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Saturday, November 22, 2008

The V Word


When was the last time that you heard somebody claim "The war in Iraq is unwinnable", "We have already lost", or called it a quagmire, another Vietnam, a civil war, an unsolvable thousand-year-old feud?

In fact, when was the last time you saw a news story about Iraq which was not simply an outgrowth of election coverage?

Remember when the war in Iraq was the dominant news item, and when everybody said that it would be the deciding factor in the 2008 elections?

As the news media portray homecomings and reunions among joyous families, elated servicemembers, cheering crowds and so forth, they will never use the word Victory. They will not admit that we have won. The media will express relief that the troops are coming home. But so what? The media never understood why the troops left in the first place, and now cannot be bothered to explain why they are returning:

Victory.

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