America as a whole goes on shopping

The butt-stroke mentality

Mother Jones
by April Rabkin

Is anyone still 'hunting down' Osama? Should the military allow photos of coffins coming home? When soldiers have worse odds of getting killed in Afghanistan than in Iraq, why do we hardly hear about them? No to the first; yes to the second; and as to the third, Rick Scavetta explains the Pentagon's systematic approach to masking fatalities. Since age 18, Scavetta has served off and on in the military. He reported for Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the U.S. Armed Forces, for three years in dozens of countries from Bosnia to Afghanistan. Then he was the army's chief of media relations in Afghanistan for a year, ending in February 2006. He embedded reporters from more than 200 news agencies, from Tom Brokaw to local Afghan reporters. For all his attempts to bring the war to the public, he says, 'America as a whole goes on shopping'...

//www.motherjones.com/interview/2006/12/scavetta.html


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