November 7, 2007

The Real Thing?

Excerpts from Hugh Hewitt's interview with an optimistic Michael Yon

HH: Tell us what the Iraqis are telling you about this lull or peace or improvement. What do they think is going on here, and how long will it last?

MY: I don’t believe this is a lull. I believe this is the real thing. I believe that we’ve seen lulls before, and I’ve always been very circumspect on taking a chance and saying hey, this is the real thing. But I’ve seen a change in the mood of the people, and it’s remarkable. And I believe if we can just continue to help them progress, and we’ve got a little bit more serious fighting to do up in Ninewa Province, and then in Kirkuk and Salahaddin Province, and also out in Diayala Province, those four provinces. Other than that, I think really, it’s a matter of pouring on the juice and helping them to get this country going again. I mean, they’re just finished with the war, as long as we can help get the monkey off their back in the form of al Qaeda, which is pretty much crushed at this point.

The complete transcript is here. HH co-blogger Duane Patterson asks...

When do you suppose we're going to see the first report somewhere in the mainstream media about how they and the Democrats got it so wrong about Iraq destined to become a failure?

When do you suppose Tim Russert is going to use current events in hold senior Democrats accountable to the outrageous statements and predictions they've made for the last couple of years that are proving to be false before our eyes? You won't. When it comes to declaring defeat and failure in Iraq, the Democrats and MSM have made their bed, and it's up to the Bush administration and new media over the next year to make them lie in it.

As Iraq continues to show signs of promise and prosperity, the Bush administration should spend much more time showcasing what the American media won't.

This is problematic because the track record of the Bush administration for making their case to the American people on the situation in Iraq has been somewhere between "miserable" and "abject failure". Admittedly, the job is made more difficult by the general unwillingness of old media to be budged from their running four-year narrative of debacle and defeat, but our soldiers and civilians in Iraq, as well as Americans at home who have supported the Iraq campaign from the start deserve a more effective communications effort than what we have been getting from the Bush team.

Thank goodness for examples like Michael Yon.

Posted by dan at November 7, 2007 10:39 PM