Pontificator: News and Commentary

Wednesday, February 26, 2003 :::
Kudos to the staff in the Pentagon's Creative Acronym Division, for cleverly deciphering the initials M.O.A.B. (from the experimental 21,000 pound bomb planned for use in Iraq, whose "massive explosive punch is similar to a small nuclear weapon") as Massive Ordnance Air Burst. This, doubtless, sounded less reprehensible than the MOAB's obvious original title: Mother Of All Bombs. Oh, those Pentagon wags. It must be like the Algonquin Roundtable when these paragons of wit assemble to craft their latest bon mot.


::: posted by Pontificator at 1:05 PM

If [Saddam Hussein] and his generals "take innocent life, if they destroy infrastructure, they will be held accountable as war criminals," U.S. President George W. Bush said Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). -ABS-CBN News

Would this be before or after we try to assassinate him?


::: posted by Pontificator at 8:25 AM

Monday, February 24, 2003 :::
From the Pentagon's "ground rules" for embedding reporters with U.S. troops in Iraq:

"The Department of Defense (DOD) policy on media coverage of future military operations is that media will have long-term, minimally restrictive access to U.S. air, ground, and naval forces through embedding. Media coverage of any future operation will, to a large extent, shape public perception of the national security environment now and in the years ahead. This holds true for the U.S. public; the public in allied countries whose opinion can affect the durability of our coalition; and publics in countries where we conduct operations, whose perceptions of us can affect the cost and duration of our involvement.

"Our ultimate strategic success in bringing peace and security to this region will come in our long-term commitment to supporting our democratic ideals. We need to tell the factual story -- good or bad -- before others seed the media with disinformation and distortions, as they most certainly will continue to do. Our people in the field need to tell our story -- only commanders can ensure the media get to the story alongside the troops. We must organize for and facilitate access of national and international media to our forces, including those forces engaged in ground operations, with the goal of doing so right from the start."

Very admirable. But does anyone really expect DOD to release unedited footage of troop activities in unsecured areas? Once the Pentagon starts tampering with reports in the name of security (a genuine concern for ground troops), what will compel them to separate tactically compromising footage from politically compromising footage? Their good intentions?


::: posted by Pontificator at 9:26 AM

Sunday, February 23, 2003 :::
This one is making the rounds...

Why We Can't Find Bin Laden


::: posted by Pontificator at 9:10 PM


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