Travis, the mythical creature...
...another bizarre moment, in yet another odd Pentagon Press Conference.
A soldier turned officer turned spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force: Operation Inherent Resolve
- not Inherent Vice. I keep watching these Pentagon Press Conferences with U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Steven Warren
, who - as media trained as he may be - still sounds like an Army man.
Like a soldier and most significantly not
like a politician. Yet his task is to convince the American people that the fight against #Daesh
He uses sports metaphors to explain 'progress'. He uses military, Army 'speak' which makes him sound like someone from a parallel universe, in which he - and all active soldiers - probably live in.
They see the war first hand which we don't see. Not even in the news, unless some drone footage is declassified and shows yet another 'surgical strike', showing no dead people at all. That's what they want to show us. A war without casualties.
The Obama invisible (non-red) line...
The real mess on the ground, in this theater is just reflecting the political mess. But unlike the latter, the former is far away from the Homeland. And the Pentagon Briefings are trying to keep it that way.
But every time some media outlet or some politician in Washington is saying "the strategy isn't working" or "why are we not winning?", officers like Lt. Col. Warren must cringe, knowing they will get immediate phone calls from some General, to prepare another news conference, come up with yet another Powerpoint presentation of "5 ways we win the war" etc, etc, and restate how the Coalition is 'winning' in their "fight against ISIS", despite what others see or report.#JSOC #Syria #Iraq #Pentagon #WhiteHouse #Daesh