He who needs no linkage has an interesting posting about how Iraq is different from Vietnam despite all efforts of the Democrats to make it so.
In Vietnam, the brass talked happy-talk, the press talked to grunts and reported that the war was going worse than we were told. But now it’s Americans who are talking to the grunts, and, as StrategyPage noted last year, getting a different picture of how the war is going:
So you donít have to wait for the official version of whatís going on, or for reporters on the scene to get their stories to the folks back home. The troops send email, or pick up the phone, sometimes a cell phone, and call. This has caused a lot of confusion, because the media reports of whatís happening are often at odds with what the troops are reporting. This has been particularly confusing in a year where thereís a presidential election race going on. The Democrats decided to attack the way the war on terror, and particularly the actions in Iraq, was being fought. Part of that approach involved making the situation at the front sound really, really bad. But the troops over there seemed to be reporting a different war. And when troops came home, they were amazed at what they saw in the newspapers and electronic media. Politics and reality donít mix.
It’s not surprising, then, that the more connection people have to the war, the better they think things are going. That’s precisely the opposite of what we saw in Vietnam, of course.
It’s not 1971 anymore. The troops support that war, and all the gyrations to avoid reporting it fairly are noted by them and their families.
There are more than three TV networks, there are blogs, talk radio and Fox News. The control of news by the Washington Post and the New York Times is a thing of the past. Journalists are no longer taken to be professionals devoted to the truth, but are seen increasingly as propagandists devoted to a particular point of view.
The Emperor has no clothes. Get over it.