The NYT is still cheerleading for the headchoppers.
Has the lead to any NYT column ever described the Iraqi police, who have tens of thousands more members trained than a year ago, are better-equipped with weapons, vehicles, armor and communications, and in contrast to last year now routinely stand their ground against insurgents with RPGs trying to overrun their positions, with the following sentence: "They just keep getting stronger." I'm curious, has any NYT editorial ever described any of the elite Iraqi National Guard units (the people fighting for Iraq to be free and democratic rather than a brutal tyranny; you know, what we used to call "freedom fighters") who have now carried out dozens of successful operations on their own as "more resilient and more sophisticated?" Have any written about the Iraqi Army, which has lines hundreds long at recruiting centers (even mere hours after car bombings) in the following terms: "But they're being replaced quicker than we can interdict their operations. There is always another [recruit] ready to step up and take charge."
I shouldn't even need to mention the immense number of battlefield adaptations (such as IED jammers, home-made Humvee armor, and near-univeral body armor) and tactical superiority American soldiers are displaying every day in successful operations, in addition to their oft-unsung stalwart bravery in fighting for the freedom of 25 million strangers, or the hundreds of rebuilding jobs to benefit Iraqi civilians they supervise and protect, or the decency, humanity and honor they bring to a terribly difficult job -- all characteristics the insurgents utterly lack even pretensions of. But don't expect the NYT to ever describe U.S. forces as "executing and dramatizing their attacks with more sophistication than they have in the past" or make mention of their "shrewdness." No, that praise is reserved for those shrewdly targeting children with car bombs, dramatically kidnapping and murdering diplomats, and sawing off civilians' heads on camera with such great sophistication.
One other recent development in the insurgency - and a possible explanation of its ability to bring in recruits from around the Arab world - is the reach and sophistication of its public relations.Recent? You've got to be kidding me. You guys have been doing great PR work for them for years now.