that maybe, just maybe, the claims from the left of "no media bias" will be quieted for a little while (could be longer but we must take into account their attention span).
Staining the military evidently acceptable
The letter to the editor published July 12 from Daniel P. Draheim wonders where the outrage is over the accusation of rapes in Iraq.
I want to assure Draheim that when things like this occur no one is more outraged than the average soldier here on the ground. Draheim is correct in asserting that such events make the job of soldiers here infinitely more difficult. And yet Draheim falls victim to the same mistake as many on the political left do, as do so many in the mainstream media so eager to minimize our efforts: He lumps Haditha into the mix of atrocities committed by U.S. soldiers and yet no one has been tried and convicted over the alleged act.
Sad are the times we live in when the press can try and convict the military for an alleged act and hang it around their neck before the investigation is even completed. Staining the military, the overall effort in Iraq and the honor of military service is evidently acceptable in the interest of a political gain.
The people here on the ground largely understand why we are here. They understand after three elections and countless lives lost ? both Iraqi and allied ? whose side we're on. Thanks to media that print and broadcast only the bad news of Iraq, it's probably easy to assume that's all there is. I came here to see it for myself and there is a huge disconnect between what the news services see fit to print and what's really happening on the ground.
If history is left only to the U.S. media lackeys to judge, then yes, we'll likely be painted as immoral monsters. But let me assure you, throughout my travels in the Middle East, that's not the view at large. Of course, much rests in how Iraq turns out in the long run, but the vast majority of military men and women here uphold their end with honor and integrity.
? John Gamash, Camp Buehring (Udairi AAF), Kuwait
Really hard to deny that he is right (except for those few who already think all things military are bad and that the media "only reports the news").
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