And today, we find Yahoo! leading not with bad news from Iraq, but with an article speculating that things are about to get worse. In their “In the News” colum, they list an article they title, “Will spiraling Iraq violence force a ‘re-surge’ of U.S. troops?” a Time magazine piece which is so fulfilled with the conditional, it almost reads as a grammar exercise wherein a high school students shows he knows how to use that speculative tense.
There is a growing possibility that it could become a wider intra-Shi’ite war . . . .
Tuesday’s sweep of Basra could turn sour in other southern cities where the central government’s power is weak . . . .
If the U.S. decides to actively go after the Shi’ite forces in the south, it would mean reopening a southern front . . .
Yes, there has been some increased violence in the southern regions of Iraq. But, we don’t know whether this is just a last gasp of the militias or an attempt by forces loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to show that they still matter.
Perhaps, things will turn out as Time’s Darrin Mortenson imagines. But, that’s not what’s happening now. His speculations belong more on the editorial page than on the news headlines.
Sometimes, it seems Yahoo!’s editors can’t distinguish the two, so eager are they to lead with stories critical of our mission in Iraq. Not just that, now that there is much good news coming out of Iraq, it seems that those in the MSM will seize any piece of bad news and define it is a trend.