Friday, September 29, 2006

"Old Media" Trying to Remain Relevant...

Bob Woodward has a new (strategically timed) book out: State of Denial which some pundits believe will cause waves for the Bush Administration (and only a few weeks out from the November elections).

I think the pundits forgot something... reading an actual book seems to be a lost art in America.

But, even if Americans do decide to pick up something with a spine, the two "revelations" that are being talked about don't seem all that earth shattering to me.

Apparently Woodward claims that Henry Kissinger is one of the people advising Bush about the GWoT... Now I know that Kissinger is no friend of the doves, but he is a Nobel laureate and I don't think his vast knowledge and intelligence has been disputed by anyone. Woodward ties him to Nixon, but Kissinger was not implicated in Watergate. He also ties him to Vietnam, but once again --Vietnam was Kennedy and Johnson's war.

Another Woodward "bombshell" is a statement from Bush... ["I won't pull out of Iraq even Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me"]. This was a reassuring statement to me. In my opinion this means he is not in this for the Clintonesque opinion polls, the political gain of the legacy of "being liked" --he's in Iraq because he believes it's the best thing for the country and essential to the war against radical Islam.

"...According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret. "It’s getting to the point now where there are eight-, nine-hundred attacks a week. That's more than 100 a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces," says Woodward.

The situation is getting much worse, says Woodward, despite what the White House and the Pentagon are saying in public. "The truth is that the assessment by intelligence experts is that next year, 2007, is going to get worse and, in public, you have the president and you have the Pentagon [saying], 'Oh, no, things are going to get better,'" he tells Wallace. "Now there’s public, and then there’s private. But what did they do with the private? They stamp it secret. No one is supposed to know," says Woodward.

"The insurgents know what they are doing. They know the level of violence and how effective they are. Who doesn't know? The American public," Woodward tells Wallace." (source)

I haven't read about attacks this widespread on any of the many, many Milblogs out there. I'll be interested when the "boots on the ground" weigh in on this "intelligence" I doubt Woodward has set foot anywhere near Iraq...

There, I just saved you all $22.95. ;)

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