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Iraq: What would happen if the U.S. won a war but the media didn't tell us

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Iraq: What would happen if the U.S. won a war but the media didn't tell the American public?

Apparently, we have to rely on a British newspaper for the news that we've defeated the last remnants of al-Qaida in Iraq. London's Sunday Times called it 'the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror.'

A terrorist force that once numbered more than 12,000, with strongholds in the west and central regions of Iraq, has over two years been reduced to a mere 1,200 fighters, backed against the wall in the northern city of Mosul.

The destruction of al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) is one of the most unlikely and unforeseen events in the l ong history of American warfare. We can thank President Bush's surge strategy, in which he bucked both Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington by increasing our forces there instead of surrendering.

We can also thank the leadership of the new general he placed in charge there, David Petraeus, who may be the foremost expert in the world on counter-insurgency warfare. And we can thank those serving in our military in Iraq who engaged local Iraqi tribal leaders and convinced them America was their friend, and AQI their enemy.

Al-Qaida's loss of the hearts and minds of ordinary Iraqis began in Anbar Province, which had been written off as a basket case, and spread out from there. Now, in Operation Lion's Roar the Iraqi army and the U.S. 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is destroying the fraction of terrorists who are left. More than 1,000 AQI operatives have already been apprehended.

Sunday Times (London) reporter Marie Colvin, traveling with Iraqi forces in Mosul, found little AQI presence even in bullet-ridden residential areas that were once insurgency strongholds, and reported that the terrorists have lost control of its Mosul urban base, with what is left of the organization having fled south into the countryside.

Meanwhile, the State Department reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government has achieved 'satisfactory' progress on 15 of the 18 political benchmarks 'a big change for the better from a year ago.' Things are going so well that Maliki has even for the first time floated the idea of a timetable for withdrawal of American forces. He did so while visiting the United Arab Emirates ,which over the weekend announced that it was forgiving almost $7 billion of debt owed by Baghdad, an impressive vote of confidence from a fellow Arab state in the future of a free Iraq.

But where are the headlines and the front-page stories about all this good news? As the Media Research Center pointed out last week, 'the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 were silent Tuesday night about the benchmarks 'that signaled political progress.'

The war in Iraq has been turned around 180 degrees both militarily and politically because the president stuck to his guns. Yet apart from IBD, Fox News Channel and parts of the foreign press, the media don't seem to consider this historic event a big story.

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The press is waiting 'til next week when they can credit all this to President Obama.
It just pisses me off that we are not hearing about this! It should be all over the news!!
The liberal media is not going to report anything positive regarding this war. You ought to be used to it by now.
BAGHDAD — The number of Iraqi civilians killed in violence here has been on the decline for three years now. In 2006, 76 per day, down to 67 per day in 2007 dropping to 25 per day in 2008, according to an analysis by Iraq Body Count. But even on good day, when the death toll is lower than that in some American cities, explosions and gunfire can be heard around the city and the aftermath can be devastating. Below is a list of the day’s violence in Iraq in which at least three people were killed and more than 50 wounded.

A roadside bomb killed three policemen and wounded six people, including three policemen, when it targeted a police patrol on a bridge leading to central Baghdad’s National al-Sha’ab stadium.
Twelve people were wounded by two improvised explosive devices on Uqba Street in Baghdad.
Two roadside bombs exploded in quick succession, wounding more than 10 people in central Baghdad’s Karrada district. Seven of the injured were Shiite pilgrims heading to Karbala.
A bomb exploded inside a parked car and wounded eight people in the Abu Dsheer district of southern Baghdad.
Four people were wounded by an improvised explosive device in al-Nidhal Street, central Baghdad, police said.
Four people were wounded in a bombing on Palestine Street in Baghdad.
Three people were wounded by an improvised explosive device in Teyaran Square in Baghdad.
Five soldiers were wounded by a car bomb at an Iraqi Army checkpoint in northern city of Mosul.
Gunmen opened fire on a civilian in Sukkar neighborhood, north of Mosul.
Two events in Iraq that may be leading to an increase in attacks are the Shiite holiday of Muharram and the provincial elections at the end of the month. Sectarian violence often increases during religious holidays. On Sunday, at least 40 people were killed in a suicide bombing outside of a shrine in Baghdad, The New York Times’s Sam Dagher reported.

With the United States military continuing a post-surge troop withdrawal, any significant gains in security here will have to come from improvements in Iraq’s military and police forces or an easing of tensions between the countries many religious and ethnic groups.

“The remaining security problems may signal the limits of what can be achieved during (and by) this military occupation,” the report by Iraq Body Count stated.

Jan 5, 2009, NYT
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Actually - I did hear about this on the news along with the less positive news about the conflict in Afghanistan. And I don't watch Fox.
Well obviously this has to be a Republican conspiracy. I mean come on, no one is going to believe that Bush actually did anything right.
At least no one in the US media.
Oh Lord. You get your "news" from the Investor's Business Daily? :whatever:

I notice they have pretty unbiased coverage of the Israeli/Hamas conflict as well.
Pretty sure this was front page news in the New York Times! :whistle:
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