In Arlington last week, someone asked military blogger Jim of Sgt. Hook what he would say to those who want to support the troops by bringing them home. He said he would tell them "I don't want to come home until we win."
Increasingly the prospect of winning in Iraq is presented by the Democrats in Congress, and most of those reporting in the mainstream media, as a pipe dream. Ignore the defeatists. You might have to look a little harder to find them, but there are many who believe victory in Iraq can be achieved and that it will be in spite of the efforts of those in the U.S. Congress and the media – unless we surrender, that is.
Speaking on a panel at the milblog (short for military blog) conference last weekend, Bill Roggio, who has embedded as a journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan, said it is well known through documents we have discovered that much of the enemy’s strategy revolves around manipulation of the media. He said the enemy cannot beat us on the battlefield so they employ a strategy of attacks planned specifically for maximum media coverage and effect. This strategy has been quite successful.
Any time there is good news to report from Iraq, or news of a high profile visitor in Iraq, it is a pretty sure bet there will be some type of high profile attack such as a car bomb or other explosion to grab the headlines. Often news of positive developments in Iraq, such as the recent counter-insurgency movement in the Anbar province , which had previously been declared a lost cause, gets buried when reporters and politicians seize on high profile attacks as proof there is no progress being made.
From Iraq, Mohammed Fadhil, a Baghdad dentist who writes at Iraq the Model says, “I wasn't surprised when I saw Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, appear on Al Jazeera to announce America's defeat last week, not long after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did. Zawahiri claims Al Qaeda has won, and Reid claims America has lost.”He goes on to say the message being conveyed over the airwaves is not an accurate one.