"We continue to kick butt on missions and take care of each other, even though we know the American public and government DOES NOT stand behind us." - CW3 Jim Funk, Ramadi, Iraq
Several of you have sent copies of this article from the Des Moines Register. The author, John Carlson, prints an email from CW3 Funk. Replicating the tone of the emails I get from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chief is pretty @#$%ing fed up with the media:
...Hello media, do you know you indirectly kill American soldiers every day? You inspire and report the enemy's objective every day. You are the enemy's greatest weapon. The enemy cannot beat us on the battlefield so all he does is try to wreak enough havoc and have you report it every day. With you and the enemy using each other, you continually break the will of the American public and American government.
"We go out daily and bust and kill the enemy, uncover and destroy huge weapons caches and continue to establish infrastructure. So daily we put a whoopin on the enemy, but all the enemy has to do is turn on the TV and get re-inspired. He gets to see his daily roadside bomb, truck bomb, suicide bomber or mortar attack. He doesn't see any accomplishments of the U.S. military (FOX, you're not exempt, you suck also)...
Go here to read John Carlson's piece at the Des Moines Register.
Update: Lorie Byrd at the Examiner has a column published about the media and Al Qaeda. I agree with Bill Roggio that media bashing won't help, but maybe teaching them why they are being manipulated might help:
...Blogger Bill Roggio, who has embedded as a journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan, says the enemy’s documents reveal that much of their strategy revolves around manipulation of the media. An enemy unable to beat us on the battlefield is employing a strategy of attacks planned specifically for maximum media coverage and effect.
Roggio recently told the Christian Science Monitor that most mainstream media reporters “display a lack of knowledge of counterinsurgency and the role the media plays in an insurgency’s information campaign.”...