TIME decapitates GWB and military

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In his most recent hit piece aimed at undermining public opinion against the Iraq war effort, TIME journalist columnist Joe Klein begins his diatribe with a startling piece of photography. President Bush is shown with several military personnel at Fort Benning from the shoulders down. None of the heads are visible.


In a further sign of disrespect (if not outright contempt), Klein even misspells “military”, as if TIME computers don’t employ spell-check.

“U.S. President George W. Bush poses with U.S. militray paratroopers undergoing training during a tour of Fort Benning, Georgia.”

Klein’s attack on President Bush and the military continues, as he attempts to make the case that AQI is absolutely not the same al Qaeda that was responsible for the 9/11 surprise attack…

The group doing the most spectacular bombings in Iraq was named al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia by its founder, Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, now deceased, in an attempt to aggrandize his reputation in jihadi-world. It is a sliver group, representing no more than 5% of the Sunni insurgency. It shares a philosophy, but not much else, with the real al-Qaeda, which operates out of Pakistan.

How Klein came up with the 5% figure is not disclosed. It is, perhaps, as with so many assertions from the left, simply fabricated to fit the template. Or, perhaps Klein got his figures from some of the same AP stringers who have been responsible for some of the most glaring examples of mis-information and pro-jihadi propaganda. The fact is that there is a significant foreign element within the insurgency. Sorting out the players is difficult at best for the coalition. Support from the Sunni tribes is necessary, and building that support has been an important part of coalition successes in Anbar and Diyala.

With many MSM outlets, reporting success in Iraq is rare, because it is contrary to the Vietnam template. Klein’s report is no exception. While paying a left-handed compliment to the military, Klein criticizes the President for not touting the success of the surge in Diyala. It is a bizarre assertion:

If al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia is on the run, if we have “turned a corner” against al-Qaeda, as a senior Administration official told me, then an argument can be made that it is time to begin planning our departure.

You’ve got to hand it to the left: they’ve covered every base of the “failure is the only option” meme. Either the surge is a failure as touted by Harry Reid, or the surge is a success, but Bush is lying about it because that would mean that it’s time to begin withdrawing our forces.

Fools, the lot of them.

Link: TIME–“The July Surprise”, by Joe Klein; photography by Brooks Kraft/Corbis for Time

see also: April Fool’s pullout date, WH Presser

UPDATE: Continuing along the Klein meme: IHT–Bush distorts AQ links (h/t Ann)

UPDATE 2: Here is a snapshot of the TIME article bushs-july-surprise-time.png

UPDATE 3: Great piece by Bill Roggio: AQ and its role in the Iraq insurgency


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58 Responses

  1. How Klein came up with the 5% figure is not disclosed.

    I’m sure he just pulled that figure out of his butt.

    I love how the left uses the term poses with the military. Obviously, they will not mention that the President is the Commander in Chief of the military.

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  13. Not only is JK’s BDS showing, by submitting a photo like that to be displayed in his story, but it also shows the BDS of the Time management.
    Too bad I don’t subscribe to it or buy it, so I could deny them my money.
    I wonder if it was JK’s lifelong ambition to be an overly emotional journalistic hack for the far left, and assorted America haters, or was it to be a political pinata for conservative? In any event, his Momma must be proud.
    As for the 5% figure, he should at least publish the data source for his story, for the sake of fact checking.
    I went to this pdf at the Brookings institute, and on page 26-27, it lists as well as any, what the numbers are for foreign fighters and Iraqi Sunni insurgents. I plugged in some of the numbers, and came up with anywhere from 3% to 7%, as the number of foreign fighters, but with nearly 100% as the suicide bombers. Perhaps this is the same source he failed to mention, or he just heard it from someone else, being a lazy, biased hack.

  14. I guess he/they think that showing that disrespect is really cute and will resonate with the American people. I suppose it does, with the stupid and lazy that do not bother to fact check them.

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  17. Nuke, did you want to send wytammic over a comment of the week?

  18. Okay, then.

  19. Oh, I misread your question…..I thought you were asking me if had sent a comment to her, not if I wanted to.
    Do you have a suggestion?

  20. You read it correctly. 😆
    No, I haven’t scanned them to find one. About to eat a late dinner, but would be happy to help, if you need.

  21. Yeah, thanks.

  22. I don’t think there is any rush, as she posted they were going out for the night.

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    And from In from the Cold, I’m stunned, STUNNED I tell you, that the Jooooos did not secretly kill Arafat, but it was AIDS instead. How could it be that a pious true believer like Arafat gets infected with AIDS?

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  29. You mean this one?
    “Political leaders” and “courage” are not words that belong together very often in the same sentence unless courage is prefaced by “lack of”.

    And speaking of politicians, I have to guiltily admit that I’m gleefully looking forward to the Pelosi versus Sheehan Death Cage Match in the next congressional election cycle (which I am far too lazy unmotivated to look up).

    I imagine there will be a whole lot of terrorist gropery going on from both far left and left reality so third world dictators, you just might want to clear your itineraries of various murders, tortures, theft, and oppression of citizens in order to appear on television getting a lap dance from the candidates.

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  30. Oops.

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  35. Thank God and Greyhound for that.

  36. Sorry.
    Kind of distracted, and didn’t get back soon enough.
    Why thank Greyhound, Swampie, Southwest Airlines has taken all of their business.

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  38. Distracted, huh? Googling to see if your number is in that Madam’s phone records would be a little distracting, I suppose.


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