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Rumsfeld: Terrorists Can Win Only in U.S., Media (Wish he'd mentioned the DemonRats too)
American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Donna Miles

Posted on 12/09/2005 5:05:43 PM PST by SandRat

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2005 – Enemies of a free Iraq recognize they can't win against the United States and the coalition on the battlefield, and the only way they can hope to win is in Washington, D.C., and through American public opinion, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Dec. 8. "They can't win over there," Rumsfeld said on PBS' "News Hour With Jim Lehrer." "The only place they can win it is in Washington, D.C., and they know that. They are working on it, and they are working it skillfully."

In addition, the secretary said, "they lie" and use the media to circulate their misinformation. He cited false stories circulated by terrorists, including one about a Koran being flushed down a toilet at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Several people died in riots that followed in Afghanistan, reportedly killing 16 and injuring more than 100 people.

Rumsfeld reiterated a point he made earlier this week: that journalists need to be more even-handed in their reporting and ensure they tell the whole story of what's happening in Iraq.

In the rush to get news out quickly, some reporters cut their fact-checking time short, he said. "To find the truth out takes weeks," he said. "To spread something that's not true takes five minutes. And it's all over the globe."

Rumsfeld urged reporters to tell the complete story about Iraq - the progress as well as the violence that tends to dominate the headlines.

He questioned why people "see hundreds of stories on the negative side and handfuls of stories on the positive side about what is going on."

Troops on the ground know the real story, and share it with their friends and loved ones through e-mails and phone calls, the secretary said. But they continue to wonder why this story isn't finding its way into the media, he said.

"All I know is that there are 150,000 troops over there who keep asking me, what in the world is going on?" Rumsfeld said. "Why is the impression in the United States so notably different than the facts on the ground that they see every day?"


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: can; congress; gnfi; in; lehrer; media; mediabias; only; pbs; rumsfeld; terrorists; us; win

1 posted on 12/09/2005 5:05:45 PM PST by SandRat
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..

Treasonous Media and Surrender Rats are a dual threat


2 posted on 12/09/2005 5:06:27 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Oh man. They let Rummy out of his cage to say what he thinks. Bush must be really serious about nailing this thing down.


3 posted on 12/09/2005 5:12:48 PM PST by narby (Hillary! The Wicked Witch of the Left)
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To: SandRat
Treasonous Media and Surrender Rats are a dual threat

I had a dream. All the Treasonous Media and Surrender Rats suddenly sauntered slowly into the sea. Almost immediately, all around the world terrororists surrendered or vanished and, before long the mideast became a burgeoning economy and business thrived throughout. Gas prices plunged all over the world, Hollywood turned in their hybrids, and there was peace and prosperity on earth.

4 posted on 12/09/2005 5:15:07 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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To: narby

Scott McClellan needs to take notes from Rummy.


5 posted on 12/09/2005 5:15:21 PM PST by Wristpin ( Varitek says to A-Rod: "We don't throw at .260 hitters.....")
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To: SandRat

Poor little liberals. It's isn't 1967 anymore.


6 posted on 12/09/2005 5:16:26 PM PST by Reactionary (The Stalinist Media is the Enemy)
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To: SandRat
MEMO TO RUMSFELD:

NAME NAMES NEXT TIME (i.e. Kerry, Dean, Durbin)!!

7 posted on 12/09/2005 5:21:38 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: SandRat

Good start, but this is armed forces press service. I wonder how many of those lying newspapers will carry it?


8 posted on 12/09/2005 5:29:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: F16Fighter

Don't forget McCain, who wants to pass a Terrorist Protection Act to make sure the murderers are not abused by the U.S.. 89 Senators voted with McCain for this idiocy in October. The Senators apparently think the "United Terrorist States" will reciprocate and treat prisoners with decency. Or maybe they'll use friendlier bombs when blowing up 30-40 civilians, or blowing up our troops with IED's, reducing human beings to bloody body parts? McCain and the other Senators have lost their sanity.


9 posted on 12/09/2005 5:31:49 PM PST by pleikumud
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To: Cicero

That's why we have FR.


10 posted on 12/09/2005 5:32:36 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Unfortunately we cannot depend upon the American Forces Network (TV and Radio) to be unbiased either. Read this unrelated post that touches on this same issue.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-vetscor/1537525/posts

When California based civilians determine what our troops see (and don't see), it's an invitation for abuse.


11 posted on 12/09/2005 6:33:33 PM PST by BearsPop
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To: pleikumud
"Don't forget McCain, who wants to pass a Terrorist Protection Act to make sure the murderers are not abused by the U.S..."

How can we?

This issue, CFR -- McInsane has done more damage to the country AND GOP than the Democrats ever could alone.

Can somebody please reel in this nut before his does even more damage?

12 posted on 12/09/2005 6:44:22 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: F16Fighter

I believe McCain also has a lot to do with the archaic, obsolete and anti-capitalist regulation of telecom. The entire telecom industry in the U.S. is held hostage to oppressive regulations, and taxes. Even a simple home phone bill has so many surcharges and "access fees" that the effective tax rate can be over 30%. Perhaps someone on here knows more about McCain's role.


13 posted on 12/09/2005 7:13:56 PM PST by pleikumud
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To: ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; TrueBeliever9; maestro; TEXOKIE; My back yard; djreece; ...
Rumsfeld reiterated a point he made earlier this week: that journalists need to be more even-handed in their reporting and ensure they tell the whole story of what's happening in Iraq. In the rush to get news out quickly, some reporters cut their fact-checking time short, he said. "To find the truth out takes weeks," he said. "To spread something that's not true takes five minutes. And it's all over the globe."

Rumsfeld urged reporters to tell the complete story about Iraq - the progress as well as the violence that tends to dominate the headlines.

He questioned why people "see hundreds of stories on the negative side and handfuls of stories on the positive side about what is going on."

14 posted on 12/09/2005 8:41:41 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

The RNC video ad addresses this superbly!

http://www.cagop.org/

"Retreat and Defeat are NOT an option"


15 posted on 12/09/2005 8:52:48 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: All

American only loses it wars at home.

Our military knows how to win its wars.

We can't let the left lose the war on terror, here at home, the only place we can lose it.

16 posted on 12/09/2005 8:53:44 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: FairOpinion

bttt!


17 posted on 12/09/2005 8:54:04 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping!


18 posted on 12/09/2005 8:58:11 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Reactionary

OH WOW MAN! Really? Like what year is it? Is Timothy Leary President yet?


19 posted on 12/09/2005 9:25:36 PM PST by Valin (Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege)
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To: Wristpin
>>>Scott McClellan needs to take notes from Rummy.

With apologies to Mr. McClellan....he wouldn't know what to do if he took notes on Rummy. McClellan is probably a fine talented person...but...he's in the wrong job!

Bush needs a Press Secretary that is a close relative of Rumsfeld and thinks like him!

The press can be had...Rumsfeld proves it every day!

20 posted on 12/09/2005 9:36:01 PM PST by HardStarboard (Read Stephen Hayes "Spooked White House" - Weekly Standard. It explains a an awful lot.)
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To: SandRat

BTTT


21 posted on 12/10/2005 3:09:38 AM PST by E.G.C.
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