Why does the media have to reveal everyone’s military secrets? How stupid is the media?
Do you think Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor would have been as successful and devastating had the American troops and sailors been prepared and ready?
Do you think the D-Day invasion of Normandy would have been the success it was had the German’s known about it in advance?
Do you think the legendary victory of the Greeks over the city of Troy would have been successful and still spoken of today, had the residents of Troy knew the Greeks were hiding in the wooden horse?
Including one of my older brothers, I knew a number of guys who were sent to Vietnam in various military roles. Most of those who came home, all expressed the same exasperation with the way the Vietnam War was being waged. Since it was a United Nations action, the UN security council had to approve of every major offensive the American forces wanted to launch. The ironic part was that some of the members of the security council were communists who supported the communist efforts in Vietnam. In other words, the US military had to get permission from communists to fight communists and Vietcong. In doing so, most of the offenses ended in disaster because the enemy was generally prepared for the offensive. On one occasion, American General William Westmoreland launched one of the most effective military offenses for the American troops. However, Westmoreland didn’t get UN approval first, which is why the enemy wasn’t prepared and why it was so successful. However, President Johnson was outraged that Westmoreland didn’t go through the UN and fired him from his position over the Vietnam War. This explains why the Vietnam War is the only war the United States ever lost.
The point is that secrecy of military plans is vital the success of those plans.
Yet, over the past few decades, it seems that the media goes to extremes to find out about any military secret so they can splash it all over the airwaves. They seem to ignore the fact that in doing so, they are putting the lives of military personnel in danger.
I never could understand why we told the world, Iraq and Saddam Hussein that we were going to invade the country and capture Hussein. The military operations were eventually successful, but the Iraqis and Hussein were prepared and more American lives were lost than needed to be lost. Hussein went into hiding until he was discovered hiding in a hole in the ground.
It seems that the media has not learned their lesson nor have they learned to value the lives of military personnel, no matter what country they serve.
In the latest example of media stupidity, the media has plastered the airwaves with news that South Korea will be forming a squad of commandos to be trained to infiltrate North Korea and kill dictator Kim Jong-un in case he launches a nuclear attack on South Korea.
Kim Jong-un is already a paranoid idiot who has executed friends and family he thought were out to get him. How much more paranoid will he be now that the media has blabbed about the secret plans to assassinate him? How many of the people around him, guilty or innocent will be killed due to Jung-un’s increased paranoia? If the chances of success of the South Korean commandoes was slim to begin with, they are going to be near impossible now that the media has told him.
I remember a time when anyone telling the enemy of someone’s plans was considered an act of treason or espionage, punishable by hanging, firing squad or life in prison, if they were lucky. Now they parade these treasonous individuals in front of everyone and give them awards for the journalism, failing to realize that the award is paid for with blood of individuals that died as a result of journalism. You’ve heard of yellow journalism? I call this kind of journalism that tips off the enemy of your plans, red journalism, red for the blood it creates.