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March 28, 2004
Morning BriefingBy Greyhawk
As a service to our readers, the Mudville Gazette will begin presenting The Morning Briefing, the same compilation of news from around the world that top US militay officials are starting their day with. Links in this section are presented without editorial comment and do not represent an endorsement by this web site, the DoD, any component thereof, etc.
Don Rumsfeld has a copy in the limo on the ride in. Why shouldn't you start your day the same way? We ask only that you, like our SecDef, use this information only for good.
(Well, you could also hat tip this way should you use this info or find it potentially useful.)
Note: Today's entries are actually last Friday's briefing. Those that could not be found online are designated "NA". Thanks and enjoy.
1. Rice Is Agreeable To Return For More Of 9/11 Panel's Queries
2. Up To 2,000 Marines To Go To Afghanistan From Gulf
3. U.S. Officials Fashion Legal Basis To Keep Force In Iraq
4. In City Seen As Iraqi Success, Extremists Rise
5. Sudden, Painful Rebirth Unsettles Stagnant Region
6. 3 Troops Killed In Iraq Attacks
8. New Iraq Defence Ministry Announced
9. Iraqi Police Target Of Guerrilla Attacks
10. US Soldiers Face Charges Of Prisoner Abuse
11. At Prison Gate, Iraqi Families Vent
13. Chalabi, Nimble Exile, Searches For Role In Iraq
14. U.S. Still Weighing Troop Roles
16. Pentagon Can Hire 2,500 Experts For National Security Needs
17. Retired Brass Urge Delay In Anti-Missile Shield
18. In Army Survey, Troops In Iraq Report Low Morale
19. U.S. Army Finds Its Suicide Rate In Iraq Is Higher Than For Other G.I.’s
20. Federal Officials Set Aside Worries Over Desert Tortoise, Rare Plant
21. Judge Won't Dismiss Guantanamo Spy Case
22. U.S. Sent Medically Unfit Soldiers To Fight In Iraq
23. Terror Suspect Will Get Day In Court
24. Bush Defends Response To Threats Of Terrorism
25. Lawmakers Keep Up Fight Against 2005 Base Closures
26. Cornyn Wants To Land More Troops In Texas
27. Defense Officials Press Attack On Entitlement Growth
28. U.S. Lawmaker Vows To Scrutinize Expensive Aircraft Programs
29. Lawmakers Approach Rumsfeld
30. Leaders Push Pentagon Memorial
31. Pols Take Heat For Not Avenging Cole Attack
32. Al Qaeda Urges Musharraf's Overthrow
33. Anti-Al Qaeda Force, Militants Stalemated
34. U.S. Base's Transfer On Hold
35. Governor Seeks Balance Between Reality And Ideal
36. Russia Sees U.S., NATO Actions As Reason To Watch Its Back
(NA Subscription only)
38. Comanche's Cancellation Brings Layoffs
39. Stand Firm
40. The Wrong War
41. 'Wartime President' MIA
42. Sept. 11, Lies And 'Mistakes'
43. Military Is Limited In Fighting Terror
44. Army Misfires In 'Spy' Case
45. Guantanamo Captives In A Legal No-Man's Land
46. A President's Job
47. The Wrong Target
48. Oil For Fraud?
Posted by Greyhawk / March 28, 2004 7:23 AM | Permalink
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November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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