When will the American news media ever get it?
Or is it that they simply don't want to get it?
In most media outlets, reports of the Iraqi parliamentary election have been incredibly muted. Just so you don't miss its significance: This was a monumental, historic success - and should color world opinion on the entire Iraq endeavor.
If the Bush administration had laid it all out ahead of time - that we'd free the Iraqi people with minimal casualties, that Saddam Hussein's statue's fall would send a "thud" around the world, that a series of largely peaceful elections would create a new Iraqi government and a new hope for its people by December 2005 - it would have been considered a tremendous victory.
Guess what: It is!
It's been a tough slog, and will continue to be. But panicky Democrats and complicit news outlets wanted to see it as a failure. So they've drummed it into American heads that it has been a failure.
They were wrong. And they sold our troops short, as well as the Iraqi hunger for freedom. They also have no clue how important it is to establish democracy and freedom in the Arab world.
Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, one of a handful of official U.S. election observers in Iraq Thursday, said Iraqi faces told more of a story than their ink-stained fingers. "You could just tell the excitement of the people. There was a lot of excitement, a lot of enthusiasm," he said.
Historians will look back and see that the United States, under President George W. Bush, freed millions of people from the grip of tyrants in Afghanistan and Iraq in just a few short years - and not only helped clean up one of the most inhospitable of the world's neighborhoods, but made America safer as a result.
An Associated Press report meekly declares, in its fourth paragraph, that "Turnout in what was a mostly peaceful election was overwhelming. Election officials estimated up to 11 million of the nation's 15 million registered voters took part..."
That's a 70 percent turnout - in a country in which its beleaguered citizens, freed from a fearsome and ruthless tyrant, also had terrorists to dodge on the way to the polls.
This was one amazing event in the course of the human race's struggle to be free.
Historians may also reflect that many of the news media simply missed the story.