In a post on the NRO military blog The Tank, W. Thomas Smith Jr. asserted that he had been to Iraq, spent "[d]ays -- sometimes weeks -- at a time" with units in action, and would be "hard-pressed to find one American Marine or soldier (or a Brit) who would say to me 'it's not going well.' " However, there are several examples of active-duty or retired service members expressing discontent with progress in Iraq through media outlets.
Reporting on Rush Limbaugh's explanation of his "phony soldiers" comments, Byron York wrote that "[a]s part of that explanation" Limbaugh "played a tape of the original September 26 program [and] cut some extraneous material out -- 'for space and relevance reasons, not to hide anything,' he told me." In fact, Limbaugh said that he was airing "the entire transcript, in context, that led to this so-called controversy" and gave no indication that he cropped the audio or the transcript.
In a blog post on National Review Online's The Corner, Michael Ledeen wrote that it "was under [retired Army Gen. John] Abizaid that the copious evidence of Iranian activity was suppressed, and we, let's say, took it easy on the thousands of Revolutionary Guards killers running all over the country." While several NRO contributors criticized MoveOn.org for its "General Betray Us" ad and Democrats for not condemning it, no NRO contributor has similarly condemned Ledeen's criticism of an American general.
In a recent column, Larry Kudlow wrote that "David Geffen has reminded folks what it was like when the Clintons were in the White House" and proceeded to list some of "Bill Clinton['s] lies," according to a Google search. But many of the "lies" Kudlow collected are actually well-worn falsehoods about the Clintons and a rehashing of "scandals," such as Whitewater and Filegate, in which they were absolved of wrongdoing.