Friday, September 29, 2006

Woodward: War In Iraq a White House Secret

Smarter folks than me noted years ago the amazing coincidence between a new Simon & Schuster book release, and a 60 Minutes interview. Both companies being owned by Viacom.

Now it's Bob Woodward's turn. And get this: Did you know there's a war in Iraq?

Of course not--because Bush kept it secret!
According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret. "It’s getting to the point now where there are eight-, nine-hundred attacks a week. That's more than 100 a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces," says Woodward.

The situation is getting much worse, says Woodward, despite what the White House and the Pentagon are saying in public. "The truth is that the assessment by intelligence experts is that next year, 2007, is going to get worse and, in public, you have the president and you have the Pentagon [saying], 'Oh, no, things are going to get better,'" he tells Wallace. "Now there’s public, and then there’s private. But what did they do with the private? They stamp it secret. No one is supposed to know," says Woodward.

"The insurgents know what they are doing. They know the level of violence and how effective they are. Who doesn't know? The American public," Woodward tells Wallace.
I know a fine guy named Raymond. Sergeant in the 8th Army Air Force. Radio operator on a Liberator. Flew 50 missions, four battle stars, DFC and lesser honors.

Every time he got over Germany, he got shot at. Guaranteed. Every time.

But--it wasn't a factor in the operation of the war, so long as enough of them came back.

That's where Woodward and Wallace, and really all CBSNews, goes off the rails. Bush has never withheld casualty figures--he has never disguised how effective enemy attacks are.

The news that there is a lot more ineffective fire towards our troops than commonly supposed is some sort of shock? Most Americans, one expects, understand that war involves getting shot at.

Not CBSNews, which persists in seeing the act of violence itself as some sort of evidence we can't win the war. Apparently confusing the still of the armistice with victorious warfighting, they imagine that as long as anybody is shooting, we're losing.

"Shocking" indeed.

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