CNN, of all places, is reporting good news from Iraq: Christmas in Baghdad:

On a large stage, children dressed in costumes representing Iraq’s many ethnic and religious groups — Kurds, Turkmen, Yazidis, Christians, Arab Muslims not defined as Sunni or Shiite — hold their hands aloft and sing “We are building Iraq!” Two young boys, a mini-policeman and a mini-soldier sporting painted-on mustaches, march stiffly and salute.

Even before I can ask Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf a question, he greets me with a big smile. “All Iraqis are Christian today!” he says.

Khalaf says sectarian and ethnic violence killed thousands of Iraqis. “Now that we have crossed that hurdle and destroyed the incubators of terrorism,” he says, “and the security situation is good, we have to go back and strengthen community ties.”

I guess now that the evil Republikkkans have been overthrown, and hope has returned to this fair land, it’s all right to report good news again. I expect that the number of homeless (at least as reported) will precipitously decline as well in the new year, despite the fact that we’re in what appears to be a quite deep recession. There are only homeless and failed wars in Republican administrations.

7 thoughts on “Hope’n’Change”

  1. There were millions of unemployed and homeless during
    the Great Depression, it’s just they didn’t blame FDR
    because they felt he was trying to fix things.

    As long as Obama is working to fix things, he will remain
    well regarded.

  2. “As long as Obama is making it look like he’s working to fix things, he will remain well-regarded by Democrats.”

    Fixed that for ya.

  3. As the CNN report says, this is just some garbage public relations from the Iraqi Interior Ministry. It’s about as convincing as if the KGB had staged a Passover Seder in 1980 to prove that the Soviet Union wasn’t anti-Semitic. It doesn’t change the reality that Iraqi Christians aren’t coming back to Iraq. There are some left, but probably they will leave too sooner or later. The US failed them.

    This is not the first time that CNN has reported feel-good propaganda from Iraq, and unfortunately it probably won’t be the last. It’s hard for any television network to be satisfied with the boring truth: We have stabilized Iraq just enough for an orderly retreat, and the Iraqis themselves also want us to get the hell out.

  4. “As long as Obama is working to fix things, he will remain
    well regarded.”

    Up until he isn’t, which will be in about 18 months untill the end of his single term.

  5. You still take CNN SERIOUSLY?!

    I haven’t taken CNN seriously in years. But someone is still watching it. Big mistake on their part. Maybe they’re thinking that CNN is not as hosed as Fox News. Or maybe just not yet? Anyway the real solution is not to watch either one of them.

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