Army Astroturf

ARMY ASTROTURF….I haven’t really been following the “phony letters from Iraq” kerfuffle because it didn’t seem all that serious, but for what it’s worth this USA Today article seems to have the final word on what really happened. Apparently an overenthusiastic battalion commander, Lt. Col. Dominic Caraccilo, wrote the letter and gave it to 500 of his troops to sign and mail off, which most of them did.

Anyway, an army spokesman said no one was forced to sign the letters, which was a pretty dumb thing to say (if my battalion commander “suggested” I sign a letter, I’d sign pronto), but it doesn’t look like it was anything other than a garden variety stupid idea. Back now to our regular programming.

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