Skip to comments.Who In the MSM Will Stand Up For Michael Yon? (McChrystal banishes Michael Yon to Thailand!)
Posted on 05/25/2010 7:42:06 PM PDT by MestaMachine
The best war journalist of our time has been kicked out of Afghanistan...
Let the administration boot Helen Thomas out of her seat in the front of a White House press conference and there would be outrage. Remove Jonathan Karl from the Capitol and media would revolt. Kick Andrea Kremer off Sunday Night Football and there would be pandemonium.
And yet nobody in the media seems to have much of a problem with Michael Yon being removed from the front lines by Obama/General McChrystal. Yon has openly stated the problems in Afghanistan right now and how we could lose this war, unless changes are made. He has been critical of the current rules of engagement that have put our troops in danger and could actually make this war like the Vietnam that the leftist media claimed it was early and often when Bush was president (its strange you dont hear those comparisons from them anymore).
Yons reward? Hes lost his embed status, banished to Bangkok. Yon could return but his access might be limited and you cant just pop in and out of that theater like its the neighborhood movie palace. Mess with Yon enough and his resources wear thin, but his patience will not. You will not stop this Marine. He is the ultimate warrior for those who fight and die for this country. His reports are honest, chilling, gripping and are as reflective of the battles they represent as anything I have ever read. But this administration is making it as difficult for him to do his job. You cant believe this is by accident. The most critical battle in Afghanistan is about to take place, the battle for Kandahar, and the voice of the American soldier is not allowed in.
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We need to reliaze the screaming media screams only when reports against socialism pop up. mccrystal is a brown noser. He’s made his stars by going along to get along, he is a politician...not a military man.
Thanks. Will do.
And hey, if you know what sites they use a lot, please let me know!
He wants to be the Gehring of the new Reich.
That one, I had not heard. The timing of this just sucks.
From Michael Yon's FaceBook Page little while back. He is the one who started the no bullet in chamber thing.
I wouldn’t expect the MSM to stand up for Michael Yon. He puts every other peacenik war reporter to shame.
But this does make me think less of McChrystal. The surge worked well in Iraq, but that was when Bush was in charge.
Bush wanted to win. Obama wants to lose. And McChrystal has certainly caved in on the ROEs.
I would agree, this is very bad news, and the word should be spread. Our troops are in danger and are being mistreated by this administration, and McChrystal has gone along with it.
Just like CNN and MSNBC’s 24/7 image of Humvee’s burning helped and encouraged the insurgency in Iraq, Michael Yon’s reporting of the surge helped and encouraged it to succeed.
You’re giving the TSA wayyyyyyyy too much credit.
Will send this around. It is an outrage! I know Barry despises the Military (and the feeling is mutual), but McChrystal is a huge disappointment. Our men and women in uniform and our Vets deserve much better.
C, McChrystal designed the ROE in Afghanistan. obama signed off on it. but these are HIS rules and he is a lunatic.
I’d like to find out more about this. Walking around with a mag inserted, and the bolt back... is only microseconds from having a round in the chamber. Honestly, there’s not so much difference. But if troops are required to patrol ~without~ a magazine inserted... that’s going to get people killed. IMHO.
McCrystal is following orders. It may or may not actually be his fault. I don't know yet how much blame he should get, apart from Barry's rules. But Yon is directly on point-- we're going to lose Afghanistan unless something changes and soon.
What can we do besides yell and scream bloddy murder??? If you are PRO-Military and PRO AMERICAN ARMED FORCES, you are considered an enemy of the state.
McChrystal’s first jump out of the box was that the ROE in Afghanistan were too skewed to the PROTECTION OF AMERICAN TROOPS. He has put them at HIGH risk and some of his orders were so insane they had to be rescinded because no one would obey them and the field commanders went nuts on him.
He wanted OUR TROOPS to patrol without body armor to show the Afghans that we “trusted” them, so they should “trust” us. Holy GOD!!! Sending guys on patrol without body armor...and the body count for Americans is higher this year than it was for the whole freaking war!
I thought the TV show 24 was fantasy with peace-at-any-price leaders and Jack Bauer trying to make it right, but reality is catching up today and we are in deep ****.
May the merciful Lord watch over our troops and protect them from enemies both foreign and domestic.
You are wrong. McChrystal is, and has been, responsible for the new ROE. American field commanders and NATO Commanders have been complaining vociferously because he has made them so vulnerable and made life a whole lot tougher for the troops than they ever should be.
The medal for “Courageous Restraint” is a medal that for the most part, should anyone actually win it, will be awarded posthumously.
McChrystal sold his soul for another star. Pure and simple.
Should have said “four days before the weekend we honor our fallen heroes”.
I also shudder to think why. The attacks last week on Kandahar were not an accident. I fear this. They are ready for us. We have telegraphed every move.
Yes. I know that Vermont is not exactly known as a conservative state, but the Vermont National Guard is over there now, including people that we know.
They don’t deserve to get killed because they aren’t allowed to defend themselves. Nor do any of our other troops.
Moreover, it is a basic tenet of just war theory, as well as plain common sense, that you should not get into a war unless you intend to win it.
I know that people hesitate to blame McChrystal for these problems, but he is the guy who is responsible—and apparently deliberately so.
Huh? I heard him on Lars Larsen yesterday. He said nothing about being banned in Afghanistan. Said he was going back real soon.
There is no honor in what eithe McChrystal OR obama have done. I swear to GOD that McChrystal is straight out of the Caine Mutiny...more worried about his strawberries than our Troops in harm;s way. I have a dog in this fight. YOU know, but I am telling you, I will not shut up. People need to know what kind of men are leading our military into self-destruct. Suicides up. This is so wrong on so many levels....
His silence on Pat Tillman speaks volumes. Bush passed him over for promotion. There is a REASON why he was passed over. That reason and McChrystal’s bitterness over it has been exploited by this _resident.
That’s the sense I get, too.
Last Feb or so a guy laid it out to Rush that many birds aren’t in it for victory, just Clinton obstructionist layovers. It scared me.
I wonder why he never mentioned that to Lars. I know he had some run ins with the brass in Iraq a couple times.
I knew McChrystal was a pansy when he banished Popeyes. No, really!!
It appears he is not a “soldier’s general” and that he is content with telling the Supreme Leader what he wants to hear. Not good.
Yon’s reporting in Bangkok has been a total joke. He keep parroting government propaganda and doesn’t even have a basic understanding of the dynamics. Given the horrible quality of his reporting here in Thailand, it makes me question his reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Seems to me the military commander should have final say on who and whether outsiders are imbedded with troops, regardless of their popularity with folks back home. The military is not a democracy.
They are too busy covering up the sexual harrassment and career busting going on at ABC News. Read the reader comments at the link to see what's really been going on inside ABC News.
ABC News can report on the SEC watching porn while Wall Street collapses, but what about the maliciousness and clique-building that destroyed careers at ABC?
Thailand has nothing to do with American soldiers. It is not his usual base of operations. He is in there cold and the timing is suspect, to say the least.
It isn’t so much his popularity back home they despise. It is his popularity and the trust he receives from the troops in the field who want to be heard. It is the truth. THAT is the point.
~~Action ping.. Yon is THE best on the frontlines,
reporting the truth.
Yon ex-communicated from the Theatre.
I don’t know what the truth is anymore.
I have known this for days. I wonder why it’s taken this long to get to FR breaking news?
MestaMachine, by the way I was not criticizing you personally. Thanks for the post.
One general officer resigning and then speaking the truth at 5:00 PM that day, in civilian clothes, would do wonders.
Who's got the stones to do it?
Where in the hell are we headed?
The NYT can leak secrets all over the place, but this one honest journalist can’t let us know what’s going on in a war?
Oh, wait. I get it. If we do well, that would make the ENEMY look bad. We can’t have that now, can we?
Didn’t take it that way at all. I wondered the same thing myself. Ihat’s why I posted it.
I searched for a story about this the other day. I was simply amazed it wasn’t on here yet, but I was at work.
And if we don’t, it will make McChrystal and bammy look bad...and we surely can;t have that.
I had not EVEN intended to post a thread tonight. I am tired and really need a break. But this made me so angry I couldn’t help it.