May 16, 2005

A battlefield particularly fertile with lies.

UK journalist Patrick Cockburn says that while it's too soon to say whether the US has lost the war in Iraq, there's no doubt that it hasn't won. But, he says, the fact that Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and other responsible for the miscalculations that led to the current quagmire haven't been fired is a sign that things aren't likely to get better in the future.

There is no doubt that the US has failed to win the war. Much of Iraq is a bloody no man's land. The army has not been able to secure the short highway to the airport, though it is the most important road in the country, linking the US civil headquarters in the Green Zone with its military HQ at Camp Victory.

Ironically, the extent of US failure to control Iraq is masked by the fact that it is too dangerous for the foreign media to venture out of central Baghdad. Some have retreated to the supposed safety of the Green Zone. Mr Bush can claim that no news is good news, though in fact the precise opposite is true.

Embedded journalism fosters false optimism. It means reporters are only present where American troops are active, though US forces seldom venture into much of Iraq. Embedded correspondents bravely covered the storming of Fallujah by US marines last November and rightly portrayed it as a US military success. But the outside world remained largely unaware, because no reporters were present with US forces, that at the same moment an insurgent offensive had captured most of Mosul, a city five times larger than Fallujah.

Via UK Independent.

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