Good morning

At 9:05 am, on CNN, I just learned all about our troop strength in Afghanistan, all about what soldiers do, all about . . . I heard a pure press release coming out of the mouth of someone whose paycheck is signed by CNN.

12:34 UPDATE: MSNBC is about to air ‘an exclusive inside look at what goes into making a Navy SEAL.” Sigh. The military press offices must be pretty busy.

I used to write press releases for a living and I know the form when I hear it. So now it appears that even with their own ‘boots on the ground’ , this global pioneer of 24 hour news, cannot even bother to look out from under the comforter to see if anything is happening in the war zone where insurgents recently bombed the palace in Kabul. Why bother, when the military arm of the Federal government is glad to do it for you?

And where it is the 109th day of the ninth year of the War in Afghanistan.

2 responses to “Good morning

  1. Hey Moe, if you want some awesome coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. I have a link on the side of my blog under the AFPAK Channel. It’s great coverage over there and I signed up for their daily newsletter to my email. It features Peter Bergen who I think is just awesome! Whether it’s a government or Neo-con run mouthpiece I can’t answer that. But it seems real solid and might fill that void that CNN is not.
    Always a pleasure and keep up the good fight!

    J.P.

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    • Thanks! The site is new to me. Peter Bergen rocks. And so does Steve Coll, who wrote a fabulous book “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001”

      Highly readable, often beautiful. Knows his stuff.

      I’d love to go to Afghanistan some day – the quieter parts anyway.

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