Whatever you do... DON'T mention the war!
According to this article in the notably moonbat lefty rag known as Foreign Policy (hat tip to Rising Hegemon for doing my journalisming for me) things are much worse in Iraq than we're being allowed to be told:
It is certainly hard to hide the fact that in the third year of this war, Iraqis are only getting electricity for about 5 to 10 percent of the day. Living conditions have gotten so much worse, violence is at an even higher tempo, and the country is on the verge of civil war. The administration has been successful to the extent that most Americans are not aware of just how dire it is and how little progress has been made. They keep talking about how the Iraqi army is doing much better and taking over responsibilities, but for the most part that’s not true.
Think about it - could YOU manage on about 1 1/2 - 3 hours of electricity a day, especially in the summer? (I've done this myself and let me tell you - thank god for battery-powered fans and airconditioned workplaces!)
And the military is controlling the reporting that does come out of the country:
But the military has started censoring many [embedded reporting] arrangements. Before a journalist is allowed to go on an embed now, [the military] check[s] the work you have done previously. They want to know your slant on a story—they use the word slant—what you intend to write, and what you have written from embed trips before. If they don’t like what you have done before, they refuse to take you. There are cases where individual reporters have been blacklisted because the military wasn’t happy with the work they had done on embed.
Sounds kind of Stalinist to me, though in a kind of particularly incompetent way. If you have to break some eggs to make an omlette, the Bush crowd is the sort who'd screw up breaking the eggs and end up with a burnt omlette full of eggshell bits.