Rule number one for all reporters in Iraq and their editors back home:
Thou shalt not report any good news without also including bad news. Thus shalt thou maintain balance. (However, reporting bad news without any offsetting good news is perfectly acceptable.)
It doesn’t surprise me. We noticed CNN’s first report of a quagmire in Iraq back in February of last year–three weeks before the war began!
See also these thoughts from Brent Bozell and John O’Sullivan from September on why Vietnam analogies desperately need to be retired from the media’s vocabulary.