21 September 2009

Out of touch?

I used to always think that being in Iraq gives one a unique perspective on the happenings in that country. I have to say, that's not entirely true. If you didn't catch it in my "Links of the Day" post, Columbia Journal Online hosted a great article on how out of touch Soldiers on Forward Operating Bases can be when compared to mainstream journalists—the massive force protection measures isolate many troops from the local population. Indeed, the best source of intelligence and analysis I get on Iraq comes not from the intel channels, but rather, from milbloggers and journalists.

How out of touch can one be on a FOB? Let's just say that the first I heard of this story was from my parents back in the US. (And this story has been confirmed at ArmyAirCrews.com)

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