Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Media: Biased Against America

Media bias is nothing new. The depths to which they'll think is.

NYT

Not All See Video Mockery of Zarqawi as Good Strategy

An effort by the American military to discredit the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi by showing video outtakes of him fumbling with a machine gun — suggesting that he lacks real fighting skill — was questioned yesterday by retired and active American military officers.

The video clips, released on Thursday to news organizations in Baghdad, show the terrorist leader confused about how to handle an M-249 squad automatic weapon, known as an S.A.W., which is part of the American inventory of infantry weapons.

The American military, which said it captured the videotapes in a recent raid, released selected outtakes in an effort to undermine Mr. Zarqawi's image as leader of the Council of Holy Warriors, formerly Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, and suggested that his fighting talents and experience were less than his propaganda portrays. But several veterans of wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, as well as active-duty officers, said in telephone interviews yesterday that the clips of Mr. Zarqawi's supposed martial incompetence were unconvincing.

The weapon in question is complicated to master, and American soldiers and marines undergo many days of training to achieve the most basic competence with it. Moreover, the weapon in Mr. Zarqawi's hands was an older variant, which makes its malfunctioning unsurprising. The veterans said Mr. Zarqawi, who had spent his years as a terrorist surrounded by simpler weapons of Soviet design, could hardly have been expected to know how to handle it.

"They are making a big deal out of nothing," said Mario Costagliola, who retired as an Army colonel last month after serving as the operations officer for the 42nd Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq.

An active-duty Special Forces colonel who served in Iraq also said that what the video showed actually had little relationship to Mr. Zarqawi's level of terrorist skill. "Looking at the video, I enjoy it; I like that he looks kind of goofy," said the Special Forces officer, who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on military matters. "But as a military guy, I shrug my shoulders and say: 'Of course he doesn't know how to use it. It's our gun.' He doesn't look as stupid as they said he looks."

Astonishing. Simply astonishing.

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Rush Limbaugh "Addiction" Saga

My opinion on the Limbaugh thing is this: Much ado about nothing. A man had terrible back pain, did what it took to relieve it (as we all would), got addicted, tried to get rid of it, couldn't until forced to by the law, and is now clean. No crime, no great "moral turpitude", nothing.

The only hypocracy here is from his critics. They have no problem with illegal immigration, are constantly full of excuses for every type of violent criminal, support anarchy and rioting as "expressions of rage", but are full of righteous indignation on a suffering man for violating an arcane law to bring himself some relief. For shame.