Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Chrenkoff reports: Good news from Iraq

That Arthur Chrenkoff continues to post what has amounted to the defacto balancing report about the situation in Iraq isn't surprising. What is surprising is that he can still come up with such huge volumes of information that speaks to the greater truth behind what's going on over there that our news media simply continues to ignore. From the very first paragraph of this, his 34th post in the series:

::::::::Maj. Joe Leahy, is a civil engineer with the 20th Engineer Brigade of the Army National Guard. He has been stationed at Camp Victory, outside of Baghdad, since November 2004 - enough time to get frustrated:

"We all know it's a dangerous place. But the thing that I want people to understand is that they only see those one or two instances in the country that are negative. You don't really hear about the 100 things that have gone good,"

says Maj Leahy. "One thing we've got to understand is that it's not going to happen tomorrow, but we are doing something that's getting better everyday."

Maj Leahy's good-bad ratio might be debatable, but enough servicemen and women, as well as their families and friends back home, not to mention general public, were getting frustrated lately with the media coverage of Iraq to cause some limited, though still welcome, soul-searching among major media outlets. Whether the coverage will improve as a result remains to be seen, so in the meantime, here are the last two weeks' worth of stories, at least some of them you might have missed.
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As Jack Kelly from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has said, these posts are huge and that's the largest of the crying shames that can be mentioned about it. That what is being ignored over there can create such a large listing. In any case, if you're interested in knowing the whole story, go give him a read.