Wednesday, January 04, 2006

And it's 1 - 2 - 3, what are we fightin' for...

As long as I'm thinking about how the blogiverse is changing, this is what bugs me about milbloggers. The establishment pushes certain officer class blogs. They get to say whatever they want, mainly because they're pushing the party line and they're telling us what the military wants us to hear. They even invited that Roggio guy to embed.

On the other hand, the grunts (and their families) who post from the actual battlefields instead of the officer's club, are being censored left and right. Court martialed even, or at least demoted. The brass claim this is necessary because the soldiers are saying too much.
For example, one soldier posted a photo on his blog showing an Abrams tank that had been disabled by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade. The Army said insurgents could use the photo to determine where to aim on tanks.
Excuse me but don't you think if the enemy is aiming their mortars at that spot, they already know this? The grunts are being shut down because they're exposing how weak our defenses are to the people back home. The insurgents can see it for themselves.

The Jason Christopher Hartleys and Leonard Clarks of the war deserve to tell their side of the story as well. How ironic they're risking their lives fighting for the Iraqis' freedom while being denied their own.
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Blogger Kathy said...

The brass mentality is almost laughable. If the insurgents want to study an Abrams tank, all they have to do is point and click with a good digital camera equipped with a zoom lens. They can upload it to a computer and distribute it to every cave in Afghanistan in minutes.

What a lame excuse.

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