First, at Sondra K.'s Knowledge Is Power blog, you can see some actual grafitti left by Marines on the bridge in Fallujah where four Blackwater contractors were murdered. The grafitti message contains some rough language...so if you are of a more gentle persuasion, forgive those who wrote it - Rough Men et. al.
Next, I have a report from Seamus and Colonel Don Myers that the Marine Hymn is being played in order to have the terrorists come out of hiding in Fallujah. Apparently, something about it causes them to come out of their holes to die. This is from a radio report about the Marines:
'I must tell you that just when the Marines have cleared an area..., a short time later there may be a fierce fire fight with insurgents that were in hiding. But an interesting report from a Marine Colonel..., just a few days ago the Marines celebrated another birthday and the Colonel played the Marine Corps Hymn on a loud speaker. This prompted a fierce gun battle from hiding insurgents. The Colonel was very pleased that those insurgents were promptly dispatched..., and the Colonel plans on playing the Marine Corps Hymn everyday... and frequently...!'
As for the Main Stream Media, I've also seen a lot of headlines focusing on the killed count for us - highlighting the cost, rather than the benefit of the assault on Fallujah. The USA Today paper had a headline that was something like "36 dead this week". I also noticed several AP reports that claimed that we were successful because we learned from our "failed" assault last April. While I'm sure we did learn from that experience (the military always conducts After Action Reviews in order to draw new lessons learned), the failure was the Civilian Authority's in nature. The Iraqi and US governments were concerned about civilians getting caught in the crossfire. Or at least, the APPEARANCE of civilian deaths...
It is true that we have lost Soldiers and Marines in this fight for Fallujah. Of course, it's difficult to find praise (except on Fox, CSM, and a few other places) for the immense success in terms of (1) enormous amount of ground taken in the harshest environment that benefits the terrorists, (2) the thousands of terrorists that were killed as a result, (3) the thousands of rounds of ammunition, artillery shells, grenades, and IED devices that have been confiscated and (4) the denial of terrorists to use their "torture and execution houses" and claim a base of operations. There is something to be said for denying their ability to use a geographical reference for their cause.