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.
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.
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.