Saturday, March 25, 2006

A New Favorite Milblogger

I discovered a new milblogger, through Hugh Hewitt: Buck Sargent, stationed in Mosul, who sent Hugh Hewitt the following e-mail:
I heard the interview on CNN with Mike Yon and yourself and that irritating Aussie. (All I can think of when I hear him is Robert Downey Jr.'s "Wayne Gale" portrayal in Natural Born Killers).

Let me just say Cooper's argument that troops only "hide out on their bases" and don't see the "full picture" like those brave embeds do is total nonsense. They embeds are the ones never leaving the bases, and they are left to interview the support soldiers that never leave the wire either.

The infantry platoons spend more time out in the streets than any normal Iraqi would, and we spend up to 12 hours a day patrolling throughout the city and actually seeking out trouble wherever it may be. And we keep this pace up for a year straight. What Iraqi or reporter can make that claim? So to say we don't know what's going on is preposterous.

Journalists like Michael Ware are gloryhounds (you can hear it in his voice) that come to Iraq to make a name for themselves as "war correspondents", and the only way they can do that is if all they do is cover nothing but blood and guts and gore. It's not exactly great copy to file a report that says, "I spent eight hours on patrol and absolutely nothing remarkable happened and I was bored stiff." That would be the truth on the majority of patrols, but it's not exciting and no one wants to read that so it's not going to get filed.

Ware seems to believe that being objective means not taking sides. But you can still tell the whole truth and root for your country to win. I don't see that as cheerleading, it's common sense. As it currently stands, the MSM is not telling the whole truth and actually siding with the enemy on occasion. They'll jump at the chance to report completely unsubstantiated claims by Iraqis of killings or theft or abuse that simply isn't credible when you know even the first thing about the American "militry" (as Ware calls it). They give the ruthless killers the benefit of the doubt every time, just to spread more nonsense about us.

Most soldiers don't follow the news back home, and it's a good thing,
because it would make them sick to know how they're being portrayed in the media. But I must be a bit of a masochist, because I can't seem to get enough. And it certainly takes a toll when you read time and time again in the NYT about things you know to be untrue or misrepresented.

The media wants us to lose, and they're doing their damndest to see it happen. But I have faith that the American people are too smart to fall for that trick twice.

And check out this amazing video created and posted by him:



(Check out his other videos along the sidebar).
After watching "Once Upon a Time in Mosul", who do you think does more on behalf of Iraqi children? These nutheads:

or.....




Please check out Deborah Scranton's film "The War Tapes".

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9 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

Excellent stuff, WS.

Thanks for posting it.

The media are doing such a horrible disservice to humanity by advocating an agenda rather than presenting the complete picture.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 1:16:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I get absolutely furious when I see people burning our flag. To me, they are not Americans and they don't even deserve to live here!

Wordsmith, I delivered your message about not being able to comment on Mike's America. I hope he reads his comments! :)

Saturday, March 25, 2006 8:21:00 AM  
Blogger The_Bos'un said...

Great job Wordsmith.

R/
Bosun

Saturday, March 25, 2006 8:12:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Gayle....I ran out of patience finding a more appropriate protestor photo (I wanted one with a sign held up about Iraqi babies killed or somesuch) and just settled on the anti-American flag-burning. And yes, I consider it an act against this nation.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 8:25:00 PM  
Blogger Deborah Scranton said...

Hi, I’m Deborah, the director of THE WAR TAPES mentioned above. First, thanks so much for linking to us, especially in the context of soldiers telling their own stories! We really appreciate it. All too often the voices of our troops on the ground who lock and load and go outside the wire everyday are ignored or not heard from in MSM and it is one of my personal missions to change that (as it is for many of us).

The internet made this participatory film possible. It is the first documentary filmed by soldiers themselves on the front lines in the middle of a war. The deal was, two years ago I got an offer to embed as a filmmaker, instead had the idea to give the soldiers cameras. Directed through near perpetual IM and email. The soldiers would quicktime clips to me from ambushes and self interviews after they got back inside the wire, and we would talk about how best to tell the story, THEIR story. Pretty amazing process. Five soldiers filmed their entire year’s deployment with several one-chip high end Sony video cameras. The mounted tripods on gun turrets, inside dashboards and with the POV mounts on their kevlar. They filmed all of the footage in Iraq, over 800 hours of tape. They became cameramen and journalists. We did it together.

The web is a critical partner in our evolving narrative now, as we continue to tell the story.

Hope that you'll try and come see us at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. We'll be in theaters this summer. In the meantime,if your curious there are clips you can check out on our blog/website www.the wartapes.com. My guess is Buck Sargent might appreciate 'the Spider and the Scorpion' clip.

We need all the help we can muster to get the word out. Each person can make a difference in these soldiers' stories being seen and heard. I hope you'll check out our site, sign up for our updates and join us in this journey.


all the best,
Deborah Scranton
Director, THE WAR TAPES

Sunday, March 26, 2006 6:13:00 AM  
Blogger mormonbradybunchdad said...

You jerk. Trying to make me cry at work when I watch that video? How rude!!!

Great point, the whole thing about Iraq is the kids dang it all.

Monday, March 27, 2006 8:55:00 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Regarding that letter...
That absolutely shows the media's tendency to take themselves waaaay too seriously. THEY experience and know more than the soldiers? Gimme a break.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

I wonder what the charge would be for stopping someone "By any means necessary" from burning the Flag.
And that video made me cry, God Bless that Soldier and all the Soldiers!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 9:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been looking for sites like this for a long time. Thank you! »

Monday, April 23, 2007 11:45:00 AM  

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