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Rocketta
Oct 13th, 2003, 11:59 PM
Identical soldier letters to US newspapers describe accomplishments in Iraq
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Identical letters signed by different soldiers describing their accomplishments in Iraq (news - web sites) have been appearing in newspapers across the United States.


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It was unclear who wrote the letter or organized sending it, USA Today reported. The letter-writing campaign could violate military ethics if it was intended to sway public opinion.


The letter from soldiers in the Kirkuk-based Second Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment said the northern city had become "our home away from home."


"The quality of life and security for the citizens has been largely restored, and we are a large part of why that happened," the letter said. "The majority of the city has welcomed our presence with open arms."


Identical letters have appeared in 11 newspapers, the daily said.


Pentagon (news - web sites) spokesman Bryan Whitman said he was unaware of any coordinated campaign to send letters supportive of the war back to the United States.


But he told the daily he was not surprised by it since many soldiers were discouraged by negative coverage of the war at home.


President George W. Bush (news - web sites)'s administration has launched a feisty campaign to boost sagging public support for the war and to present events in Iraq in a positive light.


Six soldiers contacted by USA Today said they did not know who wrote the letter but agreed with its message. A seventh soldier said he only learned of the existence of the letter when his father congratulated him for getting "such a good letter" published in his hometown paper.


Another soldier told the daily his platoon sergeant had distributed the letter and asked soldiers who agreed with it to sign it. The platoon sergeant also asked for the names of soldiers' hometown newspapers.


"Everything it said is dead accurate," the soldier said of the letter. We've done a really good job."

Oh what a tangled web we weave when we try to deceive... :fiery: :smash: :banghead: :cuckoo: :bs:

Scotso
Oct 14th, 2003, 12:30 AM
Bush :rolleyes:

Scotso
Oct 14th, 2003, 12:32 AM
His efforts are blowing up in his face :D

Rocketta
Oct 14th, 2003, 12:37 AM
His efforts are blowing up in his face :D

We can only hope but like everything else he might get a "pass". :(

ys
Oct 14th, 2003, 12:42 AM
that is called .. propaganda. Something that is not Bush's strong side. They have already caught a dozen of Saddams. Now this..

Halardfan
Oct 14th, 2003, 10:39 AM
Its a depressing story with more than a hint of "1984" about it...

Fox News is currently obsessed with this Republican notion, namely that everything in Iraq is going super-great, and that its only that no good media which insists on reporting irrelevant bad stuff, like the frequent car bombs, suicide bombs, total chaos etc...

Doubtless progress is being made in some areas, but its obviously a case of one step forward, two steps back at the moment...things are going very badly and its no use anyone pretending otherwise...

Even GW knows how badly its going really...witness the way Rumsfeld's star has fallen in recent weeks...we know why.

Warrior
Oct 14th, 2003, 05:07 PM
nothing surprises me anymore

griffin
Oct 14th, 2003, 05:57 PM
Six soldiers contacted by USA Today said they did not know who wrote the letter but agreed with its message. A seventh soldier said he only learned of the existence of the letter when his father congratulated him for getting "such a good letter" published in his hometown paper.



:rolleyes:

Rocketta
Oct 14th, 2003, 07:54 PM
whatever, is this since the news about the soldiers' suicides came out :rolleyes:

Yes this came out after the news about the increase of suicides.

Quite Frankly there are soo many scandals going on there's too many to concentrate on one....:eek: