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Faux News

I got another great Faux News Alert moment just a few minutes ago. First, some background. When I was a G.I. here, we watched CNN Headline News in the break room, or History Channel or the occassional South Park episode on swing shift. Now, they invariably have the Fox News Channel on. Could there be a more blatantly biased network? Fair and Balanced, my eye.

Anyway, this morning the news anchor was talking to another journalist by remote. The remote journalist was discussing the recent polls in Iraq which indicated that the average Iraqi would really like the U.S. troops and _coalition_ to leave so they could get on with their sovereign government work. The anchor interrupted (!) the remote so he could burst in with, "How reliable is this poll?" The answer: It was conducted by the coalition authority, so it can't be much more reliable. "Well, the next question you have to ask is if the Iraqis would prefer to have Saddam back in power."

No, that's not the next question, unless you're a simpleminded twit. The next question is, "How quickly can we get out of Iraq while not leaving the country in anarchy or civil war?" Of course they don't want Saddam back, they're not children. That doesn't mean we need to be just a little better than a psycho; we need to be near-perfect. We haven't been.

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