"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

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

James S. Robbins on Iraq on National Review Online

James S. Robbins on Iraq on National Review Online: "Iraq's Interior Minister Bayan Jabr revealed that Iraqi internal security had broken up a plot to place 421 al Qaeda fighters as guards controlling access to Baghdad's International or Green Zone. Once in position, the terrorists planned to storm the U.S. and British embassies, take hostages, and wreak havoc."

According to author James Robbins, this act, had it been successful would have had the media impact of and be "cast as a replay of the January 31, 1968, Viet Cong attack on the U.S. embassy in Saigon." Despite "Tet's" failure, it was an erroneous news reports sent by AP's Peter Arnett. These reports claimed the VC had taken the first floor of the American embassy, when in fact they had been killed or captured "within hours of the assault."

Robbins contends, as have many others that this was a major blow to the public will back home. It is this very thing that Al Qaeda and their ilk intended with the plot recently broken in Baghdad. Not so much a military success, but a media feeding frenzy success, reminiscent of Tet.

bin Land once wrote, '“It is obvious that the media war in this century is one of the strongest methods; in fact, its share may reach 90 percent of the total preparation for battles.”' As James Robbins says of this, "reporters, who seek to package stories using preexistent themes in order to give instant (and often erroneous) context to events, are particularly susceptible to terrorist manipulation."

This is one major facet to Iraq and the greater war on terror; the message, which the msm does not do a very good job on.


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