Friday, February 27, 2009

In the beginning was the Word and it was a rant,


In the past week my local paper, The Dallas Morning News, has published, with little notice or comment, the obits for three young men in our military, two died in Iraq, the third at a state-side base after returning from Iraq. Yesterday, Obama announced that he will be ending Bush/Cheney's policy of
hiding the bodies from their two failed wars by their suppression of photos of our war dead.

I wonder if it will make any difference?

During the last election the National Press, NPR especially, ignored, under reported, white washed, forgot (take your pick) the 250,000+ troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now, it seems like there's even less coverage.

As someone that can remember Vietnam, it looks like the Pentagon learned its lesson that knowledge is power. In the name of "protecting the privacy of the troops" the Pentagon has decided to keep the US public ignorant of the consequences of war. The compliant US press has not provided the American public with the images like these from Vietnam:

(Photos by David Douglas Duncan, via Harry Ransom Center University Of Texas. Per Fresh Air: "Life magazine has called David Douglas Duncan perhaps the best war photographer since Matthew Brady. In 1999, Duncan received a lifetime achievement award for excellence and bravery from the Marine Corps.")

Gary Trudeau of "Doonesbury" has a blog "The Sandbox" that features posts by our service men and women:

"The Sandbox, our command-wide milblog, featuring comments, anecdotes, and observations service members currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. This is GWOT-lit's forward position, offering those in-country a chance to share their experiences and reflections with the rest of us. The Sandbox's focus is not on policy and partisanship [snip], but on the unclassified details of deployment -- the everyday, the extraordinary, the wonderful, the messed-up, the absurd. "

Be warned, knowledge is a dangerous thing.

As a society we ask our men and women and their families to sacrifice life, limbs, and treasure to protect us. It seems the least we could do is pay attention.

(I will leave the equally distressing issue of civilian causalities for another day.)

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