Operation Mountain Thrust
Bill Roggio, Michael Yon, and others are the journalists that get out there with the troops and tell the public the real story. I only wish that we would have had journalists of this caliber, courageous men and honest men, when I was in Afghanistan or Iraq. Unfortunately, only one person came out to embed with us, the lamentable Geraldo Rivera. He wasn't with us very long however, maybe four days before he was booted from our operation and our unit for doing something that was really pretty damn stupid. We had just set up our company patrol base for the night. It was dark and no one was smoking and doing quite a good job of maintaining light discipline, and guys were just starting to bed down. Suddenly, the entire patrol base was illuminated by floodlights! He and his crew had set up studio lights in our perimeter so they could get a nice, light filled shot! It was unbelievable. Our CO put an end to that pretty quickly, but we still spent the rest of the night expecting to take some indirect at any moment. Needless to say, he was put on a Blackhawk out at first light the next morning.
So when there are good journalists out there like Mr. Roggio and Mr. Yon, we have to support them. So head on over to their sites(I have the links, "Counterterrorism Blog" for Mr. Roggio, "Michael Yon" for Mr. Yon). If you can spare some cash to help the costs of their embeds, I'm sure they'd be grateful. Even if you can't, head on over there and just read what they have to say. These guys are doing everything they can to get the true story out about Iraq and Afghanistan, and we should all do whatever we can to help them in their endeavors.