Seven blood-and-lie-filled years after too much of the media mindlessly mouthed the Bush line on Iraq, the AP has issued a memo
to reporters warning it not to do the same with Obama. Noting the
ongoing presence of 50,000 U.S. forces who "may well fire and be fire
on," AP editor Tom Kent challenges Obama's assertion the war is "over."
"Combat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically
repeat suggestions that it is, even if they come from senior officials.
The situation on the ground in Iraq is no different today than it has
been for some months."