September 26, 2009

Censoring Afghanistan

Michael Yon's latest dispatch about British censorship of media reports from Afghanistan should be required reading – especially for readers in Britain.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at September 26, 2009 12:30 PM

Totally agree. My impression is that Mr. Yon's post is being read quite a bit in Britain.

Posted by: Ron Snyder Author Profile Page at September 26, 2009 12:52 PM

Depressingly, the immense electoral and financial pressures that this government is under seemed to be permeating down.....

Billions for the bankers.... A few pathetic upgrades to Chinooks for our lads...

Posted by: Andrew Author Profile Page at September 26, 2009 2:43 PM

The very idea of individual combat troops (or any troops) moonlighting to get cash to purchase privately the equipment they need is in itself a revelation.....and, compounded by the expense reports of their MP's is a humiliation
of the British Military and a real morale destroyer. Hopefully there will be a compounding of the British public backlash.
Michael Yon's ( and, Michael Totten's) reporting reinforces the validity of independent free-lancers beholden to no bureaucracy, whatever its size.
On this subject of independent writing and reporting, the Pulitzer Committee needs to be taken by the neck and shaken. (...that will of course be strenuously denied by the Pulitzer Committee.)

Posted by: Morningside Author Profile Page at September 26, 2009 5:49 PM

Let me ask a controversial question. Why have the Brits been so incompetent in training the Helmand ANP?

I understand that Brigadier General Ghori,commander of the 3-205 ANA in Helmand, is a capable commander that drives his troops very hard. But I wonder, how good of a job have the Brits done in helping BG Ghori train his troops?

I don't think the Brits have done a great job in Helmand. Am I wrong to bring it up?

Posted by: anand Author Profile Page at September 27, 2009 12:20 AM
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