Media tends to focus on the negative and controversial, mostly because it is how they sell copy and advertising- the phrase "if it bleeds, it leads" is the reason behind the negative reporting in Iraq- it is not because of the US media's attempt to undermine the world's perception of the US, or to discourage American citizens. If you watched the news this week, there was much more reporting about the death of a former porn star than there was coverage about the happenings in Iraq. Not exactly the most effective way to discourage Americans, in my estimation.
The facts presented in his e-mail are true, but can also be very misleading in the sense that they ignore the negative, just as the media it criticizes ignores the positive-
The reality is, there is a conflict in Iraq, much more complicated than a civil war (statements from the recent National Intelligence Estimate, which comes from the US intelligence community- part of our executive branch). Violence has been increasing steadily since the bombing of a mosque about a year ago- there are new threats to the US from increasingly lethal explosively formed projectiles- a type of bomb that creates a projectile with great lethality as the charge pushes it out of its casing and hurtles it towards a target. Previous improvised explosive devices (and still the vast majority) are fairly simple and are not as lethal and directed as these newer bombs.
Yes, much good has been done. On the other hand, I watched about 40 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines obliterated by bombs in films just two days ago. These are films available on the internet, posted by the enemy. The individuals who are responsible for the bombings film them so they can get paid for their work (and also as a self-created media influence, extremist You-Tube, if you will)- they prove they accomplished their missions. These films are not shown and rerun repeatedly by the US media- they are readily available only through these other venues. This would suggest that while the US media may focus on the negative, they could easily do more if their true intent were to have the US lose face and discourage the population.
There's my 42 cents worth.