Aiding the Enemy

I wouldn’t be much of an “issues” blogger if I didn’t mention the CNN airing of the insurgent sniper video. I’ve left it alone because I figured it would naturally blow up in CNN’s face. However, since it doesn’t appear that’s happened yet, I’ll chime in.

I don’t know if you’ve watched the video, and I’m not even going to link it. It’s not worthy of being linked, unless you’re a nihilist. (Nighmare, you’ll love it!) The video, without going into too much detail, shows surveillance on US troops in Bagdhad, insurgents talking about who to target, followed by the sound of a high powered rifle. You then see the aftermath… people scattering, soldiers obviously hit by the sniper on the ground.

First, lets talk about what this video ISN’T.

This video is not news. Not by any standard currently available. Even by “drive-by” media standards, this isn’t news. This is a commercial, bought and paid for by the insurgents, and aired for free on CNN. It’s a commercial for terrorism, for the liberal agenda, and for “sissy politics.”

Snipers are not news. Snipers have been used in every conflict since the invention of projectile weapons. They were used successfully in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam… by BOTH sides. The US uses snipers, too…

This is a typical tactic of war. It’s highly effective, because it makes everyone look over their shoulder all the time.

But it’s not news. It’s not news that it’s being done… by either side. It’s not news that American soldiers are dying… targeted specifically by the enemy. It’s not a surprise, and it’s not news.

News is informative. It tells us something we don’t already know.

CNN crossed a line… they’re well on their way to airing live combat footage…. something I always thought was only done in Starship Troopers. It made for great sci-fi… but it doesn’t make for good news.

Imagine watching this video on CNN and realizing it’s your son/husband/brother being targeted and killed… as you and millions of other Americans watch. Imagine listening to the terrorists selecting their target, being careful not to kill any Iraqis… only Americans.

CNN has decided to place itself squarely in the anti-war camp. We’ve known that for years. But now they’re using the most graphic and inexcusable methods at their disposal to forward their agenda. Specifically – to out Bush and the Republicans. CNN is on their way towards a long-term goal… the pussification of America. (Yes, I made that word up)

No country that airs terrorist propaganda on its major news networks and calls it “news” has any chance of winning any kind of a war. There’s good reason we lost Korea, lost Vietnam, and lost the Gulf War (we lost the Gulf War because we gave up without finishing). In all cases, we were afraid to take losses, and afraid of being seen as barbaric by the rest of the world.

We have two choices: 1. Stop media coverage and do what needs to be done to win, including killing innocent civilians that get caught in the crossfire. 2. Pull out of all world conflicts and hope no one comes here to try and kill us, because we’ve lost the will to be strong.

Option 3: Stay involved in all world conflicts but DON’T have the will to win. That’s the option we’re on right now, thanks to irresponsible networks like CNN. Option 3 will result in the erosion of America’s strength, and we’ll end up being ruled by a pandering set of socialists like Pelosi and Kennedy, weak economically, weak spiritually, and weak militarily.

God help us.

  17 comments for “Aiding the Enemy

  1. October 23, 2006 at 2:41 pm


    A fine word. One for THe Dictionary.

  2. October 23, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    What’s the difference of CNN placing itself squarely in the anti-war camp, when Fox News has placed itself squarely in the pro-war camp? I mean, I might not necessarily agree with showing our soldiers being ambushed (though I see plenty of footage of dead Iraqis – insurgents and citizens alike), but it’s only fair to point the finger at both sides.

  3. October 23, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    Ps. I totally think you and I should host a Crossfire-type talk show where you throw out your right-wing insanity, and I tell you you’re wrong. 😉

  4. October 23, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    So you think it’s right-wing lunacy to say CNN was irresponsible to air that footage?

    Do you disagree that we’ve lost our will to win “conflicts” starting with Korea?

  5. October 23, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    Ummm excuse me.

    Were we done talking about my hair???

  6. October 23, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    LOL. Don’t forget to check back one entry to see Jenna’s beautiful new hairdo!

  7. October 23, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    CNN has just as much right to be anti-war as Fox News has to be pro-war. Personally, I find it deplorable that news is so biased, in BOTH directions. I know you think I’m a bed-wetting liberal, but I’m really much more middle of the road than you think. And it bugs the shit out of me that people like me have to be subjected to such unbalanced news reports.

    Yes, I agree that we’ll never win a war that we don’t have any will to win. See? I don’t disagree all the time.

  8. October 23, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    You’re very moderate. Thanks for agreeing with my impeccable logic!

    And yes, news shouldn’t be slanted in either direction. New should be “reporting” and we should be left to do the interpretation.

    If it’s any consolation, I get most of my news from blogs now. News companies suck.

  9. Rik
    October 23, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    Unfortunately, innocent people die in war. Notice how i didn’t say innocent people “might” die in war. The US needs to accept this fact, and prosecute the war like we want to win it. Hear hear, Incredipete!

  10. October 23, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    It’s one thing to be anti-war, but to be anti-American is the true problem. The actual reason that Fox DOES NOT show commercials for terrorists is not that they are pro-war; it’s that they are pro-America, and they want us to win the war that we are already in the middle of. If you showed Americans footage of Gettysburg and Antietem during the Civil War, the North would have lost the war, and black people would still not have the vote or any other civil right, much less women.

    Being anti-war or pro-war is a matter of editorial. The difference between CNN and Fox is that Fox reserves pro-war commentary for editorial segments of its channels, while CNN mixes in anti-war commentary into its basic, supposedly “unbiased” reporting. If any liberal ever read foxnews stories, not just editorials, they would find that Fox actually leans towards the left slightly in their reporting. Don’t disagree until you look for yourself like I did.

  11. jason
    October 23, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    Can I take a stab at option 1.5? Defend ourselves against attack, stay out of foreign conflicts to the best of our ability, work hard to build and improve collaborative agencies such as the UN and ICC, and kick our oil habit. (Defending ourselves is a great idea, maybe someone ought to catch Osama bin Laden.)

  12. October 23, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    Well I guess that the worth of the video would depend on the distance that the sniper shot at the soliders. I mean if he was just 100-150 yards, well hell I could make that shot when I was 10, but if he was say…400+ yards away well that is some good shooting. As far as whether or not CNN should have aired it well that depends on which side of the fence you sit on when it comes to war corrospondence. If you believe that EVERYTHING should be shown, and that there needs to be reporters in the foxholes and that they take responsibility for their dumbasses getting shot, then yes, they should have shown it.

    If however you believe that war shouldn’t be used as something to sell newspapers and that all wars have been ruined by the fox hole reporter, and that they tend to support more of the anti-war effort instead of just reporting the evil done by both sides, then no they probably shouldn’t have shown it.

    Personally I haven’t seen it and I don’t feel the need to watch it because I own all 14 of the “Faces of Death” videos, so I don’t need to see a potential brother or dad or friend of a friend get shot at. I also feel that reporters don’t need to be in the fox holes. If we didn’t have the reporters there and we got our news the old fashioned way, thru the generals and the chiefs of staff, there would be less concern over whether or not we were there for oil or sand or because they are bad people and need to die.

    And yes I think that ALL bad people need to be killed. The prisons shouldn’t have a death row, they should have a death tent, you get two weeks, one to make peace with your victims family and your family and one to make peace with your diety of choice. then you get a shot to the head, hell I would do it if you wanted me to.

  13. October 23, 2006 at 7:49 pm

    Ahh, Nightmare.

    That’s why I love you, man!

  14. Wen
    October 23, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    CNN is anti-America?

  15. October 23, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    I would say their airing of this footage aided the enemy and did nothing helpful for America.

    Sounds anti-American to me.

    The drive-by media strikes again.

  16. Black Jack
    October 24, 2006 at 11:49 am

    Great topic Incredipete.

    As I read some of the comments above I could not help but be both encouraged and dismayed. Dave seems to have a grasp of the situation and had the most cogent thoughts on the matter but allowed the discussion to regress into a defense of Fox News.

    We are discussing the fact that an American news organization, which does have a stake in the wars outcome, aired footage of an enemy sniper team stalking and then shooting an American solider. CNN said they seek to report the “unvarnished” truth. Oddly enough they did not actually show the soldier’s head or chest exploding on impact of the bullet. I guess a little varnish is ok when it helps CNN advance its propaganda.

    As I read Andria’s comments I could not help but think “Jane you ignorant slut”

    The problem with people like Andria is that they believe the truth always lies in between two opposing points of view. Because of this they are unable to clearly identify outrageous and subversive behavior.

    Andria states “I mean, I might not necessarily agree with showing our soldiers being ambushed”. I guess sometimes its ok right Andria. She lacks the ability to muster the conviction to say that this was wrong and totally unacceptable. She does find the some energy to defend the showing by trying to find a counter balance to the behavior in Fox News. I guess this helps rationalize her warped view.

    Like so many others today, she has allowed her political biases to shape her thinking to the point where she cannot, and proudly I suspect will not, discern right from wrong.

    Politics is great sport. I love it. But when it comes to our survival and how we will posture ourselves as a nation to wage this war over the next few decades we must force ourselves to cut through the crap so we can make good decisions. Yes Andria, decades. Fighting an enemy that not only welcomes death but seeks it out will test us and our children. It will not stop until we make it stop.

    I know the solider killed in the video is waiting by the pearly gates for the head of CNN to show someday. This fine troop, if he is anything like those I lead in the past, will have something special waiting for him.

    For those of you that say this war cannot be won, you are wrong. Take the earbuds out, finish your French Roast Espresso and wake up. This war will be won. The only question is who will be standing when it is over. There are far too many who are eager to emulate Nero. Too many others are preoccupied finding their Happy Place rather than dealing rationally with the problems at hand. CNN and the rest of them are not the problem – they are a symptom. The problem stares back at us each morning we look in the mirror.

    Black Jack

  17. October 25, 2006 at 9:16 am

    Fair comment…very insightful, Jack! And FTR, I don’t agree with Fox news on everything. I was just stating impressions. In general, I hate all media.

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