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Do something for our troops in Afghanistan; Plus: The blabbermouth Drudge backlash

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 29, 2008 11:29 AM

Our American soldiers in Afghanistan won’t get their names splashed all over the front page of blabbermouth Drudge, but they deserve your attention and support.

Milblogger Matt Burden at Blackfive appeals for your help. Take time out of your lunch break to do this:

Not too long ago, Blackfive readers, joined by thousands of readers from other blogs, sent over 30,000 emails of support to Marines in Iraq. The Marines had to shut down the email address because you all were causing bandwidth issues with the support we were sending.

Now, as if the Taliban and Al Qaeda, bad weather, and lack of support here at home weren’t bad enough, the New York Times has published a one-sided view of the paratroopers tour in Afghanistan.

And so now we have cause to band together again and send massive support down range…

…The Sky Soldiers have trudged through up to seven feet of snow on patrols day in and day out often at altitudes of 7,000 feet and higher. Each Soldier carries between 60 and 100 pounds of gear on these patrols. They Soldier-On each day despite the loss of many friends and comrades and substantially high numbers of wounded. Untold numbers of great Americans have provided amazing amounts of support to these Soldiers during this deployment. Public, private and civic organizations have provided direct support or indirect support.

A recent article by Elizabeth Rubin in the New York Times painted one Platoon of this Brigade in a less than favorable light. The article sensationalized the facts in a negative way, which served only to cause undue stress on the Soldiers and family members. The author failed to mention successes within the Brigade such as substantial humanitarian aid (tons of food and clothes) delivered to local villages, medical care for local children and adults, road projects, clean water projects, training of Afghan National Army personnel, distribution of school supplies, etc.

Historically, spring is a time of heavy fighting in this region as the terrorists and insurgents emerge from their caves after the harsh winter temperatures and snows. Let’s show these Soldiers how much support they have from home to help them through the spring and the remainder of this long and dangerous deployment.

Our paratroopers are in the fight of their lives and they need to hear that America loves them.

Please send an email of support to skysoldiers173rd@gmail.com

Or you can mail cards to:

Leta Carruth
P O Box 100
Cordova, TN 38088

Due to security reasons in Afghanistan please do not put addresses or phone numbers on any correspondence. All emails will be printed out here in the US and mailed to Afghanistan as they do not have the resources to receive a large number of emails. All letters and emails will be vetted to make sure there are no negative comments. These are letters of support, so please keep them positive and uplifting.

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Here’s vid of paratroopers on patrol in Afghanistan last September, courtesy of DVIDS:

Milblogger Laughing Wolf blasts blabbermouth Drudge:

A raised finger salute to the people who leaked it to Drudge, and to Matt Drudge for willfully endangering the Prince and those with him. May you and those who leaked it to you soon find yourself in an enclosed space with SAS and others who care to express their opinion in a very, very personal manner. No linky love to you, a*****e.

Jeff Quinton on blabbermouth Drudge:

Drudge has been controversial from the beginning (even pre-Lewinsky) but the main reason I used to read his site was for the news links instead of the “exclusives.” There are much better sources of news aggregation now with blogs, RSS readers, Technorati, Memeorandum, etc. now so that takes away that need. I still ocasionally read his site but just when the news cycle is slow at other sources.

This isn’t the first time Drudge has had ethical questions raised. Aside from the obvious ones that the media has covered, I had my own brush with Drudge’s ethics during the 2000 primary campaigns. In a previous life I was even referred to as “South Carolina’s Matt Drudge” in media reports as well as in a book inscription my good friend Michael Graham made in my copy of his book Clinton & Me.

It’s true, Drudge has, to a large extent, jumped the shark because of blogs and other Web 2.0 developments in how the news cycle works. He keeps becoming more and more like the mainstream media that he started out competing with. His antagonism towards blogs has been well-documented.

If Drudge will post a story that potentially could have endangered Prince Harry and his mates in the British military, is it too far of a stretch to think he would not publish a story that could endanger American troops?

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