NYT Spitting?

C.I.R. Press Editorial

– We have all heard the stories, some out there may have seen it, others taken part. As brave men returned from war in Vietnam they were shouted down as baby killers, even spat upon. Of course I am sure, now Senator, Kerry’s words of wisdom to congress did not help correct faulty viewpoints of soldiers as monsters. And like above you had the “peace protestors” taunting young men serving their country, because soldiers are just mindless killing machines they deserve no respect. Right?

Well it has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. If that is the case the New York Times is doing nothing less to the military today than those who in Vietnam just thought of the military as killers.

Smear Campaign
Oliver North

Waukesha, WI – Here in "Cheesehead" country, where Green Bay Packer fans go to Lambeau field with snow shovels, military recruiting has never been much of a problem – until now. "These are outdoors, patriotic people," a military recruiter told me as I prepared to speak at a Boy Scout function here. "Young people up here are tough. They hunt, they ice-fish, they go to football games in an open stadium in the middle of a blizzard. This used to be a great place to be a recruiter – but not any more," he continued.

"What’s happened," I asked this two-tour veteran of the Global War on Terror.

His reply was blunt – and an indictment of the so-called mainstream media: "The press is killing us. We have parents and high school guidance counselors telling our best prospective recruits that they have too much potential to waste it in the military. Last year we had to debunk myths about how the war in Iraq was being lost. Now when we go to talk to parents they ask us about stories they have heard about suicides, drugs – and now murders. There is no 'good news.' It's very discouraging."
Remember those words: "very discouraging."

The "murders" my recruiter referred to are those "documented" by The New York Times in a front page story entitled "Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles." The "Deadly Echoes" piece appeared concurrently with the hunt for a male Marine suspected of killing a fellow female Marine in North Carolina – a story that has been repeated almost hourly on the cable news channels.

The authors of the NYT piece claim that they found 121 cases where veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing, or were charged with one, after their return from war. What this amounts to says the Times, is "a cross-country trail of death and heartbreak."

From October through December last year there were a series print and broadcast "investigative reports" about high rates of suicide, desertion, drug abuse and divorce among members of our military. A 17 November 2007 Associated Press headline blared: "Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980."
In fact, the drug abuse and suicide rates for military personnel are considerably lower than that for the same age group in the U.S. population and the divorce rate in the military remains slightly lower than in the overall population. The desertion rate for the Marines has actually declined since 9-11-01.