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America’s Home-grown ‘Baghdad Bobs’


Gregory J. Rummo

In a column I wrote in March, at the height of the peace rallies, when public opinion seemed as if it were totally against the U.S.-led coalition to invade Iraq, I wrote: “I have the perfect solution for both hawks and doves alike although the peaceniks will have to practice what they preach. While we invade Iraq, they can wait patiently for four weeks. When the shooting stops, we can allow the inspectors to resume their inspections, taking all the time they need.”

Here we are, 28 days after the war started and the Pentagon has declared the main fighting is finished. Two aircraft carriers will be leaving the Persian Gulf, bound for America and the families who are anxiously waiting to see their loved ones return home.

Everything happened just as we were told by the Bush administration: The war wouldn’t be over in a week but it wouldn’t take months either. There would be surrenders but the Iraqis wouldn’t be total pushovers. Once the people of Iraq figured out they were finally delivered from “Monsters Inc.,” they would embrace our troops and they did.

Other countries in the Arab world are stunned. Even CNN and Al Jazeera can’t spin the outcome any other way than the obvious.

As Hitler was defeated, as the Iron Curtain eventually came down and as the Berlin Wall collapsed, so too did Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror topple—his statue in the middle of Baghdad cut off at the legs and his head dragged through the streets. Posters of the cruel dictator have been defaced, spit and urinated upon and I can only imagine what else.

Jackie Gleason would have said, “How sweet it is.”

Good has triumphed over evil.

It wasn’t easy. It never is.

There was lots of opposition—and I am not talking about the enemy.

The pantywaists in Europe—France and Germany—made it difficult at first until we decided to ignore them. Disappointingly, Russia has been found to have aided and abetted the enemy, whether knowingly or not is still unanswered.

These should be made to sit on their hands now and watch as the countries which helped the U.S.-led coalition get a piece of the pie in Iraq’s reconstruction.

But most disheartening was the opposition here at home.

I don’t mean the rants coming from the usual crowd of vapid anti-capitalist, pro Kyoto, left-wing extremist America-haters. They have the right to make fools of themselves which they do every time by hypocritically making use of the God-given, blood bought freedom guaranteed in our First Amendment to protest in the country they hate so much. Had they tried similar tactics in Iraq, it would have been their corpses our troops would be unearthing.

But they got traction from the mainstream media which was largely complicit in offering aid and comfort to these fruit cakes. Pro-America rallies were hardly covered on the nightly news. Media Research Center reported there were no anti-war protests “too small to earn coverage from ABC's Peter Jennings who in recent months has highlighted anti-war events involving just a few hundred people, a ‘virtual’ protest and even one guy who jumped off a bridge.” The article went on to report that pro-troop rallies featuring 15,000 in New York City were ignored by Jennings.

And many journalists betrayed their deep-seated bias against George Bush by being as wrong as they could be. Here are a couple of examples:

The Washington Post published a front-page story on April 4 that claimed, “The U.S. invasion force, built around one tank-heavy Army division and one lighter Marine division, is not large or powerful enough to take Baghdad by force, especially with tens of thousands of heavily armed fighters believed loyal to Hussein still inside the sprawling city.”

The New York Times’ R. W. Apple wrote on March 27 in a piece titled “Iraqis Learn the Lessons of How U.S. Fights Wars,” that “Saddam Hussein had learned a lot since his forces were routed in the Persian Gulf war in 1991.” Mr. Apple predicted that Saddam would bog down the coalition forces’ march to Baghdad through guerrilla warfare.”

Israel wasn’t attacked, casualties weren’t in the “tens of thousands,” and Iraq wasn’t a “Vietnam-like quagmire.” Finding caches of WMDs is simply a matter of time now that senior Iraqi scientists have surrendered and are free to speak without fear of their children’s tongues being ripped from their faces.

Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas writes, “When the Berlin Wall fell and Eastern Europe escaped from the shackles of communism, I wrote that we must not forget the enablers, apologists and other ‘fellow travelers’ who helped sustain communism's grip on a sizable portion of humanity for much of the 20th century. I suggested that a ‘cultural war crimes tribunal’ be convened, at which people from academia, the media, government and the clergy who were wrong in their assessment of communism would be forced to confront their mistakes. While not wishing to deprive anyone of his or her right to be wrong, it wouldn't hurt for these people to be held accountable.”

I am reminded of the absurd propaganda-laced ramblings of “Baghdad Bob,” Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, the Iraqi Minister of Information, whose most noteworthy observation: “There you can see, there is nothing going on,” was made as pictures of U.S. troops were being shown standing under the giant crossed swords in Saddam's favorite parade grounds in Baghdad.

We have our own “Baghdad Bobs” in newsrooms across America. Will they ever be forced to give an account? I’m not holding my breath.

Gregory J. Rummo is a syndicated columnist. Visit his website,

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