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Spinning Operation Swarmer
Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.

Posted on 03/20/2006 2:44:05 AM PST by SuzyQ2

And as far as the U.S. effort is concerned, it seems there is almost nothing the White House, the Pentagon, or for that matter any American rifleman on the ground can do that is good enough to garner so much as a one-line "attaboy" from many of our country’s largest newspapers and television news networks.

Let’s look at last Thursday, March 16, the day the Iraqi National Assembly opened in Baghdad and a high-profile "air assault" northeast of Samarra, as an example:

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abu; air; airborne; army; assault; assembly; baghdad; bombing; cavalry; ghrab; helicopter; infantry; iraqi; national; operation; parliament; samarra; swarmer; terrorist; us; wmd

1 posted on 03/20/2006 2:44:11 AM PST by SuzyQ2
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To: SuzyQ2

Good article!


2 posted on 03/20/2006 2:56:17 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: SuzyQ2

Bottom line: If the CIC was a democRAT they'd nearly all be chatting up what a cool dude he is, and never mind the interns. It's all about power and let us handle the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


3 posted on 03/20/2006 3:24:14 AM PST by Waco
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To: SuzyQ2

Sadly, as far as the MSM, bad news is good news, good news is not news worthy.
Specially for the Bush Administration.

Three years after in invasion there are worldwide demonstrations (200 demonstrators in NYC - abysmal showing and mostly out of towners )for the immediate withdraw of troops,
whereas six years after 9-11 in NYC, there is a hole where the trade center once stood.


4 posted on 03/20/2006 3:25:01 AM PST by IrishMike (Dry Powder is a plus)
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To: SuzyQ2
Prompted by the airing of Heartbreak Ridge yesterday, I was talking with my daughter about the MSM's treatment of Reagan. The Grenada war was ridiculed as a joke and a political stunt. IMHO the behavior of the MSM is without question a danger to this country.
5 posted on 03/20/2006 3:26:10 AM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com)
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To: SuzyQ2

Starting now on C-SPAN2 BookTV:

Forum
Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Center for Strategic and International Studies
World Security Institute
Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
ID: 191661 - 03/16/2006 - 1:15 - $29.95



Gordon, Michael R. Correspondent, [New York Times], Military Affairs
Ross, Dennis B. Special Envoy (1988-2000), Department of State, Middle East
Campbell, Kurt Senior V.P. & Director, Center for Strategic and International Studies, International Security Program
O'Hanlon, Michael E. Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Foreign Policy
Trainor, Bernard E. Analyst, NBC News, Military Affairs




Michael Gordon and Lt. General Bernard Trainor (Ret.) talked about their book "Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq," published by Pantheon, at a book launching reception hosted by The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the World Security Institute. Following remarks by the authors, a panel of experts on foreign affairs commented on the book.

Panelists included: Kurt Campbell, senior vice president and director of International Security Program at CSIS; Ambassador Dennis Ross, former U.S. envoy to the Middle East, 1988-2000; Richard Falkenrath, former deputy assistant to the president and deputy homeland security adviser; and Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.


6 posted on 03/20/2006 3:33:33 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: visualops

No doubt the the fourth estate is a fifth column


7 posted on 03/20/2006 3:38:00 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: SuzyQ2
Very good article.

There was a thread here a while back asking FReepers what they thought was the most significant event in 2005. Some said Katrina... the confirmation of Roberts... etc.

For some reason... I chose the December election in Iraq. To me, nothing is more critical than keeping Iraq out of the grip of the Islamo-nazi's.

8 posted on 03/20/2006 3:56:29 AM PST by johnny7 (ďNah, I ainít Jewish, I just donít dig on swine, thatís all.Ē)
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To: SuzyQ2

I started watching a DVD of the first 26 episodes of Victory at Sea over the weekend. That's the TV series that ran in the 50s and (maybe) into the early 60s that was compiled from war footage and went through the history of WWII, primarily from the sea war perspective.

Contrast that with today, when the MSM has placed a ban on showing any 9/11 footage.

How times have changed.


9 posted on 03/20/2006 4:21:35 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: SuzyQ2
...as well as recovering terrorist training manuals and videos, stolen Iraqi military uniforms, and various triggers and devices used to detonate explosives.

Great article SuziQ.

I also heard reported that they found 600 false IDs.

10 posted on 03/20/2006 4:38:10 AM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: SuzyQ2

Great article. Thanks for posting. The MSM propagandists are dying. New Media bump!


11 posted on 03/20/2006 4:44:30 AM PST by PGalt
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To: SuzyQ2
And as far as the U.S. effort is concerned, it seems there is almost nothing the White House...can do that is good enough to garner so much as a one-line "attaboy" from many of our country’s largest newspapers and television news networks...

So what should our attitude be? Let me paraphrase Al Pacino in Scarface...


"**** the country's largest newspapers, and **** the ******* tv news networks! ****'em all! I bury those cock-a-roaches! What'd they ever do for us?"

What I'm trying to say is: we've got to get the message out. Bypass 'em, just like Ronald Reagan did--and that was back in a day when the "Big 3" networks had TWICE OR THREE TIMES the audience they have now. :)

12 posted on 03/20/2006 6:27:47 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Ouderkirk

The amazing thing is they don't even really try to hide it anymore, and sadly not enough people are crying foul.


13 posted on 03/20/2006 7:14:44 AM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com)
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To: SuzyQ2
It seems to me that those who are "spinning" the latest offensive by American forces in Iraq as a failure cannot know what affect, if any, the offensive is having on the enemy.

Unless -- they have direct communication and contact with the enemy. And that is possible. The terrorists' have learned to play on C(X)NN and other media like a violin.

Make no mistake. America's enemy is every single, solitary, Muslim in the world. (Someone said that a moderate Muslim is a Muslim temporarily out of AK-47 ammunition).

We are sustaining Iraqi and Afghanistani Muslims with American lives, billions of dollars, food, medicine, arms etc. Are we insane?

Anyone?
14 posted on 03/20/2006 7:22:30 AM PST by R.W.Ratikal
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To: SuzyQ2

The ignorance of the DUmmies and similar lefties about this operation is staggering. Yet they all act like they are military experts.


15 posted on 03/20/2006 8:24:10 AM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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