NEGATIVE POTENTATES OF THE PRESS

By Oliver North
Forwarded by gunshipII@aol.com

As of this writing 2,802 young Americans have been killed during three and a half years of war in Iraq. That’s roughly the same number killed at Iwo Jima during the first three and a half days of fighting against the Japanese.

Every life lost was precious and every loss grievous to those who loved them. Unfortunately, our media intends to use every one of those killed to make their point.

It’s a lesson they learned in Vietnam. On Feb. 27, 1968, after a month of brutal fighting and daily images of U.S. casualties on American television, Walter Cronkite, then the host of the CBS Evening News, proclaimed that the Tet Offensive had proven to him that the Vietnam War was no longer winnable. It didn’t matter that Tet had been a decisive victory for the United States and South Vietnam.

Today’s potentates of the press are trying to deliver the same message: that Iraq, like Vietnam, is unwinnable. One television network has gone so far as to broadcast images of U.S. troops being killed by terrorists - making Iraq the first war where Americans get their news from the enemy.

The war in Vietnam wasn’t lost during ‘Tet 68’ no matter what Cronkite said. It was lost in the pages of America’s newspapers, on our televisions, our college campuses and, eventually, in the corridors of power in Washington.

We need to pray that this war isn’t lost the same way.

Oliver North