I haven’t had much of a chance to voice my opinions as of late, but I have really REALLY been trying hard to accept the fact that this country is going to hell and we are driving the bus. Every day around here is another day surrounded by death and destruction, lives damaged and taken away. It was with that painful realization in the forefront of my thoughts, when I was pleasantly surprised to find out the National Public Radio has come out to do a little story on my bunch of Iraqi’s. At least, that’s what I was told by them. I thought, well, here is a chance to say what we have been doing, show what we are up against, and prove that the Iraqi National Police are trying their best to navigate their way through this swamp of a nation, to establish a little bit of order.
The story itself isn’t quite the same as the one that I had hoped. I mean, it’s not bad, but it’s not really good either. I spent almost 6 hours with these two guys, answering questions, feeding them information, and they didn’t use anything. As a matter of fact, they didn’t report any of the good things that were going on. Not one thing. Not one clip, not one fact, not one story. The story itself was part of a week work of clips, interviews and commentary about the situation with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and the police forces in general. It was pretty much a copy of what was going on in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, and Time. Basically this was a crucifixion of MOI, and the American forces inability to control the situation. Its unfortunate that they missed a lot of the good things, but, of course, the good stuff doesn’t generate the rating like the bad stuff does. Well, I will let you be the judge.
The clip is at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5398078