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Public Pulse August 28th, 2008

The Editor

Liked the Cover Story

Well Lyle, you’ve done it again. "Nine Funerals for Nine Warriors" helps fill a much neglected void. Today’s combat reporting bears little resemblance to the traditions of Ernie Pyle, Dickey Chappelle or Edward R. Murrow. Rarely is a story reported in detail. When a story is more fully developed seldom is honor and bravery a part, of course no opportunity is missed when the US and its allies can be painted as duplicitous, evil or dolts. Today’s pundits rely on vague and poorly developed accounts of events such as those detailed in your cover story as a platform on which to craft a continual stream of editorials, opinions, or quasi news stories bleating their supercilious view of our men and women under arms. No matter their bravery and devotion to their fellow combatants and Nation. Today’s military news accounts, here or abroad, make no pretense of being anything other than a means to provide a platform for commentary by those anointed as all wise. Walter Cronkite and his minion Dan Rather come to mind.

War fighting is a violent and brutal activity. The military is an easy and trendy target, after all, warriors offend the sensibilities of the privileged and intellectuals; mothers fear their sons and daughters will be called from their bosom to fight and die. I used to think it a hangover from Viet Nam, but two wars later I know better. As Kipling's 1890± poem "Tommy" describes, "it will ever be thus as long as there is war".

Mraz’s and Emanuel's account of the battle at Wanat, Afghanistan, is as welcome as the glow of a watch-fire in the evening dews and damps.

Best Personal Regards,
Jim (last name witheld by request).
North San Diego County

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