In an online version of their paper today, The New York Times published a headline that read "U.S. is Said to Expand Secret Military Acts in Mideast Region."
Well, if they were secret, they aren't now. Or was that the point? Does the Department of Defence want to use the United States print media to intimidate our enemies overseas? Are we playing intercontinental mind games? I'd like to think so. I'd really like to think that our Department of Defense only allows the media to discover information that they're meant to have - information that's meant to seem "secret" but is really common knowledge in the areas in question. But sometimes, I wonder. I'd also hope that patriotism would motivate journalists to abstain from releasing any information that could counteract the efforts of U.S. Intelligence or Defence officers. Wouldn't you?
I mean, if you want to know how many troops are on the ground at any given moment or their general location - it's on the web! What U.S. Generals are in/out of favor? Check out CNN! It's amazing to me that with the amount of information that we float out there that anything resembling a "secret military act" would even be possible. But a girl can dream! I'm hoping that today, the editors of the Grey Lady were just trying to drum up their online readership numbers. There's certainly a fine line to walk between educating the American public and over-exposing our national interests and defence efforts in (oh, for fun let's just call it) a time of war.
What's the expression? Loose lips sink ships. Easy Grey Lady - let's not become the town gossip. It's a small world after all.
(No, I don't think I could have used any more cliches / colloquialisms. Thanks for asking.)