On a positive note, journalists won’t be shut out of this war like they were during Gulf War I – hundreds of journalists are already being “embedded” into units as “adjunct soldiers.” Predictably, the journalists are already planning to treat the whole thing like a tailgate party writ large.
CNN … has a fleet of Hummer SUVs, equipped with satellite uplinks and other technical gear. ABC News television also has two specially equipped Hummers … Network technicians estimate that each specially equipped Hummer is worth close to half a million dollars … “We have everything you could want, except for the beer,” said Quincy Brown of El Dorado Hills near Sacramento, a technician on an ABC vehicle.
America has now been so primed for the upcoming spectacular — the TV entertainment aspect of the war — that Bush couldn’t pull out if he wanted to — middle America wants their international superbowl, their real-life Jean-Claude van Damme action flick. It’s now become an entertainment imperative that war go forward.