I wear my sunglasses at night
Former Spook says:
The blogosphere is abuzz about "Shock Troops" a combat "dispatch," published in the current edition of The New Republic. Supposedly the work of a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq, the article details alleged, atrocious behavior by American troops, ranging from running over dogs with Bradley fighting vehicles, to mocking a victim of an IED attack. Michael Goldfarb at the WorldwideStandard.com (and others) have been doing yeoman's work in debunking these claims.
Power Line has more on how Michael Goldbarb is passing these stories through a sieve to catch any fibs made up by writers to advance a narrative. One possible fib concerns the "brutal" Bradley driver who twitches his vehicle to the right to run over dogs except the cooling grill makes it hard to see the right side of the vehicle ...
Just a few posts ago in the Empire of the Mind, researchers from Radio Free Europe noted how the telling of tales -- or narratives if you prefer -- had become a weapon of war. The stories did not in fact have to be true. They could be entirely bogus for as long as they fit the narrative. Whether or not there's a Bradley driver out there who runs over dogs, he can only be glimpsed through the haze of a widening information battlefield. The Internet age has ironically debased the authority of casually published information. Once upon a time something was true if it "was written in a book" or "published in the newspaper" or "I saw it on TV". "Pictures didn't lie". No more. The greater the bandwidth that comes to our door the more uncertain we are of the truth. Did the Jews plot 9/11? Did America make war on Saddam for oil? Does steel melt in a flame? Didn't a missile hit the Pentagon? Wasn't a secret American nuclear test behind the tsunami which struck Indonesia? Weren't the Moon Landings faked? Didn't Al Gore win the 2000 Presidential elections?
Does the Bradley driver really exist?