I promised myself that this week’s column would have nothing to do with the war, or our troops or the outrages that pass for news in this country. But, that was before I picked up this morning’s newspaper and saw another egregious example of the liberal media trying to twist public opinion to their liking.

The latest outrage that’s got me madder than a cat on a hot tin roof and sent my blood pressure sky-high was this headline: “U.S. Deaths in Iraq Exceed 9-11 Count.”

The Associated Press proudly proclaimed the banner news on Dec. 26, not even trying to disguise their glee.

“The U.S. military death toll in Iraq has reached 2,974, one more than the number of deaths in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, according to an Associated Press count on Tuesday.”

Excuse me! What a pitiable excuse for journalistic judgment. If I weren’t so used to this slanted, biased, out-of-context information about the war in Iraq, I might laugh. But nothing about this countless recitation of so-called information is even remotely funny when American lives are at stake.

Nor does this article do anything to illuminate the public about the war, why we are fighting it and why we are winning it. Yep. I said WINNING IT.

I did a cursory Internet search after that damnable wire story crossed, and allow me to be a bit presumptuous and rewrite today’s repackaged propaganda that emanates from the dirty, cramped cubicles that most media occupy.

The headline should have read: “50,000 Iraqi Insurgents Dead, Caught”

That didn’t take much work on my part. No, I didn’t really even crack a sweat. It is an ACTUAL headline from the Washington Times dated July 26, 2005. The numbers now are undoubtedly higher. That works out to about a 17-to-1 kill ratio for our side. The side most Americans want to actually win this war.

Peter Mulhern, a conservative writer at the American Thinker, posits that there is this insane argument in the press today that Americans are using disproportionate force in Iraq, killing innocent civilians and not enough of the bad guys.

Yet when numbers of dead terrorist insurgents are released, most of the media ignore it. AP is busy keeping count of American casualties but can’t seem to find the number for the enemy killed or captured. The sad reality is that they are only looking for facts to support their liberal political position, not to inform the American people.

The intellectual giants at the New York Times and networks want to have it both ways – too many American lives are being lost in Iraq AND that our troops are killing too many people. The liberals never make the distinction that these “innocent civilians” are oftentimes actually sympathizers or actively involved in blowing up those who stand with freedom.

The plain truth is that al-Qaida has virtually been eliminated in Iraq thanks to the best-trained soldiers in American history. The pockets of insurgents that hide in the shadows of Baghdad suburbs are on the run and resorting to cowardly mini-bombs they hide under concrete or in the roadside garbage in two provinces.

Don’t be confused by the unfortunate sectarian violence that is occurring in Iraq today. There is a battle between various factions for control of the country, and the effort to get Iraqis to abandon violence and use the democratic process is a difficult and necessary road.

But the media and the Blame America First crowd have quietly changed their refrain from “we are losing the war to the terrorists” to “we can’t stop a civil war.” Wait a minute. What happened to our losing to terrorists? We didn’t lose. We won. It is too bad President Bush can’t put a few sentences together to explain it to the American public.

But the facts are pretty clear that we have won the war against a brutal regime that increasingly supported and aided the international Islamic terrorist network. With lots of oil money and weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was a threat to American security. That is over. Terrorists are no more welcome in Iraq than they are in the United States.

The leadership in this country has failed to win the peace and has led us to a yawning precipice where just a gentle push by the left sends us tumbling into a catastrophic loss for the United States.

Tearing down Saddam Hussein’s statue in the first weeks after the Iraq war began is a perfect metaphor for our inability to stabilize the region. Who can forget the live video as Iraqi civilians approached the statue, slapping their shoes at the man who oppressed them for over 30 years? Iraqi men and teenage boys soon swarmed the statue, clawing and tugging, pushing and prodding at the murderous dictator’s likeness.

But it took the military might of a few American soldiers inside their Bradley tanks to crash the egomaniacal dictator’s statue to Earth. The next live footage showed an American flag being hoisted and then, just as quickly, coming down, replaced with an Iraqi flag.

The generals back at CENTCOM were watching too and quickly sent out the order that the symbolism wouldn’t play in the eyes of the haters of the United States, giving the order to switch those flags. Politics, once again, triumphed over victory. If we are to prevail, one lesson that our leaders have to learn: We cannot back away from victory.

Some really good friends told me recently that I need to lighten up. Smile. Celebrate Christmas. Write about all the good news in the world today that might have been snubbed by our mostly liberal media. Yes, I thought, that is good advice. … I guess I’ll just have to make a new resolution for 2007, because now I feel compelled to dive into the cesspool of liberal sanctimony.

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