Friday, June 09, 2006

Scattered, fragmentary acts of violence

By Creature

From yesterday's gaggle, we have Tony Snow being an ass. The quote below is in response to a question regarding the impact that al Zarqawi's death will have on the violence in Iraq.

This also gives us an opportunity to look at the war in a different way. Quite often it's very easy to measure what's gone on in Iraq in terms of explosions and IEDs. We have been crushing the opposition, but what happens is the opposition has been controlling the airwaves with scattered, fragmentary acts of violence.

First, we're "crushing the opposition?" Okay, I'll need to see the video on that one. I think if we truly were crushing the opposition, we would be hearing about it on a daily basis. The Pentagon does press conferences well. I can't imagine they let "crushing" slide.

Second, "the opposition has been controlling the airwaves?" This is just a clever way of bashing the media once again. Oh, that's right, we're crushing the opposition but the media won't show it. The media loves to show the military and their toys. C'mon Tony, you can do better than that. I won't even get into the dead media count, but I could.

And finally, "scattered, fragmentary acts of violence?" This is just insulting to the people who have lost their lives to these occasional (um, multiple times a day) acts of violence. This from CNN just a few days ago:

The main Baghdad morgue reported receiving 6,025 bodies in the first five months of the year, including those of 1,398 civilians killed in shooting attacks and other violent crimes in May, according to a high-ranking Iraqi Health Ministry official.

And these figures are just from the first five months of the year. "Scattered, fragmentary acts of violence." Incredible. These guys can't even be genuine on a good news day.

(Cross-posted at State of the Day.)

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