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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Some thoughts from Rocketman

John Hinderaker posts with the title; Some Thoughts on Casualties in Times of War and Peace.

His thought puts perspective on the poll that came out last week showing the public's support for the war in Iraq is now in the minority.

This should hardly be a surprise. On the contrary, how could it be otherwise? News reporting on the war consists almost entirely of itemizing casualties. Headlines say: "Two Marines killed by roadside bomb." Rarely do the accompanying stories--let alone the headlines that are all that most people read--explain where the Marines were going, or why; what strategic objective they and their comrades were pursuing, and how successful they were in achieving it; or how many terrorists were also killed. For Americans who do not seek out alternative news sources like this one, the war in Iraq is little but a succession of American casualties. The wonder is that so many Americans do, nevertheless, support it.
The sins of the news media in reporting on Iraq are mainly sins of omission.

But one of the most interesting facts in Rocketman's post is this;

[A]ll through the years when hardly anyone was paying attention, soldiers, sailors and Marines were dying in accidents, training and otherwise, at nearly twice the rate of combat deaths in Iraq from the start of the war in 2003 to the present.

In light of the fact that we are at war and the stakes in this war couldn't be higher, it is important that I urge you to read the whole thing.


  • At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Rob said…

    Hi Scott,

    Ironically, when the War on Terror is in the headlines, I believe Republicans win. Public opinion polls may vary, but most people want Republicans in charge of this task. A good example would be Coleen Rowley’s trip to Texas.

    Why would Coleen Rowley allow herself to be so easily branded as an antiwar candidate in a conservative district, running against a war hero?

    I am very partisan, but I do know something about political strategy and this appears to be a critical mistake.

    The Dems are actually helping the Republican Party with this rhetoric.

  • At 10:32 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Hello Rob.
    You & I are on the same page, if not very close.
    The party of Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan is too wrapped up in intense feelings to make good decisions.

    "Anybody but Shikelgruber"

    Always good to see you in Comments, Rob.

  • At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Rob said…

    Party on Scott!

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  • At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Rob said…

    I think you hit a nerve with Anonymous.

  • At 7:24 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    spammers are at the bottom of the food chain.


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