"If it bleeds it leads, if it builds its killed." - Wartime correspondent maxim.
Admitting you're not winning is NOT waving the yellow flag folks, its the first step towards winning. To recognise the problem is the first step towards adopting a new and winning strategy. The next step in my humble opinion is to muzzle the reporters. I dont think it is a coincidence that the last time the western world prevailed over evil it was with the reporters being heavily monitored and censored. With increased freedom of the press to report whatever they feel like we have had inceased problems with getting things done on the military side. OPSEC and PERSEC are the most obvious, CNN providing Saddam with live intel in 91 is one such case and continued right through Geraldo reporting live the battle plan about to be implemented. The more subtle and in my opinion more damaging aspect is that they divide and sow dissension. The time to debate military action is BEFORE you commit to hostilities, once the move has been made its time to shut up and get behind the wagon and push. When its alll over trust me there will still be plenty of time to armchair general and whinge and moan about any and all but to do it while men are fighting is to cause more deaths not less.
"The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental." - John Steinbeck