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    Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    'Do Some Soul Searching'
    Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?
    BY DONALD RUMSFELD
    Wednesday, December 7, 2005 12:01 a.m. EST

    (Editor's note: Mr. Rumsfeld delivered this speech Monday at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.)


    I'm not one to put much faith in opinion polls. But the other day, I came across an interesting set of statistics that I want to mention. It seems that the Pew Research Center asked opinion leaders in the United States their views of the prospects for a stable democracy in Iraq.

    Here were some of the results: 63% of people in the news media thought the enterprise would fail. So did 71% of people in the foreign affairs establishment and 71% in academic settings or think tanks. Interestingly, opinion leaders from the U.S. military are optimistic about Iraq by a margin of 64% to 32%. And so is the American public, by a margin of 56% to 37%.

    And the Iraqi people are also optimistic. I've seen this demonstrated repeatedly--in public opinion polls, in the turnout for the elections, and that tips to authorities from ordinary Iraqis have grown from 483 to 4,700 tips in a month.

    This prompts the question: Which view of Iraq is more accurate? The pessimistic view of so-called elites in our country--or the optimism expressed by millions of Iraqis and by the roughly 158,000 troops on the ground? But, most important is the question: why should Iraq's success or failure matter to the American people? I'd like to address these questions today.


    First, should we be optimistic or pessimistic about Iraq's future? The answer may depend on one's perspective. Indeed, one of the reasons that views of Iraq are so divergent is that we may be looking at Iraq through different prisms of experience and expectation.
    For starters, it must be jarring for reporters who have never covered the Middle East to leave the United States and arrive in a country that is so different, where they consistently have to worry about their personal safety, then are rushed to the scene of car bombs and shootings, and have little opportunity to see the rest of the country.

    By contrast, the Iraqi people see things somewhat differently: They can compare as it is Iraq today, to what it was three years ago--a brutal dictatorship where the secret police would murder or mutilate a family member sometimes in front of their children, and where hundreds of thousands disappeared into Saddam's mass graves. From that perspective, Iraq today is on a vastly different, and a greatly improved path.

    If one is viewing events through a soda straw, one should know that one is by definition selectively focusing on facts that may highlight one's perceived view and not seeing other perspectives. A full picture of Iraq comes best from an understanding of both the good and the bad, and the context for each.

    Among the continuing difficulties are:

    *Bursts of violence, including continued assassinations and attempts to intimidate Iraqi leaders and those supporting the legitimate Iraqi government.

    *Continuing U.S. and Iraqi casualties.

    *Iran and Syria continue to be notably unhelpful.


    However, there are also a number of positive developments to be seen, if one looks for them:


    *The political process is on schedule. Iraqis have a Constitution they wrote and voted for, and hundreds of candidates are politicking for the elections.

    *There seem to be growing divisions among the enemies of the Iraqi people, particularly after the bombing of a wedding reception in Amman, Jordan.

    *More of Iraq's neighbors now seem to believe this new democracy might succeed and are moving to get right with the Iraqi people by being more active in their support.

    *A vital and engaged media is emerging, with some 100 newspapers, 72 radio stations, and 44 television stations.

    *Sunnis are increasingly taking part in the political process, further isolating those who still oppose the legitimate Iraqi government.


    To be responsible, one needs to stop defining success in Iraq as the absence of terrorist attacks. As Sen. Joe Lieberman recently suggested, a better measure of success might be that a vast majority of Iraqis--tens of millions--are on the side of the democratic government, while a comparatively small number are opposed. This gives the Iraqi people an enormous advantage over time.

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    Re: Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    Hi Grim,

    Donald Rumsfeld:

    The Grandmaster of Word Games. :eek:

    The Undisputed Champion of Double Meanings. :rolleyes:

    The High Priest of Insincere :p


    Just poking a little fun, do not be offended. :)

    DeeDee1965

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    Re: Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    Perhaps it's not the media that isn't telling the "whole story" about Iraq. Maybe the media is waiting for the Bush regime to make up it's mind as to why we went there in the first place. Perhaps it's all the corruption and lies from this administration that's making the media a little gun-shy. Perhaps it was Bush's' insistence that he wants "total victory", whatever that is. Unless we slaughter every Muslim on this earth we will never have "total victory" in Iraq. Why didn't Bush continue the hunt for Bin Laden? Why was it so important to invade Iraq and pretty much ignore Bin Laden? Why, after three plus years in Iraq, they still don't have a functioning military? Where is the nearly 9 billion dollars that went missing in Iraq? Why won't the Republican dominated congress bother to find out what happened to all that money and who took it? We are spending 1.25 billion taxpayer dollars in Iraq and little has been accomplished. It seems very apparent that the only ones who are getting anywhere in Iraq is Halliburton, the contractors, and the mercenaries. Perhaps you need to look at your side of the equation to get the answers to your question. Rumsfeld is a disaster, a lier, and incompetent. I doubt you want to hear the real reasons nor can anyone give you an answer unless you simply want the media to parrot the happy-happy joy-joy BS that is constantly trickling down from the White House. Perhaps that might explain it.

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    Re: Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    Ederlove....can you point out for me what you think has not been accomplished in Iraq at this point. I am curious......seriously.

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    Re: Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    Thank you Ederlore.

    I always appreciate when someone from the left makes it so incredibly easy to point out the how the democrats and their card carrying members are driven by hatred and are devoid of intellectual honesty.

    Could you make some more unfounded and unproven accusations against the Bush administration (aka, the United States of America) so that I could post some more FACTS to demonstrate the difference between dishonest hatred and truthful patriotism?

    Thanks for your help,

    Grim

    p.s. If you would like to comment on the subject of this thread, that would be welcome, as well as refreshing.

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    Re: Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?
    Because if the media told the whole story about Iraq, there would be several hundred thousand people marching in the streets of Washington DC ready to string Cheney and Rumsfield up.

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    Re: Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by bairdi
    Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?
    Because if the media told the whole story about Iraq, there would be several hundred thousand people marching in the streets of Washington DC ready to string Cheney and Rumsfield up.
    Seems the media would love that....if they could get it done.

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    Re: Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by RegulationE
    Seems the media would love that....if they could get it done.

    Only at the price of losing their broadcasting license.

    LM

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    Re: Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?

    I'm sorry...is someone suggesting that the media is NOT printing every negative thing they can from Iraq? Up to and including making up negative stories out of thin air? Because that is ju--heeey...you got me! Good one!

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