Why give our secrets to Saddam’

War, or the threat of war, is the most prevalent topic discussed on a regular basis in all state and national news mediums. Pick up any daily newspaper or turn on any news channel or program and Saddam Hussein/ Iraq are likely one of the top two stories. I was watching CNN during my midday workout Wednesday when the never ending issue of war with Iraq brought a special feature to the television screen’an up-close view of the U2 spy plane and personal interviews with its crew. During the segment, (on three separate occasions) the journalist stated that this particular plane was fueling up in preparation for a reconnaissance flight over Iraq. The U2 flight was approved by the United Nations and to the best of my knowledge, everyone in the world including Hussein, knew the plane was coming. Far be it from me to tell our government how to perform military operations, but broadcasting when your spy planes are going to fly seems a bit crazy. I understand that this is a political necessity to appease the leaders of the world, but why waste the thousands of dollars it takes to even get the plane off the ground if all the infomation they collect will be useless’ The daily struggle for support of war with Iraq goes back and forth. Many opponents of the United States’ efforts to curtail Hussein’s alleged activities state there is no solid evidence. (Despite continued recanted statements and documented lies that Iraq does not have this weapon or that.) My question to our military leaders and those at the UN is if you are trying to prove some illegal activity to the voting members of the United Nations, why advertise what you’re doing’ Why not be just a bit more covert’ If I were in Hussein’s shoes, I would simply keep one individual tuned to CNN, and when I heard about the next surveillance flight, I would call my top “illegal activity controllers” and tell them it was time to put up the camouflage netting again. I distinctly remember during the Gulf War during the 1990s, the intense focus on realtime information fed back to television cameras. I firmly believe despite the best intentions of our news media, wartime activities should be limited to reporting an event after it happens’not before or even during. As a working member of the media, on numerous occasions I have been appalled by the liberally-minded, ratings-driven major networks who strive to “one-up” the others by getting the jump on a military operation before it even happens. Does the media not value the lives of those very soldiers enough to maintain a high level of secrecy for as long as possible’ Or is it more important to tell the world exactly what is going to happen and when to prove their sources know more than the others’ In my view, telling everyone when and where an attack is going to happen changes reporting into predicting. News reporters are just that’reporters, not newsmakers. War is not a popular decision. It never has and never will be. Nonetheless, it is sometimes necessary. I firmly support President George W. Bush and his staff no matter what their decision. I believe President Bush is being a leader and his character, his morals and his faith in God (as well as the best intelligence in the world) are leading him to make the decisions. I do not always agree with those decisions. I, like everyone else, am ready for gasoline prices and the economy to have moves in positive directions rather than continued pessimistic reports. But, I am also an American who feels deep patriotism for those men and women who have and will choose to serve in our defense. I often wonder why it is that the liberal media and outspoken pessimists are always the most vocal’despite usually being the minority. Apathy runs rampant in our society, both on a national and local level. I see it every day. What can be done about it’ I just did my part. What part can you play’JS

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