Dec 12, 2013
The Classic Military Runaround
Posted on Jul 9, 2013
By Nick Turse, TomDispatch
Agent Mott seemed satisfied enough. He finished his questions and sent me on my way.
The next morning, I checked my email, and found a message waiting for me. It was from the Media Embed Chief in Afghanistan. “You are receiving this email because in the past you have been an embed with ISAF [International Security Force in Afghanistan] or requested an embed,” it read. “Your opinion and satisfaction are important to us.”
“You can’t make this shit up,” an old editor of mine was fond of saying when truth—as it so often does—proves stranger than fiction. This sequence of events certainly qualified. I could hardly believe my eyes, but there it was: a link to a questionnaire about how well served I was by my (nonexistent) 2012 embed in Afghanistan. Question number six asked: “During your embed(s) did you get the information and stories you require? If no please state why.”
Let me count the ways.
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