Can't Make These Up: Old Media Searching Desperately for Bad News from Iraq
The search for bad news relating to Iraq must be getting awfully difficult.
'Fragging' Is Rare in Iraq, Afghanistan
American troops killed their own commanders so often during the Vietnam War that the crime earned its own name - "fragging."
But since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military has charged only one soldier with killing his commanding officer, a dramatic turnabout that most experts attribute to the all-volunteer military.
Yes, Associated Press reporter Estes Thompson actually spent over 650 words on the topic, "inspired" by only the second such Iraq-related incident, which is going to a military trial this week. In the process, he rehashes, almost nostaligically, the frequent fraggings (600, according to the Army, Thompson claims) that took place in Vietnam.
Second example -- From the "Inventing a Dark Cloud on a Sunny Day" Department:
As violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch
Yes, showing sudden interest in the Iraqi economy, McClatchy writers Jay Price and Qasim Zein tell us that:
A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.
All I can say is: Things must be going "awfully" well over there.