Two US Marines are listening to the radio in Iraq.

"American soldiers," coos a soft female voice, "Your so-called national leaders have lied to you. You are needlessly risking your lives to wage a useless, unjust, illegal, and unwinnable war. Now is the time to return home to your loved ones, while you are still alive."

"If you foolishly insist on remaining where you are not wanted, the brave resistance fighters will have no choice but to kill you and add your name to the long ever-increasing casualty list of this insane war. So why risk never seeing your loved ones again for a so-called president who has repeatedly lied and deceived you at every opportunity?"

"Why should you be sacrificed so that US corporations can enjoy fatter profits? The only wise thing to do is return home now, while you are still drawing breath, before you return zippered into a body bag."

"What's this?" sneers one Marine. "An Islamo-terrorist version of Tokyo Rose?"

"No," answers the other. "It's just CNN !"

The Real Difference Between Iraq and Vietnam
Jack Wheeler

Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2004

Be very clear what Ted Kennedy means when he shouts, “Iraq is George Bush’s Vietnam!” The Chappaquiddick Kid is really saying that he wants Iraq to be another Vietnam. He wants America to lose.

Liberals always want America to lose. That’s what makes them liberals. No matter who it is, Castro, the Sandinistas, the Viet Cong, any folks sufficiently anti-American, liberals are on their side. Ann Coulter wrote a whole book about it, Treason.

As every objective commentator and historian has noted, America won the Vietnam War militarily but lost it politically. Perhaps the most famous example is the Tet Offensive of 1968, which was an incredible military defeat for North Vietnam -- yet spun by liberal journalists like Walter Cronkite of CBS into a defeat for the U.S. The pathologically biased liberal reporting and televising of the Vietnam War turned so much public opinion against the war that the political will to win was lost.

The liberal Alphabet Media is once again doing its best to snatch American defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq. This time, however, there is a very big difference:

In the intervening 30 years between the Vietnam and Iraq wars, the liberals have lost their media monopoly.

With Vietnam, you had three choices to watch the first “televised war” -- CBS, NBC, ABC. When was the last time you bothered to watch any of them? I haven’t in years. There are just too many alternatives.

And not just on television, like Fox News. There’s talk radio, where guys like Liddy and Limbaugh and so many others provide a haven from liberal bias. There’s the Internet, with websites like NewsMax, WorldNetDaily, FrontPage -- and To The Point. Now there’s the “Blogosphere” -- the exploding world of web logs or “blogs.” Scores of millions of Americans learn and discuss their news from all of these, then pass it around and share it via email.

Possibly you will choose to share this very essay with a number of your email friends. One small act, like so many millions of others, that adds to the dilution of the liberal media monopoly.

Yes, the liberals still have their bastions of defeatist propaganda, the Gray Lady, the WaPo, the Counterfeit Network News, Rather-Brokaw-Jennings. But what they don’t have is an information monopoly that enables them to con the American people into losing a war.

That’s the real difference between Vietnam and Iraq, and is the reason why this time, we get to win.

Fallujah Delenda Est.

Jack Wheeler is the Publisher and Editor of To The Point at 2004, To The Point, Inc. To The Point™

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Anchor Dan Rather, NPR Reporter Cokie Roberts and a U.S. Marine found themselves stranded in the desert and were captured by Iraqis. They were tied up, led to the village and brought before the leader. The leader said, "I am familiar with your western custom of granting the condemned a last wish. Before we kill and dismember you, do you have any last requests?"

Dan Rather said, "Well, I'm a Texan; so I'd like one last bowl full of hot, spicy chili." The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the chili. Rather ate it all and said, "Now I can die content."

Cokie Roberts said, "I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen. Maybe someday someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end." The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and Roberts dictated some comments. She then said, "Now I can die ha! ppy."

The leader turned and said, "And now, Mr. U.S. Marine, what is your final wish?"

"Kick me in the ass," said the Marine."
"What?" asked the leader. "Will you mock us in your last hour?"
"No, I'm not kidding. I Want You to Kick Me in the Ass," insisted the Marine. So the leader shoved him into the open, and kicked him in the ass.

The Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled his 9mm pistol from inside his cammies, and shot the leader dead. In the momentary confusion he leapt to his knapsack, pulled out his M4 carbine, and sprayed the Iraqis with gunfire. In a flash, the Iraqis were dead or fleeing for their lives. As the Marine was untying Rather and Roberts, they asked him, "Why didn't you just shoot them to begin with? Why did you ask them to kick you in the ass?"

"What!" said the Marine, "And have all the liberal media call ME the aggressor?"