Friday, May 14, 2004

Iraq Isn't Nearly As Bad As You Think
Myths of Iraq
Sure, it's bad. But Fred Barnes does a great job of exposing several myths that are being thrown around. Read it, and feel free to disagree, but at least read it.

1 comment:

Sandals said...

Still another myth is that American troops face an Iraq-wide uprising against the occupation. Not so. True, the security situation in Iraq is dicey. Falluja is temporarily pacified, but it remains a rough neighborhood you wouldn't want to visit and many of the Baathists who were killing American troops there haven't been captured or killed.^True
In Najaf, radical Islamist Moktada al Sadr is holed up in a mosque, but his Mahdi army is gradually falling apart. Over Easter weekend, American officials feared the Sadr uprising might metastasize, but it didn't. Instead, influential Shia clerics have denounced Sadr.Not true, or at the least, misdirecting. Read the front page on Juan Cole. He is pessimistic, overly so I think, but he knows a lot more about what's going on than you, me, or Fred Barnes. Including probable motivations for attacks on al-Sadr in the first place. Despite having avoided an all out assault on the city of Najaf, US forces have blown up a fair portion of the almost-as-holy Karbala. Not so hot. As well as having suffered dozens of casulaties in just one overnight period.

The final myth is that America has been defeated in postwar Iraq and that further progress is hopeless. This is not true, but let's be clear what is: Reconstruction has been slowed by the worsening security situation. Advances on the economic and civil front continue and most of Iraq is reasonably secure. The handover of sovereignty will go ahead on June 30, but that won't mean the end of violence and political turmoil. The best that can happen is for America and whoever winds up running the Iraqi government to muddle through to democracy. I'm betting this is exactly what will happen.Ummm. Well, Reconstruction really hasn't gotten anywhere, we're months behind schedule on even critical services like power.

The media in general does concentrate on trouble spots, yes, (that's intrinsic to being the media..) but there seems to be little good news at all coming out of Iraq. It's not like it would be good if the news WASNT carrying coverage of the power shortages, or Fallujah, or of the dangerous political situation.

Looking at the CPA front page, the following articles are listed:

Iraq Stuns Football World With Upset Victory: Earns Historic First Trip to Olympic Games

Ministry of Housing and Development Celebrates Assumption of Full Sovereignty

U.S. Troops Will Stay Until Iraq Is Stable, Says Abizaid

Bush Pledges Full Investigation, Punishment for Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

First Lady Laura Bush Expresses Sadness Over Prisoner Abuse
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Nothing there. Investigating the Press Room...err..man. Just look at it.