Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Old Media: Yay! 2000 War Dead!

Surprise, surprise - the Old Media is celebrating the death of our soldiers. They always talk about the count, and now it has hit another anti-war propaganda milestone.

2000 US troops have died while freeing the Iraqi people. Instead of celebrating their sacrifice, the OM use the total to blast the policies of the Bush administration.

In two years, our troops removed a brutal dictator, freed millions of people, established order, formed a government, held elections, created a constitution, and oversaw successful elections. All of this in the Middle East!

We have always had at least 130,000 troops in theater. To only lose 2000 is absolutely remarkable. It speaks volumes of our fighting men and women, their commanders, and their Chief.

It is truly sad when your blind hatred of a person (Bush) keeps you from appreciating these momentous times. It is truly sad when your blind hatred of America and its conservative capitalist ways makes you want to turn the Iraqi victory into a Vietnam-style loss.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Old Media Gasps at "Staged" Bush Teleconference

President Bush had a teleconference with a small group of troops yesterday. He chatted about the war against Islamic terrorism and thanked the troops for their service. He also fielded some questions.

Instead of reporting on the event, "ace" reporterette Deb Riechmann (AP) broke the big, big story: the teleconference was *gasp* staged!

Either this reporter is an absolute rookie or she is incredibly biased. Has this woman ever covered Hillary Clinton - or heard of her "listening" tour?

Politicians often stage events. Obviously, you don't want some wacko asking Bush a question about the US Forest Service when he is taking time to talk to troops about the War on Terror. Another reason is that events need to be coordinated to overcome any difficulty that may arise. Imagine being the aide in charge of a global teleconference and something goes down - if you aren't ready to handle it, your butt will be in the unemployment office.

This inight, offered by White House press secretary was buried in the article, of course:
...Thursday's event was coordinated with the Defense Department but that the troops were expressing their own thoughts. With satellite feeds, coordination often is needed to overcome technological challenges, such as delays, he said.

"I think all they were doing was talking to the troops and letting them know what to expect," he said, adding that the president wanted to talk with troops on the ground who have firsthand knowledge about the situation.

The reporter nearly seemed surprised that the troops gave the prez an "upbeat" assessment of the war. Well, duh - if you are constantly looking for negatives to blast Bush, you obviously miss a lot of the positives. Talk to pretty much any military man or woman - they are proud of all the good things they have done.

Sure, the event was staged. All events are. But to focus on the arrangement is yet another example of media bias. The reporters can talk to the troops if they want to get the "real" answers...ooops...they have, but the troops won't give them the answers they want.

I guess the only thing left is to hype a non-story into a story.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Gerhard Schroeder, Germany's Al Gore

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has lost re-election. He refused to concede. His party even organized a power-sharing plan to keep Schroeder as Vice-Chancellor.

He has now lost the post he has held since 1988. He has been beaten by conservative leader Angela Merkel.

Yahoo News/Reuters reports:
...conservatives narrowly beat Schroeder's SPD in a September 18 general election, but failed to win enough seats to build a majority with their preferred coalition partners.

"I will not be a part of the next government -- definitely not be part of it," a tearful looking Schroeder told a rapt audience of union members in his home city of Hanover.

When Schroeder realized it was time to go, he did the trendy liberal thing - blast President Bush and America. He had sharp criticism for the US not leaping to the aid of Katrina victims. Since he likely watches CNN, he obviously missed the facts about the NOLA mayor and LA guv dropping the ball. He likely missed the facts pertaining to the incredible speed of the federal government and charities. To caught up in hatred of Bush to let the facts get in the way.

Another liberal sore loser on the world'd political stage. Maybe he'll pack on 50 pounds, grow a beard, and yell a lot over the next several months. Isn't life grand?

Friday, October 07, 2005

Thank You, Sgt. Graham - Rest in Peace

A friend of my family lost his life while serving in Iraq. He was the first person that I've known to die during combat operations. Shawn Graham was a good friend of my older brother, and thus a friend of mine. We went to high school together and I graduated in the same class as his sister.

Shawn loved his country, as does his whole family. His father and brother also serve in the armed forces and have seen duty in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Shawn became a Marine because his dad's example. Shawn's brother became a Marine because of Shawn's example.

Shawn was a tough guy, but had a great sense of humor. He was easy to like because he had a good nature under that tough exterior.

I recall a story that my brother told me - one day while walking home from school, Shawn tripped on the uneven sidewalk. He sprung to his feet and the first thing he did was look to see who saw him. He had to be careful not to tarnish the tough-guy image. My brother and another friend had a good laugh at Shawn's expense. But Shawn laughed, too and took it in stride.

Here is his latest story from KDKA/AP:
A Grove City man, who served in Iraq, was laid to rest in his hometown, Wednesday.

Shawn A. Graham, 34, was killed in Baghdad last week when the vehicle he was riding in rolled over.

There was silence on S. Broad Street, as Graham’s family waited on one side of the church steps – the National Guard on the other – to see Graham on his final trip.

“We’re so proud of him, proud of the military. We support the military 100 percent,” said Kathleen Graham, the soldier’s mother.

Family and friends made their way out after the service, while grove city residents crept out of businesses and lined up the street, saluting and standing in quiet reverence, recognizing the contribution of Graham and every solider who has made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Everybody needs to be aware of the sacrifice that all these guys are giving for us,” said Brenda Nelson told KDKA’s Sonni Abatta.

“And it may not even be for us directly here, but because of what they’re doing, fighting for freedom, and that’s what we stand for.”

Shawn Graham was a sergeant in the Army National Guard's 124th Cavalry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, out of Fort Worth, Texas.

Semper Fi, Shawn. Thank you for keeping my country, my state, my town, and my family safe. My children never knew you, but they will know of you.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Iraqi Progress Ignored by Dems, Old Media

Harry Reid and the dems want answers about Iraq. They continually blast Bush and the GOP for all of the failures in the war on terrorism. Now, Reid wants to know if there is any good news in Iraq.

Well, since Reid is a beltway guy, you'd almost understand why he wonders if there is good news out of Iraq. Truth be told, he's the senate minority leader. He gets the briefings. He has access to the classified reports. Heck, he has the Internet and is able to look up good news like anyone else.

The Old Media and dems (redundant, I know) have a full-scale blackout on the good news in Iraq. They downplay the elections while over-reporting the car bombs. They ignore the number of schools built while trumpeting every US combat death. They dismiss the millions of Iraqis who now have freedom while they focus on the handful of Baathists who liked it better under Sadaam.

Reid knows although we lost nearly 2000 troops, we've killed tens of thousands of terrorists - but he can't bring himself to give credit to the troops. Reid knows that our troops are loved by the Iraqis and welcomed with cheers, even to this day - but he can't give credit to Bush's plan.

The dems have been on the wrong side of history for at least a couple generations. They continually whine, moan, and complain from the sidelines. What has Reid done for the cause? What have the dems done to help our troops, not hinder them? When have you heard a dem support the troops and the mission (they are one and the same, you know)? They blast the operations and slander the troops whenever they get the chance (Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, anyone?).

Thank God for a president who is willing to do the right thing and free oppressed people and protect our borders. Thank God for troops who are willing to risk their lives for total strangers in order to bring about peace for all races. The dems hate when the president says the US needs to stay the course. The Iraqis are hoping that we do.