Saturday, June 10, 2006


There has been much published over the past several days concerning irregularities in some of the information from Haditha that prompted an investigation of actions of US troops there.

I have seen bloggers spending hours of their own time digging, fact checking, comparing, and publishing their findings for peer review and discussion. These are people that have jobs and other things in their lives that place demands on their time and energy but have answered what is apparently to them the call of an important mission, a call of duty.

While professional journalists should be doing the work that is being done by members of the general public in trying to get the story straight, we are already seeing results. Respected media giants such as Time are beginning to back off of some of their initial claims and distance themselves from initial sources.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am simply in awe. This spontaneous and most honest display of devotion by members of our community for our service members in seeing they get a fair shake is enough to make an old grouch misty.

Those troops are at risk every day defending us and it is wonderful to see such an outpouring of support when we have a chance to defend them in return. There are too many people out there doing whatever they can to list because I am afraid of leaving someone out and thereby diminishing their contribution, but they know who they are and honestly, it is events such as this that make me proud to be an American.

This is a real living example of the love and devotion America has for their armed forces members. If someone is going to make accusations that would bring dishonor on the institution of our military, they are going to need to run a gauntlet of ordinary Americans who are going to want to make darned sure they have done their homework first.

Unlike times not so far in the past, we now live in an America that really does support its troops, in both word and deed.

To those of you spending your own time and effort on this issue, I thank you with all my heart.


Blogger Sharon said...

You're welcome.

I was one of the very ordinary Americans who felt compelled to fight this thing back.

We are not going through Abu Ghraib again.

8:52 AM PDT  
Blogger Toni said...

That was so well said. Spiritbuilders had a link to your post.

9:50 AM PDT  
Anonymous Pilgrim said...

What the legacy media has failed to realize is that we no longer take their tripe at face value. We, the ordinary Americans, now have the power to do our own research, fact checking, and reporting.

The Milbloggers are quick to stand up to defend their brethren and that gets the news out to the rest of us who respond in kind.

This singular event may become a verb in it's own right. If the investigation proves these Marines are innocent, then the righteous indignation felt and expressed by us Ordinary Americans against the legacy media may well become known as "They were Haditha'd".

7:45 PM PDT  
Anonymous Oyster said...

I too am in awe of those dedicated to getting to the bottom of these issues, even knowing full well that it may or may not exhonerate anyone. But at least those willing to listen will have "all" the facts and can come to their own conclusions. Some of us are tired of being told what to think. The old "We report, you decide" axiom can finally be truthfully attributed to the right people.

11:36 AM PDT  

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