July 16, 2008

While the Media Slept...

...another province, Diwaniyah, was handed over to Iraqi government control.

This means that for the first time, a democratically-elected Iraqi government is in charge of a majority of the country (10 of 18 provinces). The largest province and former home of the Sunni insurgency, al Anbar, is on the cusp of being handed over as well.

You would think that turning point such as the Iraqis taking over the control of the majority of their country would be a moment that editorial writers, always looking for moments pregnant with symbolism, would gush over.

Alas, Iraq isn't as newsworthy with victory so near at hand (and with the anointed candidate faltering so badly), and so this milestone goes all but unreported.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 16, 2008 12:18 PM

Not unreported, but framed with a certain flair. The WaPo reported it under this headline "Bombings Kill 22 in Iraq's North
Attacks Coincide With U.S. Handover of Southern Province"

Buried on page A14.


Posted by: CoRev at July 17, 2008 07:36 AM

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Posted by: David M at July 17, 2008 12:42 PM


Posted by: K T Cat at July 18, 2008 10:20 AM

Do we HAVE to repeat this??? News of this kind coming out of Iraq doesnt get reported because it doesnt do one single thing to help Michelle Obama's children get through dance class or piano lessons or help her pay off the $600 earrings she bought with her share of the national, stimulus.

Additionally, good news out of Iraq distracts us from gazing at the Lightworker.

C'mon, people. This is fundamental.

Posted by: mike d at July 18, 2008 12:54 PM