Iraq says to buy 36 F-16 fighters from U.S. Reuters has a story on the Iraqi government’s decision to buy jet fighters from Lockheed. I think it’s fascinating because of what it neglects to mention. Iraq is dependent on the US for air support because we spent ten years and two wars blowing up the Iraqi air force. And, we’ve convinced them to replace the Soviet equipment we blew up with US-made stuff. I am delighted by how cheery and breezy this is.
A very nice layout of my favorite pet peeve with news reporting. Executive summary: not reporting on the context of a story, or its history, makes it impossible to meaningfully understand the news being reported on today.