Greg Sargent is right. The media are collaborating in a full court press to convince Americans that the situation in Iraq is getting better and even the “war critics” agree.
Latest from ABC News:
‘Improving Security Situation’
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Enjoys a Day in Ramadi With No Flack Jacket
Well gee. Maybe he just didn’t want to look like a complete tit like Joe Lieberman.
In the midst of all this good-time news, the fact that the US military death toll is the highest it’s ever been for a July since the war started just does not seem to be getting reported:
July 2003: 48
July 2004: 54
July 2005: 54
July 2006: 43
July 2007: 80
Over and over again, Our Elite Media keep getting suckered by the same flim-flam.
Meanwhile, no one in the MSM has dared to challenge Petraeus’ status as some kind of prophet.
It is truly astonishing that Petraeus is being given the hero treatment when his record is neither distinguished nor honorable. I was reminded of this last week during a conversation with an active duty Army officer who was at Fort Leavenworth Kansas last year when Petraeus was supposedly thinking great thoughts about counterinsurgency ops. According to this officer, Petraeus declined to dig into the details of the manual he supposedly authored. Truth is he ignored the substance and scholarship that went into drafting the counterinsurgency manual for the Army.