The Media’s Death Count Returns

by Ryan on November 6, 2007

in Media Bias,The Iraq Front

The Mainstream Media (MSM) hasn’t gotten enough bad news out of Iraq lately and it seemed like they’ve been getting frustrated.  In fact, the Anbar Awakening, the success of the Surge, and a recent influx of Iraqi’s back into their country have really put a downer on the MSM’s paradigm of Bush’s abysmal failure as of late. 

However, one can always count on the MSM to find something ghoulish to quietly cheer about:  2007 has been the bloodiest year for American soldiers in the Iraq War!  Despite all the good news and significantly lower casualty rates lately, 854 of our finest have been killed in action thus far this year in Iraq beating out 2004 as the previously most deadly.   

The MSM’s obsession with body counts continues with vim and vigor!  Though these kinds of counts are important, I’d also (from time to time) like to hear about the clean water facilities we’ve installed, the schools and other public buildings we’ve built, the areas that were once dangerous that are now not, consistent reporting on enemy losses (unless of course the MSM thinks we’rethe enemy of peace), the progress being made in rooting out al Qaeda in specific areas, etc.  But, as the old saying goes, “if it bleeds, it leads,” so I won’t hold my breath waiting for news of substance from the MSM whose minds are already made up about the war, despite the new hope and latest trends.  While we need to hear about our losses, in the spirit of balance I’d also at least like to hear about the fruits of those sacrifices.  But I suppose that’s too much to expect from the MSM on this issue.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Warren Gunther November 28, 2007 at 2:21 pm

“While we need to hear about our losses, in the spirit of balance I’d also at least like to hear about the fruits of those sacrifices.”

I guess it would be ok if your brother is killed as long as a school is built.
There: balance.
Get it yet? KIA are listed because that is what matters. Even if this war had been finished in 6 months and went smoothly, it would have been wrong. You just don’t get this, do you?
And your photo of the tank saying “next Walmart”, well that says it all.


Ryan November 28, 2007 at 5:08 pm

Killed in Action counts matter. One can’t argue with that. The 25,000 Allied casualties at Anzio mattered, but did the media dwell on it? 2600 dead on D-Day. Was that the story? Maybe we should have come home– too much death for a war against people who didn’t even attack us at Pearl Harbor.

What I’d like to know is why so many who oppose this war cannot see passed the summer of 2003, when the WMDs were AWOL. I understand that opposition to this war exists. We had that argument about going in and your side lost. Now what? Since we’re in should we win? Should we try at the very least?

Having a family member in Iraq (who by the way is part of an all-volunteer military) puts the war in a different perspective. It’s much more real. It’s not the fabrication of a dimwitted leftist syncophant like Michael Moore. It’s not the next Vietnam like Jack Murtha is willing it to be. It’s not the Moveon caricature or the Daily Kos warcrime-fest. It’s a unique post-Cold War-style conflict with real people as soldiers fighting to preserve our interests, thereby preserve our freedoms. There is value to the events over there when they affect you directly. I want to see progress and finally, we’re seeing progress. I’m not making that up. It’s not a dream. It’s real.

There’s a formula many leftists fail to see or are unaware of: $9000 per capita income. It is a threshhold for the amount of wealth it takes to maintain a stable democracy. The number is just a coincidence. Those nations at or above it foster democratic regimes, those below have a much harder time. Iraq is way below $9000 at the moment. Economic prosperity goes hand in hand with personal freedoms and democracy. (Check out Thomas PM Barnett’s books “The Pentagon’s New Map” and “Blueprint for Action”)

I want to see Walmarts all over the Mideast. Not only will that mean an acceptance of capitalism, but an indication that the average person has enough income to buy our stuff. The income will come from jobs. When people have a full-time job and have accumulated some wealth, they are less likely (note ‘less’ likely) to be a hateful terrorist. It’s hard to be a terrorist when you’re tired from working all day. They have a stake in the success of their system. This is lacking all over the Mideast.

I’m glad someone decided to stand up for the trampled masses of poor angry Muslims in a historically hostile region. Iraq is a step. It may not work the way we want it to, but I give Dubya props for trying. I remember the 1980s. I loved seeing the look in people’s faces in Eastern Europe after the Wall came down. Why? Because of American persistence and strategy for 45 years. It took a while, but in the end people’s freedoms are worth it. 45 years from now Bush’s intentions will be judged along side his actions. If the Mideast awakens by 2050, then we’ll look back on this period with pride– that at least we tried to help the downtrodden and provided a look at a different kind of life for millions of people in the Mideast.

Iraq was not the wrong war at the wrong place and the wrong time. It was poorly managed, but Saddam is disarmed (and we can verify that), the Iraqis created their own Constitution and had elections, the violence is receding and hope is slowly returning to parts of Iraq that were void of it way before Dubya was president.


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