Sunday, March 19, 2006

A welcome change of tune

The Washington Post marks the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq in an unusual letting the troops tell it like it really is over there.

On a nearly daily basis, WaPo is in our collective face with their version of the situation in Iraq, telling us how hopeless and generally messed up everything is there. But for this article, the Post interviewed 100 troops, and published their words, verbatim, to give us a glimpse of how things are on the ground there. From the article:
But it was not bad in the ways they see covered in the media -- the majority also agreed on this. What they experienced was more complex than the war they saw on television and in print. It was dangerous and confused, yes, but most of the vets also recalled enemies routed, buildings built and children befriended, against long odds in a poor and demoralized country. "We feel like we're doing something, and then we look at the news and you feel like you're getting bashed." "It seems to me the media had a predetermined script." The vibe of the coverage is just "so, so, so negative."
Read the whole won't be sorry.

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