And From Iraq, the Good News Is
In a stunning example of official ineptitude, an Army battalion commander disseminated a sample letter-to-the-editor to soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment. They were supposed to use the letter as a guide for their personal version that would then be sent home for possible publication in their local newspapers.
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We now know what happened. The battalion commander has admitted that the letter-writing plan was his own idea. It’s not hard to visualize him getting his men together and saying something like this: “Men, we have a situation. Those damn reporters are making it look like everything is going to hell in a handbasket over here. You and I know different, but we need to get the word out to the folks back home. I have a plan that should do the trick. This is a letter that tells it like it really is. I want each of you to take this letter and use it as a guide to write your own personal letter to your hometown newspaper. Let’s give them some good news for a change. Now remember, don’t just send the letter; rewrite it … make it your own. Got it? Hooah!”
And you know what at least eleven of those guys did.
This effort seemed sinister at first glance because it appeared to have been part of a coordinated plan by the Bush White House to refocus the nation’s view of all things Iraqi. On Monday, Oct. 13, President Bush granted exclusive interviews to five regional broadcasting companies, following similar interviews by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer, in an attempt to go “over the heads” of the broadcast networks.
Increasingly over the past few weeks, news emanating from
have increasingly been presenting information that stands in sharp contrast to
dispatches carried by the BBC, Reuters, UPI, and the major broadcasters. An
unfortunate byproduct of the 503rd’s form letter snafu, however, is that all
letters emanating from soldiers inside
The truth is actually worth looking at.
old dinar notes displaying Hussein’s image have been replaced with modern new
show famous Iraqi moments, natural scenes, and the famed 10th-century Iraqi
physicist and mathematician, Hazan Ibn al-Haithem. And, as a bonus, an Iraqi
citizen can once again carry a reasonable amount of money in a regular wallet.
and water are available essentially everywhere, and especially in the northern
and art galleries are open once again. And traffic, well, every good thing has a
downside. In the larger cities, commuter traffic is beginning to congest the
negatives exist. A small cadre of Saddam’s thugs still are trying to kill
Americans and those who materially assist in
took us six long years following World War II to de-Nazify Germany completely.
It took us additional years and the trillion-dollar (in today’s money)
Marshall Plan to get
wonder President Bush complained about the filter through which the mainstream
news media passes information out of
And the American people seem to be getting the message. Bush’s popularity rating rose from 50 percent to 56 percent immediately after the interviews according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released on Monday.
Now if we can just get the Pentagon to reign in its “imaginative” PR people .…