Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Was Rumsfield really grilled so badly by soldiers?

I've been a bit suspicious about the AP/Reuters/NYTimes coverage claiming that hostile soliders put Rumsfield in the spot. Another doubter is Richard Hartney, a military guy in Baghdad, who has a sufficiently interesting web site that I'll add it to my link. A vet's take on Rumsfield's interaction with the troops: "I've been wrong on many occasions, but it sure seems to me that the media is whipping something up here, and trying to portray our troops as unsupportive and even hostile to our Secretary of Defense, and I don't like it." Hartney makes no bones about the fact that he is conservative and he is religious. His self-identity may help explain the divide the MSM is picking up on in the media. Guys like Hartney join the military for moral and patriotric reasons. Guys like Jeremey Hinzman, the guy who is seeking asylum in Canada, joined because they thought they'd get an interesting job and didn't recognize the inherent downside risk in having the military as their employer. UPDATE: Seems Hartney and I were right to be suspicious. Read more on this special report from Drudge:

"Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Edward Lee Pitts is embedded with the 278th Regimental Combat Team, now in Kuwait preparing to enter Iraq, and is filing articles for his newspaper. Pitts claims in a purported email that he coached soldiers to ask Defense Secretary Rumsfeld questions!"