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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

All News Is Bad News

The Washington Post runs a story today entitled "One unit's volatile year at war in Iraq" and places a photo of Cindy Sheehan at the lead. It begins with the account of a soldier's death and his young widow's reactive words, all "tinged with bitterness." Not a piece supportive of the war effort. Thomas Sowell writes on this same day about the media's obsession with the casualty count and asks: Has anyone ever believed that any war could be fought without deaths on both sides? Every death is a tragedy to the individual killed and to his loved ones. But is there anything about American casualty rates in Iraq that makes them more severe than casualty rates in any other war we have fought? Which reminds me. I heard Ward Churchill say recently that, unless you had combat experience, you have no standing to comment upon what we are doing in Iraq. Presumably this is to distinguish himself as a Vietnam vet from the rest of us armchair generals. Small problem with your guidepost, Ward buddy. If we're going to use that standard, then let's find out what the majority of the men and women serving in Iraq think about the war. If the majority are behind it, will you then forever shut up? Same goes for the anti-war (i.e. anti-Bush/conservative/GOP) crowd. Would you be willing to put your money where your mouth is and hear from the Iraqis themselves? If a majority do not want us to withdraw by next month, will you then shut up?

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