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Submitted by Ronald P. Jones (United States), Apr 5, 2003 at 12:28

I am amazed how the Press has constantly overreacted to current events and been wrong. Afghanistan was a disaster and suddenly, within one week, it was over. Now, only three days before, the Iraqi War was "bogged down" and had a poor war plan. The War was less than two weeks old! Now, US forces are driving around in Baghdad, less than a week after the prediction of doom and gloom.

How can the Press be so wrong and on such a consistent manner? Why isn't there some type responsibility for some of these reports? We haven't even addressed Korea which is a "serious diplomatic failure for the Bush Administration". A smoldering powder keg ready to go off any moment three weeks ago and now is off the radar range. But the Bush Administration has got one thing right. Last I checked, there hasn't been any diplomats, visitors, or American forces blown up by suicide attacks in Korea or by Koreans in foreign soil.

What worries me is past, present, and future administrations have to contend with the Press (that is a good thing!), but a Press that overreacts and causes bad errors of judgment and puts American militia in harm's way because they want to make idle guessing with poor facts can't be good for our country. That is a very bad thing.

One more item in question for The Press to be wrong about. What about the uprising in the Arab street? Unfortunately, I don't think Iraq is last. Syria is next on the list when it is apparent that they are a major obstacle in the Middle East Peace Initiative that the Bush Administration is going to try to push through. There is a major sea change that is being attempted and we will see if it is successful.

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