Skip to comments.Ambush: Video Shows U.S. Troops Being Hunted, Killed
Posted on 11/12/2007 1:08:35 PM PST by james500
Dramatic new video shows how American soldiers in Afghanistan are being set up for deadly ambushes after trying to make peace with village elders in Taliban-controlled areas.
The effort to win the "hearts and minds" of village elders in the Korengal Valley of Kunar Province in Afghanistan has proved to be a dangerous one for U.S. troops, with elders often suspected of tipping Taliban fighters to the soldiers' schedule and whereabouts.
The video to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson" and "Nightline" was shot by "Vanity Fair" contributing editor Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington embedded with the 2nd Platoon, Battle (B) company of the 173rd Airborne on a joint assignment for ABC News and "Vanity Fair" magazine.
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Words fail me.
Iraq’s not working out the way the MSM wants so its on to Afghanistan.
MSM = Fifth Column.
Why doesn’t ANYONE ask the “Vanity Fair” person why they didn’t STOP the person who was killing our troops?????
On Veteran’s Day...
God help us.
Another Morale Booster for our enemies, brought to you by ABC News.
I don't get it, are they for us or against us?
Exactly my thought. *heavy sigh*
***Why doesnt ANYONE ask the Vanity Fair person why they didnt STOP the person who was killing our troops?????***
Because somebody might have shot back at the blasted cowards. They are nothing but leaches, leaching off the blood of our brave troops.
The consensus was it would be against the rules of journalism to do so.
Yup. Gotta find the cloud around the silver lining. Enemedia at work ping....
And why the heck doesnt' the news crew warn our guys?? Just sayin'.
Against the rules of jouranlism....isn’t that incredible?
But, we’re not supposed to question their patriotism?
This is truly beyond sick for ABC.
I think you know the answer ... Hate blinds.
Liberals appear to be more susceptible to BDS disease than normal human beings.
They support the Troops.
Which Freeper did it? Step foward!
This makes those “embeds” fair game as they participated in the killing our our troops.
Yep, it not the media who is killing the troops, it is our trusted friends who follow the koran.
Looks like they were embedded with the Taliban instead....
How come they don’t have video of our Troops killing the bad guys? Must be too traumatic for them.
Most of the working people I have run into while in TV/video are pretty level headed types, unlike the overpaid/hyped talent.
That was Peter Jennings
What is ABC calling this the forgotten war? I haven't forgotten about it. It is ABC's choice whether or not to cover it. It was they who haven't been covering it, and with this lack of coverage THEY are the ones who have forgotten it. Now they are telling us that WE forgot it.
Posted by: Thor Zeneus | Nov 12, 2007 10:12:12 AM
Ok. I *think* you guys are jumping the gun. I’ll wait to watch the video. It looks like these guys were embedded with the unit and have video of an attack. I dont see that it says this camera crew had word of an attack and filmed the soldiers getting ambushed from a safe location. Sebastian Junger (author of the book “the perfect storm”) was part of the film crew. I think this could be really an interesting story. I say this too as somebody who dislikes the media, and I am in the National Guard and looking at gettig deployed late next year.
Yet ANOTHER ABC LIE that gives aid & comfort to our enemies...ABC is a nest of traitors
Posted by: rex-baghdad | Nov 12, 2007 10:49:25 AM
Well one thing about our military it is an equal opportunity terrorist organization that is for sure.
Well besides the loathsome nature the journalsim they propaganda campaign is’nt working. Democrats are worried about the next election and their razor thin deep support. This whole WOT issue for them has been stepping in one pile of crap to another. The subprime loan crisis is too complicated to explain to most idiots walking around, people are’nt buying socialized medicine and most of str8 America has had it with the pink mafia(aka the Gay Lobby). The fleabag hippies who are foaming at the mouth libs and Hollywood just don’t add up to many votes. Even their anti-war movies are bombing, Lions for Lambs bombed at the box office making 1/4 the money that a movie about Santa Claus’ brother. Even Pittsburgh has the mayorial race a dead heat between a truely scuzzy incompetant riding the tails of another dead incompetant against a Republican who looks like he just graduated college.
That was Ethics in America (I and II) (Annenberg CPB).
As I recall there was a Marine Major on the show who really chafed upon listening to Mike Wallace’s mealy-mouthed BS about the “duty of a journalist”.
The media turds came off looking like the clymers that they are.
DUH... the media.... you see how hyped up I get with this insanity in the media... They should all be strung up for treason..
Why? Is al taqqiya an unfamiliar concept?
Ben...take a few minutes and go read the comments on that site...ABC is getting their collective ass handed to them by the posters..
Thank you trigger. Now that you mention it I do recall the military officer and his comments regarding their ethics and journalism.
That's the only cure for this type of blasphemy...
If you have ever seen the Ethics in America show (PBS) dealing with the media and the military you wouldn’t ask this question. It was brought up in the discussion. One of the anchors said he’s warn the troops and when asked what he’d do next he said he’d do nothing since he’d be dead. Then another of the anchors castigated him up one side and down the other for wanting to warn the Americans. The first anchor thought about it and said something to the effect I wish I could answer that way but I can’t. A crusty Marine officer then made a comment about how the very next day that same reporter who wouldn’t warn the Americans would get in trouble with the enemy and call on the American military to bail him out and the American military would go because it’s their job. The press came off looking like the jerks they are except for the one anchor who would have died to warn the Americans.
I’ll add more to the front end of that discussion because it illuminates their motivations:
But while Jennings and his crew were traveling with a North Kosanese unit, to visit the site of an alleged atrocity by U.S. and South Kosanese troops, they unexpectedly crossed the trail of a small group of American and South Kosanese soldiers. With Jennings in their midst the Northern soldiers set up an ambush that would let them gun down the Americans and Southerners.
What would Jennings do? Would he tell his cameramen to “Roll tape!” as the North Kosanese opened fire? What would go through his mind as he watched the North Kosanese prepare to fire?
Jennings sat silent for about fifteen seconds. “Well, I guess I wouldn’t,” he finally said. “I am going to tell you now what I am feeling, rather than the hypothesis I drew for myself. If I were with a North Kosanese unit that came upon Americans, I think that I personally would do what I could to warn the Americans.”
Even if it meant losing the story? Ogletree asked.
Even though it would almost certainly mean losing my life, Jennings replied. “But I do not think that I could bring myself to participate in that act. That’s purely personal, and other reporters might have a different reaction.”
Ogletree turned for reaction to Mike Wallace, who immediately replied. “I think some other reporters would have a different reaction,” he said, obviously referring to himself. “They would regard it simply as another story they were there to cover.” A moment later Wallace said, “I am astonished, really.” He turned toward Jennings and began to lecture him: “You’re a reporter. Granted you’re an American” (at least for purposes of the fictional example; Jennings has actually retained Canadian citizenship). “I’m a little bit at a loss to understand why, because you’re an American, you would not have covered that story.”
Ogletree pushed Wallace. Didn’t Jennings have some higher duty to do something other than just roll film as soldiers from his own country were being shot?
“No,” Wallace said flatly and immediately. “You don’t have a higher duty. No. No. You’re a reporter!”
Jennings backtracked fast. Wallace was right, he said: “I chickened out.” Jennings said that he had “played the hypothetical very hard.”He had lost sight of his journalistic duty to remain detached.
Yep - and it's a thing of beauty, IMNSHO.
George Connell, a Marine Corps Colonel, reacted with disdain: "I feel utter contempt. Two days later they're both walking off my hilltop, they're two hundred yards away and they get ambushed. And they're lying there wounded. And they're going to expect I'm going to send Marines up there to get them. They're just journalists, they're not Americans." The discussion concluded as Connell fretted: "But I'll do it. And that's what makes me so contemptuous of them. And Marines will die, going to get a couple of journalists."
“I am the slime on your video”.
BTW...turn it off.
I am putting that on my FR profile page — thank you!
There does seem to be some misunderstanding about this article. As it reads, the ABC/VF cameramen are embedded with the 2nd Platoon, Battle (B) company of the 173rd Airborne.
There’s no indication that cameramen had any advance warning of the ambushes.
They put the pieces together that they were being set up by the elders. “one called to discuss details of a U.S.-financed water pipe project” and on the way out, they were ambushed.
Thanks for the post.
I could have sworn that Donaldson was involved in it. Too bad that Jennings backed down on his initial opinion.