The New York Times on Its ‘Kill More Civilians’ Op-Ed Writer

Old New York Times LogoGlenn Greenwald writes in Salon:

Last week, I wrote about the mysterious Op-Ed writer, Lara M. Dadkhah, published by the New York Times, who urged that the U.S. be less restrained about slaughtering Afghan civilians with air attacks (when Dadkhar reads things like this from today — “Airstrike kills dozens in Afghanistan … Ground forces at the scene found women and children among the casualties” — she presumably thinks: “yes, that’s exactly what we need more of”).

As I noted, beyond how deranged the argument was, virtually no information was disclosed about Dadkhah herself, who was allowed to tout her work for a “defense consulting company” without even specifying who it was. The Hillman Foundation’s Charles Kaiser asked NYT Op-Ed Page Editor David Shipley about this strange matter and received this reply:

We found Ms. Dadkhah from work she did in Small Wars Journal, work that was part of her Ph.D. dissertation at Georgetown. Ms. Dadkhah only recently took a job at Booz Allen. We tend not to mention the names of companies — as it can run the risk of seeming self-promotional. I thought it was sufficient to have the author say, as she did high up in the piece, that “While I am employed by a defense consulting company, my research and opinions on air support are my own.” It’s worth underscoring that Ms. Dadkhah’s research regarding close air support came entirely from her doctoral research, and that these are issues she has written about over the the last couple years for Small Wars.

Read More of Glenn Greenwald’s article in Salon

4 Comments on "The New York Times on Its ‘Kill More Civilians’ Op-Ed Writer"

  1. it may make things easier in the short run but killing civilians makes things easy on the terrorists,
    makes recruiting simple for them. you can kill terrorists by the dozens but if you don't cut them off from their supply of recruits, and remove the reasons people support them it will never end.

  2. ioksototeaterofsouls | Feb 26, 2010 at 4:08 am |

    @ Sean

    AND it's fucking monsterous going into other people's countries uninvited, saying you're there to give them freedom and democracy and then killing thousands of innocent bystanders them when some of them don't want to jettison their culture and religoin in favout of big macs, porno mags and lucky strike. There are also practical considerations.

    That's what you actually meant right Sean?

    • banking on moral considerations to motavate government policy is useless so I stopped trying

      • ioksototeaterofsouls | Feb 26, 2010 at 9:12 am |

        Understandable reaction but making the issue purely one of practicality legitimizes the overall project. Keep stating the obvious even if it’s a chore. You owe those dead afghan kids that much at least.

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