The Yellow Elephant in the room
Here's an interesting article:
Military Update: Personnel chiefs talk around war's unpopularity
BY TOM PHILPOTT
Published July 24, 2005
Deep into a four-hour congressional hearing last week on why the Army and its reserve components are missing recruiting goals, Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., turned a spotlight on the elephant in the room.
The war in Iraq, Snyder said, is unpopular with many Americans - a fact that needs airing, given the all-volunteer nature of the U.S. military.
Snyder, the panel's senior Democrat, finally raised what other lawmakers, two senior defense officials and 10 star-rank officers ignored in their remakes - perhaps in deference to President Bush or to protect troop morale.
"I don't think I agree with the view that somehow all we have to do is change the news reporting that comes from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that's going to take care of our problems," Snyder said. "First of all, there ain't no one in this room going to change the news reporting. These folks are professional journalists. They're reporting what they think is the news. But there's a deeper issue."
Waitaminit. A traitorous Democrap from ARKANSAS says the war isn't popular? Outrage! We need some College Republicans to step up and prove him wrong! Who's with me?