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So what message does it send to the Iraqi people that we believe that this level of violence and terrorist attacks is one that should be found tolerable? That the killing of literally hundreds - perhaps more than a thousand - innocent people in the space of a week is not the sign of something going awry, but an acceptable level of progress?

you create your own false premise here, run for the touchdown and do a congratulatory dance.

The situations you site are not remotely analagous.

Siting we are moving in the wrong direction in the US what does it accomplish

- Those against us, - has to help their morale, which you would expect leads to better recruiting and fundraising

- Those who do like the directionthings are going in there, and find their lives better - are they going to get on board the US bandwagon when the rhetoric has that wagon pulling out ASAP - safe or not?

- What do thos who feel it is dangerous have to gain on way or the other?


Now as you say, things are going well and that is what is reported

what are the negative impacts

Those that believe things are not going well are impacted? They are likely to aid the US less- why? more importantly how?
The word is the US is not leaving - improvements are being made - things are bad but improving

Those battling against us are bolstered? How?


If our media is going to lie about things there is no doubt which aids our efforts. If it is going to adversely slant, there is no doubt which aids our efforts(if we are looking to succeed rather than get out).
As far as ratings, what nonsense, a bomb blowing up even with success is a story. You can report both. Lots of reports are coming out siting both but they remain a rarity in the MSM
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