February 13, 2010
The Largest Assault of the Afghan War (as Far as Anyone Can See)
The question is: how does anybody really know if this guy — who wasn’t detained — is one of the civilians we are bending-over-backward to protect, or whether he’s Taliban? (According to the Pentagon, 75% of the insurgent force happen to be local residents.)
And then, as far as the coverage itself is concerned, give credit to the NYT for having a reporter and photographer there at all — given how other media (CNN and the BBC, for example) are relying heavily on the Pentagon and Britian’s MOD for “news” images.
(photo: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times. caption: Company K, accompanied by an Afghan army platoon, set down in three landing zones to gain a foothold in territory long under insurgent control. Here, an Afghan villager, who was not detained, was confronted at the first compound that the Marines seized)