DO we still have troops in Iraq? Is there still a conflict over there?
If you rely on the so-called mainstream media, you may have difficulty
answering those questions these days. As Iraqi and Coalition forces
pile up one success after another, Iraq has magically vanished from the
Want a real "inconvenient truth?" Progress in Iraq is powerful and accelerating.
But that fact isn't helpful to elite media commissars and cadres
determined to decide the presidential race over our heads. How dare our troops win? Even worse, Iraqi troops are winning. Daily.
You won't see that above the fold in The New York Times. And forget the
Obama-intoxicated news networks - they've adopted his story line that
the clock stopped back in 2003.
To be fair to the quit-Iraq-and-save-the-terrorists media, they have covered a few recent stories from Iraq:
* When a rogue US soldier used a Koran for target practice, journalists
pulled out all the stops to turn it into "Abu Ghraib, The Sequel."
Unforgivably, the Army handled the situation well. The "atrocity" didn't get the traction the whorespondents hoped for.
* When a battered, bleeding al Qaeda managed to set off a few bombs
targeting Sunni Arabs who'd turned against terror, that, too, received
delighted media play.
* As long as Baghdad-based journalists
could hope that the joint US-Iraqi move into Sadr City would end
disastrously, we were treated to a brief flurry of headlines.
* A few weeks back, we heard about another Iraqi company - 100 or so
men - who declined to fight. The story was just delicious, as far as
the media were concerned.
Then tragedy struck: As in Basra the
month before, absent-without-leave (and hiding in Iran) Muqtada al Sadr
quit under pressure from Iraqi and US troops. The missile and mortar
attacks on the Green Zone stopped. There's peace in the streets.
soldiers, not militia thugs, patrol the lanes of Sadr City, where waste
has replaced roadside bombs as the greatest danger to careless
footsteps. US advisers and troops support the effort, but Iraq's
government has taken another giant step forward in establishing law and
My fellow Americans, have you read or seen a single
interview with any of the millions of Iraqis in Sadr City or Basra who
are thrilled that the gangster militias are gone from their
Didn't think so. The basic mission of the American media between
now and November is to convince you, the voter, that Iraq's still a
Meanwhile, they've performed yet another amazing magic trick - making Kurdistan disappear.
Remember the Kurds? Our allies in northern Iraq? When last sighted,
they were living in peace and building a robust economy with regular
elections, burgeoning universities and municipal services that worked.
After Israel, the most livable, decent place in the greater Middle East is Iraqi Kurdistan. Wouldn't want that news getting out.
If the Kurds would only start slaughtering their neighbors and bombing
Coalition troops, they might get some attention. Unfortunately, there
are no US or allied combat units in Kurdistan for Kurds to
bomb. They weren't needed. And (benighted people that they are) the
Kurds are pro-American - despite the virulent anti-Kurdish prejudices
prevalent in our Saudi-smooching State Department.
Developments just keep getting grimmer for the MoveOn.org fan base in
the media. Iraq's Sunni Arabs, who had supported al Qaeda and homegrown
insurgents, now support their government and welcome US troops. And, in southern Iraq, the Iranians lost their bid for control to Iraq's government.
Bury those stories on Page 36.
Our troops deserve better. The Iraqis deserve better. You deserve better. The forces of freedom are winning.
Here in the Land of the Free, of course, freedom of the press means the
freedom to boycott good news from Iraq. But the truth does have a way
of coming out.
The surge worked. Incontestably. Iraqis
grew disenchanted with extremism. Our military performed magnificently.
More and more Iraqis have stepped up to fight for their own country.
The Iraqi economy's taking off. And, for all its faults, the Iraqi
legislature has accomplished far more than our own lobbyist-run
Congress over the last 18 months.
When Iraq seemed destined to
become a huge American embarrassment, our media couldn't get enough of
it. Now that Iraq looks like a success in the making, there's a virtual
Of course, the front pages need copy. So you
can read all you want about the heroic efforts of the Chinese People's
Army in the wake of the earthquake.
Tells you all you really need to know about our media: American soldiers bad, Red Chinese troops good.
Is Jane Fonda on her way to the earthquake zone yet?
Ralph Peters' new book, "Looking For Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World," hits stores on July 4.