Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The drip, drip, drip theory

Negative war coverage adds up.

[T]he overall MSM coverage of the war in Iraq has had a negative net impact on the opinions and perceptions of many Americans regarding the daily events taking place there. ... So in terms of general news practice and protocol, there is an imbalance coming out of Iraq in the coverage.

The aggregation of the drip-drip-drip is what killed the public support of the war. The negative effect was not as instantaneously felt or as potent this time as it was when TV nightly news was in its "Uncle Walter" infancy (and before 24-7 repetition of newspaper headlines news networks) during Vietnam era. It is also inevitably true that bureaucratic and political mismanagement from all sides of the aisles has prevented the war from being executed in a more precise and efficient manner, but you go to war with the "slam dunk" Intel agencies, "Peace Dividend" military and Marx-lite Political Parties you have, not the ones you want.

Who knew that we had actually won the Tet offensive? Who knew that a generation of North Vietnamese men had virtually been wiped out by American forces? Who knew that no Americans were fighting in Vietnam when we pulled the plug?

Can nothing be done?

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