media cares more about its own than u.s. military
Posted in the Fort Campbell Forum
#1 Apr 21, 2011
it seems the news media cares more about its own than the military. yesterday the media reported on the killing of british jouranilist tim hetherton and an american photographer, but not one of the three big networks reported anything about the killings of five american soldiers by a taliban sleeper agent, including two women soldiers, belived to be the first time two female servicemembers have died in an insurgent attack. in fact, the media has been a little reticent lately about reporting any news from afghanistan. could it be the embarrasment of having yet another ''afghan national servicemember'' turn on and eliminate u.s. troops, like a terminator infiltration unit? one is more likely to hear of the never-ending saga of charlie sheen, the details of the royal wedding or high gas prices than the occupations of iraq and afghanistan. these have become forgotten conflicts, and the troops fighting them forgotten soldiers. but it's not like what they are doing there really has any great effect on ordinary americans. despite the rhertoric, about u.s. troops ''fighting for americans' freedoms,'' the truth is americans would enjoy are limited and ever-diminishing freedoms whether the u.s. military was in those two countries are not. it's not as if the taliban or the iraqi insurgents could actually cross 10,000 miles of ocen and invade and occupy the united states and take away americans' freedoms. so the claim is false on its face. president obama campaigned as an ''anti-war'' president. yet obama has not ended these wars. the pentagon is already fudging on iraq, suggesting it wants to stay beyond the 2011 deadline. and there is no serious plan to withdraw from afghanistan. do americans really care about the troops? we are getting 39=year-old and 28-year-old women blown up by rouge afghan soldiers. i may add that afghans have every right to kill u.s. forces, who are an occuyping force, every bit as much as the soviets were. obviously the war is not going well, but americans have more pressing concerns. our goverment seems addicted to war and military growth, so much so that it will cut much needed domestic programs first while increasing the military budget. we seem to be the new russians. we are headed for ruin.
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