The following are excerpts from two "news" articles from the mainstream press and an editorial from the terrorist news agency, Al-Jazeera. Can you guess which ones are which?
Iraq-Vietnam comparison inevitable
It has been two years now since the first signs became evident that the US occupation of Iraq would become a bloody fiasco.
Military commanders admitted that US troops were experiencing an increase in hostile engagements, but the Pentagon dismissed these as "acts of desperation by Saddam loyalists".
By early 2004, once it became clear that America was involved in a protracted guerrilla war, the comparison of Iraq to the US experience in Vietnam could no longer be logically denied.
It is hoped that by December of this year the Iraqi police force and army will be sufficiently trained and equipped so as to enable the US military to begin withdrawing the majority of their occupation forces.
However, the Iraqi Security Forces have yet to display any consistency in combat against insurgents and their loyalty has often been called into question.
TRAINING IRAQ'S NEW ARMY
Limited successes stand against a backdrop of U.S. disappointment with many of the Iraqi army units, whose effectiveness is crucial to a future U.S. troop withdrawal. Despite the Bush administration's insistent optimism, Americans working with the Iraqis in the field think it could be several years, at least, before the new Iraqi forces will be ready to stand alone against the insurgents.
And this one:
An Insider's Troubling Account of the U.S. Role in Iraq
The failures of the Bush administration to prepare adequately for the postwar period in Iraq are by now well known, underscored by the revelation this week that a briefing paper, prepared for Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain eight months before the invasion, warned that "a postwar occupation of Iraq could lead to a protracted and costly nation-building exercise" and that "little thought" had been given by the United States to "the aftermath and how to shape it." It is a subject explicated in chilling - and often scathing - detail by "Squandered Victory," a new book by Larry Diamond, a former senior adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and a leading American scholar on democracy and democratic movements.
How pathetic is it that they all sound so similair. Why does our media sound just like the terrorist advocacy media?