"Writing about the Argentine media during the Falklands War, Rodolfo Braceli recalled, “The majority of the media and many notable journalists, more than being submissive and saving their skin, had a good time. They were not victims. Nor were they innocents. To say they were not innocents is the gentlest of ways of saying that they were, also, particularly culpable. … And there is more to reexamine: submission out of fear is one thing, and quite another is the genuflection, sugar-coated and gleeful, of complicity. Of the latter there was too much.”
We are not much better today. Reporter Ashley Banfield described coverage of the Iraq War by embedded reporters: “It was a glorious, wonderful picture that had a lot of people watching and a lot of advertisers excited about cable news. But it wasn’t journalism, because I’m not so sure that we in America are hesitant to do this again, to fight another war, because it looked like a glorious and courageous and so successful, terrific endeavor.” " Ximena Ortiz
That is Porfirio Diaz in the picture. He was president of Mexico for a long time. If our generals wear a few more rows of ribbons and badges they will start to look a lot like this. You remember him in the movie "Viva Zapata," right? Oh, that's right. Most of you don't have time for things like that.
Diaz famously said "Pobre Mexico, tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca a los Estados Unidos." As Ximena Ortiz suggests there is no longer enough difference between the two countries for him to have fretted over. Their narco-state is connected to us by an umbilical of money, illegal trade, cheap labor and our besotted desire for drugs.
Americans now seem to be largely ruled by passion and ignorance. Most of the public does not read anything of value. Television shows like "24" constitute their image of foreign affairs. The Republican Party, the party of Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower is enraptured by a politician who could not recall what she reads to be informed.
I find myself continually involved in conversations with people who really do not understand that we have "done" COIN many times. We have been there, done that and it was too hard, too long and too expensive. I write fiction set in the Civil War. Let's see, the North were the good guys, and…
An emerging third world country can not continue to fight wars that it does not understand in places it can only vaguely imagine. pl