Boycott The Drudge Report
I WAS an avid reader of the Drudge Report. He seemed a level headed conservative who posted stories the "Main Stream Media" would not touch. I will never read his site again. I am boycotting it.
Everyone who cares about the fight against Muslim terror should as well. Here
are my reasons:
Drudge greatly undermined NATO forces in Afghanistan in one foolish act
- entirely to gain himself notoriety. He quickly did what no fowl British tabloid has done and no scummy paparazzi caused - he focused the Taliban and Al-Qaeda on an individual in a war zone - Prince Harry. He also undermined a very shaky NATO alliance in Afghanistan.
Many Americans may not understand the outrage this has caused in the Commonwealth. I am a Canadian Citizen, part of the Commonwealth and my tax dollars have gone into protecting Prince Harry on his trips to Canada as well as training Prince Harry (He has recently trained at CFB Suffield, in Alberta). Even though his Uncle, Prince Andrew, served in the Falklands War and every member of the current Royal family has
served in the military at some point, many people are annoyed at the prestigious lifestyle the Royalty lives - with no real danger. Then comes Prince Harry, insisting on serving with his unit in Iraq.
Intense media pressure put an end to that, unfortunately. Since Prince Harry
wanted to serve his country so bad, the British military came up with a deal with the normally ravenous British tabloids to keep his service in Afghanistan under wraps. It only took Drudge to screw that up.
I do not think Americans are aware of how close NATO is to loosing Afghanistan, and it is mainly political. The United States has been bearing the brunt of the war, but it should not be the sole fighting force, nor is it. Both Britain & Canada have been there since the beginning and both nations are in the thick of the fighting with the
USA, and these three countries are the only nations out of 26 countries who dare face the enemy. This issue has become so serious, it almost caused the Government of Canada to fall last week! Canada is divided over its role in Afghanistan because the other 23 countries (Like France - SURPRISE! - Not.) will not support the combat missions in Afghanistan, they all want to be "safe". Because of 40 years of almost continuous Liberal rule, the Canadian military has been decimated to the point that
only the recent few years of Conservative rule could only supply them with more money and $4 Billion of new equipment and outfitting takes time to deploy. For the last few months, our Minister of Defense, Peter MacKay, has been unsuccessfully trying to rally other NATO missions to Afghanistan. The terms were small - 1000 troops. NOBODY has stepped up to the challenge. So far Canada is committed until 2011 but if new troops do not show up from other NATO country (as in anyone but the USA & Britain), Canada will withdraw from Afghanistan in 2009.
My step-daughter is a US Marine (She's the same age as Prince Harry), and was slated to go to Iraq this month, but her orders changed and she may be sailing for Afghanistan in April instead. This hits home personally if the US and Canada starts loosing its NATO support in Afghanistan.
Drudge has compromised the entire mission to Afghanistan. Not only did he put an end to a brave man serving his country on the front lines, Prince or not, he has demised Prince Harry's unit, and shaken the moral of the British army as well as the members of the Commonwealth to whom he is their Prince. Aftershocks will reverberate through an already shaken NATO mission in Afghanistan.
Drudge should be ashamed of himself! I hope he enjoys his 15 minutes of fame.