It’s part of what they call “Operation Homefront.”
Good soldiers follow orders and hundreds of American military men and women returned to the United States on holiday leave this month with orders to sell the Iraq war to a skeptical public.
The program, coordinated through a Pentagon operation dubbed “Operation Homefront,” ordered military personnel to give interviews to their hometown newspapers, television stations and other media outlets and praise the American war effort in Iraq.
They even have “talking points”:
–Admit initial doubts about the war but claim conversion to a belief in the American mission;
–Praise military leadership in Iraq and throw in a few words of support for the Bush administration;
–Claim the mission to turn security of the country over to the Iraqis is working;
–Reiterate that America must not abandon its mission and must stay until the “job is finished.”
–Talk about how “things are better” now in Iraq.
Another “use” of our military people.
Sgt. Johnathan Wilson, a reservist, got his honorable discharge after he returned home earlier this month and he’s not afraid to talk on the record.
“Iraq is a classic FUBAR,” he says. “The country is out of control and we can’t stop it. Anybody who tries to sell a good news story about the war is blowing it out his ass. We don’t win and eventually we will leave the country in a worse shape than it was when we invaded.”
One of the things that really struck me about Murtha’s statements was the idea that he felt he had to speak for our soldiers who weren’t allowed to speak for themselves.
There are all sorts of ways to support the troops. I think listening to their narratives is a good place to start. Some of them need your support while they keep their mouths shut for as long as they have to do so. That’s a double burden – so I send this message out to you brave men and women:
It won’t last forever. Someday you will be able to tell the truth if you choose to do so. Observe, think about what’s important, be our eyes on reality. Make what decisions you have to make as best you can. And come home to us.