Friday, May 30, 2008

The Yon Memo

Michael Yon the milblogger who has been on countless embeds in Iraq & Afghanistan is in a little stink right now. Recently he published in toto a memo he got a hold of. The memo was circulated among the Pentagon and warned employees about being discreet about their line of work so as to avoid confrontations with anti-war types. Apparently such an incident occurred and some official wrote a memo about some basic precautions employees should take in order to prevent further incidents.

However, Michael Yon is being taken to task for publishing the memo because the memo uses incidents when follow up investigation (initiated by Yon himself) showed that there was no pattern of widespread harassment of Pentagon employees (uniformed and otherwise) just one. It seems some lefty writers are trying to cast him in the light of Dan Rather.

Michael notes a few things. The memo was from the DoD and there are people who can be contacted to confirm it was a genuine memo and passed around the DoD. Mr. Yon also states he was the one who instigated the deeper look into the memo.

What a bunch of fuss over very little. You can go to Michael's website and see the memo for yourself. Here is another memo you can see for yourself. I used to read similar ones on a regular basis. However, unlike the memo regarding US citizens in Islamabad of a read situation, most of the ones I read were vague, but there was a definite aura of badness with them. The memo Yon published was only about avoiding any incidents not details about incident or incidents.

The memo publicized by Michael Yon is no big deal, get over it.