The Good Going on in Iraq

        [COMMENT: The American media is unwilling to post the truth about events in Iraq.  I do not know whether the new Iraq constitution will succeed, but I do know that the media is morally bound to give an honest report.  The fact that the media report is almost identical everywhere is not a testimony to the truth of the matter, but more to the fact that the media outlets are owned by a very small group of like-minded persons.   

        On the other hand, there is a big difference between supporting our troops and supporting the decisions of politicians which send troops into harm's way.  It is not unpatriotic to disagree with "Bush's war", and it is not demeaning in the least to our troops to so disagree.   We must keep those two issues separate.

        The valid issue below is honest reporting by the media.   And, for sure, we do not have that.    E. Fox]

ALERT: What is the "mainstream media" telling us about the situation in Iraq? What does the average person see and hear about what's happening there, day after day?

When "Joe Sixpack" turns on the nightly news, what does he see?

When he picks up the daily newspapers, what do the headlines read?

When he catches the newsbreak on the radio, what does he hear?

"Quagmire." "Another Vietnam." "Prisoner abuse." "More deaths." You'd think Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan were collaborating in writing all of the media's news stories for them.

Well, guess what? There's a lot more GOOD news about Iraq than BAD news -- but the media isn't reporting it. And it's time that changed -- our troops DESERVE nothing less than the TRUTH being reported.

This summer, when we went down to Crawford, Texas, to confront Cindy Sheehan and all of her radical left-wing so-called "anti-war" friends, I had a very moving experience. As I waited at the Waco airport for my flight home, a lot of friendly folks came up to talk to me about our activities the past week in support of the troops.

One lady and her husband, who worked in the small regional airport, chatted with me in line; when they heard where we had been and how we had stood up to the Sheehanistas, she got tears in her eyes, and gave me a huge hug while her husband shook my hand vigorously.

While I ordered a burger at the grill in the waiting area, I answered a lot of friendly questions about our upcoming "Support The Troops" rally in D.C. from the folks behind the counter, who were just glad I was on the RIGHT side of the issues. After I sat down with my food, the manager came out to my table and handed me a couple of porcelain souvenirs. "I can't come to the rally you're putting on, but please take these with you when you're there -- I want to be a part of it in some small way. God bless you for what you're doing."

All of this was pretty touching, but one more thing occurred before I boarded my plane that stands out the most: a soldier came up to me, an older black gentleman, and said he had heard me mention that I lived in the Atlanta area. "I'm from there myself, just heading home for a few days to visit with family," he said.

After nearly 30 years in the military, he was six months away from retirement. His current "home" was at a nearby base, but he said he had just returned recently from serving in Iraq. When I told him about the pro-troops activities we were involved with, he got an intense look on his face.

"That's great, but there's something you need to do. When I was in Iraq, we faced danger every day. But that's okay -- we knew why we were there, and we were proud to serve our country. But every time we turned on the news from home, we had to fight feelings of demoralization. They didn't report ANYTHING but bad news, day after day."

"But that's not the whole story! There's a THOUSAND percent more good news than bad happening in Iraq, the media just isn't reporting it! We were building new schools, and roads, and hospitals, and homes -- we brought the people clean water, and electricity -- people had new jobs, they were going to get to vote in a real election... and they're all SO THANKFUL that we're there, and that we had taken out Saddam Hussein, and finally brought them the freedom they had prayed for."

"PLEASE," he implored me as they called for our plane to board, "PLEASE get the word out to the rest of America -- there's a LOT more good news in Iraq than bad news. PLEASE, tell them."

I promised I would. Now, YOU can help us fulfill that promise. We're launching a NATIONWIDE ad campaign, to spread the TRUTH about Iraq. We're going to run FULL-PAGE ads in national newspapers and magazines, and radio ads across America, to get the word out: there's more GOOD news in Iraq than bad news, and the cause our soldiers are fighting for is NOBLE and JUST.

Will you help us get the word out?

TAKE ACTION: This week, the press reported that the left-wing protester, Cindy Sheehan, "plans to tie herself to the White House fence to protest the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq... Hundreds of other demonstrations are scheduled for the day after the milestone number is reached."

THIS is what the press wants to focus on. Not the free elections, with blue fingers proudly held high. Not the new Constitution, a model of self-government after years of brutal dictatorship. Not the standard of living, higher than ever. Not the reconstruction, the cultural revival, the return to the universities, the renewed spirit of hope. And certainly not the rise in U.S. active-duty re-enlistment rates -- which are highest among those troops serving in Iraq.

No, as James Robbins wrote in the National Review, "in the eyes of most of the press only bad news is really 'news'... Think about that - good news, even exceptional news, does not qualify as a story. And there are more good news data out there that never get out."

It's time to get the TRUTH out. To do that, we have to do an "end run" around the mainstream media.

But we need YOUR help!

Our first full-page nationwide newspaper ads are already scheduled to run NEXT WEEK across America. We've already committed thousands of dollars to this project, and we're ready to commit many thousands more... because we know it's WORTH it. It's worth whatever it takes to support our troops... and the TRUTH.

PLEASE, make your best contribution today, and help us get out our nation-wide newspaper, magazine and radio ads:

NOTE: In January of this year, a young Louisiana National Guardsman, Sgt. Michael Scott Evans II, was killed by terrorists in Iraq. Before he died, he penned a letter to friends and family, which was read at his funeral. In it, he wrote, "I know it will be hard, but I gave my life so you could live. Not just live, but live free... Please don't ever forget what I died for, and never let anyone disrespect that."

It's time to stop the media from disrespecting what our troops have fought and died for -- the cause of freedom, the AMERICAN cause. Be sure to forward this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to help us get the TRUTH out there... for a change. Thank you!

William Greene, President

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