07 February 2008

Wanna read?

Interesting article about one of those everyday heros you dont hear near enough about. Jill Long is a military aviator and aerobatic pilot. I love the quote at the end of the story! She also has a website, here.

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday had a great op-ed piece by Arthur Herman, examining the role that the media played in turning the tide in theVietnam conflict. He examines the actual outcome of the 1968 Tet Offensive, as opposed to how that offensive was portrayed by the American media. It is interesting to note how disasterous Tet was, not for American forces, as usually assumed, but for the NVA and Viet Cong. Though Herman does not make the comparison, I would claim that it was similar in circumstance to the Battle of the Ardennes (Bulge), in that North Vietnam's government and military were supposedly on their last legs and had to cease operations for a time to build up for the push, much like Hitler sought to steal victory from the jaws of defeat in late 1944. Both campaigns were militarily disastrous, but the media-savvy North Vietnamese government was able to pinpoint our weakness and exploit it, in a way that Hitler could only have dreamed of.

It is interesting to note the similarities in reporting from Vietnam, and our current engagements in Iraq.

You can read the entire article here.

And I guess Craig Gross and I think alike. Well, about Dobson's reaction to McCain's imminent nomination, at least. And, the more I think about it, Belichick too. I watched the post-game interview and I commented to Shan that this looks like a guy who's team hasn't seen a championship ring in thirty years, not a guy who's team brought him a record-breaking season with a disappointing ending. You can read his comment on it here.


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