Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Cheating

I'm just gonna reprint a comment of mine that I posted on Willisms.com because I'm too lazy to post anything new today. Is that cheating?

...One thing I've been saying for a while is that the press is simply in over its head when it comes to military matters -- that goes for Hollywood too. I love to watch movies with my buddies from the Corps so we can laugh at them "gaggle" along through enemy territory. The left doesn't serve, so they just don't know...so what you get is what they imagine it to be like. Its easy to understand why they hate America -- because they think the stuff they publish is the way it is. Wouldn't you hate it if our boys really were mass murderers and baby killers? Its sad, really.

I digress. The point I was trying to make is the massive ignorance on the part of the press was readily apparent during the buildup that preceded the current surge. Everyone was talking about it as if a buildup was a military action. They continued to misuse the terms "counterinsurgency" and show that they literally have no comprehension of the difference between "capture and hold," "search and destroy" or "counterinsurgency," all three mission types having been employed in Iraq.

Its hard to write a good article about why this strategy is different than the last when you're writing the article before its began. Its like a QVC host trying to describe the difference (and effectiveness) of a new 4-2-5 defense before the game's even begun! They've got the worst kind of ignorance...ignorant ignorance. They don't know that they don't know.

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