War Reporting Travails

Michael Yon, who has been doing yeoman’s duty reporting from the heart of the conflict in Afghanistan, is a bit frustrated with his treatment by the British Ministry of Defense. While I do not have any other source for the information he provides, he’s been providing a level of detail (and truthfulness) in what I’ve seen to date that I would be unsurprised to find that matters are indeed exactly as he relates.

Here’s the thing, like our soldiers, airmen, and marines, he is doing an incredibly difficult and dangerous job. He needs support and encouragement, not additional friction. Whether the war in Afghanistan is going well or poorly, it is absolutely essential that all of the allies are told the truth. Oh, there are the usual issues with reference to not letting out certain details of ongoing operations and such, but Michael Yon is a former Green Beret and really does understand these matters better than 4 out of 5 reporters covering the sand and poppy beat.

Go, read his latest, and give him a bit of encouragement if you will. We need more like him.