Well a cursory glance at the front page of most MSM websites, most prominently msnbc, reveals some pretty interesting developments in the Middle East and SW Asia: There are increasingly more stories about US soldiers getting killed in Afghanistan, as well as more stories about Pakistan "denying us" permission to go around their country hunting for terrorists. Coincidentally, a carrier group is being moved from the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea, presumably to be closer to Afghanistan. Also, Pres. Bush was on one of the major networks recently talking about how he'd still kind of like to get Osama before he leaves office, when the last we heard from Bush was that Bin Laden was "not important." So what exactly is the media trying to nudge our opinion towards? Is the U.S. government planning for increasing destabilization of Pakistan, and hoping to swoop in and take control of their nuclear stockpiles before islamic extremists can? Will the purported reduction in US troops in the Iraq theatre merely be shifted to Afghanistan? I personally think it's safe to say that the media is trying to butter us up to military action in Pakistan. It's incredibly sad that Afghanistan has been such a forgotten conflict, up until now, when the government and the media seem to be colluding to grab the attention of the ADD public again. I was trying to post the source links for this post, but the system won't let me post urls til I get 15 total posts, and I'm a newb. Sorry. Like I said, just take a glance at the front page of msnbc for instance and poke around the related stories.