The Importance of the Media in Wartime

April 10, 2009
By Matt

Finally. Finally, we were given the ability to witness the true cost of our foreign policy debacle. Thanks to President Barack Obama, the media, for the first time in the entirety of our fight in Iraq, was given the ability to show United States soldiers’ coffins coming back to the United States. Why does it matter? The biggest problem with the Bush administration’s decision to hide these coffins from the public at large was the secrecy and deceptive nature with which we are made to blindly follow our nation’s leaders because, of course, they always know best. During the Vietnam War, the public saw soldiers coming home in coffins and it enraged them. The idea that young men and women were dying and that we could actually see these brave young souls rather than just ambiguous and distorted numbers made us all realize the gravity of our leaders’ decisions. When the Bush administration decided to enter Iraq in 2003, they felt it best that the public not see the physical and tangible results of war. They decided that the public need not see what was actually happening to the brave young men and women that we sent to fight in Iraq. Showing the people the actual toll of war is not some attempt to stop or prevent war altogether, it is to stop senseless war, war that need not sacrifice the live of our bravest citizens, of our most honorable and courageous fellow Americans. So, thank you President Obama and our current administration for not hiding the truth from the American people any longer and letting all of us see the damage and tragedy that we all allowed to happen when the Bush administration bullied us with patriotism and fear in 2003.

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