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Rather than post a comment to “Hmm” I decided instead to post a counter response here which is based upon the following quote from the National Review

The price of defending our nation cannot be spending years — at a cost of precious lives and hundreds of billions of dollars — in a vain attempt to give people who despise us a way of life they don’t want.

Aside from implying there is a limit to defending the United States, the above analysis of the war in Iraq reflects a myopic viewpoint which focuses on a red herring. Furthermore, it serves to demonstrate an inability to fathom the broader issues in the region and dismisses the strategic importance of installing an island of democracy after the removal of an oppressive and ruthless dictator.

The democracy now sits surrounded by Iran’s Islamic theocracy, Syria’s military controlled government where its people must elect the leader of the Baath Party with a constitution which requires the president to be a Muslim and Saudi Arabia’s and Kuwait’s monarchy. Representing a departure from the norm, in the north is Turkey with its presidential-parliamentary democracy.

It should be clear most are governments representing extreme positions on the political spectrum. A little democracy would serve to moderate this extremism in a region that has been influenced by Islam for centuries.

Islam is fomenting an intolerable and dangerous form of extremism of its own. While Iraq’s new democratic form of government may be a lightning rod for terrorism it also reveals the dangers we are facing.

Regardless of its current success, Iraq’s struggle is far from over. If it’s government fails, falling to the Islamic fascists, it should serve as a wake-up call for the rest of the sleeping Americans including those at National Review.

Written by Ben

September 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

Fox News slaughters CNN and MSNBC in ratings

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The second quarter 2009 cable ratings show Fox News prime-time ratings jumping an unheard of 34%. The prime-time segment includes Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

During otherwise normal viewing hours, Fox News averages 1.2 million viewers on average, more than twice as many viewers as CNN which shows an average of 598,000 viewers. As for MSNBC – Obama’s favorite TV channel – Fox’s ratings more than tripled MSNBC’s pitiful average of 392,000 viewers.

Obama followers, no doubt rushing to adopt his viewing habits, helped NBC beat CNN for the first time ever by contributing to its weekday prime-time average audience of 946,000 viewers compared to CNN’s 939,000.

The prime-time slot between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. is where MSNBC and Fox place their politically driven opinion shows. For MSNBC and it’s liberal followers the shows are “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Rachel Maddow Show”. For Fox and its conservative viewers it’s “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity”. As for CNN, Anderson Cooper and Larry King tend to spend their energies on developing stories and interviews.

There has been an increase of anti-Obama sentiment in recent months and is reflected in several polls. The rise in the core viewership at Fox is being attributed to this population and the additional viewers helped Fox dominate both CNN and MSNBC. During the daily prime-time slot which includes weekends, Fox averaged 2.1 million total viewers, more than doubling the combined totals of CNN (862,000) and MSNBC (790,000).

Defending its ratings, CNN pointed out that this month was its most-watched June ever, no doubt helped along by the Iran protests and the death of Michael Jackson.

The message is clear. When America wants news and information along with thoughtful and emotionless opinion about their country, the world and the activities about and surrounding their president, they turn to Fox News. Otherwise, it appears they prefer CNN and MSNBC.

Written by Ben

September 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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