Fox News Channel Won't Call Shiite-Sunni Fighting "Civil War," To Protect Conservative Interests
Fox News Channel’s Senior Vice President John Moody — whose infamous politically-slanted internal memos have gained notoriety — will not allow his network to use the term "civil war" to describe the fighting between Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis.
Moody said said in a statement that “some are using the term civil war to indicate failure, not inside Iraq, but on U.S. policy in Iraq. We’re unwilling to fall into that tender trap. We’re not using the term because there are non-Iraqis in the fray and that makes it something different.”
Let's break down this non-sensical statement:
-- "Some are using the term civil war to indicate failure, not inside Iraq, but on U.S. policy in Iraq." Not true. Some pundits and politicians -- Democrats and some Republicans, like Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- have used the term "civil war" to describe the fighting between rival groups of Iraqis.
Coinciding with recognizing the obvious, critics of the management of the Iraq War have suggested that if the Bush Administation had listened to various people along the way -- starting with Gen. Eric Shinseki's correct claim that the U.S. needed several hundred thousand troops to control the situation -- then maybe Iraq would not have devolved into a civil war.
But the claim that people are using the term "civil war" solely to criticize the U.S. is just empty conservative spin.
-- "We’re not using the term because there are non-Iraqis in the fray and that makes it something different." That's flawed logic. By most accounts, the number of "foreign fighters" in Iraq is small --likely less than 10 percent of those who are fighting.
Furthermore, most of those foreigners have chosen to fight alongside their Shiite brethren. And even if all those foreigners were staying outside the Shiite-Sunni conflict, that wouldn't change the fact that there is a Shiite-Sunni conflict raging throughout Iraq.
Moody can come up with whatever spin he wants to avoid the truth. The reality is, Fox News Channel is a conservative-friendly network, Moody knows the Bush Administration refuses to call the Iraq situation a civil war, and thus he is following suit.