interest bump!."
Perhaps many are so saturated with so much info presented at this site they hardly know where to begin. And to converse,debate on five or six posts at the same time can get a bit weary at times.
Great article. Views have been expressed in many other articles written by our military folks, and by how should we say, conservative oriented journalist.


18 posted on 01/15/2005 10:51:07 AM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: beebuster2000

"GREAT ARTICLE, BUT IT DOESNT ANSWER THE BIG QUESTION- WHY?
that is the enduring mystery to me- why."

If your statement elucidates the question, why the L/MSM does not provide a balanced view of how many good things have happened in Iraq during the SASO phase. I think it is has a simple answer.
Answer: They are fearful that Americans may get the idea that what GWB started, may bear good fruit. They fear greatly that a strong Republican POTUS took the proper route, and that any good news counters what the slimmy liberal left politicians keep trying to do. That is. Make GWB look bad. Why? Because they have an agenda, and that is to deceive by whatever means Americans into wanting to elect liberal left wingers to the presidency. So why does the L/MSM constitute a body of deceiving often far left liberal social point of view? Tis a very long story.


19 posted on 01/15/2005 11:00:36 AM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: FreedomCalls

It is easier to spot bias in articles than it is to measure bias in the absence of reporting.

So I always try to read this:

http://chrenkoff.blogspot.com/

Right side of the page carries the Good News from Iraq and Afghanistan updated biweekly.

God Bless our troops and Ryan.


20 posted on 01/15/2005 9:58:42 PM PST by dervish (Europe can go to Islam)
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To: FreedomCalls

It is easier to spot bias in articles than it is to measure bias in the absence of reporting.

So I always try to read this:

http://chrenkoff.blogspot.com/

Right side of the page carries the Good News from Iraq and Afghanistan updated biweekly.

God Bless our troops and Ryan.


21 posted on 01/15/2005 9:58:43 PM PST by dervish (Europe can go to Islam)
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To: dervish

Hey, I always say if it's worth saying, it's worth saying twice.


22 posted on 01/15/2005 9:59:54 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Peach; Mo1

ping


23 posted on 01/16/2005 4:16:08 AM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: prairiebreeze
In war, as in any contest of wills with capable opponents, things do not always go as planned;

And there is the problem

Many in the media .. press and on Capital Hill think we should have perfect wars .. where everything is right on plan and perfect as can be

I think those folks have what you call Type A Personalities

24 posted on 01/16/2005 4:31:41 AM PST by Mo1 (Does the distinguished Sen from VT wish to act as our treaty rep. for negotiations with Al Queda?)
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To: Mo1

The media and CongressRATS understand this fully and choose to exploit it for political purposes.


25 posted on 01/16/2005 4:50:59 AM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: Mo1

BTTT for a good article.


26 posted on 01/16/2005 4:57:50 AM PST by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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To: FreedomCalls

LTC John T. Ryan, " A Soldiers Soldier." Promote this LTC to Colonel ASAP. NSNR


27 posted on 01/16/2005 5:04:51 AM PST by No Surrender No Retreat
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To: FreedomCalls
I see the author is digesting the lessons of Vietnam, first hand.

Axiom: Reason and truth will not stir the Left Wing Media or it's fascist fellow-travelers to give you a fair hearing. They are always against a Constitutional, decent America and will sabotage your efforts against a mortal enemy at every turn!

28 posted on 01/16/2005 5:17:58 AM PST by Gritty ("This guy (Bush) in office is an uneducated, real lying schmuck... he started a jihad!-Chevy Chase)
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To: prairiebreeze

What a fabulous article with so many salient points I wouldn't know where to start. The media today is a far different animal than the media in the 40's...thank goodness.

There were things in this I hadn't known - about people being baked in ovens. The MSM certainly wouldn't want us to know about that. They are too busy trying to make putting panties on the heads of terrorists into the moral equivalent of Saddam's version of torture.


29 posted on 01/16/2005 5:39:08 AM PST by Peach (The Cl intons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: FreedomCalls; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; Valin; yonif; SJackson; dennisw; monkeyshine; ..

Nailed It!
Moral Clarity BUMP !

This ping list is not author-specific for articles I'd like to share. Some for perfect moral clarity, some for provocative thoughts; or simply interesting articles I'd hate to miss myself. (I don't have to agree with the author 100% to feel the need to share an article.) I will try not to abuse the ping list and not to annoy you too much, but on some days there is more of good stuff that is worthy attention. I keep separate PING lists for my favorite authors Victor Davis Hanson, Lee Harris, David Warren, Orson Scott Card. You are welcome in or out, just freepmail me (and note which PING list you are talking about).

30 posted on 01/17/2005 5:17:47 AM PST by Tolik
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To: FreedomCalls
Have they ever read Roger Trinquier's treatise Modern Warfare: A French View on Counter-insurgency (1956)? He is one of the few French military guys who got it right. The Algerian insurgency of the 1950s and the Iraq insurgency have many similarities. What about Napoleon's campaigns in Sardinia in 1805-07? Again, there are a lot of similarities to this campaign. Have they studied that and contrasted the strategies? Or, have they even read Mao Zedung's theories on insurgencies, or Nygen Giap's, or maybe Che' Gueverra's? Have they seen any of Sun Zsu's work lately?

GREAT POINT. With the exception of those in the military, or those who have attended a military academy, how many Americans have read these works? (Perhaps a reasonable number have read the Sun Zsu.) If we are to raise responsible and informed citizens, who can function in a 21st century geopolitical society, should these be part of our curriculum?

I wonder what the folks at ISI would say...

31 posted on 01/17/2005 5:47:23 AM PST by Huber
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To: Marine_Uncle

http://www.davidlimbaugh.com/
snip
"People in the liberal media, like Hersh, apparently are so distrustful of the Bush administration and so fearful of the "neocon" influence at the Pentagon that they are apparently willing to subordinate our national security interests to undermine this influence in the administration. During the interview I didn't notice Wolf raising one question with Hersh about the propriety of his report. These self-anointed journalists of the Old Media believe their motives are beyond scrutiny. They serve a higher calling. Their wisdom transcends national loyalties; they goodness cannot be confined to artificial nation state constructs.

Hersh's report -- true or not -- is shameful and disgraceful and people should call him to the carpet for it. I suppose we'll see the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and other MSM dinosaurs railing against this over the next few days. It's time that the New Media jumped all over this and called into question Hersh, the Old Media and their unpatriotic reporting here.

Yes, I said it: unpatriotic. If tipping off the enemy isn't unpatriotic can you tell me what is? And don't you dare tell me the public has a right to know. There are certain things the public must not know, because if it knows, so does the enemy. You can't protect a public that insists on being informed as to sensitive intelligence and military operations. It's time we remove this artificial halo from this public's right to know construct."

Another view of the media.


32 posted on 01/17/2005 6:11:41 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: FreedomCalls

Thank you.


33 posted on 01/17/2005 6:22:03 AM PST by wildehunt (follow those hounds..)
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To: Vigilantcitizen; SLB; Squantos; .45MAN; dansangel

Awesome column ping. Ping your friends.

We cannot allow another Vietnam to occur. The U.S. cannot lose another conflict due to Lefty media control.


34 posted on 01/17/2005 7:24:16 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: beebuster2000

WHY? Always a good question.
Why the media only shows the "bad" news? Laziness, It's just to easy for them to sit in the "Green Zone" and send back "sexy photos" and stories about how things are going down hill.
Then there's the old "If it bleeds it leads" school of reporting, once again this does not require a whole lot of work on the part of a reporter.
I could talk about the bias fo the MSM but I don't think we need too say anything about that as it's pretty much a given.

Thank goodness for the blogs for setting the record straight on Iraq.


If I may I'd recomend
In The Red Zone
http://spencepublishing.typepad.com/in_the_red_zone/


35 posted on 01/17/2005 8:15:09 AM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
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To: Tolik

Thanks, Tolik -- outstanding article.


36 posted on 01/17/2005 8:32:39 AM PST by RottiBiz
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To: FreedomPoster

"I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast."

--- Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman


37 posted on 01/17/2005 8:48:38 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: FreedomCalls

Read! Bookmarked! And passed on to many......


38 posted on 01/17/2005 9:11:20 AM PST by .45MAN ("He" is with us.)
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To: FreedomPoster

Booked, and sent on the my e-mail list. Great piece


39 posted on 01/17/2005 9:13:16 AM PST by .45MAN ("He" is with us.)
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To: FreedomPoster; .45MAN; The Mayor; deadhead; MEG33; Billie; Diver Dave; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; ...

Excellent read and accurate picture of how the leftist MSM aids and abets the terrorists.

Thank you for the ping ((((FP))))


40 posted on 01/17/2005 9:27:39 AM PST by dansangel
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To: Taxman
"Can't understand why this thread is not receiving more interest bump!"
41 posted on 01/17/2005 10:01:42 AM PST by AGreatPer (Take my advise, I'm not using it.)
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To: MEG33

"People in the liberal media, like Hersh, apparently are so distrustful of the Bush administration and so fearful of the "neocon" influence at the Pentagon that they are apparently willing to subordinate our national security interests to undermine this influence in the administration. ...
Yes, I said it: unpatriotic. If tipping off the enemy isn't unpatriotic can you tell me what is? And don't you dare tell me the public has a right to know."


Amen to your thoughts. Mine exactly. To often, journalist appear to believe they are above national security. Your statements pretty much delinate the whole situtation as it stands. Sadly, it is a ongoing practice, fostered by the set of "ideals" practiced and taught by the liberal educational system in the country. And it is not going to change any time soon. Our First Amendment rights are precious. But so sadly so many abuse the privileges. I have voice elsewhere that even in WWII we had some pretty goofy Army Press Corps. people who did not play by the rules of reporting during war. Things have simply gotten worse, or so it may seem. As other have shown in this post and elsewhere, General Sherman hit it on the nail way back in 1863 range. A free press obviously is a two edge sword.


42 posted on 01/17/2005 10:47:44 AM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: AGreatPer

Eternal Vigilance started a second thread -- getting some play.


43 posted on 01/17/2005 1:34:34 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Marine_Uncle

http://www.davidlimbaugh.com/
Kudos go to David Limbaugh


44 posted on 01/17/2005 5:44:04 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33

David's article deserves its own thread -- can you do that?


45 posted on 01/17/2005 6:07:51 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1321977/posts
"Journalism" versus the National Interest
davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 1/16/05 | david limbaugh


I just did a search and found it is already posted.


46 posted on 01/17/2005 6:11:05 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: AGreatPer

Prime Time bump.


47 posted on 01/17/2005 6:13:33 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: MEG33

Thanks. I must have used the wrong search phrase.


48 posted on 01/17/2005 6:31:15 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

I cut and paste the title into search on the browse page and scroll the other box to title/date.


49 posted on 01/17/2005 6:33:38 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: FreedomCalls

BTTT


50 posted on 01/17/2005 9:02:43 PM PST by Chgogal
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