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.
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.