Man bites dog? Dog bites man?

We all know that in the news world, “man bites dog” gets the front page, while “dog bites man” is ignored.  In a twisted way, then, one could say that the wall-to-wall Abu Ghraib coverage reflected the media’s horror that the American military had morphed from honor to dishonor.  (Or we could be realistic and say that the MSM adores anything that puts the military in a bad light.)

Given the impression that Abu Ghraib created of S&M prison conditions for Iraqis detained by the US, the current “man bites dog” story should be this one, from Max Boot, about the extraordinary success the American military in Iraq has had with the current batch of detainees.  Part of the success stems from changed conditions on the ground, but a significant part stems from changed conditions within the prison.  Given the airtime Abu Ghraib got, and the way it shaped perceptions about American prisons in Iraq, this should be a news story — but what do you bet that it won’t be?  Don’t bother to answer.  That was a rhetorical question.

As for me, I salute our American military for learning from its mistakes, and for being creative, innovative and flexible.

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  1. Ymarsakar says

    Some people like the nihilistic Left, Book, can only define themselves and obtain purpose by destroying other people’s efforts and dreams. These people continue to exist, not on their own merits, but due to their parasitism.

  2. Ymarsakar says

    Have you noticed yet, Book, that while the Main Sewer Media bends over backwards to get leaked documentation and information from the military and political circles, yet at the same time keeps a very tight control of their own copyrights, documentations, technical support staff, and network cable policies?

    How would the MSM feel if they obtained an exclusive but the exclusive’s video data and audio was “leaked” to a rival network? This is liberty and freedom, or a lawsuit?

  3. NavyOne says

    When Abu Gareeb broke, I remember my liberal grandmother making a point to bring it up in conversation. At Thanksgiving, no less. I explained that situations like this do not normally occur in the military. If I could get my hands on the soldiers who disgraced us in uniform, I would pull out their spinal cords and jump rope with it.

    When I went off to Gitmo, my brother, liberal and well-intentioned, cautioned me to be honorable. I either am honorable or not. No one reminding me to be honorable is going to affect my actions over the next 7 months. And someone reminding me to be honorable means that they don’t see me as such. It was a slap in the face that I took mutely, if merely for the sake of peace. . .

  4. Danny Lemieux says

    As the article you link points out, Abu Ghraib was the exception that was highlighted to the rule that was ignored. Or, put another way, it was a fine example of how imperfection became the enemy of good.

    YM, your reference to parasitism is perfect – we are a society on the verge of being dominated by the parasitic classes. When a parasite debilitates the host, however, it is no longer a parasite but a pathogenic disease organism.

    In the 19th Century, it was considered fashionable by women to consume tapeworms as a form of weight control. Perhaps things haven’t really changed all that much…we have an entire society asking to be parasitized in order to feel good about itself. They will find out too late that they have confused a parasite with a pathogen. As the song goes, “Don’t know much about history…”

  5. NavyOne says


    Yes, a politicized family is a pain. I limit my time with them. They are on their coast, I am on mine. . . I will say, it is never dull. I wish it were dull with them. That would be, interesting.

    The thing that amazes me is that I am very quiet politically, but folks know I am a conservative. One by one, either in a group, or alone, they will share a “dirty” conservative belief they find has merit, such as border security or defense of Israel or the GWOT. But while I have voted for: a Republican, two Democrats, and a third party candidate for President (and they all vote straight Dem) I am still the close-minded one. It is odd. No party owns me. I am a conservative by choice. I changed at 9/11.

    I seriously considered Obama for about three weeks back in Feb. He had a freshness about him that was intriguing. Then I learned more about his associations. I still have no clue what he really stands for, but I do know what his friends are for. And birds of a feather. . .

  6. Danny Lemieux says

    OK, Book…how about some e’splainin’. Your in-laws are conservative McCain voters and their son, your husband, is a close-minded Liberal? Is he still rebelling against his parents?

  7. gpc31 says

    You know what? Abu Ghraib is the proof of American Exceptionalism, which the Left is at such pains to deny. We are blessedly fortunate to live in this country.

    We hold ourselves to higher standards than other countries, and all the hyperbolic, overheated, hypocritical, and ahistoric criticism from the Left proves that they expect better from us too. It puts the lie to moral relativism.

    If we acted like any other country — routinely committed such atrocities as the Russians with Chechnya, the French and the Ivory Coast, China and Tibet, etc., — Abu Ghraib would be no big deal. But it is a big deal to us.

    The fact that the Left blows such incidents way out of proportion — Abu Ghraib was wrong, but small in scale and self-correcting — shows that in their heart of hearts, the Left does not believe in the moral relativism of multi-culturalism. Our culture, while not perfect, is better than most. Call it cognitive dissonance or whatever, but the difference between what the Left professes and what they really know drives them crazy.

  8. NavyOne says

    “You know what? Abu Ghraib is the proof of American Exceptionalism, which the Left is at such pains to deny.”

    I agree. There was a great cartoon in Arabic (and I kick myself for not getting a copy of it 4 years ago) that showed an old man who looked like he had had a hard life. He was saying in the caption: Naked pyramids, dog leashes, panties on the head? I wish AG was like that when I was there!

  9. Mike Devx says

    Don’t forget to examine the fact that America and Israel are held to impossibly high standards by the rest of the world, while *every* other country and movement gets a free pass to act as monstrously as they wish.

    And when we fail to meet those impossibly high standards, the result is not merely disappointment, but rage and demands for punishment and retribution.

    The mind boggles. As usual.

  10. Ymarsakar says

    And when we fail to meet those impossibly high standards, the result is not merely disappointment, but rage and demands for punishment and retribution.

    Communists and insurgency terrorist groups create power by holding the ruling regime to higher standards than is feasible. Once the fall occurs, destabilization results and criminals/terrorists move into the vacuum.

    A government must protect the citizens and produce security, so when you challenge the government and make them inable to protect their citizens and inable to ensure security, then you can start saying that the government has failed its own standards. That they should punish themselves and turn on their own people because they have problems that must be fixed or else their justification for existence is erased: erased and replaced by the Insurgency’s.

  11. Ymarsakar says

    When a parasite debilitates the host, however, it is no longer a parasite but a pathogenic disease organism.

    An interesting analogy your comment reminded me of was health vs the military. The military must be healthy in mind, body, and spirit to engage in war with 100% effective rates.

    But the left despises the military. And yet, the Left says they know what is healthy for America, eh?

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