MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS' BAGHDAD OBSERVER notes:
The once-huge international press corps here has shrunken significantly, with many verteran war correspondents decamped to Afghanistan. Major U.S. TV networks have pulled out, or are in the process of doing so. Other news organizations are hanging on until after the elections, which have been delayed from January to at least late February or March. (McClatchy, I am proud to say, plans to maintain a presence in Baghdad).
Noted back in December of 2009.
And what followed?
A month later they did "On hold" -- and the problems with that is that a "hold" doesn't usually last over six years and if "McClatchy, I am proud to say, plans to maintain a presence in Baghdad" then why weren't they ever able to update BAGHDAD OBSERVER.
Corey Dickstein (STARS & STRIPES) reports on US House Reps. Seth Moulton and Ryan Zinke's efforts to pass legislation to create a national war memorial for the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars:
“Unlike most monuments that are built post-conflict, this would be a memorial that recognizes not only those that we have lost, but it is also a memorial that recognizes that this is a nation that remains at war,” Zinke said Monday. “The global war on terrorism is far from over, but building this memorial to those who have fought and those who will fight in the future would be an impressive message both for veterans and for America.”
We support the memorial.
But we especially support it as a reminder to citizens and especially to the media that both wars continue.
To citizens, the media and to politicians.
There are thousands of US ground troops in Iraq now.
Hillary appears to forget reality far too often.