December 29, 2004

Troops view of Rumsfeld

Kim du Toit received an e-mail from a SSgt. who had attended the Rumsfeld town hall meeting with the troops.

The SSgt. was amazed at the difference between what he observed at the meeting and how the MSM reported the meeting. The MSM media would have you believe that soldiers were disgruntled and were wanting a chance to castigate the SecDef. The truth was, in the SSgts. own words:

"There are over 12,000 troops on our base. Only 2,000 or so had the opportunity to attend the gathering and I can tell you, those were hotly contested seats. Not as the media would have you believe, so we could voice our displeasure, but rather to have the opportunity to see and hear the man we admire."

He went on to further say:

"He was applauded, he was given a standing ovation and he was loved. He stood there like a professional, like a man, and he took the heat because that's what leaders do. And yet somehow, the American media turned that wonderful event into a "disgruntled troops meet with Secretary Rumsfeld" headline."

And here's the statment that made me the proudest of our troops:

"The morale is high, the equipment is good and improving daily. Disregard what you read and hear from the media, and trust in the American fighting men and women to do the right thing. We have excellent leadership and are doing what we signed up to do."

Sentiments like these expressed by our troops need to be disseminated far and wide by the blogging community; The MSM will never show this side of the conflict. If WE don't do it, it won't get done. It's far past time that we allow the MSM free hand in passing off their bias as fact without challenge.

Posted by Delftsman3 at December 29, 2004 08:34 PM

I will admit even "I" thought the media made much ado about nothing with this one. I certainly don't blame Rumsfield for the fact that our military are ill-equipted. I also saw noting disgracing about his comment, "you go to war with the army you have". What other choice do you have? There is no such thing as a perfect army. The needs will always outdistance the supply. That is the nature of war.

Posted by: wanda at December 30, 2004 07:11 PM
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