David Huntwork

Embedded Reporters: A Bad Idea
Preparedness: Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst
Wikileaks War
The Rise of the Tea Party
Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration
Boycott The One
Into a Twisted Future with Gary Wolf
We Shall Not Go Quietly Into The Night
Dancing Under the Ugandan Skies - A Book Review
The 99 Most Memorable, Interesting and Outrageous Political Quotes of 2008
Obama's Natural Born Problem
The Giggle Monster Lost His Giggle (A children's story)
Victory at any Price
The History of the Huntwork Clan
Palin and those "scary" Christians
Our "Little Barracuda"
Civility at Saddleback
The Top Ten Reasons Obama Should Not Be President
The Coming Fascist State
You're to Blame for Everything
Hillary's Close Call
The Jerry Springer Party
Christianity, Obama, Identity Politics and Liberation Theology
Tis the Season to be PC
I Am NOT An Animal
The Sad Saga of Amanda Marcotte
The Left attempts to define Political Correctness
In Defense of Blackwater and the Modern Day Merc
Some Thoughts on the Senate Sleepover and the Iraq War
The Salt Lake Shooter and Sudden Jihad Syndrome
Successes and Setbacks in the "Long War"
The Rise of the Anti-Jihadists
The Little Boy and the Magic Snowman (A Children's Story)
Exploiting Children in the Name of Climate Change
Workshop of the Second Self: A Book Review
The Mystery of 9-11, Dr. Graham and Jamal Khan
2996: A tribute to the victims of 9-11
Myths (and Truths) of the Illegal Immigration Invasion
Out of Control Teacher Reinstated after Anti-US Rant
Alternating Worlds: A Book Review
Defending Christmas
The Execution of Terri Schiavo
The Saga of SpongeBob SquarePants
Civility at Saddleback
Embedded Reporters: A Bad Idea
Death of a Monster: Yasser Arafat
Immigrations Unarmed Invasion
Post 47 and RAthERGATE
September 11th: Lives Lost and Lessons Learned
An Alliance of Evil
The Holy Land - A Book Review
The Nature of the Enemy
The Embracer: A Book Review
Final Battle of the Culture Wars
They Say Trevor Made a Mockery of MLK Day
Did You Lie to Your Kids at Christmas?
The Twists and Turns of the Jessica Lynch Story
Valley of the Dry Bones
Rush and Race
What's Wrong with the Caucasion Club?
The Seductive Temptress
A Just War
Living the Bill of Rights
The Institutionalism of Liberalism
Triumph of the Bush Doctrine
New Alliances for a New Century
The Real Reason for the Iraq War
The Family Historian
There Once Was A Little Brown Bug (A Children's Story)
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan
The U.N. Agenda
Powell the Pacifist

A United States marine now faces possible conviction and punishment for war crimes for finishing off a wounded enemy fighter in Fallujah. An act not unique and perhaps understandable in the intense and bitter fighting for the city, but one caught on film by freelance NBC news correspondent Kevin Sites and released worldwide within hours. How this anti-war activist became a pool reporter for a variety of news organizations and embedded with the military forces he despises has not been explained but casts a dark shadow of doubt on the practice of allowing reporters and film crews on the front line during combat.

The reaction to the controversial footage shot by Sites predictably varied from outrage to profound praise. Commentators and bloggers reacted with their usual fierce opinions and an online petition of support for the marine quickly surpassed a quarter of a million signatures. The petition can be viewed here: http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?as123.

This story, though no longer in the top headlines, is far from over.

The question really becomes whether reporters and camera crews should be allowed to be present where such controversial actions in battle will inevitably occur.

The presence of reporters and camera crews sooner or later creates video footage for the enemy’s recruitment and propaganda machine. A free society shoots itself in the foot and emboldens and encourages the enemy by allowing such scenes, taken out of context, to be broadcast. The military censors failed horribly in this instance and the United States has paid a high price in world opinion by its broadcast.

War is brutal and in a politically correct, hypersensitive society this undermines the will to fight and undercuts support for the truth. The presence of reporters on the front lines creates avenues for them to skirt the rules regarding the review of footage shot in combat zones.

A 19 year old soldier should not have to worry that his every instinctive action during combat could potentially be used against him simply because it was caught on tape. Endless replaying of the images and the constant commentary by the talking heads takes the focus off the end goal and detracts from victory in the field. Such an act of combat carnage caught on tape invariably fails to properly convey what is happening on the ground and distorts the true account of an action or situation. There is no sense of perspective or history to a simple snippet of a much larger drama and story.

There is an amazing clash of culture, religion, and world views taking place in Iraq and I have always supported recording the momentous events of such a war for the sake of history. At the same time, the failure to control the release of the footage of the marine killing an injured insurgent in Fallujah forces us to reconsider the wisdom of embedding reporters with the troops and allowing their unedited video to be released to the world.

We must not forget that it is the enemy that is dictating the type of battle being fought and breaking every rule of warfare. It is a fight where the ‘dead’ pop up to shoot soldiers, bodies are booby trapped, and terrorist thugs fake injury only long enough for US forces to hesitate and themselves become casualties from such trickery. No tears should be shed or hands wrung for a foe that beheads contractors, takes hostages, disembowels women, executes aid workers, employs suicide bombers, terrorizes the civilian population, fakes death and surrender to kill soldiers and generally plays dirty in this war.

The fight for Fallujah is the blueprint that needs to be followed if victory is too attained in this particular battle in the world wide war on terror, terror regimes, nuclear proliferation and Islamic fascism. This war must be won and crying crocodile tears for a terrorist thug that received the battlefield justice he deserved will not help the free world achieve victory.

For there ever to be true peace and stability in Iraq and the Middle East there first must be the death, capture and defeat of those who are the followers of despots, use terror as a political weapon, and seek the elimination or submission of all infidels. At least 2500 killed or captured in Fallujah is but a start, but it is a good start nonetheless. The back of the insurgency must be broken and the establishment of a moderate, representative modern government must be successfully implemented. The age of the terror state in the post 9-11 world is coming to an end and Iraq is a strategic and necessary part of that plan. Failure is not an option and anything, including the idea of embedded reporters, that impedes that lofty goal cannot be tolerated.

When it comes to blaming someone for what we saw in Fallujah, blame not the marine but those who filmed and released such footage to the world.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

- President Ronald Reagan

 ”I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.”

—William F. Buckley Jr.

"Liberals want to regulate just about everything: where we live, what fuels we use, what car we drive, whether we can drive or be forced to use government mass transit, where we send our kids to school, what doctor we see, and even to what extent we express our approval or disapproval of others’ lifestyles. It’s hard to find something liberals don’t want to regulate. Is that a world you want to live in?” 

"At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers. It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make all men equal in His sight. "

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end."

- Orson Scott Card

"In response to skyrocketing gas prices, liberals say, practically in unison, 'We can’t drill our way out of this crisis.”' What does that mean? This is like telling a starving man, 'You can’t eat your way out of being hungry!'  'You can’t water your way out of drought!' 'You can’t sleep your way out of tiredness!' 'You can’t drink yourself out of dehydration!' Seriously, what does it mean? Finding more oil isn’t going to increase the supply of oil? It is the typical Democratic strategy to babble meaningless slogans, as if they have a plan. Their plan is: the permanent twilight of the human race. "

-Ann Coulter

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
-Samuel Adams