My political commentary for the day….
Italian Journalist says US targeted her, US says otherwise
Alright, as streams of info comes in, it turns out the Italian gov’t kept us out of the loop because they paid upwards of $6Mil Euros to get this woman back (my Scotsman says open season on Italian journalists now, I agree). Because of this little factoid, the US was kept out of the loop regarding her release. So were our soldiers expecting her arrival? Nope, all they saw was a car coming towards them. Honestly, I’m at a loss on who’s events to believe, as usual I think they’re somewhere in-between. Honestly, do I think the fire came from a tank? Of course not, more than likely, if the tank wanted to stop a car without actually firing anything into it, who do you think’s gonna win – the car, or the 30cal+ armour-plated tank?
Honestly, I think we should pull our military out of Italy, not Germany. Let those towns lose the revenue and move the bases elsewhere. It’s pathetic that they would stoop this low. And now that the insurgents know that they can get that kind of money out of a government, guess what’s going to happen now? If Eason Jordan was dumb enough to accuse the military of targeting journalists, hope he can counter that when journalists are now targeted because of Italy’s stupidity.
As far as this specific instance goes, those soldiers didn’t even know that journalist was coming their way. Italy kept us out of the loop on her release because of the money exchange. My other opinion is, is that if journalists choose to go over there, they need to accept the fact that they are in a war zone and people, including them, get shot. Quite a bit on our casualty list is from friendly fire, the unfortunate fact is that it happens and journalists need to learn when to stop getting the story, drop everything in their hands and put their arms up. Honestly, I’m sure we’re not the only ones who’s nailed a journalist with a bullet, but we’re going to be blamed because we’re the main force over there, running the check points. I can’t really give an opinion about the guys at checkpoints, because I don’t know what all they’re going through on a daily basis, I just know they’re in survival mode and that includes being a bit jumpy on whether the next car coming is going to have a bomb attached to it. I’d love to think everything is hunky dorie over there, but I know otherwise and I can’t play arm-chair commander.