Zealous Donkey, on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, 2:27 PM, said:
A friend of mine that was over there said that the video we were looking at was better than what the Apache Pilots could actually see, so he says it could have been easy to mistake a camara for an RPG, but he also said that that area in Iraq was probably a no weapons area which meant if they see anyone carrying any kind of weapon they are shoot on site. So an AK or any other rifle would have been grounds for firing on them. He said that they way it is being spun by wikileaks is anti american propaganda pure and simple. He said it amounts to treason in his eyes but that there is really nothing that can be done.
I'm not going to call it treason, but I'll say that it is a pretty unreasonable way to react to the footage. wikileaks is definitely using it to advance the cause (government transparency, forced if necessary) which I think benefits every world citizen in the long run.
Zealous Donkey, on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, 2:38 PM, said:
See, I have a very different opinion on this. I understand why the military keeps this stuff quiet, because of the way these kinds of things are going to be spun and progandized to use to hurt the war effort. And unless you actually saw that peice of footage then you would beleive that they actually had taken fire by just listening to the pilots interact. And apparently there had been several firefights in the area on that day. To expect the military to have every detail of every battle documented to perfection for release to the media is an idiotic standard that is impossible to live up to. Also releasing battle footage to allow the antiamerican media to monday morning quarterback shouldn't be expected this video being point and case.
Yeah, this is all why I am so hesitant to criticize. This is war, and we lack context. I will just say that we wouldn't have to be so concerned about public sentiment if we were a little more careful about why we wage wars to begin with...