- Thomas a Kempis
Just a quick question: How's it going in Iraq?
I can predict the answer to that question based upon your politics. If you are a strong Bush supporter your answer will be something along the lines of "Well, it's difficult, but we're winning". If you are a strong Kerry supporter - do they exist? let me rephrase - if you are a strong Bush despiser your answer will be something along the lines of "It's a disaster that will haunt us for years."
Pro-war yet Anti-Bush blogger Andrew Sullivan hyperventilates daily about Iraq.
Iraq The Model (in our blogroll, btw) presents a picture of hope and resolve.
The Bush campaign presents a winning war effort and is being criticised for being too optimistic.
The Kerry campaign points to a war effort that has already failed. In fact, their latest line is that the situation is so dire that Bush has a plan to reinstate the draft after the election (this is expertly fisked by Bryon over at Slings and Arrows)
The networks present, in general, a bleak and chaotic picture.
Some fair, balanced truth would be nice. Probably impossible until after the election.
Some food for thought [hat tip: National Review's Corner]:
Did you see the big headline or watch the top-of-the-newscast story about the success of our sons and daughters in Samarra, Iraq?So tell me - have you heard much news about the success in Samarra?
Of course, you didn't.
I found mention deep in stories from The Christian Science Monitor and The Associated Press. But it took e-mails from Marine officers in Iraq to relay the importance of this positive news ? so I could tell you.
It shouldn't be this way. Yet journalism in America is broken. It has no foundation of values by which many Americans can relate and depend. The moral of this column is not about one side prevailing in news coverage on the war on terror. It's simply about fairness ? about Americans getting both sides with the same prominence.
They're not. And media emphasis on Iraq being in chaos has coincided with John Kerry making the same pitch to voters. It makes you wonder, just as we did on the authenticity of Dan Rather's reporting. And now America knows about Rather's ruse.
''Samarra is a beaming success story over here,'' writes Lt. Col Jim Rose, a Tennessee Marine whose parents live in Old Hickory. ''We were getting ready for a take-down there right after Najaf. We told the locals, 'Hey, see what happened in Najaf? Is that what you want? Cause we're coming.' It took the locals about two days to get the bad guys out.''
The rest of the article is very good as well.