Skip to comments.Iwo Jima, If Covered By The Media Today ... (Very Graphic Heavy)
Posted on 12/10/2005 2:10:06 PM PST by Zacs Mom
Like most everyone here I loath the biased and negative manner in which the MSM reports the news from Iraq. I recently rediscovered an editorial Zell Miller had written back in October of 2004 describing what it would be like if TODAYS media had covered the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. I don't see that this essay was ever posted to FR so what follows is Mr. Miller's insightful speculation ~ only now it is illustrated with actual images of this horrendous battle to win a foothold in the Pacific.
With the aid of satellite technology,
Cutie Cudley interviews Marine Pfc. John Doe,
who earlier came ashore with 30,000 other Marines.
"John, we have been told by the administration that this island has great strategic importance because
if you're successful, it could become a fueling stop for our bombers on the way to Japan.
But, as you know, we can't be sure this is the truth. What do you think?"
"Well, I've been pinned down by enemy fire almost ever since I got here
and have had a couple of buddies killed right beside me.
I'm a Marine and I go where they send me.
One thing's for sure, they are putting up a fight not to give up this island."
"Our military analysts tell us that the Japanese are holed up in caves and
miles of connecting tunnels they've built over the years.
How will you ever get them out?"
"With flame throwers, ma'am."
"Flame throwers? You'll burn them alive?"
"Yes ma'am, we'll fry their asses.
Excuse me, I shouldn't have said that on TV."
(obviously wanting to move on)
"We're at war ma'am."
(A Marine sergeant watching nearby yells,
"Ask her what does she want us to do ~ sing to them ...
'Come out, come out, wherever you are.
Pretty please.' )
"Pfc. Doe, what's that mountain in the background?
Is that the one they say is impregnable?"
"I don't know what that word means, ma'am
but that's Mt. Suribachi, and we're going to put a flag right up on top
of it just as soon as we can. I gotta go."
"No one has yet really confirmed why this particular battle
in this particular place is even being waged.
Already, on the first day, at least 500 Marines have been killed
and a thousand wounded.
(Camera pans to a map with a speck of an island in the Pacific.
Then a close up of nothing but black volcanic ash).
(Cutie's sweet voice becomes more strident as it fades out.)
At 7 a.m., Cutie's morning show opens with a shot of hundreds of dead bodies bobbing in the water's edge.
Others are piled on top of each other on shore.
After a few seconds, one can see Marines digging graves to bury the dead.
"There is no way the Marines could have expected this.
Someone got it all wrong.
No one predicted this.
This has been a horrible 24 hours for our country.
This is a slaughterhouse.
After all this fighting, Marines control only about a mile and a half of beach
and the casualties are now over 3,500 and rising rapidly.
We'd like to know what you think.
Call the number on the bottom of the screen.
Give us your opinions on these three questions:
1. Were the Marines properly trained?
2. Is this nothing of an island worth all these lives?
3. Has the president once again misled the American people?
"After the break, we'll ask our own Democratic and Republican analysts,
both shouting at the same time, of course, what they have to yell about all this.
It should make for a very shrill, provocative morning.
"But before we leave this horrible ~ some will say needless ~ scene,
let us give you one more look at this Godforsaken place where these young Americans are dying.
Volcanic ash, cold, wet miserable Marines just thankful to be alive.
And still no flag that we had been promised on that mountain.
Things have gone from bad to worse in this obviously misguided military operation.
One thing is certain, there should be and there will be a high-partisan
~ make that bi-partisan ~
congressional inquiry into this."
"Marines continue to be locked in a life-or-death struggle over this
worthless piece of real estate in the middle of the Pacific.
The word 'quagmire' is being used in the U.S. Senate, a body very familiar with quagmires.
Senator Blowhard has called it 'a colossal military blunder.'
And Senator Bombast maintains it was a fraudulent scheme hatched
while the president was on his sixth vacation at the Little White House in Georgia.
"The recently organized Senate Squeakers Group may ask for the president to resign.
They maintain that politics should not stop at the waters edge in times of war,
calling that tradition an old-fashioned idea that has no place in the new century of dysfunctional government.
Over forty special interest groups concurred and all issued identical news releases."
"We now turn to our political analyst, James Crankville."
"Cutie,the overnight poll numbers have hit this president right between the eyes.
Nationwide, an overwhelming 98 percent said that if possible, they would like to see this country
fight a war without a single American casualty. That is nearly the same percentage we saw three days
ago when the American public said they would be in favor of going to war if we could win without firing a shot.
So, you can see there is a trend developing here that spells trouble for this administration."
"That this president is going ahead with this war is just unbelievable.
The witty New York Times columnist, Myscream Loud, wrote in her inimitable fashion that
'The president's policy is as crippled as his legs.' (giggle)
Last week she said he had reached the point where no one will 'Fala' him.
F-A-L-A, his dog, get it (more giggles)?
Has that woman got a way with words!
(holds up front page of the New York Times)
"This morning, the New York Times had this photo on the front page.
As you can see, the Marines have finally raised a flag on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
The fighting is still going on but it looks like this battle is over.
We tried to find Pfc. Doe, the young Marine I interviewed that terrible first day,
but he was unavailable. Here is Corporal Smith though. (With girlish enthusiasm).
"Well, we see that flag flying. It's pretty much over isn't it?"
"Oh, no ma'am, it's not over by any means.
We've got weeks of fighting and dying to go yet.
This place is a long ways from being secured.
But we did get that flag up there and it sure makes us all proud."
"I can't tell much from the photo. Their faces are not even visible,
making it impossible for us to descend upon any of their families.
Corporal Smith, do you know any of the flag raisers?
And do you know who ordered it put up there?
Did the order come directly from the president for political reasons?"
"All I know is that I heard some colonel put the word out that he wanted
'a flag put up there where every son of a bitch on this island could see it.'
Excuse me, ma'am."
"We know you've been in the heat of battle so, ..."
"Still am, ma'am."
"Yes, of course, but it's all over. (Nervous giggle).
Except here on Capitol Hill, of course.
Corporal Smith, I wonder if you know the gender, race and ethnicity of the group that put the flag up.
In other words, did that group 'look like America?' "
"Look like America?
They are Americans, ma'am.
United States Marines."
"Any African Americans?"
Cpl. Smith: "I don't know, ma'am.
But there is an Indian in Easy Company."
"You mean Native American?"
"Whatever, ma'am, I've got to cut out.
My outfit is moving on and we've got a lot to do."
"And we've got a lot to do here too.
Spring training has started and the sun is shining brightly in Florida.
But first this word from our sponsors."
In one of the bloodiest battles of World War II,
when it was said
"uncommon valor was a common virtue,"
6,000 Marines were killed and 18,000 wounded.
Some 21,000 Japanese were killed.
The island itself is still barren and only a handful of people live on it.
But after it was secured by the Marines,
B-29s made over 2,200 emergency landings on it,
saving the lives of more than 24,000 crewmen.
AP photographer Joe Rosenthal won a Pulitzer Prize for the flag-raising photo.
Of the six men in the photo,
three were buried in that black volcanic ash,
one came out on a stretcher.
Only two walked off the island
Click here to play the "Some Gave All" song
Really good post.
The reporterette stuff was just typical, the photos great, and the "historical notes" brought a tear to my eyes.
I was not a Marine, but I hope that a "Semper Fi" from an old Army Ranger isn't too much of a presumption.
No thanks to the Asshats in the Party of Sedition, Treason, and Surrender. The Cut and Run Party of course. I guess they will decide to fight when we have Al-Queda suicide bombers on our Public Buses or blowing themselves up in front of our City Halls. Too late then. Same gasbags are second guessing the Federal Air Marshalls in Miami. The day of the incident a man
was arrested with Explosive residue on his shoes.
It never ends with these idiots. Tarawa is where my Uncle fought with the Marines in WW2. Oohra
GTod Bless them all.
This deserves a solid Marine Corps Bump. Wish I had my ping list on the laptop!
What did Roosevelt know, and when did he know it?
What gives him the idea that we could bring democracy to a country that has known only 2000 years of unbroken imperial lineage?
God Bless them all and their families and to hell with all these snot nose crying a$$ liberals running around America with their white flags.
Pinging NE Ohio freepers.
Check this out!
God bless fine young men then and now!
"The Cut and Run Party of course. I guess they will decide to fight when we have Al-Queda suicide bombers on our Public Buses or blowing themselves up in front of our City Halls."
Naw. They'll ask for a dialogue with them to better understand their poor, downtrodden childhoods. They'll give 'em drivers' licenses and put them on relief, then go back to bashing our soldiers in Iraq.
Liberalism is a serious, possibly terminal, mental disorder.
My Uncle Clark went from the Battle of the Bulge to the Pacific island-hopping.