Thursday, March 23, 2006

U.S. Soldier Blogs: "I’m Fed Nothing But Propaganda"

It's just one soldier's opinion, and it may not be the most popular one, but all Americans should read the blog, "Fun With Hand Grenades," by an anonymous blogger describing himself as a 23-year-old bartender turned solider in Iraq.

It was during a convesation with his parents that he first learned that some people believe Iraq is on the verge of civil war.

In a March 20 post, "Propaganda," the blogger writes:

Me: “Come again?"

Parents: “Oh, I was saying with gas prices over two bucks a gallon, are you sure you want to get a truck?”

Me: “No, the civil war part.”

That was the first I’d heard about the mosque getting blown up and this was two or three days after it happened. I’m IN Iraq and have no idea what’s going on. A few months back I came to the conclusion that I’m fed nothing but propaganda and now it seems like my theory is dead on.

Later, writing about the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, the blogger writes:

(N)inety percent of the pages that are focused on the war talk about how “great” the Iraqi Army/Police are becoming, how we built some school or water plant and how Haji is so grateful for it, or how such and such a unit found the mother of all weapons caches in some garden in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere. ... I can tell you that this place isn’t Candy Land. Car bombs are going off killing civilians, people are blowing up mosques, the kidnapping and subsequently beheading of people, these fuckers don’t wear identifiable uniforms, and friends of friends are getting killed over here. I personally find it insulting that what little amount of news I’m given isn’t realistic. I feel like the main character in “Clockwork Orange” with his eyelids held open while being brainwashed.


Anonymous RedEarth said...

Interesting....thanks for posting

3:52 PM  
Anonymous TOJ said...

Man, the VA psych bills these poor kids are going to run up when they get home. Bless them all, bring them home ASAP.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous YDogg said...

The VA won't pay for crap. It will be decimated by bush if it hasn't been already.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Caoimhe said...

Good find

I feel so awful for those young men and women being used as tools for Chimpstain and Haliburton

3:53 PM  
Anonymous 90%-percent said...

VA psych bills?
Not to worry. GWB is making sure our government won't cover their post Iraq medical costs.

USA - survival of the fittest and thanks for serving your country, chump!

-85% Jimmy

3:54 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

makes you wonder how many other soldiers
feel the same way, but have no one to tell but their fellow soldiers or families.

Wasn't there a study recently that found a high percentage of soldiers want the war to end this year? I think it was dismissed by the administration as being "liberal."

3:54 PM  
Anonymous MadMaddie said...

I know there was a report that a high % of soldiers are still under the belief that Saddam was directly involved in 9/11!!

3:54 PM  
Anonymous incapsulated said...

And they want it to stay that way

They control all the media they see and shut down their blogs if they question the Great Plan for Victory. It's total mind control time, and still 75% of them want the US the fuck out of there in a year. I guess it's more difficult to control their daily reality.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous MadMaddie said...

When they get back to the states...they are going to be very
angry...I am curious how this anger will present itself...their buddies killed for a lie, maimed ...the VA gutted by this administration....if they lived in the Gulf...their homes gone....

We have seen the Band of Brothers....

3:55 PM  
Anonymous incapsulated said...

These poor guys

After doing 3 or 4 tours, and an administration that doesn't even want to give them their benefits, and are pressuring doctors to NOT diagnose them with PTSD, so they don't have to pay for their treatment and can send them back to Iraq all doped up, are right back where the Vietnam vets were in the 70s, if not worse. These fuckers have managed to undo decades of progress on every concievable front.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous MadMaddie said...

As they say for every action there is a violent Reaction...
wait that must have been in the movie V-Vendetta.....

I agree with this statement...the Repugs don't have the ability to look at possible outcomes of their actions or inactions......

The Violent Backlash is coming and I fear that it won't be pleasant...

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like a bunch a liberal worms: Islamic fascists are in our midst plotting to destroy our lives right under our noses and your worried about a violent backlash from returning U.S. soldiers. Talk about not knowing your enemy. Here's hoping one of these battle-worn sick fuck blows hole in some Liberals dome...

4:58 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Anonymous, are you against free speech? Are you calling the soldier a liar?

Or are you so blind in your hatred of freedom of speech that you are willing to deny that 2/3rds of the country doesn't like the way the Bush Administration is handling the war?

It's real easy to make a snide remark anonymously. Name calling is a favorite past-time of those who have nothing intelligent to say.

5:25 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Anonoymous above has allowed himself to be brainwashed by Bush Administration propaganda. Sad.
He would have been among those dwindling numbers in the early part of the 1970s still rallying behind Nixon Administration similar propaganda as "communist facists are in our midst" and Americans should tune out the disgruntled soldiers returning from Vietnam.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Well, it's true, as David points out, that this is just one soldier's opinion. I'm sure there are probably others who feel as he does, although I have to say, he doesn't sound much like the majority of troops that I hear speak about their experiences in Iraq.

I was surprised as well to hear that the soldier with the blog had not heard about the bombing of the mosque in a timely manner, since I understand that the Fox News Channel is very popular with the troops in and around Baghdad.

Laura Ingraham just recently got back from there, and kept a journal of her visit. It's really worth reading, and interestingly enough, after spending time interviewing the troops, both American and Iraqi, she came home feeling more optimistic than ever about the way things are going and the progress that is being made.

And here are some of the troops'/vets' reactions to her journal, just to provide a different viewpoint from Eli's.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

here's the poll I referenced before:

Released: February 28, 2006
U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006

Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed”
While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy
Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown
Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public for insurgent attacks
Majority of troops oppose use of harsh prisoner interrogation
Plurality of troops pleased with their armor and equipment

2:20 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Trinity, do you think anyone has quantified what the troops think about propaganda? I doubt it.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

rob of wilmington, del. said...
"Trinity, do you think anyone has quantified what the troops think about propaganda? I doubt it."

I don't know, rob, but I rather doubt that most of the troops would consider updates on all of the progress they are making on a daily basis in Iraq to be "propaganda".

At least, no more so than all of the news reports of the latest IEDs or kidnappings/murders are propaganda. Why not report in a more balanced manner? It's all news afterall.

And don't forget, rob, bias in journalism can be measured every bit as much by what isn't being reported, as by what is being reported. Perhaps even more so.

"March 23, 2006 — Over the last 24 hours, ABC News has been reading hundreds of messages sent in by viewers in response to President Bush's claim that the media are undermining support for war in Iraq.

Viewer opinions ran the gamut, but the vast majority believed the media were biased in their Iraq coverage."

2:46 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Who cares about the perception, Trinity, when we have reality.
This argument of media not reporting the "good news" in Iraq is a lot of bunk.
The Nixon croonies made similar claims about the reporting of Vietnam. Like Vietnam, It is merely a propaganda stab to keep us in Iraq longer than we should be.

Trinity and others should heed the reports below if they care to hear THE TRUTH about the reporting in Iraq from the reporters on the ground who are actually doing it.
(I have yet to hear of an reporter in Iraq complain that they are not making an effort to cover the good news, but if someone is aware of such a reporter, please enlighten me).

8:48 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Forgot to mention.
Laura Ingraham's brief vacation in Iraq, missing the sectarian violence in more recent weeks, hardly compares to the experience of the reporters linked above who have been in Iraq for months on end.
As for the principal purveyours of the propaganda, Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney, the record shows that they only have heard from Iraq what they wanted to hear from the very beginning.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

thewaronterrible said...
"This argument of media not reporting the "good news" in Iraq is a lot of bunk.
The Nixon croonies made similar claims about the reporting of Vietnam. Like Vietnam, It is merely a propaganda stab to keep us in Iraq longer than we should be."

Yeah, right! Because people like me just love hearing about our troops dying and sustaining serious injuries. You are such a clueless bonehead!

Twot, I don't know how old you are, but my eldest brother served in Vietnam, and just for the record, we lost that war here at home. Not in country.

Those on the left who undermined our efforts back then, are trying to do the exact same thing now, because it is all they know how to do. Only this time, those of us old enough to know and remember the truth, will do our damnest not to let that happen again.

5:52 PM  

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