Thursday, November 18, 2004

With Dems Like These...

Apparently eager to show that he, for one, welcomes his new ant Republican overlords, Representative Sylvestre Reyes (D-TX) told the House Armed Services Committee that we should rethink our policy of embedding reporters with the military in light of the video showing an American soldier shooting a wounded and unarmed Iraqi insurgent. Comparing combat to a football game, Reyes argued that "we don't want to know everything that's going on on the field." But, says the enlightened congressman, this isn't a question of censorship. No, no, no. It's just that "We should not be providing the Al-Jazeera the kind of propaganda they've had the last couple of three days." I guess that it doesn't matter if the propaganda is, you know, true and whatnot.

Strangely enough, the freaking miltary disagrees. The AP quotes one Marine Corps commandant General Michael Hagee, who thinks that the embeds are doing a good job of informing the American public "what these great young Americans are doing over there."

Um...maybe it's just me, but I do want to know what's going on on the field. However, it's heartening to see our Democratic representatives showing they can be such team players. And by "team players," of course, I mean "waterboys." This is gonna be a fun four years.

For what it's worth, I don't think anyone should be calling for that soldier in the video to be prosecuted. I think we should be demanding that he gets psychologial counselling. And can I humbly suggest that we force every American to read Michael Herr's Dispatches by Christmas?

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