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August 07, 2008

Oh. Dear. God.: NYT Headline -- "500: Deadly US Milestone in Afghanistan"

The Grim Milestones are coming farther and farther apart in Iraq.

Oh well. Time to begin undermining the war they all claim they support.

Not long after Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Blaskowski was killed by a sniper’s bullet last Sept. 23 in eastern Afghanistan, his mother received an e-mail message with a link to a video on the Internet. A television reporter happened to have been filming a story at Sergeant Blaskowski’s small mountain outpost when it came under fire and the sergeant was shot.

Since then, Sergeant Blaskowski’s parents, Cheryl and Terry Blaskowski of Cheboygan, Mich., have watched their 27-year-old son die over and over. Ms. Blaskowski has taken breaks from work to watch it on her computer, sometimes several times a day, studying her son’s last movements.

“Anything to be closer,” she said. “To see what could have been different, how it — ” the bullet — “happened to find him.”

For months, the Blaskowskis felt alone in watching their son die in an isolated and nearly forgotten war. And then, in June, the war in Afghanistan roared back into public view when American deaths from hostilities exceeded those in Iraq. In the face of an expanding threat from the Taliban, the conflict is becoming deadlier and much more violent for American troops, who three weeks ago reached their highest deployment levels ever, at 36,000.

The Afghanistan War was "forgotten" only by the media because it was, until recently, going rather well with few casualties. It was "forgotten" because a successful war conflicted with The Narrative on Bush, and war as a general matter.

Now that Iraq seems all but won, it is Iraq's turn to be "forgotten" so that the NYT can bring its special brand of doom and defeatism to the newly-remembered Afghanistan War.

The media has all but stopped covering Iraq. Just as the media refused to cover the "forgotten" Afghanistan War during the previous years.

They're so transparent about it. It's a cliche, but I can't help but say it again: They're not even bothering to hide it anymore.

Via Hot Air.


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