You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...
Why isn't the media reporting more good news from Iraq?
That was the question an Iraq War veteran from Alabama posed this morning to U.S. News & World Report reporter Kevin Whitelaw, who appeared this morning on C-Span's Washington Journal.
Whitelaw said that the U.S. government has in the past tried to push some "good news" stories on U.S. reporters based in Baghdad, recognizing that the reporters were often unable to travel outside the city because of safety concerns. Reporters were interested -- looking for something to write about besides bloodshed -- and began covering events like the re-opening of schools or the rehabilitation of a piece of Iraqi infrastructure.
But, Whitelaw said, Iraqi insurgents recognized what was being highlighted as a U.S. accomplishment, and would "blow it up within a couple of weeks." Soon, the U.S. decided it was not in anyone's best interest to promote such "good news" stories.
The moral of the story is clear: the U.S. is currently unable to stop the insurgency.