Media Spins Success in Afghanistan as Failure

American Thinker | Ray Robison | Feb. 8, 2008

American and Coalition forces have taken the initiative in Afghanistan, and have the Taliban on the run. Yet major American media outlets, to the extent they cover fighting in Afghanistan, are portraying the Taliban as “resurgent”. Going on the offense and succeeding at it always increases violence. But is being spun onto bad news.

The increase in fighting in Afghanistan is not a sign of a stronger Taliban, but rather a more desperate one. Despite all the media reports to the contrary it is we who are surging in the war against the Taliban and al Qaeda.


Here again NATO is reporting that the Taliban is not getting stronger. So I searched for – “Claudia Foss” – and found a few reports in Canada and Australia. There was one AP article but zero coverage in the rest of the American media on her report.

Let’s look at that again. No American media, except for the AP, not even the media that carries AP content, ran the story that NATO officially reported that the Taliban was not resurgent in Afghanistan. Most of the American media buried General McNeill’s statement as well while continuing to use the “resurgent Taliban” characterization. Why?

It should be painfully clear. To acknowledge that the Taliban is losing instead of winning is to validate the war policy of President Bush in the war against terror. When combined with a surge success in Iraq, the implications are dark for any Democrat nominee for the White House. A run against Senator McCain, who heartily endorsed fighting terrorists would be tougher if we were beating them. Especially when the only policy alternative of the Democrats is surrender.

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