With well north of 100,000 Americans in Iraq, it is perhaps inevitable that some are going to commit unspeakable acts. But that?s human nature.
What?s much more difficult to accept is that the media is neither presenting the whole picture of how Americans are serving nobly in Iraq nor making clear the track records of those calling for Rumsfeld?s resignation.
The Democratic leaders squawking about wanting to remove the Defense Secretary for his supposedly outrageous behavior are the same ones who were willing to tolerate a brutal tyrant who had attacked three nations, had attempted to assassinate a former U.S. President, quite likely had a hand in the first World Trade Center bombing, and even according to David Kay?s report had multiple ongoing WMD programs.
These same Democrats also have wanted to pull out the troops, leaving Iraq almost certain to fall into the hands of former Baathists or foreign terrorist groups. (Never mind the obvious partisan wrangling stemming from the timing in an election year.)
But when it comes to hypocritical chutzpah, nothing can match that of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The organization, which bills itself as ?the nation?s largest civil rights group,? deemed Rumsfeld?s conduct so reprehensible that the only alternative is resignation.
Yet when four Americans were savagely murdered and their bodies mutilated in Fallujah, CAIR only condemned the mutilations (as against Islam), but maintained a disturbing silence on the murders themselves.
Not that any reporter has bothered with that tidbit when reporting CAIR?s attacks on Rumsfeld.
The media?s tunnel vision on Iraq?from the almost exclusive focus the pockets of violence to the unchallenged reporting of attacks on Rumsfeld?is indeed disturbing, but sadly, it is hardly surprising.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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