Monthly Archives: June 2006

Hurry Up and Wait

I’m still in CONUS.  The CRC Experience is much like the Wyndham Experience, only easier and more organized.  The accomodations aren’t as nice.  I’m in billets up three flights of stairs, with a guy on the top rack above me and six other guys in that room.  The gear issued is better.  Got ACU-pattern IBA and a DCU helmet cover instead of the blue vest and blue helmet.  Chow hall here is not as good as the South DFAC at KAF.   

I’m pretty much finished with all the stuff they want me to do here.  Just waiting on a ride.

I’m bored.  I got bored last time, too.  Gotta go some place and do something.  Or take a nap. 

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If At First You Don’t Succeed

Sit around the house and get fat.

Seriously, I’ve been back in the rear way too long.  Time to get back in the game. 

Praying that I don’t get culled this time.  Failure really sucks.

Probably be awhile before I post again.  Maybe the lovely but computer-illiterate Cannonette will post while I’m gone. 

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Never Again

Jack Kelly knows psyops when he sees it.

The one great similarity between Vietnam and Iraq is that our enemies, despairing of victory on the battlefield, sought to win with a propaganda campaign. In Vietnam, this strategy succeeded. If it fails in Iraq, it will be chiefly because of the emergence of the new media.

The turning point in Vietnam was the Tet Offensive of February, 1968. It was a crushing defeat for the Viet Cong.

“Our losses were staggering and a complete surprise,” said North Vietnamese Army Col. Bui Tin in a 1995 interview. “Our forces in the South were nearly wiped out. It took until 1971 to re-establish our presence.”

“The Tet Offensive proved catastrophic to our plans,” said Truong Nhu Tang, minister of justice in the Viet Cong’s provisional government, in a 1982 interview. “Our losses were so immense we were unable to replace them with new recruits.”

The news media reported this overwhelming American victory as a catastrophic defeat.

“Donning helmet, Mr. Cronkite declared the war lost,” recounted UPI’s Arnaud de Borchgrave. “It was this now famous television news piece that persuaded President Lyndon Johnson…not to run for re-election.”

Shaken by Tet, he planned to seek terms for a conditional surrender, the North Vietnamese commander, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, wrote in his memoirs. But our news media’s complete misrepresentation of what had actually happened “convinced him America’s resolve was weakening and complete victory was within Hanoi’s grasp,” Mr. de Borchgrave said.

The relentless drumbeat of negativity has had its effect on support for the war in Iraq. But it’s been nothing like the change in public opinion brought about by the massive media mendacity that followed Tet. That’s because in those days journalists could lie with impunity. This is no longer the case.

The MSM and the Jihadis are in it together.  One needs bleeding and leading, the other needs publicity.  This mutualism makes the American MSM a willing purveyor of Jihadi propaganda and Democrat defeatism.  They are protected from prosecution because the Bush Administration and the Gonzales Justice Department chooses not to expend the political capital and endure the pain to fight that battle.  But they are not protected from us.

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He’s so ronery


Kim Jong Il: Now you see, the changing of the worrd is inevitabre!
Lisa: I’m sorry, it’s what?
Kim Jong Il: Inevit, inevitabre.
Lisa: One more time.
Kim Jong Il: [shouts] Inevitebre! Jesus Christ, open your fucking ears!

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Death Before Dishonor

Honor and dishonor.  What do those words mean anymore?  My country is at war, my country’s enemies are without honor, and far too many of my fellow citizens do not honor our country’s heroes. 

They found those two guys.  They had been mutilated, probabably beheaded, video likely to follow.  Bill O’Reilley and Colonel Hunt are foaming at the mouth with rage.  I understand why O’Reilly and Hunt are enraged.  I’m pretty pissed myself.  I don’t believe many of my countrymen understand why.  I have come to the conclusion that many of my countrymen are not honorable.

What got me thinking along these lines was Jamie Glazov’s interview with, James Bowman,  author of Honor:  A History:

At its most basic, honor is the good opinion of the people who matter to us. The people who matter, those whom we regard as our peers and whose right to judge us we implicitly recognize, I call the honor group. We are all part of various honor groups: our families, our classmates when we are in school, our workmates or professional colleagues, and different kind of behavior are approved of or disapproved of by each of them.

My good opinion, and the good opinion of the people who believe as I do, does not matter to millions of my countrymen on the left.  They can act dishonorably with impunity; without consequences, rarely if ever held to account for their lying, cheating, stealing, and toleration of those who do.  Just as my good opinion of them matters not, I can think of very little I am willing to say or do that might increase their estimation of me.  There is no basis for mutual respect.  This situation will have to change, or tragedy will ensue.  Two opposing camps can not long peacefully share the same country, especially when the country itself is at war, and one of the camps aids and comforts the enemy.

One of the biggest things that separates service members from the society they defend  is the concept of honor.  Most of the flock does not understand honor.  That part of the flock who were once sheep dogs mostly do.  That part of the flock who love sheep dogs know that honor is very important to their loved ones, whether they understand it or not. 

Honor is the single most important aspect of character that defines military service. Honor transcends integrity. It transcends honesty, selflessness, compassion and duty. Indeed, honor encompasses them all. Honor is a pillar of military service.

Helping my daughter with her homework one day, she asked me, “Daddy, what is honor?” I told her simply, “Honey, honor is doing the right thing…even when no one is looking.”

She got it.

It’s really no more complicated than that. — Steve Schippert

But the Kossacks and the moonbats and the deranged don’t get it.   These are people whose concepts of honor and dishonor, right and wrong, truth and lies, loyalty and treason are so radically different from mine that it becomes increasingly difficult to pretend to have any respect for them.  My country is at war.  These people want my country to lose.   They got their wish 31 years ago.  They won’t this time. 

Is there no decency, no honor left in the Democratic party anymore, Dr. Sanity asks?

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The Last Round

Never surrender.  Never let them take you alive.

Privates First Class Thomas L. Tucker and  Kristian Menchaca,  1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

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This war is being fought on a basis that the Western mind is not prepared to contemplate

Iraq is no doubt a war, but it’s a different war from what it is imagined to be. One of these days the MSM is going to discover that neither OIF nor the War on Terror bears any but the most passing resemblance to Vietnam. That occurred on a different continent, against another enemy over another ideology with a different type of warfare and in another century. Once an aging generation stops looking for napalm, punji sticks, carpet bombing, air strikes and helicopters in the headlines they may realize that this war is being fought with propaganda, networks, educational systems, religion and nerve gas anywhere and everywhere. In word, it is being fought on a basis that the Western mind is not prepared to contemplate. 

Wretchard, The Fourth Mutation

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We are losing the public affairs battle

OPFOR turned me on to what the retired generals and admirals were talking about at the GO/Flag Officers Conf on Iraq. 

None of them called for Rumsfeld to resign, but they did have this to say about the info war:

Public Affairs: We are losing the public affairs battle for a variety of reasons. First, in Iraq, the terrorists provide Al Jazeera with footage of their more spectacular attacks and they are on TV to the whole Arab world within minutes of the event. By contrast it takes four to six days for a story generated by Army Public Affairs to gain clearance by Combined Forces Command, two or three more days to get Pentagon clearance, and after all that, the public media may or may not run the story.

Second, the U.S. mainstream media (MSM) who send reporters to the combat zone do not like to have their people embedded with our troops. They claim that the reporters get “less objective” when they live with the soldiers and marines – they come to see the world through the eyes of the troops. As a consequence, a majority of the reporters stay in hotels in the “Green Zone” and send out native stringers to call in stories to them by cell phone which they later write up and file. No effort is made to verify any of these stories or the credibility of the stringers. The recent serious injuries to Bob Woodruff of ABC and Kimberly Dozier of CBS makes the likelihood of the use of local stringers even higher.

Third, the stories that are filed by reporters in the field very seldom reach the American public as written. An anecdote from Col. McMaster illustrates this dramatically. TIME magazine recently sent a reporter to spend six weeks with the 3rd ACR as they were in the battle of Tal Afar. When the battle was over, the reporter filed his story and also included close to 100 pictures that the accompanying photographer took. TIME published a cover story on the battle a week later, allegedly using the story sent in by their reporter. When the issue came out, the guts had been edited out of their reporter’s story and none of the pictures he submitted were used. Instead they showed a weeping child on the cover, taken from stock photos. When the reporter questioned why his story was eviscerated, his editors in New York responded that the story and pi ctures were “too heroic”. McMaster had read both and told me that the editors had completely changed the thrust and context of the material their reporter had submitted.

As a sidebar on the public affairs situation, Colonel Bob McRee, who was also on the panel and is bringing a Military Police Battalion to Iraq next month, invited the Colorado Springs Gazette to send a reporter with the battalion for six weeks to two months. He assured the Gazette, in writing one month ago, that he would provide full time bodyguards for the reporter, taking the manpower out of his own hide. The Gazette has yet to respond to his offer.

Not many solutions offered.  Bypassing the national media and building relationships with the local hometown media is a start.  Every unit has a home, and every post, base and port has a local civilian paper that publishes stories about the local units.  The journos in the bush leagues are less ideological than the NYT/WAPO/LAT crowd, and more likely to portray the troops in a favorable light.

UPDATE:  LTC Mike Lawhorn, soon to be Commander, AFN Korea, commented on OPFOR:

We’ve mistakenly called this the “Public Affairs Battle”. This completely frames the wrong issue. What is the “Public Affairs Battle”? The way it’s currently framed it makes several assumptions.

1- If we fight the battle the right way, people will overwhelmingly support the war in Iraq. This is very similar to the old PR theory of “if you only knew what we knew, you’d agree with us. There is no room in this theory for people who know what we know, but still decide to be against the war. In other words, we can never agree to disagree.

2- By calling it the PA battle, we put the onus for winning on public affairs professionals. Combine this with number one above, and you get a situation where I, as a PAO, am now responsible for whether or not the public supports the war.

3- If the military is guilty of not engaging the media quickly enough on certain stories (and we are), it ain’t the fault of PAOs. I completely agree with the comment:

By contrast it takes four to six days for a story generated by Army Public Affairs to gain clearance by Combined Forces Command, two or three more days to get Pentagon clearance, and after all that, the public media may or may not run the story.

But notice that Army public affairs is generating the story…where does it go from there? It ultimately has to be approved by a ton of non-PAO types. That’s where our problem is.

Imagine an infantry commander having to clear fires for every single instance in which someone in his company fires a weapon in Iraq…you can see where that leads.

We’re not fighting a public affairs battle. We’re fighting the same battle that is always fought with the media: a battle with the self-appointed gatekeepers of news. It’s a battle with those who have decided what the news is and isn’t, and who won’t have it any other way.

Unfortunately, we can’t simply fight the battle with our own stories and our own web sites. This is why we need to reach out faster to other, non-traditional media, such as bloggers. We need to be less sensitive to those blogs or comments by servicemembers that are rough…and not completely lose our minds every time a soldier says, “I fucking hate it here”.

And we need to release some authority down the chain to engage the media … especially in an era where we have embedded media that we don’t control and through whom we don’t clear information. How is it that we will allow an embedded reporter who might write anything at all, but if we want to say it, it has to be cleared all the way back to the Pentagon for relatively minor things?

Finally, we need to change the way we train our future leaders to deal with the media, and do away with “ambush style” interview training. I’m blogging a little more in depth on that last issue later.

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Terrorism is an information war disguised as a military operation.

Thus sayeth Glenn Reynolds.

Heh.

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Why the Left is a Fifth Column

The Left, the Democratic Party, and the main stream media do not want American victory in the Counter-Jihad.  They believe their purposes are better served by American defeat.  Recently some great writers and thinkers have explained why.

Over at Gates of Vienna, fjordman expounds at length on Political Correctness — The Revenge of Marxism. Too long to excerpt much, but here are some of the best paragraphs:

The Left have become ideological orphans after the Cold War, or perhaps we should call them ideological mercenaries. Although the viable economic alternative to capitalism didn’t work out, their hatred for this system never subsided, it merely transformed into other forms. Multiculturalism is just a different word for “divide and conquer,” pitting various ethnic and cultural groups against each other and destroying the coherence of Western society from within.


Karl Marx himself has stated that “The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism,” a sentiment that corresponds almost exactly to the Islamic idea that “peace” means the absence of opposition to Islamic rule. Cultural Marxism — aka Political Correctness — and Islam share the same totalitarian outlook and instinctively agree in their opposition to free discussion, and in the idea that freedom of speech must be curtailed when it is “offensive” to certain groups. Former Muslim Ali Sina notes that “there is very little difference between the Left and Islam. What is lacking in both these creeds is the adherence to the Golden Rule. Just as for Muslims, everything Islamic is a priori right and good and everything un-Islamic is a priori wrong and evil, for the Left, everything leftist is a priori oppressed and good and everything rightist is a priori oppressor and evil. Facts don’t matter. Justice is determined by who you are and not by what you have done.” “Political correctness is an intellectual sickness. It means expediently lying when telling the truth is not expedient. This practice is so widespread and so common that it is considered to be normal.” Sina also quotes historian Christopher Dawson in writing: “It is easy enough for the individual to adopt a negative attitude of critical skepticism. But if society as a whole abandons all positive beliefs, it is powerless to resist the disintegrating effects of selfishness and private interest. Every society rests in the last resort on the recognition of common principles and common ideals, and if it makes no moral or spiritual appeal to the loyalty of its members, it must inevitably fall to pieces.” This will be the end result of Multiculturalism, and one suspects that this was the point of it to begin with.

Islam is only a secondary infection, one that we could otherwise have had the strength to withstand. Cultural Marxism has weakened the West and made us ripe for a takeover. It is cultural AIDS, eating away at our immune system until it is too weak to resist Islamic infiltration attempts. It must be destroyed, before it destroys us all.

Meanwhile, over at The Belmont Club, Wretchard discusses the Beinart-Tomasky debate in Liberal Internationalism:

Liberal internationalism faces what might be called the “body disposal problem”. Post-Saddam Iraq, with it’s  internationally recognized government, constitutes an embarassing counterexample of what liberal internationalism has declared impossible to achieve. A President John Kerry would have to brazen out any invitations to Baghdad, pretending not to recognize that he is visiting a government he had done everything in his power to strangle in its crib. Even a semi-successful Iraq will have the same terrifying effect on liberal internationalism as the collapse of the Berlin Wall had on the “permanent stability” of the Cold War. The only way around the guilt of wishing Iraq to fail is to assure oneself that it was never possible for it to succeed in the first place.

Keeping most of the world safe made it possible for the Left to believe in Pink Elephant repellant powder. The proof of it’s efficacy lay in that there were no Pink Elephants about, ergo it worked. The UN was a success because, see, the subway trains are running.But the cure for fantasy comes at too high a price. Is there some way of disabusing people of their illusions without getting everyone in trouble? If words won’t do it and experience is too painful, what’s left? If there was way out of this, someone would have patented it by now.  Wretchard — 10:12 PM

There are many reasons wny the Left cannot fight the War – or any war, really, but I think that its most basic problem is that they refuse to endorse, promote, or hold in any kind of regard the kinds of skills and professions required to fight the war.This relates back to the fact that they just don’t “do” that kind of stuff. From mechanical engineering to rifle marksmanship, from program management to rocket science, they just don’t do it, any of it. Their idea of a brutally effective weapon is a can of mace in a purse. Their concept of effective strategy is a sharp crack during a faculty lounge discussion. Their idea of a grevious war wound is paper cut – or perhaps spilling McDonald’s coffee in your lap.  — RWE, 5:17 AM

Lots of words to digest.  Many links to peruse.  Probably best tackled after a cup of coffee and before a meal.  But you will come away understanding much that puzzled you.

H/T to Dr. Sanity commenter  rickl

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The New Iraqi Minister of Defense Hates CNN

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe tells of Iraq’s new defense minister’s hatred of CNN.

All of a sudden, in clear English, he said I hate CNN.

. . . all they do is talk about negative things, things that are bad, and we have nothing but successes over here. And then he start enumerating the successes, which I can verify, because I’m there all the time. The number, out of 112 battalions, they have 62 of them. That’s over half of them that are either level 2 or level 1. That means they can conduct their own combat. He made the statement, and this is one of the things that he says that CNN and some of the media keeps saying, they keep saying that America is leading them, and we’re in the rear. And he said that’s not true at all. We are leading, and America is offering support. In fact, of the last 500 special operations that took place, 75% of them were led by the Iraqis, not by the Americans. Only 25% were.

You and me, both, General.

The Iraqi Army has come a long way since first Fallujah.  CNN and the rest of the MSM doesn’t want you to know that.  No information that might cause optimism may be allowed to compete with the quagmire doom & gloom cut & run party line.

h/t: Belmont Club commenter doug

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Good old fashioned propaganda never goes out of style

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“Poor is the Nation that has no Heroes, but beggared is the Nation that has, and forgets them.”

Andi brought this to my attention: Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises. — Horace

The MSM doesn’t want us to have any heroes.  If we honor their bravery we legitimize this “illegal” war.  People might begin to think good thoughts about our warriors, instead of pitying them as helpless tools of Bushitler and Halliburton.  The news black out on valor is no coincidence.  It’s no accident.  It’s not because of media cluelessness.  It’s intentional.  Heroes don’t fit the ideological template, so they won’t be reported.

Not reporting good news is a psychological operation targeted at the American people to minimize any positive emotions and objective reasoning about the Counter Jihad.

Not reporting the valor of our warriors deprives us of context.

This is a counter-PSYOP mission bloggers can accomplish.  Some have been doing it for years.  Their stories are out there on the search engines.  They were written up in their home town papers.  Their public affairs people wrote about them.   We can write about them, too, and spread the stories the MSM would rather squelch.

Look up there at the list of heroes.  Hero No. 3, Technical Sergeant John Chapman, (John, not James, dammit.  Part of honoring them is knowing their names).  One of the few hard buildings at Kandahar Air Field is John Chapman Hall.  It’s a yellow adobe-looking structure north east of the Tank Farm.  Back in those days the Romanians had their camp across from Fuel Delivery and they used to park their TAB-79 armored cars around John Chapman Hall.  In the fall of 2004 it was being used as the USAF Security Forces headquarters.  I used to drive past John Chapman Hall every day, and I often wondered who John Chapman was.  Eventually I got a better job and looked him up on the internet.  And then I understood why the Air Force at KAF wanted to name a real building after him.  I should have known who he was.  I actually had heard some of his story before, I just didn’t remember the name.  He deserves to be remembered.  By name.  They all do.

 

 

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So true

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House-to-house warfare in journalism

Spending most of my blogging time over at The Belmont Club lately.  Wretchard’s blog has a lot longer maximum effective range than this microbe in the TTLB ecosystem.  Lots of good comments to several posts.  Wretchard’s been blogging his fingers to the bone lately, and his crew of commenters have had much to say, some of which bears repeating.

Like ledger, at 12:10 AM on Page 53

If you guys want to win the propaganda war you are going to have to take off the gloves.

For every troop besmirching enemy emboldening article you are going to have to name the actual writer and the “news organization” he/she works for – and rebut the story or write the editor.

If the writer or “news rganization” has a history of Anti-American smear articles then you are going to have to make that fact known to the public.

This goes for “stringers” working in the field. Every stringer that works for the AP has a name and location. It may take a little digging but they can be exposed.

This maybe akin to house-to-house warfare in journalism but it has to be done.

Shrinkwrapped says in Conservative Fatigue Syndrome Revisited:

The probability that this war will take decades and be fought on many fronts, some yet to be visible, while being impeded at every step of the way by forces within our own culture as well as the unchallenged propaganda of our enemies, is daunting and exhausting.

Eat your Wheaties, boys and girls.  We have our work cut out for us.  Let not your heart be troubled.  Zarkman is in Hell.  The good guys will be sending more to join him if the ankle-biters don’t trip them up.  Let’s distract the ankle-biters.

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The soldier’s lot

“We had been told, on leaving our native soil, that we were going to defend the sacred rights conferred on us by so many of our citizens settled overseas, so many years of our presence, so many benefits brought by us to populations in need of our assistance and our civilization.”

“We were able to verify that all this was true, and, because it was true, we did not hesitate to shed our quota of blood, to sacrifice our youth and our hopes. We regretted nothing, but whereas we over here are inspired by this frame of mind, I am told that in Rome factions and conspiracies are rife, that treachery flourishes, and that many people in their uncertainty and confusion lend a ready ear to the dire temptations of relinquishment and vilify our action.”

“I cannot believe that all this is true, and yet recent wars have shown how pernicious such a state of mind could be and to where it could lead.”

“Make haste to reassure me, I beg you, and tell me that our fellow-citizens understand us, support us and protect us as we ourselves are protecting the glory of the Empire.”

“If it should be otherwise, if we should have to leave our bleached bones on these desert sands in vain, then beware of the anger of the Legions!”

— Centurion Marcus Flavinius, Second Cohort, Augusta Legion to his cousin Tertullus in Rome.

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They’re not supporting the troops

Anthony Ippoliti, writes his hometown newspaper from Fallujah:

How can these groups claim to support our troops while telling us that what we are participating in is wrong?
How can they support us if they are essentially saying that our blood and sacrifices have all been given in vain?
How can they support us if they say that our comrades and brothers who have been wounded or killed in action have done so for a hopeless and morally questionable cause?

They can’t. As a matter of fact, I assert with a considerable degree of confidence that their efforts make our already difficult job even more difficult. I’ll go so far as to say that their rallies and protests cost more and more servicemen their lives and limbs every day.
I support my assertion with evidence gathered first hand. I see the Iraqi people every day. The protesters do not. I speak with the Iraqi people every day. The protesters do not. I don’t sit behind a desk and do paperwork or resupply efforts in the military. I am an Infantry Marine and I walk the sewage-filled streets of this city every single day.
In Fallujah, the people watch Al Jazeerah. However, they also watch CNN. A lot of them fear that the United States will soon cut and run. The people of Iraq see when our country is divided. When they see rallies to “Bring The Troops Home,” they see that as a sign that we will end our efforts prematurely.
Furthermore, they know that the insurgents will not end their efforts early. That leads them to the conclusion that when we leave, the insurgents will still be there. Therefore, if they help us, their lives and the lives of their loved ones will be in great jeopardy the minute we leave — if we don’t finish the job.
Much that they see on American television leads them to believe that we intend to abandon our efforts before the new Iraqi government is capable of defending itself and its citizens.

The actions of these aforementioned organizations and the heavy media coverage their rallies often generate serves as fuel for the insurgency. Insurgents believe they can drive us out through the idea of “death by a thousand cuts.” The longer they persist in their efforts, the more the American public becomes disenchanted with the coalition effort.
The insurgency sees this as a result. These criminals will continue to kill Iraqi civilians, Iraqi Police, Iraqi Army and coalition forces so long as they see that their efforts are alienating the American public from its military.
Publicly protesting our efforts in Iraq fuels the insurgency. Doing it under the pretext of “supporting our troops” is disgraceful.

If the Fifth Column succeeds in turning Haditha into My Lai and OIF into a defeat, and our warriors should have to leave their bleached bones on those desert sands in vain, then beware of the anger of the Legions!

 

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We have a system of journalism that permits people with such mentalities to poison the minds of the world with their malice

Tony Blankley on the media glee over whatever happened at Haditha.

The “Drive By Media” (Rush Limbaugh’s scientifically accurate description) has already started to report this story in a manner that is likely to do vast damage that may last for several years to the morale (and possibly recruitment) of our military. It will create a propaganda catastrophe of strategic proportions in our mortal struggle with radical Islam and its terrorist spear point.

And all this is being done by journalists who are seemingly oblivious to the consequences of their acts.

For the parents, wives, husbands and children of our young warriors who are killed because they followed the restrictive rules and didn’t fire first, this is a damned bitter pill to swallow — whatever the geopolitical wisdom of it.

But what further cuts is to listen to media people casually perpetrate libel against not just the still-presumed-innocent Marines but against our services more generally. To see the gleam in the eyes of reporters happily cackling on about “other possible incidents” — about which they know not whether they even exist — is to be filled with a fury that we have a system of journalism that permits people with such mentalities to poison the minds of the world with their malice.

Richard Fernandez, in his 8:42 PM comment on his great We Shall Overcome thread at The Belmont Club, writes:

 I think a lot of the change in tone over the last six months is based on a realization of what the West is really made of. The refusal to publish the Mohammed cartoons. The pity for Moussaui. The realization that maybe no one was interested in securing the border. There’s a line in the Last of the Mohicans as the fort commander gets word that he’s been left to hang out to dry. “I never thought a British officer would refuse to march to the aid of his fellow officer”. The really interesting thing about Haditha is not that any possible perpetrators will be punished, but the glee with which they will be punished, if found guilty. It’s the glee that tells the tale. And like the lightbulb that went in the British officer’s head, an indication that maybe the world wasn’t what we thought it was.

To which commenter trangbang68 responds:

 Thank you Wretchard for your 8:42 post.It brilliantly captures the pit of rage eating at my entrails.Glee…glee…glee.That’s it in a nutshell.We find out we’re not what we thought we were.After 9/11 people postured and got their facetime waving flags.Maybe they were grieving the 3000 pleasures and leisure activities they thought were killed with the WTC,but now its back to strolling the midway of Vanity Fair sampling the exquisite delights of post modern life.If only those horrid soldiers would go away with their squalid little war.That’s so 2001!

Until we can figure out a way to inflict pain on hostile media they will continue gleefully  being delivery vehicles for enemy psychological operations.  Plummeting circulation and dropping credit ratings haven’t been painful enough, so far.

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At their best, milblogs may serve to counteract enemy propaganda

. . . influence positive changes for the Defense Department, educate the public about the military’s culture, people and values, and increase national and international support for the services and their missions.

Don’t tread on my blog: a study of military weblogs (.pdf)

LOOONG story short:

. . . there is no significant difference in the effects of milblogs on public opinion as compared to the mainstream media’s effect on public opinion.  This would indicate that military public affairs professionals should not be concerned with milblogs having a negative effect on public opinion and should encourage the chain of command to allow individuals in the command to produce blogs.  However, all milblogs should continue to be monitored by the military to ensure that they do not include operational security violations, force protection information or violations of the privacy act.

In other words, PA considers milbloggers people of no tactical significance as long as they don’t cause trouble.  When you guys monitor me, how ’bout leave a comment?

Mentioned In Dispatches (and PA studies):

Froggy Ruminations

Sgt Stryker’s Daily Briefing

The Mudville Gazette

A Line In The Sand

Blackfive

Ma Deuce Gunner

Armor Geddon

A Female Soldier

Life In This Girl’s Army

h/t:  In Iraq for 365, via Mrs. Greyhawk

See also Lab Rats R Us @ Milblogs.

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