Michael Yon, on how the military keeps trying to lose the information war, one embed at a time. As he reports, it's becoming difficult for bloggers and journalists to embed with military units. In one case, Fox News had to turn down an embed tour because there was no place for their crew to stay--except with itinerant contract workers who might steal their equipment. In other instances, embeds have no workspace at major military bases, making it difficult to file their stories, photos and videos.
Memo to CENTCOM: a little accommodation goes a long, long way. Put another way: if you can roll out the red carpet for network big-shots (as you did for Brian Williams and his NBC entourage), it shouldn't be that hard to find bunk space and an internet connections for embeds who spend days--even weeks--with your units.
Requests for temporary billeting and internet access are not unreasonable. Yes, we understand the surge is underway and space is tight, but the issues raised by Michael Yon cut to the heart of the information war, and why we're still having problems in that area.
Think about it.