In it's huge front page story Tuesday, the NY Times, that venerable bastion of alleged left-wing media bias, practically gushed with excitement and enthusiasm for the progress reportedly being made in this city, the heart and capital of Iraq. Certainly would appear to confirm that the Bush "surge"--30,000 additional U.S. troops deployed to Baghdad five months ago--is working. Here's a little snippet from the Times' story:
..."The security improvements in most neighborhoods are real. Days now pass without a car bomb, after a high of 44 in the city in February. The number of bodies appearing on Baghdad’s streets has plummeted to about 5 a day, from as many as 35 eight months ago, and suicide bombings across Iraq fell to 16 in October, half the number of last summer and down sharply from a recent peak of 59 in March, the American military says. As a result, for the first time in nearly two years, people are moving with freedom around much of this city. In more than 50 interviews across Baghdad, it became clear that while there were still no-go zones, more Iraqis now drive between Sunni and Shiite areas for work, shopping or school, a few even after dark. In the most stable neighborhoods of Baghdad, some secular women are also dressing as they wish. Wedding bands are playing in public again, and at a handful of once shuttered liquor stores customers now line up outside in a collective rebuke to religious vigilantes from the Shiite Mahdi Army."
But wait, isn't the NY Times supposed to be a pawn of the left? A biased, radical fringe rag that never gets it right, especially when partisan politics is involved? Don't the Repugs always summarily dismiss anything written there as nonobjective, liberal trash? "Oh, you read it in the Times," they say mockingly. "The Times slants everything to the left," they taunt. "The Times literally makes things up to support the Democratic agenda," they incredulously claim.
But I bet they love the Times today! Oh, you can bet the Busheviks and the right-wing spin-monkeys like Sean Insanity and Rush Limp-baugh are gonna have a field day today with this one. "Bush is/was right," they'll say. "We're now winning the war in Iraq," they'll boast. "See, it's even in the NY Times!," they'll beam. These lying hypocrites will put the Times on a virtual pedestal today, but for one day only. You can bet your lefty ass that the nanosecond the paper reports something they don't like, the Times will no longer be this great source of truth, and instead will once again return to being a disgraceful puppet of the left.