Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

American secret: We are winning the war in Iraq
The Star [South Chicago] ^ | 12/18/5 | Michael Bowers

Posted on 12/18/2005 7:59:46 AM PST by SmithL

Even as up to 70 percent of eligible voters in Iraq turned out for the parliamentary election Thursday, Newsweek was painting a picture of President Bush in a bubble, "the most isolated president in modern history."

"Inattention to Murtha, a coal-country Pennsylvanian and rock-solid patriot, suggests a level of indifference, if not denial, that is dangerous for a president who seeks to transform the world."

"What Bush actually hears and takes in, however, is not clear. And whether his advisers are quite as frank as they claim to be with the president is also questionable."

"The official says that the way Bush phrased his questions, as well as his obvious lack of interest in long, detailed discussions, had a chilling effect."

The Newsweek attack amounts to yet another false meme in the litany of slander against the president. First: Bush is stupid. Then: Bush lied, people died. Now: Bush lives in a bubble.

Let me translate. What the magazine really means is: "Bush refuses to do what we tell him to do."

I'm sure that as far as Bush is concerned, the magazine can naff off. He has long since rejected the New York-Washington-California press as an honest voice in the debate. His administration considers coastal journalists to be nothing more than a political action committee for the Democrats.

Bush has decided to accept this as a natural state of affairs. He doesn't fight the press; he has simply cut it out of the process. He intends to make the right decisions in Iraq and let events vindicate him two or three decades hence.

It's a good plan. What fool seeks advice from his enemies? Listen to one of Newsweek's top editors himself, Evan Thomas. No one can call Thomas a Republican. He is not only one of the authors of the "bubble" hit job, he is also the grandson of the famous American socialist Norman Thomas. Yet, last year Thomas admitted:

"The media, I think, wants Kerry to win. And I think they're going to portray Kerry and Edwards ... as being young and dynamic and optimistic and all; there's going to be this glow about them that some, is going to be worth, collectively, the two of them, that's going to be worth maybe 15 points."

It's not just the 2004 election in which these 15 points come into play. It's every election, and it's every poll. So the next time you read that Bush's popularity is 39 percent approval vs. 55 disapproval, remember to add 15. If the press didn't mark the cards, Bush's rating would be 54 percent approval vs. 40 percent disapproval -- excellent numbers for a president in his second term.

The same equation applies to the 2008 election. If Mitt Romney runs against Hillary Clinton, he doesn't have to win 51 percent of the vote -- he has to win 66 percent. Romney will need a landslide. Democrats were angry that Bush "stole" the 2000 election. Bush didn't steal it. He just won it by less than a landslide.

Press bias is a corruption of American democracy, but more immediately, it is a betrayal of the Iraqi people. They want to see our troops leave their country -- but only after we have established their security first.

Consider a recent survey of Iraqis carried out for the BBC and ABC News. How is the new government performing? It's doing a good job, say 61 percent. How are things going in their personal lives? Quite well, say 71 percent. Will their lives improve in the coming year? Yes, say 61 percent. Will the situation improve nationwide? Yes, say 69 percent.

Killing the jihad crazies at a ratio of 20:1, our soldiers are similarly optimistic. But just 33 percent of our journalists believe we will establish democracy in Iraq. Now, who would know better? The Iraqi people and the soldiers? Or the reporters? Tough call, isn't it?

The Brookings Institution makes other crucial points. Despite terrorist sabotage, the Iraqi economy is likely to grow 17 percent next year. Per capita income is 30 percent higher than before the war. There are five times as many cars on the street, five times more telephone subscribers and 32 times more Internet users.

According to ABC News, teacher salaries have risen from $9 a month to $200. Civil servants and police officers have seen similar pay increases.

Norman Podhoretz adds that our troops have built 3,400 public schools, 300 water and sewage facilities, 260 fire and police stations, and 150 public-health facilities. Another 920 such projects are under way. And here I thought we were there just to steal the oil.

To an observer without an agenda, it's clear we are winning the war. It's also clear this is the best-kept secret in America today. It is agonizing every time a bomb kills another Marine. But the story here is more than just our casualty count.

Democrats such as Howard Dean declare "the idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong." How can he say something so offensive and ignorant?

The answer is that, secretly, his party is deeply frightened of victory. Many Democrats don't believe America deserves to win. They don't believe our military can ever be a force for good, unless it's fighting to save Russian communism from extinction, as it did 65 years ago. They don't want Bush to get any credit. Tearing him down is more important than securing a stable and prosperous Iraq.

Mr. President, block out the losers. Stay in your "bubble." Finish this war. Win.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gnfi; iraq; iraqisuccess
Send email to mbowers@starnewspapers.com.
1 posted on 12/18/2005 7:59:46 AM PST by SmithL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..

PING PING PING!


2 posted on 12/18/2005 8:02:59 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

"Let me translate. What the magazine really means is: "Bush refuses to do what we tell him to do."

A brilliant article. The MSM is going crazy because they no longer control the political process.


3 posted on 12/18/2005 8:07:20 AM PST by marktwain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AbsoluteJustice; Augie76; Barnacle; BeAllYouCanBe; BillyBoy; Bismarck; bourbon; ...

CHICAGOLAND PING

Nice job, as always, by Mike Bowers.


4 posted on 12/18/2005 8:07:54 AM PST by Chi-townChief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

I cancelled my Newsweak subscription months ago, though they keep on sending it to me...I'm sure they'll do it for free to keep their numbers up.

I took great relish this past week, shredding that entire issue and putting it in the chickens' nesting boxes, LOL!

I don't even take them to the Library any longer for the "Free" box. I refuse to help spread this traitorous slander in a time of war. They usually go straight to the burn barrel, unread.


5 posted on 12/18/2005 8:10:44 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Newsweek was painting a picture of President Bush in a bubble, "the most isolated president in modern history."

Newsweek: The journal of record by, and for, eighth grade minds.

6 posted on 12/18/2005 8:10:48 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
I'm sure that as far as Bush is concerned, the magazine can naff off. He has long since rejected the New York-Washington-California press as an honest voice in the debate. His administration considers coastal journalists to be nothing more than a political action committee for the Democrats.

Bush has decided to accept this as a natural state of affairs. He doesn't fight the press; he has simply cut it out of the process. He intends to make the right decisions in Iraq and let events vindicate him two or three decades hence.

It's a good plan. What fool seeks advice from his enemies?

Good article.

7 posted on 12/18/2005 8:11:20 AM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Excellent find. One of the best articles of this vein I have read.


8 posted on 12/18/2005 8:12:28 AM PST by Laserman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

BTTT


9 posted on 12/18/2005 8:13:24 AM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hinckley buzzard
The journal of record by, and for, eighth grade minds.

Yeah, 8th graders outside of the US.

10 posted on 12/18/2005 8:13:46 AM PST by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: marktwain
Newsweek was painting a picture of President Bush in a bubble, "the most isolated president in modern history."

IMHO Olds Media projects its own Leftist bubble. The most isolated partisans in modern history.

marktwain."Let me translate. What the magazine really means is: "Bush refuses to do what we tell him to do."

marktwain. A brilliant article. The MSM is going crazy because they no longer control the political process.


Agreed.
11 posted on 12/18/2005 8:16:23 AM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

What I want to know is what's cheaper, spending 200 billion to make Iraq free and democratic and killing and capturing 10's of thousands of terrorists in the process or taking another 1 trillion dollar hit as we did on 9/11?


12 posted on 12/18/2005 8:18:38 AM PST by appeal2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

Great Stuff ~ Bump!


13 posted on 12/18/2005 8:18:41 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

"Mr. President, block out the losers. Stay in your "bubble." Finish this war. Win."

I go along with your pings SandRat, We have to help our Best of the Best that are in country by beating down the "ENEMY WITHIN" which Murtha, Dean, Hiterly, and others are part of. Our guys in country would have a big problem if they had Gore or Hanoi john in the White House. God Bless ALL of our Guys in country and they are in my Thoughts and Prayers. God Bless America and ALL WHO have and will DEFEND HER.


14 posted on 12/18/2005 8:19:41 AM PST by JOE43270 (JOE43270 America voted and said we are One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for All.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Milhous
"IMHO Olds Media projects its own Leftist bubble. The most isolated partisans in modern history."

This is an excellent observation as well. The leftists *can not* allow themselves to see reality and facts, because if they do, their entire illusion based world view falls apart.

One of the most difficult things for any adult to do is to change their world view. It almost never happens, unless their is a severe, potentially life threatening, crisis that can not be ignored.

Leftists have spent their entire lives ignoring reality. They are really good at doing this, so I do not think we have anything to fear from them waking up and changing their tactics to reflect the world as it is.
15 posted on 12/18/2005 8:25:04 AM PST by marktwain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

bttt


16 posted on 12/18/2005 8:26:19 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

We were winning in Vietnam too.


17 posted on 12/18/2005 8:27:09 AM PST by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

BTTT


18 posted on 12/18/2005 8:29:26 AM PST by E.G.C.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Comment #19 Removed by Moderator

To: SmithL

Great article! The dems and the MSM are merely continuing the Dan Rather/CBS forged documents pattern. It doesn't matter if they lie about the president or the Iraq war. Bottom line -- they believe the President is evil, stupid, and stole both elections, so they print or say anything, regardless of the truth. Right out of Dan the Man's playbook.


20 posted on 12/18/2005 8:33:11 AM PST by hershey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

The truth is getting out and most Americans are very happy with our success and the Iraqi joy at having set democracy lose in their new country of growing freedom!


21 posted on 12/18/2005 8:33:35 AM PST by Turborules (Liberal Ideas today as always are a Oxymoron)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

BTTT


22 posted on 12/18/2005 8:34:47 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

"I took great relish this past week, shredding that entire issue and putting it in the chickens' nesting boxes, LOL!"

You didn't flush it down the toilet? After all, if a Koran can be flushed, certainly Newsweak can be.


23 posted on 12/18/2005 8:35:12 AM PST by hsalaw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

I sent Mr. Bowers a note congratulating him on seeing the media's real agenda here: attacking a president who pays no attention to them. The press are acting like babies.


24 posted on 12/18/2005 8:36:46 AM PST by hsalaw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL







25 posted on 12/18/2005 8:38:50 AM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Press bias is a corruption of American democracy

Political bias has been a hallmark of the American Press since before the Revolutionary War.

We can say, "but its different now". Which may be true, but then again, everything is different now.

26 posted on 12/18/2005 8:40:06 AM PST by The Shootist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin
I cancelled my Newsweak subscription months ago, though they keep on sending it to me...I'm sure they'll do it for free to keep their numbers up.

I can confirm that they do this. My late father had a newsweak sub for years. After he passed and the renewal notice had long since been trashed, the magazines kept coming to the 'ol Homestead' for at least a year and we never saw a bill.

27 posted on 12/18/2005 8:40:12 AM PST by Looking4Truth (Sick and tired of being sick and tired of being screwed over.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: onedoug
We were winning in Vietnam too.

Yes we were, until the pol's stepped in...

28 posted on 12/18/2005 8:42:15 AM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Zacs Mom

Excellent, excellent, excellent! Great post and it should be made into a Web ad...


29 posted on 12/18/2005 8:45:34 AM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: marktwain
Leftists have spent their entire lives ignoring reality.

Amen! Furthermore, Leftists deeply invested themselves in American defeat. They bet the bank on it.
30 posted on 12/18/2005 8:46:18 AM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Well, when a Muslim named "Fareed Zakaria" is the editor for Newsweek International, the author of such tripe as

The fact that Newsweek has this gentleman has its international editor tells me a lot about them. I think they should consider renaming the magazine "Al Jazeera West Magazine."

From his eponymous website:

Fareed Zakaria was named editor of Newsweek International in October 2000, overseeing all Newsweek’s editions abroad. He also writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and often The Washington Post. He is a regular member of the roundtable of ABC News’ "This Week with George Stephanapoulos" as well as an analyst for ABC News. He is the host of a new weekly PBS show, "Foreign Exchange," which focuses on international affairs.

It's interesting how he is fawned over by other members of the press: New York article on Mr. Zakaria, "Man of the World", which begins with this paragraph: ‘My friends all say i’m[sic] going to be Secretary of State,” fareed[sic] Zakaria muses from a banquette in the Grill Room at The Four Seasons. “But I don’t see how that would be much different from the job I have now.”

31 posted on 12/18/2005 9:07:45 AM PST by snowsislander
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Great article but it left out one important fact: what the numbers were just a few years ago. I remember that support for Iraq democracy and our troops was down below 50%. The increase of support is astounding.

Great news!

32 posted on 12/18/2005 9:09:55 AM PST by manwiththehands ("Merry Christmas .... and Happy New Year ... you can take your seat now ...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hsalaw

"You didn't flush it down the toilet? After all, if a Koran can be flushed, certainly Newsweak can be."

LOL! Nope. Not going to risk my septic system. ;)


33 posted on 12/18/2005 9:28:01 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
His administration considers coastal journalists to be nothing more than a political action whores (committee) for the Prostitucians (Democrats).

There!

34 posted on 12/18/2005 9:57:06 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeePeee!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

bump


35 posted on 12/18/2005 10:09:20 AM PST by VOA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CommandoFrank
Thank you!

I just put that post, along with another post I'd made early, up onto a web page ~
here is the link to that page:



Feel free to send this link url far and wide.

36 posted on 12/18/2005 12:08:07 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
GOOD NEWS FOR AMERICA?


37 posted on 12/18/2005 12:09:00 PM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

yeah, my lyin' eyes---

check out the lines at the polling places---

http://photoshow.comcast.net/watch/JY8xs3uG


38 posted on 12/18/2005 1:56:32 PM PST by wouldntbprudent
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SandRat; SmithL

Bingo, Bang-go, Bongo BUMP!


39 posted on 12/18/2005 2:53:30 PM PST by roaddog727 (P=3/8 A. or, P=plenty...............)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

The Truth is leaking out through the New Press. Great article.

Pray for W and Our Victorious Troops


40 posted on 12/18/2005 2:58:53 PM PST by bray (Merry Christmas Iraq)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; TrueBeliever9; maestro; TEXOKIE; My back yard; djreece; ...
Norman Podhoretz adds that our troops have built 3,400 public schools, 300 water and sewage facilities, 260 fire and police stations, and 150 public-health facilities. Another 920 such projects are under way. And here I thought we were there just to steal the oil.

To an observer without an agenda, it's clear we are winning the war. It's also clear this is the best-kept secret in America today. It is agonizing every time a bomb kills another Marine. But the story here is more than just our casualty count.

41 posted on 12/18/2005 7:29:49 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hinckley buzzard

"Newsweek: The journal of record by, and for, eighth grade minds."

You are in SO MUCH trouble. Every 8th grader in the country is going to be in on the class-action libel suit against you...

Why do you think they're even that good? A brand new Jr. High School teacher wants to know.


42 posted on 12/18/2005 8:13:47 PM PST by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Calpernia

American secret: We are winning the war in Iraq

Shhhhh. It'll just be our secret.


43 posted on 12/18/2005 8:18:30 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping!


44 posted on 12/18/2005 8:54:12 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Old Student
Why do you think they're even that good? A brand new Jr. High School teacher wants to know.

LOL! I'm willing to take it back if called for! I had heard some years ago from a source I considered reliable at the time that TIME and NEWSWEEK were/are written at an eighth grade reading comprehension level. Perhaps that has changed. BTW, Good luck in your new career! Those are crucial years and need good teachers.

45 posted on 12/19/2005 7:31:49 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson