Iraq: No B.S.

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

A report from the front lines and why you don't get the real story.

Thursday night at 10:45 p.m. word came down of a Michigan sailor killed in Afghanistan.  My first thought as always is to check the name and make sure I don't know him or her since I've met a number of soldiers during a number of stories I've done on local soldiers.  But, there was no heartache.  No outrage.  It wasn't too long ago, I kicked a chair when news broke of some soldiers dying.  It wasn't long before that, I was really bothered by the number of soldiers dying and the way they were dying.  It wasn't long ago everyone who watched the news knew how important that war and the one in Afghanistan was either.  But somewhere between the time we declared victory and the time we committed a troop surge, America lost interest in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I think I realized it when I noticed we gave stories in Iraq about 20 seconds max and a wacky animal story from Anywhere, USA 25 seconds.  Why is a car bomb that kills 51 people in a crowded marketplace in a country where American soldiers are fighting for their lives everyday still not a lead story on every news outlet in America?  Because, that's old news.  That's what bigwigs will say.  We've seen that story 20 times.  If you agree with that and don't care anymore about what happens there, I encourage you to watch this interview with a reporter on the front lines.  CBS' Lara Logan, who I think does the best work of any journalist in the war zone, doesn't pull any punches about the seriousness of the war in this interview on-- of all shows-- The Daily Show on Comedy Central.


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