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Matt's blog Blackfive was voted the #1 military blog in 2004 by the Weblog Awards. He is a soldier, paratrooper and a blogger.
Back in WWII, soldiers wrote letters home. Today many of them communicate in real-time with all of us through the power of the Internet. The reason I am so confident of what we are doing in Iraq in particular, and the war on terror in general, is because of what I have read on milblogs like Blackfive.
Please do yourself a favor and check out Matt's blog and the others Milblogs listed in our links to the right of this page. In my opinion, it is a matter of national security.
How can that be?
Because the perspective that you get from Milblogs is 180% different from the coverage you get on TV or in your daily paper. It is hard to blame the public for doubting what we are doing in Iraq when all they hear, see and read is negativism in the media. They get even worse from the Democrat Party. No solutions, no alternative vision, just slander, quips and defeatism.
If the domestic insurgents in this country are able to sour public opinion to the point that we have to withdraw, and lose, in Iraq, well then we have handed a huge victory to the sub-human savages. That is what the liberals want to happen. To them, a defeat of George W. Bush is more important than a victory for the United States. These are difficult times. We face a devious and brutal enemy. And we also have to fight Al Qaeda.
Milblogs will open your eyes to the real situation on the ground in Iraq, to the progress in the governmental process and reconstruction. Don't be fooled by the Dems and their co-consiprators in the press. Educate yourself, arm yourself with information that is available to you. Please, read milblogs to get their fresh perspective. Don't form opinions based on half the story. The stakes are too high. Oh yeah, and don't forget to tune in on Sunday evening!
Hugh Hewitt on The Rise of Milblogs
AS THE WAR enters a phase where most of the fighting is far removed from the networks' cameras, it gets harder and harder to find reliable news on the conflict's many fronts.
Unless you read the milblogs, that is. "Milblogs" is short for "military blogs"--online journals run by active duty military or reservists who have returned to civilian life for the time being. These first person accounts of the world and the nation through the eyes of front-line troops are changing the nature not just of the blogosphere but of American reporting.
The ability of the civilian world to access the news and views of the military directly is a sea-change in media. At the conclusion of his wonderful 1998 book, Making the Corps, Washington Post writer Thomas Ricks worried aloud about the increasing distance between the civilian and military worlds, and the divergence in the values of both. Part of that problem was that the world of the warrior was increasingly remote from ordinary Americans who don't have much contact with the military.
MILBLOGS ARE CHANGING THAT CONDITION.