The first casualty of war 

You know the old saying about the first casualty of war. We've already suffered some casualties on the truth front that will make it difficult in the future to trust what our leaders tell us about the continuing U.S. role and obligations.

Here are some of the things we've been told that can best be classified as false:

  • "We did not lead this," Sec. of State Hillary Clinton said of Operation Odyssey Dawn. But the Joint Chiefs of Staff tell us something different: "In these early days, the operation will be under the operational command of General Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command," Gortney told reporters at the Pentagon.  "And the commander of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, which is the name of this operation, is Admiral Sam Locklear, who is embarked on board USS Mount Whitney in the Mediterranean."
  • The Joint Chiefs also said this: "earlier this afternoon over 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from both U.S. and British ships and submarines struck more than 20 integrated air defense systems and other air defense facilities ashore." That's true. But reportedly the British contribution to that sum was 2 missiles. That's like saying that St. Louis Cardinals' First Baseman Albert Pujols and Shortstop Brendan Ryan combined last year for 44 home runs. It's true, and misleading.


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