Douglas MacKinnon

Shockingly, the most despicable way some in the mainstream media worked to manipulate the opinion of the American people against the war, was to act as a propaganda arm of the very terrorists killing our troops. How? Just think back to how many times the networks and cable networks showed that montage of multiple U.S. military vehicles -- and more importantly, the troops inside of them -- getting blown to bits. Who do you think shot that video? Only the very terrorists who just killed or maimed the troops in those vehicles.

When I speak to some of my former colleagues from the Pentagon, it is this video, and the networks disgusting and almost treasonous airing of it, that most upsets them. All of the networks and cable networks knew exactly who shot the video, and yet they still aired it. Is their hatred of Bush so intense, or their compassion for the families of U.S. troops who have to watch that video, so insignificant that they had no problem running an Al Qaeda snuff film?

After bombarding the American people with a steady diet of negative news regarding Iraq and our troops, these very same media outlets would conduct their own poll on the subject. The former Soviet Union never had it so good.

With that tarnished model as an example, the mainstream media figured it would be a cinch to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people with regard to Obama. Clearly, they have been wrong.

One reason they have been wrong is that while, for many Americans, Iraq was a far away, little understood, Middle-Eastern country, Barack Obama is something and someone much more tangible. While many Americans may not have understood -- nor had the time in their busy lives to learn - the intricacies of Iraq, its history, its neighbors, or the truth being kept from them by the media -- they are able to wrap their arms around Barack Obama and his less than impressive resume.

As we get closer to the election, more and more voters are now focusing their attention on Barack Obama, his ever changing narrative, his still to be fully explained associations with domestic terrorists and those who condemn America and his almost non-existent (if you -- as the Clinton campaign did -- rightfully deduct from his time in the Senate, his days on the campaign trail) national experience.

As they continue to do this by the millions, Barack Obama is coming up wanting in many of their eyes. The more they learn, the more they question. Russia’s recent incursion into Georgia has only made the American people more acutely aware of the critical importance of having a president with real-world experience.

To the ever lasting shame of our politicians, our nation, and all of us, biased liberals in the media got away with misrepreseting the war in Iraq and the mission of our troops. Fortunately this time, they have just tumbled off the Obama wall and may be taking the chameleon-like candidate with them.

The American people will decide this election.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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