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October 23, 2007


When you really need a hack partisan rag to spin news absurdly, you turn to Newsweek.


The media is refusing to report the good news in Iraq, but it's... Bush's fault?

And now they only report on it in order to claim he's lying about it?

Is this a joke?

Their claim is that while Bush is trying to inform the public of the breathtaking drop in casualties, he's not highlighting the one statistic Newsweek approves of: That deaths due to Iranian-made EFP's are dropping too, along with every other type of terrorist attack. And he's concealing that, of course, because he wants to attack Iran.

The trouble is that the Administration (or the military) is putting out all these statistics, of course.

Last month the spin from the left was that the military was lying about the lowered number of casualties, "not counting," supposedly, shots to the front of the head as murders or some crap. (The left just made that up -- the military includes all deaths in its stats.) Now they're claiming the military is lying by not highlighting lowered deaths due to EFPs, though of course they've reported them.

But they haven't highlighted them. So they're, you know, lying.

It seems to me the media is doing an awful lot of non-highlighting. Are they admitting they're lying as well?

Newsweek claims that the reason for the drop in EFPs can't be guessed at -- the implication they try to make is that perhaps Iran is now just choosing to behave better.

Well, maybe. Or maybe it has to do with British special forces crossing the border to gun down Iranian agents smuggling weapons across the border. And maybe it has to do with the fact that a major recipient of those EFPs -- Al Qaeda -- is now begging for forgiveness from the local populace and asking for a second chance.

The British and Australian SAS forces are reportedly working with American special forces to patrol the border to prevent weapons - including surface-to-air missiles and parts for IEDs (improvised explosive devices) - from reaching the hands of Iraqi insurgents.

According to the article, the SAS have engaged in at least six "intense firefights" with both Iranian and Iraqi Shi'ite arms smugglers. The fighting has reportedly taken place on both sides of the Iran-Iraq border, and Iran has fired mortar shells across the border.

Or maybe Newsweek's right -- Iran just decided to be nice all of a sudden and stop murdering Americans.

Fuck you assholes.

I was going to mention of Glen Beck's horrible, horrible statement and chastise him a bit, but I don't think I have the stomach for it now.

Commenters were joking about how the left intended to take credit for the military successes. I bet no one thought of this particular tactic.

Thanks to Looking Glass.

No Highlighting = Lying For Political Purposes? Very well. I look forward to Newsweek's article on the liars of the Democratic Congress, who continue to insist there is no provable progress due to the surge, and even when they allow that such a thing is "possible," they certainly don't highlight it.

As the Global Warming Alarmists say:

The science is settled. The facts are in.

Anyone who disputes the success in Iraq is a Victory Denier, not unlike a Holocaust Denier.

That's how it works, right?

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