Again…I’m Dismayed

Again another piece of personal opinion has emerged from USA Today disguised as a news item.

The Headline "Iraq:  Huge Treasure of info seized after Zarqawi raid" is innocent enough.  Here’s SENTENCE ONE of the article.

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 104 insurgents in hundreds of raids since terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was slain last week, and the American death toll in the war in Iraq hit 2,500, the U.S. military said Thursday.
The author could be getting to the point with part 1 of sentence 1…but inserting the American death toll into this is simply ridiculous. It has nothing to do with the fact that the U.S. has gained a massive strategic advantage since we introduced Zarqawi to a 500 lb. version of an IED.
The article goes on to lament the "grim milestone" of 2500 deaths for the U.S.
The Pentagon’s announcement that 2,500 U.S. troops had died since the war in Iraq began more than three years ago did not include any details on when the grim milestone was reached.

The grim milestone underscored the continuing violence in Iraq, just as an upbeat President Bush returned Wednesday from Baghdad and refused to give a timetable or benchmark for success that would allow the 132,000 U.S. troops to come home.

Again I’m stunned.  Which book on the art of war explains that 2500 is a "grim milestone"?  Was this milestone significant in another war?  Notice that once again, we’ve been informed the Pentagon didn’t "included any details" of when this occured.  (Implication:  The Pentagon clouds the truth and leaves out key arbitrary milestones).

Finally, the author proudly uses "Grim Milestone" again and mentions that President Bush is "upbeat" and that he "Refused to give a timetable or benchmark for success".  Nevermind that for the entire duration of the conflict, not a single person in the administration has ever indicated an arbitrary timeline for withdrawl.  The author is simply attempting to interject more "Bush doesn’t feel the pain (upbeat)has no idea of what success means (no pull out date selected)" venom. 

Agree with the war and its ancillary conflicts or not, you should despise this writing.  It’s not reporting.  Shame on these people.

I’m starting to feel like a conversative talk show host and one who’s bored with pointing out the slanted writing in the newspapers.  I wont write about this again.



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