It appears military force will prevail in Iraq. It remains for the politicians to return the country to some form of governance or to screw things up. Iraq could become a stable regime grateful to the United States for its liberty or it could become anti-Western. If it were to become pro-Western, you can be sure that our nation's highly trained editors would find no news there. If it became anti-Western, every complaint against Washington and every bloodcurdling threat uttered by a Baghdad potentate would be in the news. For some reason, our media are fascinated by stories that appear to harm American national interests.
Yet what do the media see in Britney and Paris? Why are they news? They rarely say anything threatening against the United States. Neither is a threat to American national interests. Admittedly their tawdriness and general stupidity does not speak very well for American popular culture. Perhaps that explains their fame. They put America in a bad light, and that makes them newsworthy. But how do we explain their sudden absence from the headlines? Like the Iraq war, they have vanished. Maybe they have become Republicans.