Loading the player leg...
A New York Times article on the semantic debate surrounding President Bush's expected call for a troop increase in Iraq focused entirely on "escalation" as language favored by Democrats and other opponents of the forthcoming proposal. But the article ignored the roots of the term "surge" -- which offers potential political advantage to supporters of a troop increase and has been used by Bush, the Pentagon, and various advocates of sending more troops to Iraq.
A CBSNews.com article misrepresented the findings of the network's own poll to claim that "45 percent are in favor of the so-called troop 'surge,' while 48 percent are opposed." The poll question resulting in the 45 percent-48 percent split did not address President Bush's expected proposal for an increase of U.S. troops in Iraq.
To support his assertion that Democrats who oppose President Bush's possible plan to increase U.S. forces in Iraq risk "sound[ing] like ill-informed dilettantes," Joe Klein attacked The New York Times' Paul Krugman for not mentioning, in a recent column, that retired Gen. Jack Keane, among others, supports a troop increase. However, Keane recently appeared to support plans to send "[a]n additional 20,000 troops" to Iraq, despite having asserted, less than two weeks earlier, that adding "at least 30,000 combat troops" was the "only" option to "[b]ring security to Baghdad."
Fox News host Neil Cavuto claimed, "You'd have a very tough time finding the [New York] Times devoting even a single day of front-page coverage to all of his [Saddam Hussein's] atrocities or murders or any of his thousands of victims over the years." He also falsely asserted that the Times has provided "[l]ots of coverage of his death. No coverage of the deaths that led to it." But the Times has given repeated front-page coverage to Saddam's brutality.
New York Times chief military correspondent Michael Gordon asserted that "President Bush did listen to his generals over the past year and a half, and he did as -- implement the strategy that General [George W.] Casey [Jr.] advocated, and it didn't work." Fox News host Fred Barnes asserted that "the president is not doing what his commanders on the ground have urged, mainly because their policy has failed." But these assertions ignore reporting that Bush had been determining troop levels in Iraq and has "never left the decision to commanders."