May 12, 2009

The Camp Liberty Shooting and the Spectre of Vietnam

Okay AP, lets not jump the gun on the shooting at Camp Liberty, every instance of murder is not a fragging incident, let’s stop dragging up the ghost of Vietnam at every moment. Thankfully most of the AP stories are no longer including the several paragraphs indicating that this was another “fragging” incident, but the damage has been done.

Lets be clear on this, there is nothing to suggest that this was a “fragging” incident in anyway. The soldier, a Sergeant, was attending a stress clinic at Camp Liberty. At some point he became involved in a verbal altercation and was disarmed, for his own protection. He later returned with another weapon and the incident occurred.

To indicate otherwise was simply wrong, of course the adolescents over at the HuffPo love you for it.


Ed Rasimus said...

I'm glad you said that. When I saw the subject header on the feed at ThunderTales I thought you were going to flog the old dead horse. I should never have had a doubt!

David M said...

Ed: I'm glad you agree. There was a lot more I wanted to say, but didn't know how to say it.

I about lost it yesterday afternoon when in the course of following this story, I became overwhelmed with the references to fragging and that this was just another chance by the media to drag up Vietnam.