The headlines are actually a bit more reserved. A typical one is "Marches, solemn memorials as US marks 5th anniversary of Iraq war" Pioneer Press (March 19, 2008). The content is the same standard-issue reporting that I became familiar with in the sixties:
- Serious protesters braving the elements, enlightening the apathetic masses
- Harrowing tales of human misery from bereaved fathers, tearful mothers, bitter veterans
- Dutiful reporting of anti-war slogans and talking points
- "Out of Iraq"
- "No war, no warming"
- "No blood for Oil!"
- " ' I've watched with horror as Bush has lied about this war,' ... 'I'm appalled at the number of civilians we've killed just as we did in Vietnam.' "
- An optional report of vandalism by anti-war protesters
- Today, that seems to be the recruiting station in Milwaukee with anti-war slogans painted on it
For example, buried at the bottom of a standard Associated Press article: "The Iraq war has been unpopular both abroad and in the United States, although an Associated Press-Ipsos poll in December showed that growing numbers think the U.S. is making progress and will eventually be able to claim some success in Iraq." [emphasis mine]
"Eventually ... some success." I suppose that "success" doesn't include:
- Removing a dictator whose brutality and genocidal tendencies earned him a place among the world's top tyrants: and a death sentence
- Helping Iraqis set up an independent and 'democratic' government
- Working with Iraq, to repair more than three decades' worth of neglected infrastructure