Rumsfeld takes the press to the woodshed

Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Via Powerline :

It's instructive to take note of several things that have happened in Iraq since the bombing of the shrine that must be disappointing to those who seek a civil war.

First, the Iraqi security forces have taken the lead in controlling the situation. Coalition forces assisted in a supporting role, according to General Casey.

And second, the Iraqi government leaders took a number of key steps that have had a calming effect in the situation. They imposed a curfew, and the leaders of most of the major parties have stepped forward to publicly urge restraint on all parties.

From what I've seen thus far, much of the reporting in the U.S. and abroad has exaggerated the situation, according to General Casey. The number of attacks on mosques, as he pointed out, had been exaggerated. The number of Iraqi deaths had been exaggerated. The behavior of the Iraqi security forces had been mischaracterized in some instances. And I guess that is to say nothing of the apparently inaccurate and harmful reports of U.S. military conduct in connection with a bus filled with passengers in Iraq.

Interestingly, all of the exaggerations seem to be on one side. It isn't as though there simply have been a series of random errors on both sides of issues. On the contrary, the steady stream of errors all seem to be of a nature to inflame the situation and to give heart to the terrorists and to discourage those who hope for success in Iraq.

Truer words were never spoken. read it all.


Knucklehead said...

Thanks for this link, Terrye. Powerline is on a roll, there's this and other things worth reading there. The India temple bombing post - and links - are well worth reading and "Lady Luck"... well, read it.

But back to Rumsfeld's speech. The speech itself is short and very quick to read. It is interesting and well done but I find the Q&A section even more interesting.

The press was searching for some way to drag something out of Rumsfeld that they could jump upon as a provocation that would justify a rabid response on their part. This is a press at war, not with the enemies of the US or the scum who bomb whomever and whatever they please for whatever reason crosses their minds (read what one Professor Balamore) has to say about that) - they have declared themselves to be at war with the President of the United States and his administration.

They are looking, searching - almost desperately so - for reasons to pull the trigger.

CF said...

A fascinating look at the early press in America.

terrye said...


In the long term, it will cost them.

I have not watched TV news in weeks now. I can not bring myself to do it.