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I knew this story was out there, but had to search a bit to find it this morning.
BAGHDAD, Iraq Jan 6, 2005 - A roadside bomb killed seven U.S. soldiers in northwest Baghdad and two Marines were killed in western Iraq on Thursday, the deadliest day for American forces since a suicide attack on a U.S. base last month.A typical throwback there. After all, the stylebook dictates that one attack isn't enough for the first paragraph of any Iraq story these days. But by all means, if you must go back three weeks to find a second event please do so.
Oddly enough it hasn't yet make the "front page" of the online NY Times or Washington Post, where those numbers of dead usually promote rapid headline generation.
But the media might have some difficulties with a fact in paragraph 5 of the AP version:
The soldiers with Task Force Baghdad were on patrol Thursday evening when their Bradley fighting vehicle hit the explosive, the military said in a statement. Everyone inside the Bradley was killed.The heavily armored Bradley is often mistaken for a tank - this detail is not mentioned in the story. In fact the word "armor" does not appear at all.
Nor do any quotes from Donald Rumsfeld.
Like this one: "And if you think about it, you can have all the armor in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up."
Tragic verification of that point, and perhaps troubling to those in the media seeking spin. After all, he was thrashed by the clueless for being "insensitive" when he said it as part of the full response to the question about armor from a young Soldier in Kuwait.
CNN does link from their front page via the headline Officials: Roadside bomb kills seven troops. They offer this helpful description of the strength of the blast:
The blast flipped the 50,000-plus-pound Bradley Fighting Vehicle upside down and into a ditch, said Lt. Col. James Hutton, a 1st Cavalry spokesman. Rescue efforts were hampered by flames and secondary explosions, he said.A possible "incresingly powerful insurgency" storyline may evolve.
We'll see how (or if?) the media handles it throughout the day today.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the output of your site lately. It appears some of the other folks are losing interest in Iraq and the truth, especially about Abu Ghraib, armor, et al..... Please keep after it. For some of us, you (milblogs) are the only trustworthy information about the GWOT and your particular theater of operations. And we are ravenous for the truth. You guys keep it up.
Bless you for doing your duty. Press on.
SubsunkPosted by Subsunk at January 7, 2005 04:04 PM
I'd appreciate that the media at least get the Unit right. I feel horribly for the families of the poor souls who got hurt, but the NY media is reporting that Bradley belonged to a NY Unit. My unit. The Bradley was working closely with some-NY joes thus the error.
I'm spending the whole night explaining that I'm fine, thank god. Some of my buddies haven't got that oppurtunity, so their families won't be sleeping.
The mainstream press really needs to be made accountable for there "reporting".
MaxPosted by max at January 8, 2005 12:10 AM
Keep up the great work.
Regarding the loss of seven soldiers in the Bradley. I remember a few years ago that the Palestinian terrorists were able to destroy a few Merkava IIs with "roadside bombs" - buried mines. They were big enough to flip the vehicle over and dislodge the turrent. It happened twice I think.Posted by Richard Mahood at January 8, 2005 12:15 AM
I suggest that Rumsfeld agree to NEVER use an armored vehicle (Suburban or whatever gas guzzler he uses) until all vehicles in Iraq have armor. Better yet, why doesn't he agree to never use one anyway since after all, "You can be blown up even in Armored vehicles".
Rumsfeld is an idiot and there is no other way around it. He will not drive from the Pentagon to the White House unless it is in an Armored vehcile and yet he thinks that, what the hell, you should go to war without armor since armor can be blown up anyway.Posted by Kevn at January 9, 2005 05:32 AM
You know, as a Joe on the ground here, I say bless the Department of Defense-under Rumsfeld for the "RFI".
Oh- and for having Armored Vehicles here in the 1st place.
He's not perfect-but calls for armor got ignored in the last adminstration. At least here things are being incrementally fixed.
For the record I drove a "hillybilly armor" five ton to Baghdad. The best guys here don't throw more armor on there vehicles-they put more 240s on them.
Funny to encounter a fellow inhabitant of Liberty on the internet - who knows, maybe we've passed each other in the DFAC. And I think pretty much every vehicle on our drive up here was hillbilly-style...
I'm sorry about the loss of your comrades...keep fighting the good fight.
(A Signal dork from MN)Posted by delobius at January 10, 2005 07:44 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(6) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)