Seeing the Turmoil, Ignoring the Triumph

I've probably mentioned once or twice how much I hate complainers.

I avoid them at all costs.

They're the kind of people who could win a million dollars, then complain about the taxes. Or see an ailment cured, then moan about the attitude of the doctor who cured it.

They love to see the dark side of things. I always wonder whether these people have ever once seen the good side of things.

Take the war in Iraq. To listen to a few journalists, you'd wonder whether anything good came of our being in Iraq. Sometimes I wonder if they're even following the same events.

We liberate Iraq. They focus on problems remaining in Iraq.

We see Iraqis hoping. They see Iraqis looting.

We wrap up a war in weeks. When only days after this conflict, they predicted a Vietnam quagmire in years.

For every triumph, they see only turmoil.

We know countries liberated are countries confused. It's as if they've forgotten identical patterns in countries like Romania, or Bulgaria, or Bosnia, or after World War II, even Germany.

Looting happens. Poor people want things -- desperately. We didn't create that desperation -- someone else did. But now we're suddenly the problem.

We wrap up an amazing battle in Iraq and now journalists are dumping on the president for saying harsh things about Syria.

A nation rallies around a president for a battle won abroad. These guys immediately pounce on the problems still here.

They focus on the bad news, like a weak economy, not once mentioning any good piece of news, like improving consumer confidence.

Look, I'm not saying don't report the bad. I am saying don't focus on only the bad.

Journalists say it's their right to be jaded. I say it's not their right to be jerks.

I'll be the first to admit I'm a half-full glass kind of guy. That's why I don't much distinguish between those focusing on the half-empty glass and those who are just, in the end, plain half-ass.

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