Skip to comments.Shame on WikiLeaks: Framing Lawful Engagement as Anti-American Propaganda
Posted on 04/08/2010 10:21:53 AM PDT by AJKauf
WikiLeaks has declared that American forces engaged with armed elements of the Mahdi Army during the 2007 surge are guilty of collateral murder.
Part of that claim is based upon the fact that two Reuters employees, embedded with a band of armed militants, were destroyed by 30mm cannon fire from Apache helicopters. The Apaches were providing support for ground forces that had been under sporadic rifle and RPG fire throughout the morning. Wikileaks would have us hold the pilots responsible for not discerning the armed militiamen from the identically dressed Reuters employees that so comfortably moved with them.
WikiLeaks would also have us believe that the presence of camera equipment should have stayed the guns of the American aircraft. Dishonestly, WikiLeaks does not mention the well-known fact that cameras are an integral part of the war for both sides, and that video and still cameras are commonly carried by militants. A few seconds of searching on the Internet would reveal militants filming attacks, from IED strikes to the alleged sniping of American and Iraqi soldiers and police.....
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You are with us or against us. If you choose to be embedded with "both" sides, we may wonder who you really serve.
Axis Sally engaged in treason (and was convicted of it) when she broadcast antiAmerican propaganda from Nazi Germany in the name of "free speech".
Never mind in the heat of combat, how is anyone to distinguish a Reuters employee from an enemy combatant on a good day?
Shame also on the MSM that went ahead and played the video as fact on the evening news last night.
Reuters HQ should be high on our target list!
If I may?
Correction: ‘how is anyone to distinguish a Reuters employee from (any other) enemy combatant on a good day?’
Thomson Reuters has commented on it in their internal website, calling for meetings on ROE with the Pentagon and bemoaning the US’s inability to distinguish a camera tripod from an RPG. I look at the video and I see armed members of the Mahdi Army, including one with an RPG, actively targeting US troops, pointing their weapons at the chopper as it films them. I see an enemy waiting for the Bradleys to arrive so that they can kill as many Americans as possible. I see the helicopter crew neutralizing the threat. If the photographers hadn’t been hanging with the terrorists with a battle impending, they would have been safe. They, as well as the chopper crew, could see the AK-47’s, grenades and RPG launcher.
And Lord Haw-Haw swung like a common murderer.
Swim with the tuna, get eaten by a shark.
Megyn Kelley has Medea Benjamin of Code Pink on.....WHAT A TRAITOR!!