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WP: Progress Doesn’t Help Iraq War Support

From the DNC’s mouth organ, the Washington Post:

Military Progress Doesn’t Make War More Popular

By Peter Baker
Wednesday, November 28, 2007; A10

The debate at home over the Iraq war has shifted significantly in the two months since Gen. David H. Petraeus testified to Congress and President Bush ordered the first troop withdrawals, with more Americans now concluding that the situation on the ground is improving.

A new poll released yesterday underscored the changing political environment, finding the public more positive about the military effort in Iraq than at any point in 14 months as a surge of optimism follows the rapid decline in violence. Yet Bush remains as unpopular as ever in the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, and the public remains just as committed to bringing U.S. troops home.

The evolving public attitudes reflect, or perhaps explain, a turn in Washington as well. While Bush and Congress are still fighting over the war, the debate has moved to the back burner as Iran, spending, health care, the economy and other issues generate more political energy. The focus of the presidential campaign, especially on the Democratic side, has broadened as well. Even antiwar groups that once denied that security has gotten better have recalibrated their arguments to focus on the failed efforts to reach political conciliation among Iraqi factions or the risk of war with Iran.

The shift has strategists in both parties reevaluating their assumptions about how the final year of the Bush presidency and the election to succeed him will play out. If current trends continue, Iraq may still be a defining issue but perhaps not the only one, as it once seemed, according to partisan strategists and independent analysts, particularly if the economy heads south as some economists fear…

Gee, could it be that the media is ignoring the good news on the ground and emphasizes other problems in the region?

The evolving public attitudes reflect, or perhaps explain, a turn in Washington as well. While Bush and Congress are still fighting over the war, the debate has moved to the back burner as Iran, spending, health care, the economy and other issues generate more political energy.

What shameless liars are media are.

It’s the good news that has forced Iraq out of the headlines. It simply cannot be reported. And the Democrats would rather die than admit it, so they are on to other subjects that they can lie about without any fear of contradiction.

Even antiwar groups that once denied that security has gotten better have recalibrated their arguments to focus on the failed efforts to reach political conciliation among Iraqi factions or the risk of war with Iran.

Does any rational person imagine that Iraq’s political conciliation will happen faster if the US withdrawals? Or that pulling our troops out of Iraq will lessen the chances of conflict with Iran?

Of course not.

If current trends continue, Iraq may still be a defining issue but perhaps not the only one, as it once seemed, according to partisan strategists and independent analysts, particularly if the economy heads south as some economists fear.

Yes, if our media can’t talk us into losing the war in Iraq, maybe they can talk us into a recession.

Anything to help their Democrat overlords.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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