De re media
I have to confess, I'm not that excited about the grand opening of new sewage treatment plants. That part they (unfortunately) have right. I just have one question.
Why is it only American blood that sells?
Why isn't it front page news when the Iraqi police successfully defend one of their stations against a terrorist attack, with no casualties on their side and all but one attacker killed? (the survivor captured). That's blood, that's violence. Americans also love stories of the plucky underdog fighting back and winning. I'd say the IP, where they get blown up applying for work, blown up going to work, and generally blown up, is pretty damn plucky.
You'd think all the pullout whiners would be all over this stuff, since it is making clear the Iraqis *can* defend themselves, bringing closer the day when we hand over the whole thing and go home. You'd think all the "big picture" reporters would want you to know the context of 14 Marines dying. If they were just on a beer run (gee thanks, "Over There" bozos) that's one thing. If they were in the process of eliminating 300 bad guys, capturing a head honcho of the quote insurgency unquote and his personal collection of SAM missiles -- well, call me gullible but I think that changes the context a tad.
It's only death the media sees. Jason van Steenwyk, he of biting wit, did a little research on the reporter who had the nerve to blame the White House for the dearth of news articles. Seems out of 18 articles on the military, every blessed one was about death or recruiting difficulties. Gee. No bias there ...
Every life is precious. They know why they are there, know they have been placed in harm's way, and they think it is worth it.
Free as in Freedom. Not Free as in Beer.