Feb
18
2009

USA Today: Obama's War, No Critics Allowed

USA Today's "Obama's War" cover story today (2/18/09) is long by that paper's usual standards, but can't seem to find any space for critics of the plan to send 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

Quoted in the piece:
–Barack Obama
Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution
–political scientist Richard Eichenberg of Tufts University
–White House press secretary Robert Gibbs
— Joe Biden
–Robert Gates, Pentagon
–Sen. Joe Lieberman, "a leading hawk on both wars."
–Richard Holbrooke, Obama's special adviser on Pakistan and Afghanistan
Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic & International Studies
–U.S./NATO commander David McKiernan

USA Today does note, however, that public opinion is more mixed:

Those surveyed split evenly, however, when asked whether the U.S. should keep troops in Afghanistan until things get better, even if that takes years, or set a timetable for removing them regardless of what's going on there at that time.

Other polls suggest the public isn't crazy about an escalation either. When will those voices be heard in the media?

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.