From the soldiers' perspective, the main US failure in Iraq to date has little to do with the situation on the ground. The main failure is the inability to transmit the reality they experienced daily to the American people.
"Our biggest mistake was letting go of the embedded media," says 2-7 executive officer Maj. Kevin Cooney.
Actually, the troops call the press "enemy #1." Our military is rather busy these days saving civilization. Informing the world is supposed to be the job of the FREE - thanks to the US military - American press.
Good article. (^;
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"The reporters that came to see us when we returned home ignored the tremendous pride we all feel in what we accomplished while we were over there," says Coffey.
Coffey himself was the subject of an odd front page photograph in the New York Times three weeks ago. The photo-editor lopped off his head to show a picture of his son embracing a headless torso in uniform, weighed down with a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Coffey's son was crying. ("Probably because he had just gotten into a fight with his older brother. He wasn't crying over me, I had already been home for a week.") The decorated chest evoked no emotion from a reader.
(*NOTE FROM Vets_Husband_and_Wife what a pathetic commentary!!) of course I think everything I just quoted is.. but especially to distort the real reason a child is crying..and to not take notice of a hero!!) Read on...
In a way, this bizarre photograph tells the entire story of the campaign to prevent the US from winning. If the American public is deprived of a view of its heroes, who won a war and are winning the peace, they will, sooner or later, abandon the fight.
Enough said.. signing off WITH EVEN MORE DISGUST FOR THE MEDIA (surprized it is even possible, but it is).. and even MORE PRIDE for our troops (never surprized at that!!).
May God Bless them, and their families!! They are NEVER forgotten and ALWAYS appreciated in this house! We Pray for the troops daily, fly the flag daily too. Yellow Ribbons remain on our tree's until the guys and gals come home!!
We honestly believe the MEDIA is doing HORRENDOUS damage to our troops and the families of our troops morale.
SHAME ON THEM!!!!