"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bush Defends Decisions on Iraq, but Concedes Public's Unease - New York Times

Bush Defends Decisions on Iraq, but Concedes Public's Unease - New York Times: "Acknowledging the public's growing unease with the war -- and election-year skittishness among fellow Republicans -- the president nonetheless vowed to keep U.S. soldiers in the fight.
''If I didn't believe we could succeed, I wouldn't be there. I wouldn't put those kids there,'' Bush declared."

The NYTs goes into waning poll numbers at this time regarding the publics support for the war. I don't hold polls in very high regard personally, although they do make you feel good if the response fit ones stand. Other than that, they leave to much room for getting the results you intend to get before the poll itself is taken.

The media, it seems is more interested in being right all along, then reporting on what it is all really about and how it is going. I'm not sticking up for the President, who certainly could do a better PR job, but the American public (according to polls) would not feel the way they did (according to polls), if news organizations did their jobs and reported the news. They seem to feel they have to create news, or the angle then go with that. They script it as much as they possibly can and do all they can not to deviate from it. I say it's lazy and does us no good.

According to the paper, the "president defiantly defended his warrantless eavesdropping program, and baited Democrats who suggest that he broke the law." He "challenged Democrats to go into the November midterm elections in opposition to eavesdropping on suspected terrorists." '''They ought to stand up and say, `The tools we're using to protect the American people should not be used.''' Which I think is a great idea, but they wouldn't dare, would they.

Bottom line, when the media mentions something like this in any of their storys, "acknowledging the public's growing unease with the war," regardless of what those against this war and that includes the msm; that growing unease is a side-effect of the msm's portrayal of Iraq and how they see it. We can all sit back and look at the president as a politician; a politician pushing and describing what he sees, but the msm is no better and they should be. We, the American people didn't vote for any of them, did we?


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