The thing is the way the war is being covered — and we've seen it right now. We have two U.S. servicemen — and God bless them. We hope they're okay. We're focusing on them and we forget that since Zarqawi was killed, hundreds of bad guys have been rounded up. There's been a lot of intelligence. The Iraqis have gone ahead and mobilized 50,000 of their own to go into five Baghdad neighborhoods. There's a lot going on there. Now, the problem is that from a video standpoint, somebody can blow up a car in a marketplace in Baghdad and get headlines the world over. WALLACE: Or a hostage tape of two American soldiers. SNOW: Exactly right. And that suddenly becomes the perception of everything that's going on in the country. It's a little more difficult sometimes to show incremental progress.
Tuesday, June 20
Two Missing Soldiers
A senior Iraqi official has announced that the bodies of Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore., have been found in the Sunni Arab region known as the "Triangle of Death." They had been missing since Friday, following an insurgent ambush. This past Sunday, upon being grilled by Chris Wallace of FOX News, Tony Snow said this of the missing soldiers:
It's better to inundate the public with story after story of missing white women, as opposed to sullying their beautiful minds with news of missing/dead soldiers.
Here are YESTERDAY'S instances of incremental progress courtesy of Reuters' Alert Net: *BAGHDAD - A car bomb targeting a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad killed three people and wounded three. *RAMADI - Helicopters flew over the Iraqi town of Ramadi and warplanes could be heard overhead as U.S. troops hunted down insurgents in the rebel stronghold, a Reuters witness said. NAJAF - One person was killed and five wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near the Shi'ite city of Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber killed four civilians and wounded 10 when he detonated his vehicle near an Iraqi army checkpoint in central Baghdad, police said. KERBALA - Gunmen killed a senior police officer and wounded two of his bodyguards in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala, 110 km (68 miles) southwest of Baghdad. More of that incremental progress later...
Posted by denise at 6/20/2006 06:23:00 AM