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Reporting Iraq

My friend Steve Schippert is more than a little ticked about the way the media is reporting what is going on in Iraq. They don't seem to have much understanding of the way things work in the military. (Or do they?) Here is just one example Steve cites:

Case in point, today's Washington Post article, Iraqi Military's Readiness Slips.

Right from the beginning, including the headline, bad news in an internal assessment is reported as either accepted fact or authoritative information.

Despite stepped-up training, the readiness of the Iraqi military to operate independently of U.S. forces has decreased since President Bush's new strategy was launched in January, according to the White House progress report released yesterday.

Combat losses, a dearth of officers and senior enlisted personnel, and an Iraqi army that has expanded faster than the equipment available for it have resulted in a "slight reduction" in the number of units designated at Level 1 status, or "capable of independent operations," the report said.

That recruitment has expanded faster than equipment can keep up is a significantly important (positive) development that is difficult to overstate (and customarily understated in this media report.) If one employs just a touch of logic, the frenzied pace of recruitment explains the shortage of officers and NCO's, too. Few go to recruit training and emerge as Staff Sergeants or Captains required to guide newly formed or expanded units in my humble military experience. But that's another issue.

He is also none too thrilled by reporters who disclose information that could compromise our efforts to track and capture terrorists.


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Comments (9)

O'Hanlon and Campbell in th... (Below threshold)
kim:

O'Hanlon and Campbell in the Opinion Journal.
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Since you Wizbangers... (Below threshold)
dr lava:


Since you Wizbangers don't even care to checkout the roll-call on S. 2032 it probably won't trouble you that the Iraqi parliament IS going to take the month of August off.

Too hot for the parliament but not for another 100 of our guys to get blown up for nothing.

I'd love to see one of you Bush sub-missives defend the Republican defeat of S 2032....then tell me who really cares about the troops.

Dr. SoapSinc... (Below threshold)

Dr. Soap

Since you Wizbangers don't even care to checkout the roll-call on S. 2032 it probably won't trouble you that the Iraqi parliament IS going to take the month of August off.

Briefly summarize your concern with S. 2032 so that we can get properly worked up about it.

Too hot for the parliament but not for another 100 of our guys to get blown up for nothing.

I agree with you that Democrat and Republican Senators should be in full throated cry about that AC coveting Iraqi Pariment and DEMAND a special session. Likewise, our Congress should forego all summer traditions and remain in DC to hang all those hiding behind Executive Privelege and Earmarking Pork.

I'd love to see one of you Bush sub-missives defend the Republican defeat of S 2032....then tell me who really cares about the troops.

See Para 2...and don't get so impatient about the sub dom meme, somebody will show up here to satisfy you.

I'd love to see on... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
I'd love to see one of you Bush sub-missives defend the Republican defeat of S 2032....then tell me who really cares about the troops.

Conservatives do care about the troops and that's why more and more are saying bring the war home now. Then let the liberals defend their cut an run strategy to a terrorized electorate.

I have a novel idea, dr lav... (Below threshold)

I have a novel idea, dr lava! Why don't you start a blog so you can direct the conversation in a way that suits you. Then you can post a trackback here that we can all ignore.

Didn't your mother ever teach you that calling people names and insulting them is NOT the way to get them to listen to you or to even take you seriously? I learned that at about age 5.

Dr. Lave,Just beca... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Dr. Lave,

Just because your side does not know how to manage legitstation, don't blame it on us. Everyone knows the liberals just use the troops as a political prop. The troops are not fooled and neither are most of the electorate. We all know that the house can defund the war and all the troops will have to come home, but they will not do that. Why? Because it is not wise for them politically. So, look in your own back yard when you see the troops getting used and abused. Whine and moan all you want, but the electorate is realizing what a mistake it was to put in the democrats to lead. Hearings resulting in nothing. Investigations resulting in nothing. Leaks of sensitve data to fight the GWOT. NO bill of any significance passed since they came to power. Your party's benchmarks are worse the Maliki's.

Oh yeah. The democratic lead congress will adjourn congress for the month of August. With so much work to do too. ww

I did receive an Email last... (Below threshold)

I did receive an Email last week from a self-described lifelong conservative who is serving a third tour of duty in Iraq, and he claims conditions are even worse for the U.S. troops than the U.S. media reports in it's attempt to appease all American readers. You can draw your own conclusions about all of this depending on your own perspective.

Like the life long conserva... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Like the life long conservatives that call into C-Span and Rush. Yeah. I know how that works. "I am a life long conservative and I hate Bush. He needs to be impeached. The war is terrible. Cheney is evil." Please Paul, spare me the propaganda. ww

Well I, as a lifelong liber... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

Well I, as a lifelong liberal (I prefer to be called a lefty or commie), I am becoming disillusioned over the current crop of liberal/lefty/commie "leaders" in our Congress. Why, I'm thinking of voting Republican in the next election!!!!

They don't seem to have much understanding of the way things work in the military. (Or do they?)
Hmmm, that's a tough one. I always say, "Remember, they're not just biased, they're lazy, stupid and ignorant" or, depending on the circumstances, "Remember, they're not just lazy, stupid and ignorant, they're also biased".

I'm not sure which formulation would fit there. I'm gonna have to go with "Biased" as it's pretty obvious that this icehole worked hard at figuring out how to spin that story negatively.

I'm not sure




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