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1:52 PM on 08.07.2008

On the possibilty of Failure: Medal of honor modern warfare

The Rumortoid post by Sterling today has me on the edge of my seat for the following reasons:

1. I really enjoyed CoD4, including the single player, but felt it could be revolutionary if it told the Iraq or Afghanistan war stories in a timely fashion.

2. Medal of Honor could either take advantage of the opportunity to create a compelling historical and relevant critique of US military action or inaction in Afghanistan or they could botch it horribly via poor story, propaganda driven story, poor graphics, or voiceovers.

The idea that they are examining operation Anaconda is interesting. This mission was followed the first attempt by the CIA and US special forces to hunt down and kill Osama Bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora, only to have the regular branches of the Military willfully allow him to escape into Pakistan. This needs to be discussed in any narrative covering the Afghanistan War. See the Wikipedia entry:
Tora Bora

I would suggest the excellent frontline series produced by PBS and available streaming at their site for free or on the torrents. Bush's War (most recent episode dealing with this topic

As well, Seymour Hersh and Bob Woodward have done some wonderful writing on the subject of how the OBL could have been captured if the US had wanted it.

The issue of the mismanagement or outright sabotage of the War in Afghanistan should be reflected in any story wherein troops are the central actors. They knew the score when it was going on, and this book should be read by the story writer.

If we get a puff piece of garbage from the medal of honor series I will be the first to rattle e-sabers and light my e-torch. Any thoughts?   read

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