The Lady Speaks

Who says things aren’t falling apart in Iraq?

Today in Iraq – presumably while some schools were being painted and a reconstruction project was being finished – a bomb exploded at a US-Iraqi base near Tal Afar, killing 15. No Americans were killed.

Tal Afar was recently used by the President as an example of US-Iraqi teamwork and coordination in putting down the insurgency, and of the media's failure to show the 'good news' of Iraq.

From NBC News:

There were no American casualties in the suicide bombing about 20 miles east of the ancient city of Tal Afar, the U.S. military told NBC News. The bomber struck shortly after noon at an Iraqi army recruiting center in front of the base.

Since the media is busy hiding the good news, we only hear more bad news:

Elsewhere in Iraq, at least 21 more bodies were found — many with nooses around their neck — and mortar and bomb attacks killed at least four people.

[snip]

Details of a joint U.S.-Iraqi Special Operations attack in northeast Baghdad late Sunday continued to filter out. The military, in an updated report, said the joint operation 'killed 16 insurgents and wounded three others during a house-to-house search on an objective with multiple structures.'

'They also detained 18 other individuals, discovered a significant weapons cache and secured the release of an Iraqi being held hostage,' the statement said.

AP reporters who visited the scene Monday morning said the site of the attack was clearly a neighborhood Shiite mosque complex, although the American military insisted, 'no mosques were entered or damaged during this operation.'

[snip]

AP Television News videotape shot Monday showed crumbling walls and disarray in a compound used as a gathering place for prayer. It was filled with religious posters and strung with banners denouncing the attack. Mourners were gathering for funerals for the dead.

Sunday night video showed a tangle of dead men with gunshot wounds on the floor of what was said by the cameraman to be the imam’s living quarters, attached to the mosque itself. The compound, once used by Saddam Hussein’s government, consists of a political party office, the mosque and quarters for the imam.

[snip]

The latest violence came a day after 69 people were reported killed in one of the bloodiest 24-hour periods in weeks. Most of the dead appeared to be victims of the shadowy Sunni-Shiite score-settling that has torn at the fabric of Iraq since Feb. 22 when a Shiite shrine was blown apart in Samarra, north of Baghdad.

[snip]

The raid in Baghdad came a day after U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad spoke out on the need to cap the sectarian, militia-inspired killing, saying, 'More Iraqis are dying today from the militia violence than from the terrorists.' He did not say which militias he meant nor did he define who the terrorists were.

Now, if only our liberal media would tell us about the good things happening in Iraq…but wait. They can't, because of 'security' concerns. 

Via Crooks and Liars, Lara Logan, CBS News:

KURTZ: But critics would say, well, no wonder people back home think things are falling apart because we get this steady drumbeat of negativity from the correspondents there. 

LOGAN:  Well, who says things aren't falling apart in Iraq?  I mean, what you didn't see on your screens this week was all the unidentified bodies that have been turning up, all the allegations here of militias that are really controlling the security forces. 

What about all the American soldiers that died this week that you didn't see on our screens?  I mean, we've reported on reconstruction stories over and over again…I mean, I really resent the fact that people say that we're not reflecting the true picture here.  That's totally unfair and it's really unfounded. 

Our own editors back in New York are asking us the same things. They read the same comments.  You know, are there positive stories?  Can't you find them?  You don't think that I haven't been to the U.S. military and the State Department and the embassy and asked them over and over again, let's see the good stories, show us some of the good things that are going on? 

Oh, sorry, we can't take to you that school project, because if you put that on TV, they're going to be attacked about, the teachers are going to be killed, the children might be victims of attack. Oh, sorry, we can't show this reconstruction project because then that's going to expose it to sabotage. And the last time we had journalists down here, the plant was attacked.

I mean, security dominates every single thing that happens in this country….So how it is that security issues should not then dominate the media coverage coming out of here?

Speaking about radio host Laura Ingraham:

LOGAN: I think it's outrageous. I mean, Laura Ingraham should come to Iraq and not be talking about what journalists are doing from the comfort of her studio in the United States, the comfort and the safety. I mean, I don't know any journalist that wants to just sit in a hotel room in Iraq.

Does anybody understand that for us we used to be able to drive to Ramadi, we used to drive to Falluja, we used to drive to Najaf. We could travel all over this country without having to fly in military helicopters. That's the only way we can move around here. So, it's when the military can accommodate us, if the military can accommodate us, then we can go out and see.

 

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March 27, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Civil War, Government, Iraq, Media, Politics, US Military, War

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