September 10, 2009
"But We're the Media - Rules are for Little People"
Obviously these fellows don't understand who they were dealing with:
One senior Army source said: “When you look at the number of warnings this person had it makes you really wonder whether he was worth rescuing, whether it was worth the cost of a soldier’s life. In the future special forces might think twice in a similar situation.”
Another military source said: “This reporter went to this area against the advice of the Afghan police. So thanks very much Stephen Farrell, your irresponsible act has led to the death of one of our boys.”
It's that oozing sense of entitlement again.
Posted by Cassandra at September 10, 2009 08:47 AM
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I simply cannot explain how furious I am with Bill Keller right now:
"Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, said: 'We’re overjoyed that Steve is free, but deeply saddened that his freedom came at such a cost. Our hearts go out to Sultan’s family.'"
Really Bill? You disgusting piece of filth? "We're really sad the translator died... good thing that's the only bad thing that happened."
Posted by: MikeD at September 10, 2009 11:00 AM
Neither BHO nor Keller think much of the U.S. military. Obama's constant reference to the cost of the U.S. military speak volumes about what he would rather spend that money on, i.e. Healthcare and other social programs. They apologize to the tyrants of the world as they weaken the defenses against our enemies.
Keller is a clueless ideologue. Newly empowered by a fading POTUS he, like Gore's reporters failed attempt to sneak into North Korea wrongly believe that his Obamaness' apology tour will innoculate them against the tru Swine Flu of the axle of evil rightly named by G.W. Bush. 2010 is approaching and we will be rid of these clowns soon enough.
Posted by: vet66 at September 10, 2009 11:07 AM
I had a reporter hitch a ride with me during the Cambodian Incursion. I stopped at a place called the Ferry Crossing for a briefing, and warned him to stay put, because the area wasn't completely secure -- I told him if he wasn't at the helicopter by the time I was ready to depart, I'd leave him there.
When I returned from my briefing an hour later, he wasn't there. Some ARVN troops told me he'd asked about Khmer Rouge, so they'd pointed to a nearby woodline -- and off he went to interview the Bad Guys, in hot pursuit of "the Truth About The War."
He's still there, in the woods...
Posted by: BillT at September 10, 2009 11:16 AM
Disgusting. Yeah, it's sad that other reporter died, but he's not the only one, and he'd been warned along with Farrell.
Vet66, I sure hope you're right. Since redistricting, I've got a D as my rep in Congress, not sure we can get ride of him, as he's been there forever...
BillT - negative consequences can be a b*tch, huh?
Posted by: Miss Ladybug at September 10, 2009 11:51 AM
Mr. Obama should be reminded of a sign that hung over the gate of a WWII Navy Yard: To Win a war costs Billions; To Lose one takes ALL YOU'VE GOT!!
Posted by: Master Diver at September 10, 2009 12:37 PM
Sounds like they should go into "hurricane" mode. More and more lately when hurricanes are headed to FL they're telling people that if they don't evacuate they can forget about being rescued until everything is secure again, that they're not going to keep wasting money and endangering rescuers to save people that have been told to get the hell out.
Posted by: Falze at September 10, 2009 04:23 PM
"...In the future special forces might think twice in a similar situation.”
Sounds like they should go into "hurricane" mode.
If another foolhard ignores the warnings and the military *does* go into "hurricane mode," guess who'll be the first to brand everyone in uniform as a coward?
Posted by: BillT at September 11, 2009 05:40 AM
searching for the truth...
I'm reminded of some PBS show I watched years back
that was a panel discussion on ethics, with a bunch of "experts" from different walks of life.
The media expert was Mike Wallace from CBS.
When asked a question about being embedded with a rebel force and watching an American patrol entering an ambush site, "What would he do?"
Wallace stated that "journalistic integrity" would dictate that he remain quiet and just watch as the Americans died...
The lone US soldier on the panel said that he hoped Mr. Wallace kept his opinion in mind if he ever found himself in a situation where he required extrication from danger by any US military forces. AND he hoped that any US soldier that was watching the program would remember Mr. Wallace's stated view on "journalistic integrity" too.
Posted by: snuffyny at September 11, 2009 09:46 AM
"If another foolhard ignores the warnings and the military *does* go into "hurricane mode," guess who'll be the first to brand everyone in uniform as a coward?"
It won't be the left, not until after 2010. They're already on the ropes and can't possible survive if they turn on the military now.
Doesn't mean they won't want to, but they won't say anything openly. As Dead Kennedy would say, "Nothing personal".
Posted by: Falze at September 11, 2009 11:46 AM