If you think Bing West is a journalist, visit his web site. The man is a tireless promoter and salesman of the US Marine Corps - his work is proudly one-sided in its praise of all aspects of the Marine Corps and its missions of projecting US imperial power. That is fine as far as it goes, but it is not journalism. It's propaganda - colorful and intelligently written - but propaganda nonetheless.
Consider this bit of blather from the interview with Inskeep. West is doing his part for the current MSM project of showing how in spite of all the good and noble efforts of the US, the Iraqis are primarily to blame for the mess in Iraq (and like NPR and most of the MSM he seems to be softening up the public for some sort of US assault on Muqtada al-Sadr and his forces):
- "I mean we’re doing all the jaw-boning we possibly can, the issue is when is Maliki going to start doing the things that he knows as the prime minister he has to do – which is reaching out to the Sunnis on one hand and stop sheltering that renegade punk Sadr and his Shiite militia."