Posted by Curt on 22 August, 2007 at 5:57 pm. 11 comments already!


I was driving in my car earlier today listening to Sirius radio and Larry Elder when at the 4 o’clock hour (PST) ABC News came on with their hourly update.  They led it with the host saying things like "Bush dodged going to Vietnam but today he compared Iraq to that war" and I had to smile.  This is our "unbiased" MSM.  So I went online when I got home to see if I could find a copy of their updates but found nothing.  But I did find this post by Ace at Ace of Spades HQ:

The newsroom is a sacred, magical place where unhinged partisanship never intrudes into actual reportage.

Except when it does.

MSM Suddenly Convinced Iraq NOT Like Vietnam, Now That Bush Has Suggested Comparison To Mass Slaughter and Displaced Boat People: Apparently Iraq is only like Vietnam in ways that benefit the Democratic party.

Who knew?

Of course ABC has since changed that headline to "New Bush Talking Point: Iraq Like Vietnam" but as usually is the case with our extremely biased MSM they even got his message wrong.  His exact quote: (From Mike’s post below)

Three decades later, there is a legitimate debate about how we got into the Vietnam War and how we left. There’s no debate in my mind that the veterans from Vietnam deserve the high praise of the United States of America. (Applause.) Whatever your position is on that debate, one unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America’s withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like "boat people," "re-education camps," and "killing fields."

There was another price to our withdrawal from Vietnam, and we can hear it in the words of the enemy we face in today’s struggle — those who came to our soil and killed thousands of citizens on September the 11th, 2001. In an interview with a Pakistani newspaper after the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden declared that "the American people had risen against their government’s war in Vietnam. And they must do the same today."

His number two man, Zawahiri, has also invoked Vietnam. In a letter to al Qaeda’s chief of operations in Iraq, Zawahiri pointed to "the aftermath of the collapse of the American power in Vietnam and how they ran and left their agents."

Zawahiri later returned to this theme, declaring that the Americans "know better than others that there is no hope in victory. The Vietnam specter is closing every outlet." Here at home, some can argue our withdrawal from Vietnam carried no price to American credibility — but the terrorists see it differently.

We must remember the words of the enemy. We must listen to what they say. Bin Laden has declared that "the war [in Iraq] is for you or us to win. If we win it, it means your disgrace and defeat forever." Iraq is one of several fronts in the war on terror — but it’s the central front — it’s the central front for the enemy that attacked us and wants to attack us again. And it’s the central front for the United States and to withdraw without getting the job done would be devastating. (Applause.)

If we were to abandon the Iraqi people, the terrorists would be emboldened, and use their victory to gain new recruits. As we saw on September the 11th, a terrorist safe haven on the other side of the world can bring death and destruction to the streets of our own cities. Unlike in Vietnam, if we withdraw before the job is done, this enemy will follow us home. And that is why, for the security of the United States of America, we must defeat them overseas so we do not face them in the United States of America. (Applause.)

And to think the liberal reporters came away from that speech with a headline like Iraq Like Vietnam when in fact he is saying it WILL be like Vietnam if we run from this fight.

Not to tough to figure that one out, but we all know they did.  They just enjoy twisting the message of the President to fit the agenda they want to push.  Par for the course for todays media. 

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