Will wonders never cease? Righties are upset that major U.S. media outlets are ignoring a negative story about Dear Leader’s management of the War on Iraq!
Sherrie Gossett, Associate Editor of Accuracy in Media’s The AIM Report, has ’em all wadded up today in The Conservative Voice over the “Mainstream Media’s” failure to cover the U.S. military’s use of women in combat in Iraq.
Doing the job of the media, Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR) broke a significant scoop. Donnelly had obtained information, including official briefing documents, indicating that the Pentagon is moving to force female soldiers into new land combat brigades. If this is because of shortages of male combat soldiers, then the Pentagon is not telling us the truth that the Army has enough troops to win the war in Iraq.
The documents indicate that the Third Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Georgia was ignoring a Department of Defense rule exempting female soldiers from support units that “collocate” or mix with land combat troops.
It was a big story, so where were the media? National Review covered the CMR scoop on December 9, followed by a detailed piece in the Washington Times on December 13. The latter story stated that the Army’s own documents labeled “draft close hold,” state the arrangement, “could be perceived as subterfuge to avoid reporting requirements” to Congress. The Times also found, three weeks after the November 3 briefing, the Army created an internal presentation on why the ban on collocation should be lifted.
Mackubin Thomas Owens, writing in National Review, called it a “radical change,” adding, “[T]he Army has surreptitiously begun to violate these regulations without advising Congress.”
Putting women into combat could jeopardize the lives of more soldiers – both women and men. If there’s a shortage of male soldiers, the Army should say so.
The disinterest of mainstream media in reporting or editorializing on the subject suggests that they support the policy of putting women in combat. It’s time for “new media” to assert themselves. The lives of our soldiers are on the line.
Hey Sherry – I believe in the Big Tent theory of Bush hatred. The more the merrier! Welcome aboard, there are plenty of topics for criticism where Chimpy’s Freedom March is concerned.