Thursday, July 28, 2005

Film of Real Marines "Over There"

This is a music video put together by a Marine of the 3rd Battalion, First Marines in Fallujah. Nothing graphic and gory; just our U.S. Marines acting bad ass; correction: being badasses. 23 MBs.

In regards to the new FX TV series, "Over There", here are a couple of milblogs that comment on it:

Argghhh! and Blackfive.

Credit Hugh Hewitt.

Well, those two milblogs have led me to these others:

Reasoned Audacity (live-blogged)
Swanky Conservative (live-blogged)

Target Centermass

the air force pundit

cdr salamandar

Eric's Grumbles Before the Grave

The overwhelming consensus by the military warriors is: it sucked!

It's to be expected that the show would have inaccuracies; I'm sure it took some intentional liberties, for dramatic effect; but much of the mood I'm getting from the milbloggers is that of course the show's getting rave reviews from the leftstream press...not a good sign. Their overall impression seems to be that the show will sway to the left. It is filled with the angst of war, with characters who stereotypically joined having come from poor families, cliched superior officers who are out of touch, and so on.

I'll still probably follow it, for similar reasons that I follow 60 Minutes, Meet the Press, Charlie Rose, CNN, Hardball, the New York Times, the LA Times, and all the rest of the lamestream media shows.

Final note:

No matter how well-written and character-driven this show turns out to be, I think it might fail on a certain level, because it is using the Iraq War as the backdrop to tell its stories. Trying to remain apolitical is a tricky tightrope to walk on, with explosive landmines at every step of the way. It reminds me of some of the 60 Minutes anti-war stories that the liberal newsmagazine show typically airs. Or when Nightline says it wants to televise names and photos of all 1700 + soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country, out of respect and not driven by political motive. If that's true, it's an honorable gesture; but what occurs to me- the dangerous part- is the sapping of the will of many people to see this through; to have the stamina and the fortitude it will take us to win this war and not despair over the honorable sacrifices those in military service have sustained on our behalf. For our country, and for our children, and for our children's children. War is awful business. We get that. But what we need is to recognize that it is also heroic; that there are wars worth fighting and dying for and not to minimize the tremendous sacrifce and courage of those on the frontlines, and their families who sustain them back home. Every soldier who serves today is taking part in a great and important chapter in history. The democratization of Iraq and the pushing back of the tides of terrorism, is clearly one for the history books. I love our U.S. military. And I am deeply proud and honored to be a citizen of their country.


Blogger Mark said...

"Nightline says it wants to televise names and photos of all 1700 + soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country, out of respect and not driven by political motive"

If they want to air something out of respect and not driven by political motive, why don't they add scenes of the people of Iraq welcoming the soldiers and rejoicing at their new found freedom?

Friday, July 29, 2005 6:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Just as good, how about telling the stories of the men and women who have done heroic deeds in Iraq and Afghanistan? There's been precious little of that around here.

Thanks for the hat tip, by the way!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 11:25:00 PM  

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