"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

Monday, August 27, 2007

"Be polite. Be professional. Be prepared to kill."

LTC John Nagl, 1st Battalion, 34th Armor at Fort Riley, and author of “Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam,” (his published Doctoral Dissertation) appeared on The Daily Show on Thursday 8/23.

Video from the interview is available at Small Wars Journal. A synopsis of the episode is available at TV.Com, includes a few quotes, but unfortunately no transcript.

Global Guerrillas notes in its post regarding the appearance:

“Wow, the Petraeus information operations media machine is amazing (and this is a great example). Nod of respect to the masterful way in which the Petraeus team has been able to influence the public's perception of this war -- the essence of which was a shift towards marketing the Iraq leadership as both competent and brilliant.”

Missing from the post is this parenthetical from FeedBurner:

“(which is much more effective than the political diatribes that claim MSM bias, a conspiracy of the left, etc.).”

I haven’t heard much in the way of the brilliance or competence of Iraqi leadership, nor would I be too tempted to believe it when my own government is used as the litmus test. “More effective” than claims of MSM bias is another one that is a bit off; using the recent media trumpeting of Senator Warner’s call for the withdrawal of 5,000 troops from Iraq as a "major blow tonight to President Bush's Iraq policy" as an example of the “conspiracy” as only a “claim,” is a great starting point as MSM bias being a reality.

This “major blow,” is only so much “disgraceful nonsense.”

May the “Petraeus team” prevail in inserting pieces of reality to balance the reporting.


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