The Army said in a statement that the website allows troops to securely share videos of training, ceremonies and news clips worldwide.
“Because all activity takes place behind the firewall, the video and audio are protected from unauthorized viewing and distribution,” the statement said. “That makes milTube a safe military alternative to commercial video-sharing sites like YouTube.”
The site appears to be designed to prevent public disclosure of some of video footage that has surfaced on the Internet in recent years, including video showing helicopter gunships blasting terrorists on the ground, missile strikes, sniper shots and other attacks.
The one-time hawkish chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has written a book whose conclusion is as clear as its title: “Victory in Iraq: How America Won.”
“I think it’s necessary to let the American people know that their armed forces won this war in Iraq,” Mr. Hunter told special correspondent Rowan Scarborough. “I think the trademark of the country has been America has been reluctant to acknowledge victory on behalf or our armed forces for any conflict since World War II. And in this case, we’ve clearly won.”
“And therefore Americans have a general idea that the war is over, but they don’t understand that we are leaving in victory,” he said.
The book’s cover shows a Marine unabashedly proud of victory in the 2004 battle for Fallujah. His name is Cpl. Kip Yeager, grandson of legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager.
Mr. Hunter’s book takes readers from the George W. Bush-ordered invasion of 2003 and the fall of Saddam Hussein, to 2008, when the Bush-ordered troop surge finally tamped down an al Qaeda and Ba’athist Party insurgency.
Mr. Hunter writes the inside story of the 2007 battle in Congress to fund the surge against opposition from then-Sens. Obama; Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat; and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
The author recalled that a legislative amendment that doomed South Vietnam was introduced by Mr. Kennedy as part of a 1974 appropriations bill funding Saigon’s defensive needs. Mr. Kennedy, on May 6, 1974, successfully cut $266 million from the military aid bill that was keeping South Vietnam in the fight.
“Starved for help, the South Vietnamese military, subsequent to the Kennedy funding cut, rationed its soldiers to two bullets per man per day. The war was over. Riding 800,000 tons of war supplies from China and Russia, the communists of North Vietnam rolled southward to victory,” Mr. Hunter said.View Entire Story
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Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
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