Eric May: Battle of Baghdad Coverup Unraveling
Opinion; Posted on: 2005-10-11 11:39:48
Don't be put off by the odd name -- 'Ghost Troop' is a very down-to-earth group of veterans and journalists working behind the scenes to bring out the facts about the Middle East War.
Millions have now discovered the meaning of 'BOBCUP' -- the Battle of Baghdad Coverup.
ON APRIL 5, 2003, unit founder Captain Eric May detected major glitches in the media pictures coming back from Baghdad, which US forces had just reached. The reporters had gone from hopeful April 4 announcements that the siege of Baghdad had begun, to worried April 5 announcements that there was a fierce fight at Baghdad Airport -- then suddenly and without explanation away from the developing battle to the "human interest" story that Private Jessica Lynch had been saved from Iraqi captors.
To Captain May, whose areas of expertise included military intelligence and public affairs, it was clear that the military and media were working together to cover up the true story: The Battle of Baghdad was happening off-camera, hidden behind Private Lynch!
The pull-down of the statue of Saddam Hussein on April 9 was another manufactured event to indicate that the Baghdad had been occupied by US forces. But how did they take the city?
The answer is that US forces were attacked by much-larger Iraq forces at the Baghdad Airport on Saturday morning, April 5, and after bleeding badly from that vicious fight were engaged in a fierce battle in the rubbled, slow-go driving -- under constant Iraqi fire -- through the city of Baghdad, a drive lasting until three days later, when the distraction of Private Jessica abruptly ended so that the media could show a set-up scene of the "Fall of Baghdad" (i.e., a set-up pull-down of Saddam's Statue).
While causalty figures have been suppressed by the media (along with the existence of the Battle of Baghdad!), international military estimates are that hundreds died. Summer/fall reports from Ft. Stewart, Georgia, about the overflow of 3rd Infanty Division wounded soldiers sleeping in tent cities when they needed medical treatment were never explained, either: There were too many wounded GIs from the Battle of Baghdad to fit in the Ft. Stewart Hospital!
To Captain May, the cover-up of the battle was a clear violation of Department of Defense Principles of Information, which he had learned thoroughly in the Defense Department's Defense Information School, which he attended as a Public Affairs Officer in 1994.
Frustrated with the indifference (or indecision) of the mainstream media in ending the cover-up, he founded Ghost Troop, a unit specializing in Web contacting and communications as the most effective, direct and honest medium left to a public in need. Ghost Troop now comprises hundreds of loosely-affiliated members, along with a few dozen staffers, mostly veterans, and is on a continuing mission to force the mainstream media to acknowledge the dead of the Battle of Baghdad.
They have published extensively about the Battle of Baghdad, and their main publications, "Ghost Troop Introduction" (2003) and "Ghost Troop Home" (2004) have received 3 million hits since their creation. The story is spreading, and more and more journalists are remembering their ethical duty to tell the truth, not sugar-coat it. In fact, the Embedded Media itself seems to be coming clean: This summer LA Times Embed David Zucchino published his Thunder Run: Three Days with the Tusker Brigade in the Battle of Baghdad.
Captain May and his Ghost Troops were glad to see the bare existence of the battle so long hidden on the front of a history book, but are still angry that what has become history has never been reported as news! Inside the book the main lines of the battle are still suppressed, along with the numbers of the dead and wounded.
Ghost Troop's chief members are veterans from the services, with Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps joining the original Army members to function together in the best tradition of the military. They share tasks, contacts and new information as they go along, thereby becoming perhaps the best experts around for a rational discussion of the situation in Iraq, a matter so covered-up (like Baghdad) that most of those who try to talk about things realistically end up in dead-ends or contradictions.
As for May himself, the former general staff officer and, later, Houston Catholic School Teacher of the Year hasn't changed his assessment of the situation in the nearly three years since he began his mission of conscience to inform the public. Going into the Iraq War, May published military analyses of the coming conflict as op-eds in his hometown Houston Chronicle, predicting that Iraq would be a "Quicksand War" and lead to a U.S. fiasco at best, and a world war at worst. The op-eds are cyber-published as "Published Essays of Captain May."
Similarly, his essay "3/7 Cavalry, Tragedy and Travesty," about the unit that was first attacked and badly mauled by Iraqi forces at the Baghdad Airport, has been published worldwide, both for the fact that it was written within days of the cover-up and for the disturbing analysis of the United States Constitution in a new era, with a new Watergate in BOBCUP, the Battle of Baghdad Cover-up.
More on Captain May
Zucchino's Thunder Run
Captain May's published essays:
3/7 Cavalry, Tragedy and Travesty (w/pic of Capt. May at Camp Casey, Crawford):
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