The Fifth Column

fifth column

A clandestine subversive organization working within a country to further an invading enemy’s military and political aims.

[First applied in 1936 to rebel sympathizers inside Madrid when four columns of rebel troops were attacking that city.]

Blackfive (POL) has published an essay by LTC Tim Ryan titled
Aiding and Abetting the Enemy.

Almost on a daily basis, newspapers, periodicals and airwaves give us negative views about the premises for this war and its progress. It seems that everyone from politicians to pop stars are voicing their unqualified opinions on how things are going. Recently, I saw a Rolling Stone magazine and in bold print on the cover was, “Iraq on Fire; Dispatches from the Lost War.” Now, will someone please tell me who at Rolling Stone or just about any other “news” outlet is qualified to make a determination as to when all is lost and it’s time to throw in the towel? In reality, such flawed reporting serves only to misshape world opinion and bolster the enemy’s position. Each enemy success splashed across the front pages and TV screens of the world not only emboldens them, but increases their ability to recruit more money and followers.

(Read the Whole Thing.)

The media is a part of the war. This is a tactic that has defeated the American military before — Vietnam. Vietnam was not won for the communists in Vietnam. It was won in the airwaves of America. There are two ways to win a war: you can kill so many of the enemy that they can no longer present a military threat, or you can demoralize the enemy enough that he no longer has the political will to fight.

It is the goal of the guerilla to demoralize the enemy. He is unable to kill enough of the enemy to make them cease to be a military threat — that is why he is the guerilla. We are fighting a guerilla force in Iraq, just like in Vietnam.

Vietnam was not won by the Vet Cong or the North Vietnamese Army. Vietnam was surrendered by Walter Cronkite when he convinced the American people that the war was unwinnable. Vietnam was lost when John Kerry convinced Congress that it had no control over the troops. Vietnam was lost when Jane Fonda straddled an anti-aircraft gun like a giant communist phallic symbol.

There is a name for these people. Someone who gives aid to the enemy who is warring with his state is clearly defined. That word is traitor. It is the only crime in our constitution that is explicitly defined, to prevent the definition from being expanded (as the King has been wont to do in history.)

Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Adhering to their enemies. Giving them aid and comfort. When you tell the American constituency that the enemy will win (true or not) you are adhering to our enemy. When you spread the propaganda of the enemy, you are giving them aid and comfort. Publicity is the lifeblood of a guerilla force. They can survive without ammunition. They can survive without fuel, without technology, all the things a modern army depends on. They cannot survive without publicity, and they get tons of newsprint and hundreds of hours of this sustenance every day in the American media. This is something that they can only get from us. We can starve them to death by simply not feeding them publicity.

Do the American people need to be informed? Yes — by its military and its Executive Branch. I’m done with the mainstream media. Every non-imbedded reporter in Iraq should be considered a suspected enemy collaborator. Your rights to freedom of speech and presumption of innocence end when you step into the war zone. I heard a report today on the radio about a “reporter embedded with the terrorists.” That was about five words too many. The word for that person is terrorist. Someone who observes terrorism without trying to stop it is a conspirator and accomplice.

As Sir John Harrington warned, treason has prospered long enough in America that none dare call it treason. It has prospered because we let it, and it is time for it to end.


  1. MiAn says:

    Watching the firestorm over Rather-gate pissed me off because it was such small potatoes. He deserved a smackdown, but the gall of other mainstream outlets feigning shock at such journalistic impropriety made me sick.

    The WoT media snow job is the story of century
    (excepting the last time they pulled it, and the time before that). The White House has begged reporters to cover good news in Iraq, but at this point, they’d probably die happy if the press covered the bad news right.

    Thanks for the Blackfive link. Allah knows the est. media isn’t going to give guys like Ryan a voice.

    >>”reporter embedded with the terrorists.”

    I don’t suppose there’s any chance that this is simply the result of the pentagon pairing up a Barnum & Bailey weapon with a new assesment of the true value of a reporter, is it? Wrong preposition, but I thought I’d ask.

  2. Phelps says:

    No, this guy worked for an “al” agency. And the BBC.

  3. Shep says:

    It’s a good take. Agreed here. I remember back in journalism class in high school, we were told that unless we were on the editorial page to never ever give an opinion on a story. Just present the facts. Hell, no one does that anymore, because it wouldn’t get ratings. Even the Gleem-smile 5pm local anchor has to throw in his two bits about every story on the line. But your central point is right on. The word is traitor. When the bombing starts in Europe, or, God forbid, here, then the media are gonna have to quit showing their butts to al Qaida.