Empty beds, a sign of success

Here is a sign of progress in Iraq that even the most diehard liberal will have a tough time denying… since they can’t deny it they will likely ignore it.. The dramatic decline in violence is the best proof there is that the surge is showing substantial signs of success, and that the testimony of General Petraeus was truthful and based in fact. It also means that there are a lot of Democrats that owe the General one hell of a public apology… Perhaps they could convince the NY Times to give them a nice deal on a full page ad to make that apology…

Don’t hold your breath waiting on the Dems to apologize though.

Here are some excerpts from the article.  

iraq.gifA row of beds lies empty in the emergency ward of Baghdad’s Yarmouk Hospital. The morgue, which once overflowed with corpses, is barely a quarter full.

Doctors at the hospital, a barometer of bloodshed in the Iraqi capital, say there has been a sharp fall in victims of violence admitted during a seven-month security campaign.

Last month the fall was particularly dramatic, with 70 percent fewer bodies and half the number of wounded brought in compared to July, hospital director Haqi Ismail said.

“The major incidents, like explosions and car bombs, sometimes reached six or seven a day. Now it’s more like one or two a week,” he told Reuters.

This Reuters Report was dated the 17th.. it is interesting to note that the Washington Post did not run this story at all that I could find, yet they did run an article about the Iraqi government revoking Blackwater’s license. The same with the NY Times, and I am sure it is the same with the other liberal media outlets…

Pretty evident that the old media is exceptionally biased on its reporting of what is happening in Iraq… Reports that show signs of success do not get published..

Hat Tip to Captain’s Quarters

Others Blogging on this:

Instapundit, Iraq’s Inconvienient Truth, Polipundit

  1. james

    I’m glad I always stayed on the right side. Now if only scientists would stop being so political and admit global warming is as natural as snow.

  2. The Post covered this before the Petraeus hearing. It’s good news that killing is down, where it is down.

    The bad news is why its down. Neighborhoods that once were mixed, Sunni and Shiite, now have been purged of one side or the other. No reason to shoot when all your targets are dead or gone. Now they’re ready for the civil war, many fear.

    The surge would have been a good idea in 2003. It’s too late. The surge would have been a good part of an integrated program that included diplomatic overtures to Syria, Iran, Turkey, NATO, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Bush has failed to back up the troops with a diplomatic surge to get a political agreement to end the fighting.

    So what happens after the surge, now? Back to square one?

    A reputable polling firm in Europe finds that 1.2 million Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S. invasion. The hospital wards are emptying out because there is no one left to kill, until the coming civil war.

    Of course, if we do nothing about global warming, Iraq will heat up to be uninhabitable — at least, that appears to be the hope of the Bush group.

  3. Ed,

    Which Post covered the story? NY Post, Washington Post? If you could provide at least a title so I can at least take a look at the article.

    You seem to think that the reduction in the violence is because of some sort of Ethnic Clensing, If that were true wouldn’t they have seen a gradual reduction of violence over a longer period of time rather than a sharp decrease coinciding with the surge?

    also take a look at ITM’s blog post from the 28th of August. http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/2007/08/crossing-anbar.html Here is an Excerpt.

    We’ve been getting some reports about the improvement in security in Anbar in the last few months but little was said about the highway that runs across the province. The several hundred kilometer western section of the international highway is technically Iraq’s second “port” in a way as it connects Iraq with Syria and Jordan and was for years the only window to the world when all airports and the southern ports in Basra were closed to traffic in the 1990s.

    For most of the time between 2004 and 2007 taking this road was considered suicidal behavior as the chance someone would be robbed or killed was too high.
    But with the tribal awakening in Anbar that cleared large parts of the province from al-Qaeda the highway is expected to be safer, but how much safer?

    My family returned yesterday from a vacation in Syria and they have used this road twice in six weeks. I had tried hard to convince them not to do that and take a flight instead but now after hearing their story I’m convinced that my fear was not justified; the road is safe…

    It is evident that the surge is working, yet the Media and leftist politicians are insistant on snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory…

    Have a nice day.

  4. James;

    Thank you for the comment, unfortunately the media overpoliticizes any issue. That overpoliticization drowns out any reasonable discussion.

    Thanks again for your comment

  5. Every report I’ve seen about the surge working has been on a major news outlet — ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, AP, New York Times, Washington Post.

    Most of these reports go unnoticed by the biased blogosphere — except when they cite the facts, and then blame the sources they got the news from for not reporting it.

    Of course, these news outlets are also reporting continuing problems. You wish to ignore that news, and you blame them for reporting it.

  6. Ed;

    look in any of the major newspaper for any positive news from Iraq… chances are you won’t find much… yet you can look at press releases from centcom, and various other outlets to find dozens of articles on the accomplishments that are being made.. Take a look at CNN for example.. they have 14 stories on Blackwater alone, how many can you find showing anything positive in Iraq??? Not a one..

    The media is a very powerful tool that can be used to shape public opinion on the war, or on any subject. If all that is reported in the media is car bombings and casualty numbers, public opinion is certainly going drop. By reporting only the bad news out of Iraq the media is committing deception by omission.

    Question is why? Is it simply because car bombs and casualty reports sell newspapers, while building schools, hospitals etc dont? Or is it because the major media outlets have a desire to shape the publics opinion and choose either not to run or at least downplay any stories that doesn’t fit within thier agenda?

    It is truely amazing that in the Information Age so many people are completely illinformed.


  7. In any other context, relying on press releases would be called lazy and irresponsible journalist. Of course CENTCOM’s press releases paint a rosy picture! Is that the whole picture? Unlikely. Is it an accurate picture? By design, it’s not intended to be.

    So, how can we compare CENTCOM press releases with news coverage, and claim the news coverage is unfair? Only by granting credence to the press releases they don’t earn.

    I think stories about successes in Iraq would sell more newspapers. People would love to read about successes (newspaper sales rose dramatically in World War II, once the Allies started making progress).

    But especially after a month in which news from the administration, from Gen. Petraeus, and from independent study groups claiming success in Iraq is just a matter of hanging on longer, was trumpeted on every major network and the front page of every major newspaper, I gotta wonder what it is you’re reading.

    I still get on occasion that e-mail about “photos the newspapers don’t in MSM don’t want you to see.” It’s a photo of a statue of an American soldier, done to honor U.S. GIs by an Iraqi guy who used to make the statues of Saddam. It’s made from bronze melted down from Saddam’s statues. It’s really quite marvelous.

    And it was front page of the Dallas Morning News. The photo that circulates was released first by mainstream media, who are simply uncredited in an effort to smear them.

    Often the photo comes to me with a bunch of other photos “MSM refuses to print.” Most of them still have the credit lines on them: Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, etc.

    The reality is that a greater percentage of reporters have died covering these wars than anyone else (with the possible exception of Iraqi civilians in some neighborhoods). “MSM” risks their lives to get the news out. It’s brave, medal-earning stuff.

    And you sit here and criticize them for it.

    I’ll wager you never read Martha Raddatz’s book on our soldiers efforts. She made six trips to Iraq to get the details. It’s the best book about soldiering in some long time. You blow it off.

    Unfortunately it’s chic to criticize reporters, newspapers and television these days. It’s reminiscent of the rise of fascism. When the fascists didn’t want the news about what they were doing to Europeans to get out, they’d criticize the media — in Spain, in Italy, in Germany. Same trick the communists pulled before they took over the news outlets.

    Bias? How would you know?

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