Friday, May 19, 2006


In a previous post today, I contend that:
...the fact that the MSM and the left desperately want to believe Al Qaeda and chaos are winning is like a beacon of hope to the murderers and terrorists. They know they have lost militarily and politically; but they are hoping that their useful idiot brigade here in the U.S. and elsewhere can pull out a victory for them despite defeat.

Our friends on the left implicitly believe that the MSM is providing accurate information about the war on terror and that those of us who doubt it are demented and delusional. A sample attitude from one of my commenters in that earlier thread:
Of course, in the delusional world of the 29% Bushites, everybody lies: the press, the U.N., and generally everybody who does not feed them what they want to hear.

The 29% Bushites go around with blinders firmly in place and their fingers solidly planted in their ears, singing "I can't hear you! I can't hear you!"

It's not the Kool-Aid. The 29% Bushites are truly demented.

OK, children, let's look at yet another "news" story today. This one from the Washington Post exclaims, "Afghanistan Rocked As 105 Die in Violence: Toll Is Among Worst Since 2001 Invasion".

Once again, the invaluable Cori Dauber picks up on the blatant attempt to mislead and distort by noting that 80-90 of that number just happens to be the enemy who were killed. She then links to a report by Bill Roggio at the Counterterrorism Blog who will be an embed in Afghanistan (I am excerpting a large part of Roggio's report because I know that the lefties who come here wouldn't bother to click on the link; but I do hope other, more reasonable readers will take the time):
The news reports of a major Taliban offensive in southeastern Afghanistan are inaccurate, as Coalition offensives and Taliban attacks have been lumped together to give the impression of a coordinated Taliban assault in multiple provinces. A reading of the various reports indicates that while the Taliban has launched a major strike on a police station and government center in Helmand province and a small scale attack on a police patrol in Ghazni, as well as two suicide attacks against U.S. contractors in Herat and an Afghan army base in Ghazni, the fighting in Kandahar was initiated by Afghan and Coalition security forces during planned operations. Over 100 have been reported killed during the fighting, with 87 being Taliban. Well over half of those killed were killed during the Coalition offensives in Kandahar.

There were two separate major engagements in Kandahar province, and both were initiated by the Coalition. Coalition forces conducted a raid and subsequent air strikes against a Taliban safe haven in the village of Azizi. As many as 27 Taliban are believed to have been killed during the operation. A joint Canadian and Afghan security force conducted a sweep in the Panjwai district of Kandahar, and killed 18 Taliban and captured 26 in the process. One Canadian officer was killed and three Afghan police were wounded during the operation.

The fighting in Musa Qala in Helmand province is a bonafide major Taliban attack. The Associated Press reports an "estimated 300-400 militants with assault rifles and machine guns attacked a police and government headquarters" in Musa Qala. The Afghan police provided reinforcements to the beleaguered police station, fought off the Taliban force, reestablished control over the region, and killed 40 Taliban and took thirteen casualties of their own. Two police patrols were ambushed in Ghazni, and resulted in the death of two policemen. There is no evidence the attacks were coordinated. And they certainly weren't coordinated to occur in conjunction with Coalition operations.

It is important to understand how the fighting was initiated, as the current reporting is giving the impression of a coordinated Taliban uprising. This provides the Taliban with a propaganda victory, as their power is perceived as far greater than it actually is, which can negatively influence the government and peoples of the Coalition forces serving in Afghanistan. The narrow passage of the extension of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan (by a 149-145 vote in Parliament) illustrates the fragile nature of the support for the mission in some Western nations.(Empasis mine)

Roggio notes that the entire affair is likely a major victory for the coalition; especially considering that the Taliban's most senior commander was captured. But that point is not even mentioned in the Post story. Nor, of course is the concept of "victory" put forth as we endure the hand-wringing of the writer who is clearly upset at all that "violence" going on over there.

Roggion is also absolutely correct when he asserts that the MSM reporting basically gives the Taliban a "propaganda victory" by making it seem as if they are coordinated and exacting a heavy toll on hapless coalition forces. The death toll (which is 80-90% enemy deaths) reported in that fashion gives the clear impression that somehow the Taliban were successful in the skirmishes.

This is the reporting we are getting from these "unimpeachable" news sources, and that the left eat like sweet candy. They just love to savor the taste and texture of that anti-American; anti-coalition; anti-Bush propaganda that makes the enemy rejoice--even as they are unequivocally beaten by the forces of civilization.

This propaganda is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and flows unimpeded into the brains (and I use the term loosely) of people like the one I quoted above; who, as you can easily see from his comments, shares in the jubilation of the enemy forces.

Anyone with any common sense and reason would want to hear the truth--both the good parts and the bad. But, when the MSM reports are this misleading and deliberately distort the facts; and when the left eat those stories up-- then you've got to ask yourself: what kind of sick motives lie behind such a blatant desire to aid and abet the enemy.

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