"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
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Monday, February 12, 2007

Color My News - Iranian Arms in Iraq

This morning's Washington Post has an "article," regarding the briefing given by the military in Baghdad on yesterday, Sunday, Feb 11, 2007.

The media always claims an "unbiased," and this article is somewhat of an example of that. While the U.S. is claiming Iran is supplying weaponry to unsavory types in Iraq, it also covers the Iranian denials. So, we are receiving both sides......?

In a sense, yes. However, in their quest to be fair to international players; the U.S. position must be colored to a degree to allow for as much skepticism as possible.

My favorites (italics mine):

Senior U.S. military officials in Iraq sought Sunday to link Iran to deadly armor-piercing explosives and other weapons that they said are being used to kill U.S. and Iraqi troops with increasing regularity.”
During a long-awaited presentation, held in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone,…”
With so much official U.S. buildup about the purported evidence of Iranian influence in Iraq, the briefing was also notable for what was not said or shown.”
Although the administration has made many assertions about Iran's nuclear program, its role in Iraq and its ties to groups on the State Department's terrorism list, the U.S. government has never publicly offered evidence proving the allegations.”
Finally, at the end of the "article," the last sentence actually:

“The U.S. forces in Iraq "are not trying to hype this up to be more than it is."”

You don't suppose the military or government would be concerned about letting too much out due to the medias propensity for going over the deep end, do you?

A Michelle Malkin post from Friday Feb 9, 2007 seems appropriate at this time as a bit of bleach; gotta get those colors out....."WaPo whoops; AP blunders"


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