Myths of Iraq
(RealClearPolitics) This column was written by Ralph Peters.
During a recent visit to Baghdad, I saw an enormous failure. On the part of our media. The reality in the streets, day after day, bore little resemblance to the sensational claims of civil war and disaster in the headlines.
No one with first-hand experience of Iraq would claim the country’s in rosy condition, but the situation on the ground is considerably more promising than the American public has been led to believe. Lurid exaggerations and instant myths obscure real, if difficult, progress.
I left Baghdad more optimistic than I was before this visit. While cynicism, political bias and the pressure of a 24/7 news cycle accelerate a race to the bottom in reporting, there are good reasons to be soberly hopeful about Iraq’s future.
Much could still go wrong. The Arab genius for failure could still spoil everything. We’ve made grave mistakes. Still, it’s difficult to understand how any first-hand observer could declare that Iraq’s been irrevocably “lost.”
Consider just a few of the inaccuracies served up by the media:
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