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Unreported History in Baghdad: Comentary from a deployed Army LTC

As if to suggest that good news just isn't worth the effort to cover, US Army Lieutenant Colonel John M. Kanaley pens Unreported History in Baghdad, describing his frustrated observations that seem indicative of the coverage of nearly the whole of the Iraq War. It is today's must-read commentary.

The silence was deafening and the seats were empty. The western press was nowhere to be found. The location was Baghdad and the event was a February 10th, 2006 press conference announcing the final verification of December's election results. Although the final allocation of parliamentary seats did not change from last month's tentative reports, the conference was nonetheless significant for American and Iraqi history. What was equally significant was the absence of members of the western press.

... It is said that success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan. In the pessimistic world of the western press and the anti-war left, they continually turn their backs on momentous accomplishments while simultaneously failing to acknowledge this turning point in the defense of freedom. The press never hesitates to report on the so-called surges of attacks in Iraq. Logically speaking, if there is a surge at any given point, then there must have been a previous decrease in attacks as well, yet, that is never reported.