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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Deserts look alike

On CBC Radio this morning, they were talking to some Republican Senator who was asking for the "embedded" reporters being carried along by the troops in Iraq be withdrawn. One of the reasons was that their live broadcasts were giving away the position of the troops.

I saw one of these broadcasts last night, and it consisted of footage of tanks rolling along thru completely featureless desert (they did pass a brunt-out old Russian tank from the first Gulf War through). The CNN commentator was talking to Wesley Clarke (ex-NATO chief) and they both commented that they weren't worried about the footage as it could be practically anywhere. Clarke even raised the possibility that the footage was actually shot in the States a week ago and it was just being used to screw with the Iraq leadership, although he quickly retracted that.