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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld takes negative mainstream media to task....

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld delivered a speech on Monday at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Posted below are introductory excerpts from that speech. You can read it in its entirety here.

Readers, this is a *****Five Star, must read and an indictment of the agenda-driven mainstream media for their almost totally negative coverage of the Iraq War and the war against Islamo-facist terrorism.
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"'Do Some Soul Searching' Why aren't the media telling the whole story about Iraq?"

"I'm not one to put much faith in opinion polls. But the other day, I came across an interesting set of statistics that I want to mention. It seems that the Pew Research Center asked opinion leaders in the United States their views of the prospects for a stable democracy in Iraq.

Here were some of the results: 63% of people in the news media thought the enterprise would fail. So did 71% of people in the foreign affairs establishment and 71% in academic settings or think tanks. Interestingly, opinion leaders from the U.S. military are optimistic about Iraq by a margin of 64% to 32%. And so is the American public, by a margin of 56% to 37%.

And the Iraqi people are also optimistic. I've seen this demonstrated repeatedly--in public opinion polls, in the turnout for the elections, and that tips to authorities from ordinary Iraqis have grown from 483 to 4,700 tips in a month.

This prompts the question: Which view of Iraq is more accurate? The pessimistic view of so-called elites in our country--or the optimism expressed by millions of Iraqis and by the roughly 158,000 troops on the ground? But, most important is the question: why should Iraq's success or failure matter to the American people? I'd like to address these questions today...."

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