October 21, 2006

Incompetence in the Media War

Michael Yon reports that in what is widely recognized as a "media war" in Iraq, our leader in the public relations battle is an analogue to Forrest Gump.

I talked last night to three infantrymen who were recently back from service in Ramadi and Mosul, and like the two Air Force flight mechanics just back from daily runs to Baghdad from Kuwait I talked to Wednesday night, they said that what the media has been reporting out of Iraq is nothing like what they've seen.

It's bad enough that the terrorist want to use the media (and that the media are quite happy to be used), but when incompetents like LTC Barry Johnson functionally censor reporting, only the terrorists side of the story is told, and that's no way to win a media-driven war.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 21, 2006 09:05 AM | TrackBack

From the reports it seems that LTC Barry Johnson is a boob. I could be wrong, but the indications are that LTC Barry Johnson needs to have his head removed from deep within his anus and allow news coverage of the efforts of the US in the middle east to be reported. Is LTC Barry Johnson an incompetent boob, a tool, or a soldier following orders?

Michael Yon is a voice among many who plainly state their frustration with the information about the war being broadcast in the US; there is a side of the story missing and it is a vital and heroic one. Why hide it, and why make things easy for the a**wipe goat-fu**ing murderous tyrants who rejoice at the oppression of their fellow man? Why not support the mission and allow the accurate reporting of news?

Who's Godd**ned side are these a**holes ON!!??

The stories that filter out about the compassion and effectiveness of the US and allied military in the middle east are very impressive and encouraging. The resistance to allowing that news to be released and the seeming encouragement given to the prancing fools of the domestic resistance is maddening (Yes, those prancing fools. The Cronkites of the new era along with their political counterparts mostly of the donk persuasion).

LTC Barry Johnson needs to understand that we are at war, and LTC Barry Johnson needs to pick a fu**ing side.

There are truckloads of examples of valuable intelligence and warnings of enemy activity going unheeded; The Battle of the Bulge, Tet, Pearl Harbor, etc. etc. I noticed contact information for the office of the Combined Press Information Center. I will contact that office and ask a few questions of my own.

Dan Patterson
Arrogant Infidel

Posted by: Dan Patterson at October 22, 2006 11:44 AM

LTC Johnson's name and problematic attitude have been mentioned often enough in the last few dqys that Karl Rove should by now have his dossier on the desktop.
If the administration cannot remove this example of
military boobiness from the position he is in then they must WANT the news controlled the way it currently is.......

Posted by: Gray One at October 22, 2006 09:14 PM

This summer you said Israel didn't use white phosphorous weapons. How do you explain this article?

Posted by: Bill Franklin at October 22, 2006 09:42 PM

You know? I think Yon is completely honest, but. . . .

well, this article makes him look more than a little arrogant.

Every enlisted, or junior officer thinks they can do better. Mike might be right about the embedd process, but he took that and he went a little to geraldo rivera for my taste.

See, When I was in school (with good teachers, rare) and when I was in the service (with good commanders, rare) whenever I got too big for my britches I was sent to something I didn't understand in anyway whatsoever.

Maybe mikes popularity is feeding his ego? I'm not sure, but "slaughter" of US troops, is VERY unlikely, and he used that term several times.

I liked the article, but I didn't like THAT part of the article, to quote my best friend who was infantry "dude? don't worry about me, worry about the guys on the other side of my gun"

We aren't confidant out of arrogance, our armed forces are confidant cuz, OUR armed forces hit their targets. 1200 rounds fired in FB defense, means 900 downed enemy, and I think I am demonstrating the mean of the average.

Other than that, I agree with mike, we need to not crap on willing reporters.

Posted by: Wickedpinto at October 23, 2006 03:50 AM

Bill Franklin,

If I recall correctly, I said that Israel did not use white phosphorus against civilians. That is 100% accurate, as a chemical analysis of tbody tissues of those civilians claimed to have been killed with WP confirmed. They discoloration was attributed to decomposition and smoke, not WP. NO WP was detected at all on the bodies claimed.

The claim made in the Haaretz article that the bodies had "entirely shriveled with black-green skin," is not at all consistent with WP burns. WP burns go straight through the skin, they do not cause bodies to shrivel, and as Lebanese doctors earlier claimed, they don't cause them to shrink, either. Quite frankly, these doctors have lied inteh past, and I suspect they are lying now.

More than likely, these doctors--many of which work in hospitals paid for by Hezbollah--have an agenda.

Eyes open, my friend.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 23, 2006 08:19 AM