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WaPo: Hillary lied, antiwar left cried

The Washington Post has done as fine a job of any Old Media outlet in burying good news from Iraq, including regarding the "surge" strategy, deep inside the paper or in the 17th paragraph of a story, but at least they are willing to admit the truth editorially. From Sunday's op-ed page:


NEWS COVERAGE and debate about Iraq during the past couple of weeks have centered on the alleged abuses of private security firms like Blackwater USA. Getting such firms into a legal regime is vital, as we've said. But meanwhile, some seemingly important facts about the main subject of discussion last month -- whether there has been a decrease in violence in Iraq -- have gotten relatively little attention. A congressional study and several news stories in September questioned reports by the U.S. military that casualties were down. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), challenging the testimony of Gen. David H. Petraeus, asserted that "civilian deaths have risen" during this year's surge of American forces.

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This doesn't necessarily mean the war is being won. U.S. military commanders have said that no reduction in violence will be sustainable unless Iraqis reach political solutions -- and there has been little progress on that front. Nevertheless, it's looking more and more as though those in and outside of Congress who last month were assailing Gen. Petraeus's credibility and insisting that there was no letup in Iraq's bloodshed were -- to put it simply -- wrong.


Read the whole editorial at the above link.

It is indeed a sad comment on the state of American journalism that we find it noteworthy when a major newspaper recognizes an obvious truth.

Naturally, as usual, good news for America = bad news for Democrats. Senator Clinton is no doubt researching how her multiplicity of positions on Iraq, Iran, terror, & etc. can be further "nuanced" . . .


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Comments (10)

I love the ones still celeb... (Below threshold)
kim:

I love the ones still celebrating al-Qaeda's triumph over Bush, like Krugman in his Gorebotic piece.
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The WaPo's lead:"T... (Below threshold)

The WaPo's lead:

"The evidence of a drop in violence in Iraq is becoming hard to dispute."

Implies 'despite our best efforts'.

They are dripping with disappointment that America might win.

Which is why the Dems are d... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Which is why the Dems are doing their best to sabotage Turkey-US relations with their non-binding resolution right now.

If they can wreak US supply lines, Pelosi and Reid can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Senator Clinton is... (Below threshold)
marc:
Senator Clinton is no doubt researching how her multiplicity of positions on Iraq, Iran, terror, & etc. can be further "nuanced" . . .
Shouldn't that read:

"Senator Clinton is no doubt burning up the phone lines to MorOn.org and Media Matters for new talking points on her multiplicity of positions on Iraq, Iran, terror, & etc. can be further 'nuanced' . . ."

The thought of the liberals... (Below threshold)
John:

The thought of the liberals trying to weaken our alliance with Turkey, in an attempt to weaken American success in Iraq, is disgusting. Weren't the liberals lecturing the rest of us, in the lead-up to the war, about the importance of having our allies involved in Iraq? Flip-flop?

The Dems have lost the deba... (Below threshold)

The Dems have lost the debate on the War in Iraq, so they have no choice but to bring back the Ottoman Empire to inflame our Allies. They have been sleeping with the enemy for years but only recently have donned clothes when they protest.

Ya know folks...If... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Ya know folks...

If you are willing to let this pass
http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/SOD.CHAP5.HTM

and say this is a lefty plot fine....

after all ...

Saddam was connected to 9/11
All WMD's were smuggled out of Iraq
The tops 3 Republican Candidates for President are not Kerry-like flip-floppers.
The reason for the rising costs in your health costs are not Pharma HMO greed but frivolous law suits.

The Iraqi government encouraged by the success of the dirge..I mean surge...are meeting daily and almost ready to pass significant laws on reconciliation and sharing oil revenue.

The Standards of joining the military are the highest ever because of the wave of young adults joining out of patriotism, lowering standards are not needed.

We are not supporing Communist China by buying on the cheap.

We are not supporting Communist China by our debt because we are afraid to pay a war tax to fund the Iraq Occupation Victory...

A Republican landslide in 2008 is inevitable because by November 2008...

The surge will have worked.
The Dems not Republican will be seen as the Party of corruption.

The Dems not Republicans will be seen as the Party of moral hypocrisies...

The Dow will be over 16

Our strategic bombing of Iran will cause a fall in their govt....with no terrorist fallout attacks in the Homeland and no threat to our troops in Iraq.

President Rudi will be embraced as the heart and soul of the Republican Party.

The World Champion Colorado Rockies will go undefeated.

I hereby surrender on behalf of all disabled Moonbat vets.

nogo:"and say ... (Below threshold)
marc:

nogo:

"and say this is a lefty plot fine...."

So what other reason would there be to waste time on a 90 year old alleged "problem" that only the "leftys" are bringing to the floor?

Don't worry nogo, I don't really expect an answer at least not a rational one. You never offer debate, just your latest turds of wisdom and then flee to somewhere within your own special universe.

"I hereby surrender on behalf of all disabled Moonbat vets."

GOOD! Then lay down that keyboard, back away from that modem and be gone with you!

By golly, if he's sincere, ... (Below threshold)
kim:

By golly, if he's sincere, nogo doesn't need re-education camp. Let's waterboard, er baptize, him to guarantee the conversion.
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SOS.. 1st NoGo plays the OT... (Below threshold)
Ran:

SOS.. 1st NoGo plays the OT game, THEN whines his "VET" line.. geeze.. get a life!




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