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Missing the Mark -- Again (Oliver North)
Creators Syndicate ^ | January 13, 2012 | Oliver North

Posted on 01/12/2012 6:17:25 PM PST by jazusamo

WASHINGTON — Our so-called mainstream media have launched a new anti-military feeding frenzy. The furor is over a crude 39-second video showing four Marines apparently urinating on the bodies of three dead Taliban combatants. In hysteric rhetoric akin to "news reports" on the 2004 Abu Ghraib photos, hordes of print and broadcast "correspondents" rushed to describe the viral video, which surfaced Jan. 11, as evidence of an "atrocity" and "desecration" that reflects the "depravity" of our military in general and the U.S. Marines in particular. As usual, the effort to denigrate our armed forces means that the potentates of the press ignored far more important stories.

On Wednesday, before Marine Corps or U.S. officials in Afghanistan could even verify the origin or authenticity of the video, it was up on more than a dozen websites and produced an instant firestorm. Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos described what appears on the video as "not consistent with our Corps values" and ordered an immediate investigation of "every aspect of the filmed event to determine the facts." He pledged, "Once the investigation and preliminary inquiry are complete and the facts have been determined, then the Marine Corps will take the appropriate next steps."

That's what should happen. But that wasn't enough for the masters of the media. Within hours of the video's appearing on the Internet, "reporters" launched a global race to interview any and all who were willing to express righteous outrage over "the actions of our servicemen" and thereby disparage the reputations of the millions of soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines who have served honorably and courageously in more than a decade of war.

By Thursday, with no new facts yet in hand, White House spokesman Jay Carney felt compelled to tell the world that President Barack Obama finds the event to be "deplorable" and "reprehensible." Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's spokesman described the "hideous" incident as "egregious, disgusting behavior." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found a microphone to express "total dismay at the story concerning our Marines."

And as we found with Abu Ghraib and Newsweek magazine's phony 2005 story about a Quran's being flushed down a toilet at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, blanket criticism of U.S. military personnel quickly goes global. In Kabul, Afghanistan, before the nationality of any of the apparently dead enemy combatants could be confirmed, President Hamid Karzai accused "American soldiers" of "desecrating dead bodies of three Afghans."

From neighboring Pakistan, Taliban leaders — who never have denounced the murder, torture or beheading of a single Christian and have killed thousands of innocent civilians with roadside bombs — condemned the video as "barbaric" and claimed: "No religion that follows a holy text would accept such conduct. This inhuman act reveals their real face to the world."

Absent from any of these oft-repeated excerpts is any recognition that the video in question apparently involves just four individuals — five if you count the person holding the camera. Yet even before the perpetrators in the video could be identified by the Marines, the entire U.S. military is indicted once again by media elites for the egregious deeds of a few, without mention that such acts never are condoned by any American commander.

Prolonged commentary and repetitious reports on what investigators now call the "urine incident" have also spiked and displaced stories that warrant extensive coverage. Where are the in-depth "good news" reports on U.S. Navy sailors and Coast Guardsmen putting themselves at risk to rescue Iranian seamen from pirates and a sinking vessel? With Tehran racing to acquire nuclear weapons and threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, weren't Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visits this week to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba worth more attention than a brief mention? In these perilous times, doesn't it matter that preparations are under way for "Austere Challenge 12" — the largest and "most significant military exercise ever conducted by the U.S. and Israel"?

These important events received scant notice in the hysteria over "the video." This indicates an absence of judgment and perspective by those who determine what's "newsworthy" in today's "instant news" environment. Members of the mainstream media inevitably overhype any negative story — true or false — about even a single member of the U.S. armed forces and tarnish all who serve. This blatant anti-military bias is especially evident when producers and editors repeatedly make such atypical events the "lead story" and accord these rare incidents headline treatment for days on end. They must know that demonizing our troops with such nonstop "coverage" is far more effective at demoralizing a nation at war — and destructive to those who fight it — than losing any battle.



TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: media; olivernorth
Very well said by Lt.Col. North, the enemedia can take a hike.
1 posted on 01/12/2012 6:17:33 PM PST by jazusamo
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2 posted on 01/12/2012 6:21:13 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
You hear less in the msm when one of our servicemen is KILLED.
3 posted on 01/12/2012 6:22:31 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: jazusamo
It's funny how when the Bush white house said Abu Graib was deplorable, it was somehow still their fault........

If Abu Graib was Bush's fault, why isn't this Obama's fault?

4 posted on 01/12/2012 6:24:31 PM PST by Lakeshark
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To: jazusamo

Well crap. They were dead. Shortly before, they were trying to kill the Marines.Note to Marines, don’t take and circulate pics and vids. Some people don’t understand


5 posted on 01/12/2012 6:25:26 PM PST by Figment
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To: Lakeshark

Excellent point. Why not indeed?

All I know is if I had the chance to pee on a dead Tailban, there would be no “missing the mark”.


6 posted on 01/12/2012 6:26:54 PM PST by bigbob
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To: jazusamo

Jackasses in charge dump remains of our soldiers in the land fill yet give a mass-murdering goat humper a “muslim approved” burial-at-sea with honors. They have the gall to condemn our soldiers for pissing on the corpses of dead terrorists when they can’t provide our fighting men a proper burial?


7 posted on 01/12/2012 6:28:19 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: jazusamo
They must know that demonizing our troops with such nonstop "coverage" is far more effective at demoralizing a nation at war — and destructive to those who fight it — than losing any battle.

Damn straight!!!

America will never defeat the Islamists -- ever -- if we have to also battle this suicidal political correctness at home.

Thanks for posting, Jaz!

8 posted on 01/12/2012 6:28:38 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: jazusamo

Shouldn’t have peed on the bodies.

Should have poured bacon grease on them.


9 posted on 01/12/2012 6:34:29 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: bigbob

I know the troops need to follow protocol. However I have respect for what they are going through, and I have zero respect for Taliban.

The reall news story being ignored is how evil the Taliban are, and that Obama is cutting a deal with them. It’s like cutting a deal to return Poland to the Nazis.


10 posted on 01/12/2012 6:34:47 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Lakeshark
Good point...Of course President Bush supported and thought very well of our military, it seems Obama doesn't and the leftists media knows it and applauds him for it.
11 posted on 01/12/2012 6:34:47 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: Flycatcher

I agree, Fly. This PC crud in wartime is ridiculous, the perfumed princes and leftists here at home won’t let our military win a war and the turkey in the WH is their leader.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 6:39:21 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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13 posted on 01/12/2012 6:40:32 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: Flycatcher

America isn’t at war, the Marines are at war.
America is at the mall.


14 posted on 01/12/2012 6:45:30 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo

Toss em in a pigpen.


15 posted on 01/12/2012 6:47:15 PM PST by Phosgood ("Send in the clowns" .. but wait ..............they're here! >..<)
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To: Williams

Maybe were the “dearly departed” Taliban on fire?


16 posted on 01/12/2012 6:48:47 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: jazusamo
it's war. peeing on the enemy is a good thing. cutting their hearts out and stumping on them would waste too much energy
17 posted on 01/12/2012 7:02:13 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: All


18 posted on 01/12/2012 7:04:45 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: paul51

I hear you, this is no big thing, IMO.


19 posted on 01/12/2012 7:12:20 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Has anyone stopped to ask if possibly the dead Taliban were on fire?

What would one do under such a circumstance if they didn't have a fire extinguisher handy?

20 posted on 01/12/2012 7:23:09 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (Avoiding Obama by replacing him with Romney is like avoiding a Ford by replacing it with a Mercury)
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To: The Citizen Soldier

I can’t hardly bleieve this unmitigated BS.

“If a crucifix in urine is art..........
dead Taliban covered in piss is A F(BLEEP)ING MASTERPIECE!”


21 posted on 01/12/2012 7:45:42 PM PST by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voting. Let our dead rest in peace.)
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To: MacMattico
You hear less in the msm when one of our servicemen is KILLED.

And that's deplorable. In Canada, the government-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation carries news of every Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan.

22 posted on 01/12/2012 8:16:40 PM PST by danielmryan
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To: The Citizen Soldier

Looks to me like by the time the video started they had extinguished the fire and they were making sure there wasn’t a rekindle.


23 posted on 01/12/2012 8:20:22 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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