[Marxism] Commando Correspondents

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Sun Dec 5 12:52:52 MST 2004


from a local weekly rag:



Commando Correspondents
Armed with computers, cell phones and digital cameras, today's soldiers are 
the real embedded journalists. 


by Brita Brundage - December 2, 2004 

The e-mail came from 27-year-old soldier Ryan McNutt, who returned from Iraq 
last April. In plainspoken language, it voiced his support for the troops in 
the 343rd Quartermaster Company. In mid-October, 18 reserve soldiers in that 
company refused orders to transport fuel down dangerous Iraqi roads from the 
Tallil Air Base to Taji, north of Baghdad, because their trucks were not 
properly armored, the fuel was contaminated and they had no armed escorts. 
Four members of the unit considered "ring leaders" will probably be 
court-martialed, involving prison terms, while others will likely receive 
reprimands. The company commander was relieved of her command. Contacting 
their families via e-mail, the North Carolina reservists involved were able 
to generate instant media attention to the lack of proper equipment and 
unsafe conditions in Iraq, illustrating a growing unease and resistance among 
the part-time soldiers sent to fight the war.

[snip]

Soldiers aren't supposed to question their command, let alone their 
Commander-in-Chief. But today's soldiers, many of them college educated, 
politically savvy, and connected via e-mail and cell phones to the outside 
world, even in the field, are beginning to take an active role in how this 
war is perceived. Like the American public, they're divided over the war's 
necessity, torn by the nonexistent Weapons of Mass Destruction, and are 
registered Democrat and Republican. These troops are armed with digital 
cameras, laptops and writing blogs; they're alerting the media and forming 
organizations, flexing a new kind of military power. 

[snip]

full: http://fairfieldweekly.com/gbase/News/content?oid=oid:92052




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