Press in Quagmire Frenzy
Well, this was entirely predictable; taking a run around the major media sites this morning reveals the press in full bore Quagmire Mode after yesterday’s missile attack that brought down a US helicopter and killed 16 soldiers.
The New York Times: News Analysis: As Casualties in Iraq Mount, Will Resolve Falter?
The Washington Post: New Attacks Intensify Pressure on Bush.
Nowhere in any of these reports is the slightest hint of awareness that if the US were to pull out of Iraq now, jihadis around the world would be emboldened to launch more attacks against US interests everywhere, seeing the US as a paper tiger. Osama bin Laden said this outright—that our withdrawal from Somalia (where there was much less at stake) proved to him the US had no spine.
The media is on the side of the enemy. Their desire to see the US fail in Iraq is palpable. And the Democrats aren’t far behind, as their primary concern (after mouthing empty sympathies) is, very obviously, how to use this attack against President Bush.
The war isn’t only taking place in the Middle East—it’s right here in America too.
UPDATE: And of course, what would a quagmire be without the Spectre of Vietnam?