Tuesday, October 02, 2007

No News Is Good News

Have you heard the deafening silence in the Drive-By media regarding the Iraq war? As the editorial in yesterday's Investment Business Daily points out, that's a sure sign things are going well. We on the right have known for a long time whose side the media is on, but it's still sickening that they choose not to cover our triumphs, but cannot wait to cover bad news for America. The reason for that is, of course, bad news for America is good news for Democrats, and that's whose back pocket they're in. The high points of the column:

• On Monday came news that U.S. military deaths in Iraq fell to 64 in September, the fourth straight drop since peaking at 121 in May and driving the toll to a 14-month low.

• Civilian deaths also have plunged, dropping by more than half from August to 884. Remember just six months ago all the talk of an Iraqi "civil war"? That seems to be fading.

• The just-ended holy month of Ramadan in Iraq was accompanied by a 40% drop in violence, even though al-Qaida had vowed to step up attacks.

• Speaking of al-Qaida, the terrorist group appears to be on the run, and possibly on the verge of collapse — despite making Iraq the center of its war for global hegemony and a new world order based on precepts of fundamentalist Islam.

• Military officials say U.S. troops have killed Abu Usama al-Tunisi, a Tunisian senior leader of al-Qaida in Iraq who was responsible for bringing foreign fighters into the country. Not surprisingly, the pace of foreign fighters entering Iraq has been more than halved from the average of 60 to 80 a month.

• Last month, 1,200 Iraqis waited patiently in line in Iraq's searing heat to sign up to fight al-Qaida. They will join an estimated 30,000 volunteers in the past six months — a clear sign the tide has turned in the battle for average Iraqis' hearts and minds.

• Finally, and lest you think it's all death and destruction, there's this: Five million Iraqi children returned to school last week, largely without incident, following their summer vacations.

Shouldn't all that be worth a little coverage on the nightly news or in your morning newspaper? As usual, it's up to the alternative media, the NEW MEDIA, Rush, Fox News, and Us, to get news like this out.

News like the above is why I'm optimistic about 2008 when it seems that everyone around me is full of gloom at the Republicans' chances. I think our military is going to save us, just like it always has. They are going to continue to kick al Qaeda butt, and Americans are going to see the Democrats for the cowardly, fearmongering traitors they are. They're already beginning to backpedal.

JASmius adds: Oh, have no fear, my dear, the Enemy Media isn't giving up - not by a long shot.

For instance, the Washington Post is citing the mess the Brits left behind in Basra - i.e. after following the Left's advice and retreating from the terrorists - as "fresh" evidence that we're losing. And the Los Angeles Times is doggedly upholding the already-nuked narrative that General Petraeus is a liar and is continuing to lie about the REAL "disasters" unfolding in Iraq.

That's not to say that this stubborn defeatist propaganda will be successful, at least in the short term. But we have to remember that that line from the other side has been looping for the past six-plus years, and was a big factor in their mid-term election triumph last fall. We also have to bear in mind that this is a "long war". It needn't be, if we would just take out the Iranian mullahgarchy and be done with it, but that's not the route the Bush Administration is taking. And a long war coupled with a domestic political opposition that simply does not want to fight it (and its media arm relentlessly shilling for the enemy) adds up to ultimate defeat eventually.

General Petraeus' congressional testimony was devastating to the anti-war crowd. But that testimony is already fading from the public's rear-view mirror. If we suffer the slightest setback over there - and in war there are ALWAYS setbacks - the wiring of Enemy Media propaganda will flare anew, Petraeus will be discredited, Bush and Cheney will be impeached, and mark my words, the public will follow the Left to national suicide by electing Hillary Clinton in 2008.

Well, they're already going to do that, come to think of it. This would make her victory a blowout.

And yes, that choice of terminology was deliberate.

UPDATE: Speaking of the sound of media silence, Admiral Ed noticed that it's awfully difficult to find an EM story this morning on the passage of the Defense Department appropriations bill yesterday, absent any withdrawal clauses, that Harry Reid was holding hostage since July in order to force President Bush to abandon Iraq. I guess that harkens back to the old adage, "If you can't trumpet your victory, for God's sake black out your defeat."

But they'll be back for more. Crazy Nancy has already guaranteed it.