BDB asserts that the US military constantly announces that they have killed precisely "thirty militants" overseas, and the US media dutifully reports this nonsense. I haven't reviewed all of BDB's links to see the pattern for myself, but there are a couple of historic forces acting here:
- On the one hand, the military learned in Vietnam that constantly reporting the number of Viet Cong killed lent itself to exaggeration and proved to have no relationship to any success or failure the US was encountering in the war effort.
- At the same time, with US and allied troops dying daily, the media and the Government feel the need to assert that the US Government is at least giving as hard as it gets. And so once again we have numbers of dead that cannot possibly be accurate, if only because the US knows that it doesn't know precisely how many people are in the compounds its drones are bombing, and the US doesn't know how many of these are, get this, "the enemy" and how many are just little children trying to grow but without being torn to bits by shrapnel.
Among the additional propaganda efforts of the US Government, BDB points to RawStory article that says:
As I read all of this, I ask myself, what is the difference between the Pentagon putting retired military officers on news shows to tell the Pentagon fairy tales about Iraq, on the one hand, and Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga, spending four years in the US Army, ostensibly ending his contract there, and then moving on to a two-year training and work program at the CIA, after which he starts a blog whose purpose is to "inform" the public?
Isn't it all a matter of military people serving the US Armed Forces in uniform and then wearing those same uniforms as they tell the public what to think about wars overseas.