December 9, 2006

It’s ‘Time’ for a Write-in Campaign

“The Unofficial Iraqi Sources and Their Stringers” Should Be Time’s “Persons of the Year”


I noted yesterday that Time’s Person of the Year nominees this year aren’t particularly inspiring:

Now don’t get me wrong. A few are accomplished people (Bush, Rice, Gore), but you can’t fairly say that 2006 was a particularly special year for them. Most of the rest can be said to be potentially capable of great mischief (Chavez, Kim, Ahmadinejad), or even conceivably of great accomplishments (Pelosi), but what they did in 2006 was either not particularly noteworthy or only served to set them up for possible future “greatness.” The YouTubers? They managed to pull off a financial coup, but they haven’t taken their service to a truly special level like Jeff Bezos had with Amazon when he was named Person of the Year in the late 1990s.

So I’m sorry, but none of Time’s nominees had a good enough year to warrant that magazine’s prestigious award.

Ah, but these folks in Iraq, along with fellow traveler Jamil Hussein, as well as the mostly unnamed stringers for the world’s wire services who use them as “sources,” represent only a partial list from a cohort that collectively has had one heck of a year:

police Lt. Ali Abbas; police Capt. Mohammed Abdel-Ghani; police Brigadier Sarhat Abdul-Qadir; Mosul police Director Gen. Wathiq al-Hamdani; police Lt. Bilal Ali; Ali al-Obaidi, a medic at Ramadi Hospital; police Maj. Firas Gaiti; police Captain Mohammed Ismail; Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the Interior Ministry spokesman (a.k.a. Police Brigadier Abd al-Karim Khalaf, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, Brig. Abdel-Karim Khalaf); Mohammed Khayon, a Baghdad police lieutenant; police spokesman Mohammed Kheyoun (a.k.a. Police Lieutenant Mohammed Khayoun); Lt. Thaer Mahmoud, head of a police section responsible for releasing daily death tolls; police Lt. Bilal Ali Majid; police Lt. Ali Muhsin; police 1st Lt. Mutaz Salahhidine (a.k.a. Lieutenant Mutaz Salaheddin); Col. Abbas Mohammed Salman; and policeman Haider Satar.

What have these “sources” and stringers, with the gullible and/or active help of the “official” wire-service reporters, done? Here’s just a partial list of their remarkable accomplishments:

  • With their exaggerations and fabrications, they have managed to make what is in reality a difficult but improving situation in Iraq, where Iraqis Control 70% of the battle space, and where “Iraqi Security Forces are on track to take care of their own security and combat operations virtually free of Coalition support within the next year,” appear from the outside looking in to be a Vietnam-like quagmire.
  • They have managed, as in the case of the Ramadi air strikes that didn’t happen, to portray US soldiers as reckless and brutal killers and maimers of civilians.
  • Their exaggerations and fabrications have also served to further incite sectarian violence by Iraqis who believe their reports, and to boost the morale of terrorists not only in the country, but throughout the world.
  • They have encouraged Iraq’s two hostile neighbors to supply money and weapons to the insurgent terrorists in the belief that Iraq can be destabilized and remain that way until the US grows weary of the effort being expended there.
  • Their tireless efforts were arguably the most significant influence affecting the election results in the USA’s November elections that changed the party controlling the Senate and House of Representatives.
  • They set the atmospheric stage for the Timid Ten in the Iraq Study Group (ISG) to issue their report (PDF is at link), which in essence is a call for deferred cut-and-run lite, and for a large portion of the American people to believe that what the ISG recommends is the only viable, “face-saving” alternative.
  • They have managed, also through the Timid Ten, to make the Israel-Palestine-Lebanon situation, which objectively has absolutely nothing to do with stablizing Iraq and leaving a democratic government in place there, part of a supposed “comprehensive (non) solution.”

Seriously, now — Can ANY of Time’s eight nominees make claims even remotely as impressive as those? I don’t think so.

Time must be convinced that it has made a grievous oversight. “The Unofficial Iraqi Sources and Their Stringers” should obviously be their “Persons of the Year.”

Tell Time yourself before the magazine makes a big mistake.


UPDATE: The Left, including its press acolytes, don’t seem to understand, as James Whetzel at American Thinker does, that failure in Iraq, and perhaps even just the intense opposition to it if it yet succeeds, makes getting involved with the causes they seem (at the moment, at least) to favor, like putting a stop to the horror in Darfur in The Sudan, that much more difficult.

UPDATE 2, Dec. 10: Doug Ross has the cover design ready.



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  2. I read the note and I was so sad who wrote that don’t know anything about covering outside the country.. Will is real and lives in mexico.. Before starting writing is better to know everything about it..

    Comment by Monica Medel — December 11, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  3. #2, I’m not grasping what you mean. There is no “Will” referred to in the post.

    Comment by TBlumer — December 11, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

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