Monday, July 30, 2007

Required Reading

This is quite literally one of the best editorials I have read. Ever. Its one of those tie-it-all together stories that mainstream media can't or won't publish.

The surge is more of a refinement than a novelty. Earlier coalition efforts were not in error as much as they were incomplete. American troops would clean out an area, turn it over to an Iraqi unit and depart. The Jihadis would then push out the unseasoned Iraqis and return to business. This occurred in Fallujah, Tall Afar and endless times in Ramadi.
The situation as it stands is very close to that of the final phase of Vietnam...[Tet] was an utter rout, with the communists losing something in the order of 60,000 men. The Viet Cong were crippled as a military force and never did recover.

But panicky reporters, many of whom had never set foot on a battlefield...were badly shaken by the opening moves of the offensive... Their reportage, broadcast and printed nationwide, portrayed a miserable defeat for the U.S. and its allies, with the Viet Cong and PAVN striking where they pleased and making off at their leisure.

The media portrait of a beleaguered American war effort was never corrected, and became the consensus view.
Read it all. You won't be sorry!