Thursday, October 18, 2007
Associated Press reporters Estes Thompson and Mike Baker undertake a comparative analysis between
American troops killed their own commanders so often during the Vietnam War that the crime earned its own name - "fragging."
But since the start of the wars in
The headline of AP’s version of disappointing news from
Rare? How about non-existent? Were it not for two questionable exceptions -- a fundamentalist (and mentally unstable) Muslim, and a soldier whose alleged act of multiple homicide may have resulted from criminal activity -- there have been no “fragging” incidents in
Why write the story at all? How rare does rare have to be without falling below any reasonable criteria for recognition?
Only when it stands athwart mainstream media (MSM) efforts to portray our military’s efforts as hopeless, and our military as increasingly opposed to the war, of course.
Story via Memeorandum. Also commenting:
Wretchard at the Belmont Club:
While morale is determined by many physical things it is also driven by intangibles such as leadership, the perception of victory and the "justness" of the struggle the combatants are engaged in. Soldiers in
On April 23, 1971 John Kerry and other veterans threw their medals, ribbons, discharge papers, photographs, citations and articles of their uniforms over a fence at the Capitol building at
That demoralization may have played a role in fragging. And therefore if fraggings are so rare as to be almost nonexistent in Iraq and Afghanistan it maybe due in part to a perception by men serving there that their cause is meaningful, just and ultimately destined to be victorious. It's a possibility at least.
Yes, imagine that: People who are forced to be in the military resent the hell out of the military. Perhaps this is why so many lefties support the draft. They hate the military and want to recruit more military-bashers.
After a slow start, the all-volunteer Army has been a huge success. As witnessed by the end of fragging.
Estes Thompson and Mike Baker of the Associated Press note that
You can almost feel their pain.
Kim Priestap at Wizbang:
When you read the report, you can't help but feel as if the reporter is disappointed with this trend.
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