America has the longest prison sentences in the West, yet the only condition long sentences demonstrably cure is heterosexuality.
The daily press, the immediate media, is superb at synecdoche, at giving us a small thing that stands for a much larger thing. Reporters on the ground, embedded or otherwise, can tell us about or send us pictures of what happened in that place at that time among those people.
Well, I think everybody's a little jealous of the Vietnam Wall, even people from wars that already have good monuments. You have a monument like the Wall and nobody ever forgets your war, you can bet on that.
For governments at war, the media is an instrument of war or an element in war that is to be controlled.
The media is not at all homogeneous in the way it tells us about war.
The US military still blames the media for stories and images that turned the American public against the war in Vietnam.
Vietnam is often called our only uncensored war, but that only means that the government wasn't vetting the pictures and words.
War is an abstraction.
War is big and there are only so many reporters and only so many places for their words and images to appear. Choices are made constantly.
War is grounded in the notion of triumph and defeat. It is zero-sum.
Which suggests something about media and war: it's not just that events happen and the media documents and presents them. There is a third element: what the public is ready to accept, what the public wants to know.
All governments in all wars have used all the means at their disposal to put their own motives, decisions and actions, and the actions of their military forces, in the best possible light.
Both of our wars in Iraq were, on American television, largely bloodless.
The media bring our wars home, but only rarely have they been able to do it in complete freedom.
The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead - everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is real.