October 11, 2005

Thirteen to One

Hatched by Sachi

The other day, I read a familiar headline about US troops getting killed in Iraq: “Six Marines Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks,” the AP article said. If all we read are the MSM headlines, we almost can’t help feeling a sense of dread. It seems like we are losing, and losing badly.

In our two most recent major offensives in Iraq, Iron Fist and River Gate, we first were told that 1,000 US troops were fighting near the Syrian border; then the next thing we heard was that six soldiers were killed in those operations -- nothing in between! We fought; we died. Is that all?

What did we achieve? What did we win in return? Surely our troops did not die for nothing, no matter what Cindy Sheehan says.

The reality is that our troops have done an incredible job, though you have to hunt hard to find this information. Our troops' achievements are routinely buried in the middle of articles, sandwiched in between accounts of roadside bombs and ambushes. From the AP article linked above, fifteen paragraphs into the story:

On Thursday, warplanes dropped four precision-guided bombs on an abandoned three-story hotel seized by militants in the town of Karabilah, near the Syrian border, the focus of the Iron Fist assault. Twenty militants were killed in the bombardment, the military said. Seven more insurgents were killed when planes destroyed three buildings from which gunmen were firing on Marines, and two gunmen were killed in fighting in Karabilah.

The 29 deaths raised the insurgent death toll in Iron Fist to 71. At least six insurgents have been reported killed in River Gate offensive.

Wait a minute. 77 bad guys verses six good guys. That’s a 13 to 1 kill ratio. Isn’t that a remarkably successful operation? Shouldn’t the headline actually be “Iron Fist’s great success,” or “77 terrorists slain,” or something like that? That is the way the very same news agencies would have written the very same articles during World War II or Korea.

Why are we so shy about telling the American people how many terrorists we are killing or capturing? If we only hear about the cost but not the payoff, how in the world will the American people realize that we are winning, and winning big? Ever since the Korean War, the MSM has been determined to spin every engagement as an American loss, no matter what actually happened.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Iraq, Black Five reports that US Army troops raided two houses of terrorists and captured numerous bomb making devices:


How many Army and Marine lives saved does this successful raid represent? You'll never find out by reading the Associated Press.

Hatched by Sachi on this day, October 11, 2005, at the time of 2:10 AM

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The following hissed in response by: RonC

There’s sooo much good news the MSM could be making people aware of - but, of course, by now we know they won’t EVER do that - other than by being forced, reluctantly, to do so. So be it - they hurt no one but themselves, and an ever smaller group of Americans that haven’t caught on, yet... just how perfidious the MSM is.

To get a laugh at the MSM, I visit Iraqi blogs - one of my favorites being Iraq the Model, that I’m sure most serious bloggers are aware of. On Sunday last the post there was about the Arab League solving Iraq’s problems. These brothers never fail to give me, and many others, great hope for the future of Iraq. In the referenced post, Omar calls the Arab League representative (Amr Mousa) “ the tyrants’ clown.”

It can't get much better - or much worse for the lying, hiding MSM.

The above hissed in response by: RonC [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 11, 2005 3:59 AM

The following hissed in response by: RonC

Gad, Sachi...

How foolish of me - I see that Big Lizards already had a link to ITM! Just goes to show me, Big Lizards indeed haven’t just been hatched.

The above hissed in response by: RonC [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 11, 2005 4:12 AM

The following hissed in response by: Terry Gain

I'm surprised you are not reading the blog that is covering the battle to liberate Iraq more thoroughly and honestly than MSM and better than any other blog:


If you were reading Bill Roggio as he daily describes how the war is being won you would understand that so long as the course is stayed victory is assured-and it is a lot closer than most people think, even closer than a lot who support the liberation realize. May I suggest you put this site up on your blogroll. To do this site (and yourselves) justice you need a new heading: SUPER POWERHOUSES

The above hissed in response by: Terry Gain [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 11, 2005 7:11 PM

The following hissed in response by: Sachi


Thank you for directing me to the Fourth Rail. I have read his blog before. Thank god for mil-blogs. We can still get to the truth.

The above hissed in response by: Sachi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 12, 2005 6:25 PM

The following hissed in response by: douglas

Note also in the picture one of the two men is an Iraqi policeman or military man. Good stuff.

The above hissed in response by: douglas [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 13, 2005 12:41 AM

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