Ok, but what percentage of the American people favor an immediate pullout, you dolts? Isn't that the most relevant stat here? What percentage of the people oppose the troops? (In reality, the answer is more than anyone on the left wants to admit, though still a small minority of the population.) The AP, however, is Hell-bent on undercutting the president, here (and basically giving the troops a snide and subtle "fuck you" in the process), but what they are really giving is poll numbers that reflect support for the President. Not support for the troops.
Most editors I wrote for as a Time Inc. wretch would have caught that, and never let me get away with it. Not so at the AP I guess.
Personally, I wouldn't trust any member of the Lame-Stream Media any farther than I could throw them. And sometimes not even that far. The media has been anti-military, anti-war, anti-Bush, and anti-Conservative to the point that they can't be anything else if they tried. They have been banging the Democrat's drum for so long that changing their tune at this point and time would require an earthshaking event of such magnitude that half the planet wouldn't survive. I suppose that maybe fifty years in the future, I won't have to read a newspaper and wade through opinion posted as "news", but at this time and place I regard any "news" article about Iraq as an attack on myself and the military, and go from there. The press has an agenda, and they push it non stop. If you want to get the truth coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan, read what a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine is writing.
Oh, and here's the scuzziest bit of all:
Paul Rieckhoff, director of the New York-based Operation Truth, an advocacy group for U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, denounced the event as a "carefully scripted publicity stunt." Five of the 10 U.S. troops involved were officers, he said.
If Operation Truth is simply "an advocacy group for U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan," then I'm the Queen of Sheba. Their website says they're "nonpartisan." But look who's doing the fundraising: Randi Rhodes, Jenine Garofolo, Al Franken, Air America, and Tim Robbins.
This reporter is remarkably uncurious about the sources she seeks for comment.
"If he wants the real opinions of the troops, he can't do it in a nationally televised teleconference," Rieckhoff said. "He needs to be talking to the boots on the ground and that's not a bunch of captains."
Yeah. I guess we're all idiots. None of us know what's going on about anything. Actually, there could not have been more than 4 captains, since only five of the ten were officers, and one was a lieutenant. The remainder were NCOs. Yeah, I guess NCOs never talk to troops either.
So the AP pushes the line that the President's meeting with "the troops" was a staged event, yet at the same time swallows a line from "Operation Truth" without questioning that group's motives? Why am I not surprised. And since when is a bunch of captains not considered "boots on the ground"? Aren't they there? Aren't they commanding troops there? Don't you think they might actually fucking know what the hell is going on? And don't five Non-Comissioned Officers count for something?
No, not when you've got an anti-troops, anti-Bush agenda to push!
Gah! Worthless fucking pukes. Rope. "Journalist". Tree. Some assembly required.