Wednesday, August 24, 2005


This was the lede in a story by Reuters today:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has approved full-rate production of a new Hellfire missile variant, touted by President George W. Bush for its ability to kill guerrillas in urban settings, the missile's manufacturer said on Wednesday. U.S. commanders in Iraq have asked for more of the rounds, said Lt. Col. Kevin Curry, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, who added that early versions had already been used there in 'limited numbers.' More than 1,870 Americans have been killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. The 'thermobaric' Hellfire AGM-114N warhead creates an intense, sustained pressure wave that can strike around corners in 'caves, bunkers and hardened multi-room complexes,' the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin Corp., said.
Now, a certain sentence just sort of jumps out at me. It reminds me of the Sesame Street song, "One of these things ain't like the others..." Of course, it is standard practice for the MSM to point out any and all bad news out of Iraq, even if the news has little or nothing to do with the story. Instead of focusing on efforts by the Pentagon to fast-track new weapons to the front lines, ensuring our troops have the latest and greatest, the media feels compelled to remind everyone that yes, indeed, we have suffered losses in war. While every death is a tradgedy, that is the price of freedom. When our troops complain of too little equipment, like body armor or up-armored Humvees, the media is all over it. But when we are doing the right thing getting more effective weapons in their hands, the story is all of a sudden about the death count, not the Pentagon doing its best to supply our troops.

UPDATE: Dadmanly provides an explanation for how these things happen.

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