Guarding Cheesecake

If the Bush people want to take credit for something brilliant they pulled off in connection with the war in Iraq, they should take a bow for the idea of embedding the press. It happened a long time ago, of course, it’s been more than three years since the war began and journalists in camouflage jackets accompanied the United States military into battle, but it was a diabolical and brilliant scheme, definitely one of the reasons why America marched off to this misguided venture as blindly and happily as it did.

Embedded — the word is so harmless, like raisins in coffeecake. At the same time it’s so clearly, unambiguously frank and literal. How much more obvious can you be about what you’re up to? Because no question that once you embed someone, they’ve curled up with you, they’ve slept with you, they’ve gotten confused about where you begin and they end, and what’s more, they don’t seem to know they’ve been screwed. There’s a reason why journalists in Vietnam were quick to see that the war wasn’t working – they weren’t embedded. Embedding gives a reporter a grunt’s eye view of the war. A grunt almost never sees the big picture.

Nora Ephron | huffingtonpost  (read more. . .)