Sunday, November 25, 2007

Troop morale

The CJR has a story about a NYT op-ed discussion of troop morale in Iraq.

In 1968 I was on a US destroyer on the gunline off the coast of the DMZ between Cap Lay and Tiger Island. We didn't have embedded journalist back then but we did have a few reporters make trips to the ship. Interview subjects were always arranged in advance by the ships command.

I was not what you'd call a happy sailor. I'd have rather been in Canada. No reporter ever talked to me. They always reported high morale and a gung-ho attitude of the sailors. And the military has only gotten better at managing reporter access.

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