For an interesting primer on the stab-in-the-back nonsense that will be trotted out as soon as we leave Iraq (whenever that may be), you could check the comments in this Protein Wisdom thread. A sample or two:
The only battles we are loosing are on the propaganda front, and with 5th columnists like Campos & Co., is it really any wonder? General Giap of North Vietnam has been quoted as saying that the North knew they were beaten on the battlefield, but grimly hung on counting on Hanoi Jane and Co. to snatch defeat from the Jaws of U.S. victory for them. Plus ca change.
You defeatists are ‘loosing’ this war, damnit. And then there is this:
According to soldiers I’ve heard comment on the matter, morale is down because they are winning every battle in Iraq and losing support at home. This speaks to my dogged determination to stick to the point more than anything else. Well, that, and it has been obvious to me from the beginning that such a tactic of naysaying and dissenting for the sake of dissent could very well turn prognostications of defeat into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The enemy’s tactic for achieving stratigic victory is to not fight in the traditional sense. Rather they plan operations designed to grab headlines in the western media in the hopes we become demoralized, convince oursleves all is lost, and head for home. And that is what is so frustrating about reading your comments, those of Campos, and the current situation. Our military WILL NEVER be defeated directly by the rag-tag groups fighting us in Iraq. You know this, I know this, and most defintately they know this. But they also know they don’t have to, and that folks like Campos are their greatest allies.
And my personal favorite:
Jeff, I don’t know how much troop demoralization there is out there. From what I’ve heard, troop morale is pretty good, because they can see for themselves the progress they make and the situation as it actually stands. Sure, they’re pissed about media coverage, but they don’t believe it, unlike the folks at home, who have little or no information beyond what the MSM feeds them.
I would contend that the defeatist drumbeat is having its greatest effect here at home, and that’s where we’re going to win or lose the battle of Iraq. Even if troop morale remains sky-high for the duration, they can’t win a war if their funding is pulled, the ROE are too restrictive, the strategy is too tentative, or any of a number of factors that originate entirely within the US.
The defeatists have convinced the US public that We Can’t Win, and that is reflected in opinion polls and elections. It’s hard to argue for diminished troop morale because of the defeatists, but the causality between the news reports and how people vote is much tighter and much clearer.
We often talk about the hazards of Emboldening the Jihadis, but what about Emboldening Murtha and Pelosi? Our military can handle the jihadis, but they are helpless against a Congress who sees retreat as the only viable solution and who believes that the public supports them.
We can win the war against the jihadis only if the US public have the will to do so. The erosion of will and determination can be placed squarely at the feat of the defeatists in the media and elsewhere.
So they have all the bases covered, you see! If we win, it is because these brave stalwarts stuck it out on their blogs, and lavished unrelenting praise on the troops and the President. They stayed the course, you see, and because of them the troops could get the job done!
If we lose, it wasn’t because of anything this administration, the Pentagon, or their blind support for a leadership that didn’t deserve it. It is because of the lying ass media and those pussy Democrats.
Heads, I win; tails, you lose.
BTW- Byran at Hot Air spent four days embedded with soldiers in Iraq and has also decided the media is a bunch of traitors:
Media misconduct and malpractice leading to flagging homefront morale. This one isn’t so much a mistake as just part of the modern world. The media is incurious, generally unethical in its approach to reporting Iraq and far more skeptical of the US military than it is of the insurgents, the militias and even the Iranians. The media hardly ever reports on victories in Iraq because the kinds of things that demonstrate real success just aren’t sexy, and perhaps because at their core they don’t believe in victory. It’s sexy to talk about US troops engaging insurgents on Haifa Street and killing every last one of them, but that’s not a real victory in the terms that govern the Iraq conflict. Street fights and reports about them play into the enemy’s hands, in fact. The media poo-poos events like the re-opening of schools in Iraq because as defined on American terms, re-opening a school doesn’t mean much at all. But in Iraq, the re-opening of a school represents a community in the end state of achieving normalcy. A community that has a functioning school also has a liveable level of security, it has functioning services like power and water and has families that aren’t so worried about local violence that they won’t send their children outside their homes. It means there are probably jobs in the area, and it means that those jobs give families a level of economic security where they can think about their children’s future. Re-opening a school in Iraq means civil society itself has returned to that school’s community. It’s a big deal. But the media doesn’t understand that and doesn’t care to, preferring to focus on combat operations and sectarian killings while it farms its daily reporting duties out to very dubious agents and stringers. The MSM’s methods in Iraq feed the insurgency’s propaganda needs and damage our efforts to win.