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FOX News' Brit Hume, Fred Barnes, Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer Get Caught with Their Deadlines Down on Iraq War

Reported by Nancy - July 21, 2007 -

Guest blogged by BILL CORCORAN
 
Earlier this week Brit Hume, Fred Barnes, Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer all boasted on FOX News shows about how the Iraq war was turning in the favor of President Bush just because there was a glimmer of some peace in Anbar Province. What the quartet failed to mention is Anbar Province is overwhelmingly Sunni while the rest of Iraq, where most of the killings of U.S. troops and all the car bombings are taking place, is a hotbed of sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite militants. After the wildly inaccurate appraisal of the full picture of the Iraq war by Brit Hume, Barnes, Kristol and Krauthammer, the following took place in Iraq during the past week:

On Tuesday:

Insurgents wearing military uniforms killed 29 people in an attack early Tuesday on a village near Baquba, while a suicide car bomber struck an army patrol east of Baghdad, killing eight, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said. Four people also were wounded in the attack on the village, Duwailiya, a Shiite community northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province. A spokesman for the military command in Diyala province confirmed that the gunmen "were wearing military uniforms but they were in civilian vehicles." The spokesman said that 10 of the victims were treated so brutally they can't be identified.

On Wednesday:

A suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives in Kirkuk killing at least 85 people and wounding a further 183. The truck bomb blasted a 30ft-deep crater in a busy road full of small shops and booths near the ancient citadel of Kirkuk, setting fire to a bus in which the passengers burned to death and burying many others under the rubble. Dozens of cars were set ablaze and their blackened hulks littered the street. Some 25 of the wounded suffered critical injuries and may not live. The attack is the latest assault by Sunni insurgents on Kurds who claim Kirkuk as their future capital.

In Baghdad, at least 44 people were killed or found dead across the city, police said. They included the bullet-riddled bodies of 25 people, apparent victims of sectarian death squads.

On Thursday:

FOX News went all day Thursday making an editorial judgement that it was not important enough to mention FIVE U.S. SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN IRAQ as documented by the Army Times. Also, a series of roadside bombs exploded early Thursday in separate areas of east Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding more than a dozen, police said. The U.S. military reported three more American soldiers had died in action in the Iraqi capital.

On Friday:

One U.S. soldier died of wounds suffered when a bomb detonated next to his vehicle during combat operations in eastern Baghdad, the military said Friday.


So while Anbar Province may be relatively quiet, the violence in the rest of Iraq popped like the "whack-a-ball" game leaving FOX News' Hume, Barnes, Kristol and Krauthammer with egg all over their faces.

Here are four other stories FOX News showed little or no interest in. Please read on and comment on any one of them:

(1) Armor too heavy to use
Armor intended to protect the Pentagon’s new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles against the most powerful roadside bombs is too heavy to use, says the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The add-on armor known as Frag Kit 6 could overwhelm all MRAPs unless they undergo “major redesigns,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

(2) Military members and families support Iraq redeployment:
The readers of Military.com, which, with 8 million members, is "the largest military and veteran membership organization" in the country, are joining the growing ranks of Americans ready to withdraw troops from Iraq. In a new online poll conducted by military.com, nearly 60 percent of the poll participants "said the United States should withdraw its troops from Iraq now or by the end of 2008," and "more than 40 percent of the respondents agreed the pullout should begin immediately because 'we're wasting lives and resources there.'" Ward Carroll, the editor of military.com, wrote that "the results were a surprise to us here in Military.com's offices. The great majority of our readers have consistently demonstrated support for the war. As recently as late June, 57 percent of poll respondents voted 'yes' to the question 'Should Congress Give More Time for the Surge to Work?'" The change in attitude is significant. According to Ward, "Military.com regulars are pro-military, to put it mildly. The military experience isn't some vague concept to them. They served or are serving, along with their families." Like the "pro-military" readers of military.com, the majority of the U.S. Senate believes it is time to redeploy from Iraq. Yet Senate obstructionists have blocked a plan to withdraw U.S. troops by April 2008. Unfortunately, the Bush administration also continues be out of sync with the majority of Americans. President Bush said in a recent press conference that leaving Iraq would "mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda...the best way to begin bringing [the troops] home is to make sure our new strategy succeeds." This new poll shows that supporters of the military would disagree.

(3) Latestcasualty figures
Four thousand U.S. service members have died in U.S. President George W. Bush's "war on terror'' in Iraq and Afghanistan 5 1/2 years after American forces ousted the Taliban in December 2001. A total of 3,596 have died in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion that removed Saddam Hussein from power. Some 2,957 of that number were killed in action, according to the latest Department of Defense figures. More than 26,500 personnel have been wounded in that conflict, 11,959 of them so seriously they couldn't return to duty.

In Afghanistan, 404 American personnel have died, of which 224 were killed in action. Those deaths include 61 personnel who died in Pakistan and Uzbekistan in support of the operation. Some 1,361 have been injured; 813 of them couldn't return to duty.

In Iraq, an insurgency rages against U.S. and coalition forces. The first six months this year were the deadliest yet for the American military, with more than 580 killed.

(4) "Surge" increases cost of war
The boost in troop levels in Iraq has increased the cost of war there and in Afghanistan to $12 billion a month, and the total for Iraq alone is nearing a half-trillion dollars, congressional analysts say. All told, Congress has appropriated $610 billion in war-related money since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror assaults, roughly the same as the war in Vietnam. Iraq alone has cost $450 billion. The figures come from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which provides research and analysis to lawmakers.

Conclusion: Your comments are welcome on one or all of these stories which FOX News chose to "spike" in favor of the pro wrestler who killed himself after killing his wife and son, NFL quarterback Michael Vick caught in a "dog fight" debacle, a "news alert" on Natalee Holloway who has been missing for two years as well as the daily dose of "missing WHITE woman" tabloid news.