Comments: Misreporting Iraq

Anne- the military reported correctly within 48 hours (Dec 3 press release)

All 10 Marines died Dec. 1 from an improvised explosive device outside Fallujah, Iraq. The Marines were inside an abandoned flour factory being used as a patrol base when the IED detonated. All 10 Marines were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, their unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Also, in defense of any initial mistakes in reporting, one possible reason is operational security. I suspect the Marines were using this site frequently. I believe the folks on the ground would want to do several things: (1) see if any of the folks who planted the device came by; (2) get the word out about possible compromise of foward patrol bases; and (3) prevent the opposition from knowing right away about successful targeting. I don't think holding that information for 24-48 hours constitutes dishonesty, especially given the break the story first, check later mentality of the 24 hour news networks.

Posted by Col Steve at December 8, 2005 01:37 AM

Col Steve - You're right and I should have acknowledged it before.

My apologies.

Posted by Anne at December 16, 2005 09:54 PM