Day By Day

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

War...? What War?

Ralph Peters, writing in the New York Post, notes that media interest in the war has waned as we have become more successful in prosecuting it.

Far fewer Iraqi civilians are dying at the hands of extremists. U.S. and Coalition casualty rates have fallen dramatically. The situation has changed so unmistakably and so swiftly that we should be reading proud headlines daily.

Where are they? Is it really so painful for all those war-porno journos to accept that our military - and the Iraqis - may have turned the situation around? Shouldn't we read and see and hear a bit of praise for today's soldiers and the progress they're making?

The media's new trick is to concentrate coverage on our wounded, mouthing platitudes while using military amputees as props to suggest that, no matter what happens in Iraq, everything's still a disaster.

Read it here.

They are bound and determined to make sure that the public remembers Iraq as a disaster, a quagmire, and a mistake and will stay on that course until long after the election is decided and public perception doesn't matter any more.

He also gets some richly-deserved swipes in at the clueless peacocks in Hollywood and the MSM, and includes this delicious phrase, "the 100-proof nastiness of the intelligentsia." Having spent much of my life in academia, I have become acquainted with numerous self-styled "intellectuals" and "nastiness" is the most appropriate term for their perspective I can imagine.