President Bush Should Listen to the Generals

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President Bush should listen to the generals, especially the ones who can see through the media spin and enemy propaganda and know what is really happening. Generals like Lt. General Mattis. (Hugh Hewitt, Lt. General Mattis On Iraq, Dec. 26, 2006, Hugh Hewitt; Mattis on the Marines: Pendleton commander upbeat about morale, progress in Iraq, Dec. 23, 2006, North County Times)

It is interesting in how he details why we are getting such bad information in the states about the war. The military, those who know the situation best and are living in the thick of it, do not have a voice because reporters do not talk to them because it is too dangerous to meet them. The enemy, meanwhile, can feed stories to the news media via their stringers, and the news media publishes it almost verbatim because they believe the stringers are just as interested in a fair balance of views as they are.

The news media has a problem: they have become, almost completely, the mouthpiece of our enemy. Because they distrust the news coming from official military channels and trust in the stringers, they are acting on behalf of our enemy.

You cannot, therefore, trust the media to be balanced.

My opinion on the war is that Lt. General Mattis is correct. This is not a dangerous place with occasional fits of peace. It is a peaceful place with occasional fits of violence, violence that is not much different than the local mass murderer doing his thing or a street gang doing theirs. It is almost becoming a curious thing for Iraqis to actually see the effects of this violence, as rare over there as mass murderers and street gang shootings are here.

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