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Tilting at Windmills

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April 6, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

BAD NEWS FROM IRAQ....War supporters are forever complaining that things are going great in Iraq and the only reason we don't know about it is because of media bias. You know, that nasty SCLM wants us to lose in Iraq.

A few months ago I called media bias "the last refuge of a scoundrel who has no evidence of his own" and went on the explain why I thought things were going badly in Iraq regardless of what the media said.

On the other hand, a few weeks ago I mentioned that there was also some good news emanating from Baghdad. "It could all still go to hell," I said, "But it's still nice to hear something positive coming out of Iraq."

So here's my question: it's pretty clear that things have, in fact, gone to hell. We may eventually clean up Fallujah, arrest Muqtada al-Sadr, end the riots in Sadr City, and retake Najaf. But even if we do, it's pretty obvious that Iraq is close to meltdown, we don't have enough troops to keep order, and media reporting about all this has been perfectly accurate.

So how about it, guys (and you know who you are)? Are you going to step up to the plate and admit that the media has been pretty much right all along and things really do look pretty bleak? Or are you going to continue to complain that reporters are just ignoring all the good news about school openings and electric grid repair?

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