Not all Democrats believe that our Iraq policy is a miserable failure. Congressman Jim Marshall (search) is a Democrat from Georgia who just came back from Iraq. According to Congressman Marshall, the good news in Iraq far outweighs the bad.
Writing in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Congressman Marshall describes what he saw: "Throughout Iraq, American soldiers with their typical 'can do' attitude and ingenuity are engaging in thousands upon thousands of small reconstruction projects, working with Iraqi contractors and citizens... hundreds of schools are being renovated, repainted, re-plumbed and re-roofed. Imagine the effect that has on children and their parents."
The only group to whom he applies the term "failure" is the media covering Iraq: "They are dwelling upon the mistakes, the ambushes, the soldiers killed, the wounded… this falsely bleak picture weakens our national resolve, discourages Iraqi cooperation and emboldens our enemy." The ultimate affect of this constant barrage of bad news is devastating. Says the Congressman, himself a Vietnam vet: "I'm afraid it is killing our troops."
And that's the Asman Observer.
David Asman joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 1997 and currently serves as host of "Forbes on FOX," a weekend half-hour program that offers an informative look at the business week (Saturday from 11:00-11:30 AM/ET). Asman is also an anchor on FOX Business Network, where he co-hosts "After the Bell" (4-5 PM/ET) with anchor Melissa Francis.