Thursday, December 08, 2005

No News is Good News

Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported… Not enough good news being reported…

Not enough good news to report that can make up for the bad news.

Chris Matthews and his like are so impressed that Mister Bush is admitting--inferring, at least--that "mistakes have been made" in our Iraq escapade. Great news, Chris. I understand that Donald Rumsfeld is privately admitting we're in the middle of a full blown insurgency.

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Of course the mainstream media's coverage of the "war" has been moronic. But that doesn’t make it much different from the coverage of anything else. Witness the furor over the air marshal incident yesterday. Nothing I've heard or read in the mainstream so far indicates the marshals did anything except exactly what they were supposed to do, and yet the cable clones are falling all over themselves trying to "create" a story that the marshals messed up.

But boy, let Mister Bush and Uncle Dick and Ron say "Not enough good news being reported" and the media roll over like puppies wanting their tummies scratched.

If Chris Matthews gets much more apologetic for the media, he's going to confess to single-handedly cooking the intelligence on Iraq himself. Heck, give him enough time and he'll reveal that he's actually Judith Miller in disguise.

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One of the media's biggest sins lately has been allowing the Iraq debate to turn into a "limited choice" argument. "Fair and balanced" means equal time for all the idiots to shout invictive laden talking points at each other. It's either "stay the course" or "cut and run," when the range of suitable options lie somewhere in between.

For all the initial GOP criticism of Jack Murtha's plan for Iraq (and the Democrats' distancing from it, Murtha is, in fact, making more sense, and offering more concrete proposals than anyone else.

Murtha's use of "immediate redeployment" was unfortunate choice of terminology. In military speak, it means something quite a bit different that "immediate withdrawal." He's actually talking about an orderly, secure withdrawal that would last in the neighborhood of 6 months. Be that as it may, Murtha has persisted in putting out his message despite the smear campaign he's been subjected to.

If you haven't read his full statement, I highly recommend that you do so here.

As Murtha puts it:
Our military has done everything that has been asked of them, the U.S. can not accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM HOME.

4 comments:

  1. I FOUND YOUR COMMENTS PITHY WITHOUT DIATRIBE. WELL DONE!

    MAY I OFFER THAT YOU READ MY FIRST SHORT BLOG POSTED TODAY UNDER PALADINPRESS.

    MY MILITARY BACKGROUND WAS AIRBORNE INFANTRY PLATOON LEADER IN VIETNAM. NOTHING HEROIC OR DISTINGUISHED ON MY PART I WAS FORTUNATE NOT TO HAVE ENGAGED IN DIRECT HOSTILE FIRE. I WAS A COLLEGE GRADUATE THAT VOLUNTEERED. IT TOOK ME THIRY YEARS TO DISTINGUISH THAT ANSWERING MY COUNTRY'S CALL WAS NOT WRONG BUT RATHER IT WAS WRONG FOR MY COUNTRY TO HAVE CALLED ON MY GENERATION FOR THAT CONFLICT.

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    ANGELO GARGAGLIANO IN STAMFORD,CT.

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  2. Angelo,

    Thanks for the nice words, and for stopping by. Welcome to the blogosphere.

    Jeff

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  3. Angelo - never fired, nor have taken a hostile shot either. When it came time to serve my country or not, it wasn't really a matter of choice. I just followed the examples set forth by my family before me.

    All of them volunteered before being drafted. I had my card while in high school, but they ended the draft.

    Seems to me the issue is still; this is a war of choice, and with the great emphasis being placed upon the threat being able to strike anywhere, anytime especially in or homeland - then why in god's name haven't our leaders reinstituted the draft yet?

    It only makes perfect sense, especially with all those scared folks waiting for hordes of jihadist to come attack from out of the woods and such.

    Just one Marine's perspective.

    Semper Fidelis

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  4. Jeff,

    Continue to enjoy your most tellingly accurate and succinct phraseology.

    May I be so bold as to recommend my book, Amoral Authority, for your consideration. The tag line I use is "Provocative ideas crafted into a thriller of disturbing observations." The story weaves historical facts into a fictional plot to come up with I think is a rich tapestry of twisted logic and reason.

    With kind regards,

    Angelo Gargagliano

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