Saturday, April 01, 2006

No More Bodycounts?

All of a sudden the number of U.S. fatalities in Iraq do not seem to be important to the mainstream media. U.S. fatalities have consistently decreased since October 2005. March of 2006 came to a close with a total of 30 U.S. fatalities, not all of them combat related. The last time there was a month with 30 or fewer fatalities was February 2004.

The continued reduction of U.S. fatalities is a barometer of progress in Iraq. It is a result of Iraqi forces taking over military and police operations and continued efficient and effective military operations by U.S. forces. In short, it is a measure of slow and hard-earned progress, but progress none-the-less. This is where the media comes in, or not.

It is no secret that the media, controlled by the far Left, fears success in Iraq on a number of levels. First and foremost, success in Iraq means success for a president they so loathe. Therefore acknowledging any measure of success is unthinkable. Secondly, on a more philosophical level they are radical liberals which makes them anti-war, regardless of the circumstances. Their mantra is "War is not the answer." Perhaps you have read this between the lines.

If, over the long haul, the administration's vision of Iraq as a free, flourishing, capitalist democracy comes to be, then it will mean war was the answer. Something else those in the media are not prepared to deal with. Very simply put, when reality does not jive with the way they want things to be. They ignore it. This is why the declining fatality count is being ignored. It does not jive with their view of what should be and, I argue, what they want, which is a loss in Iraq. It is the same with Afghanistan but things have gone so well there all along, they perpetually ignore it, unless of course someone dies.

The only way we can lose in Iraq is if the American citizenry loses the will to win. The only way this can happen is with a constant barrage of distorted, negative reporting on the war designed to sap America of its fortitude. And that my friends is the reason you are not hearing about declining U.S. fatalities in Iraq.

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