Wednesday, August 15, 2007


To further support my theory that the media knows jack squat about guns, fighting, the military, etc., I present to you this information (h/t Rachel Lucas):

Captioned thusly by the AP:

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. At least 175 people were slaughtered on Tuesday and more than 200 wounded when four suicide truck bombs targeted people from an ancient religious sect in northern Iraq, officials said.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)
Now anyone with half a brain would have said "You're an idiot" and gotten a better photograph. And if they really don't know that those shells have not been fired, they're criminally ignorant and shouldn't be allowed to feed me my news.

If you don't see what's wrong with that picture, well...sorry. You're ignorant too. But at least, presumably, you're not in Iraq reporting stuff to the world.

Update: Ok, so instead of the person being stupid and gullible, they're stupid and inept. Hot Air has more on the latest in fauxtography. The idiot's name is Wissam al-Okaili, and he's taken quite a few interesting pictures.

Like this one of Muqtada al-Sadr. Gee, he must be a great reporter to get that close to Sadr. There's no chance at all that Wissam actually works for him or anything like that.

Especially considering that all of his photos are taken in Sadr City, usually connected with an evil coalition raid that killed innocents. Totally unbiased. We're fortunate he's too stupid to know the difference in appearance between fired and unfired rounds.

Update II: More here.
Let's go back for a moment to the lady holding the ammunition above, and focus on the catridges in her hands. What kind of ammunition is it?

I don't think that it is either 7.62x51 NATO or 7.62x39, or 7.62x54R. The bullets themselves are too small, and overall, appear to be the wrong size and shape.

That would seem to narrow this down to the smaller class of assault rifle bullets, primarily the 5.56 NATO in common use by U.S. soldiers as the standard chambering for the M4, M16, and M249. Indeed, that is probably what they want you to infer from these photos.

But here's the thing: The standard 62-grain M855 5.56 ball ammo used by our military today has a green tip, the M856 tracer has an orange tip, the M995 AP a black tip, and the Mk262 is a hollowpoint with an open tip.

The picture seems to show common commercial 55-grain civilian ball ammunition patterned after the Vietnam-era M193. With this in mind, I'd state that this ammunition wasn't even dropped by American forces, as they don't carry such ammunition.

Update III: Yahoo has taken the photo down. Edit: Actually it just moves as they add more photos.