Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What the NY Times Doesn't Want You to Read

The Grey Lady's editorial page infamously rejected an op-ed by John McCain after running one by Barack Obama titled [pompously] "My Plan for Iraq." David Shipley, a former Clinton speechwriter who runs the Times' ed. page claims that McCain offered no new information!

Matt Drudge has McCain's submitted entry.

I rather suspect Shipley objected to this passage:

Progress has been due primarily to an increase in the number of troops and a change in their strategy. I was an early advocate of the surge at a time when it had few supporters in Washington. Senator Barack Obama was an equally vocal opponent. "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there," he said on January 10, 2007. "In fact, I think it will do the reverse."

Now Senator Obama has been forced to acknowledge that "our troops have performed brilliantly in lowering the level of violence.?" But he still denies that any political progress has resulted.

Here is the Obama piece the Times was only too glad to run.

In the 18 months since President Bush announced the surge, our troops have performed heroically in bringing down the level of violence. New tactics have protected the Iraqi population, and the Sunni tribes have rejected Al Qaeda — greatly weakening its effectiveness.

But the same factors that led me to oppose the surge still hold true. The strain on our military has grown, the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and we’ve spent nearly $200 billion more in Iraq than we had budgeted.

Talking out of both sides of his mouth.

No wonder why the Times' revenue is sinking and Matt Drudge gets 20 million hits a day?

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