06/07/2006 12:20 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Laura Ingraham--Call the State Dept.

It was just last night that conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham was on the O'Reilly show reiterating her complaint that the American public has been turned against the Iraq war by reporting that doesn't get out of the Green Zone, reporting that stands on hotel balconies describing IED's, reporting that doesn't get out to bases in-country and "talk to the troops".

"Do you think if more of the troops' stories were told, more Americans would believe that actually what's happening there is good? I actually think they would, Bill."

Ingraham's problem goes higher up than she thinks. Here, hidden in the usually inside-the-beltway light lifting of Al Kamen's "In the Loop" column in the WashPost, are excerpts of a cable sent by US Iraq Ambassador Zalmay Khalalizad to Condi Rice in early May. It makes media reports, by comparison, sound positively Pollyanna-ish. Maybe Laura should cable Zalmay to get out of whatever zone he's in....