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May 24, 2006

Military Loather Attacks Caspar W. Weinberger’s New Book

Media Lib Attacks Caspar Weinberger Troop Tribute

The Washington Post raised eyebrows when it assigned Ann Scott Tyson to review former Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger’s posthumously published new book, "Home of the Brave: Honoring the Unsung Heroes in the War on Terror."

Weinberger’s last work has already been widely praised by former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman, the 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, General P.X. Kelley (ret.), the 2.4 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and conservative media superstar Sean Hannity, among others.

Released just days before Memorial Day, "Home of the Brave" recounts the stories of 19 of the most highly decorated soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines fighting in the War on Terror. The book also criticizes the liberal media for its appalling lack of positive and hopeful stories coming out of Afghanistan and Iraq.

But writer Ann Scott Tyson slammed Weinberger’s tribute to the nation's men and women in uniform calling it "disappointing,” "embellished,” "overblown.”

"I know,” the writer declares, "I was there.”

Some say the Post’s decision to have Tyson review a positive portrayal of the U.S. Armed Forces seems odd considering her consistently negative portrayal of the U.S. military.

Past reports by the controversial scribe have included headlines like: "Troop morale in Iraq hits 'rock bottom.'” / "U.S. troops facing extended deployments amid the danger, heat, and uncertainty of an Iraq occupation are suffering from low morale that has in some cases hit 'rock bottom,'" / "Two Years Later, Iraq War Drains Military,” / "Strain of Iraq War Means the Relief Burden Katrina Will Have to Be Shared” / and "Suicides in Marine Corps Rise by 29%: Fast Pace of Operations Are Believed to Contribute.”

Asked about the Washington Post hit piece, Weinberger co-author Wynton C. Hall told NewsMax: "I think it’s great! It makes our argument about liberal media bias for us.”

"Frankly, having Ann Scott Tyson review a pro-military book is like having a fan of the Boston Red Sox review the New York Yankees,” he added.

The 2.4 million member Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) calls "Home of the Brave," "A potential bestseller” that can "go a long way in changing public perceptions and thus popular culture.”

Sean Hannity has labeled the book "One of the most important books yet written about the war on terror.”

Former President George H.W. Bush said about Home of the Brave, "These real-life heroes remind us of American history's most enduring lesson: ‘Ours would not be the land of the free if it were not also the home of the brave.’"

Wild Thing's comment.......

People like this Ann Scott Tyson should be sent to the caves in Afghanistan and Iraq and let her do reporting FOR the enemy since she already is doing just that now anyway.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 24, 2006 12:02 AM


Tyson isn't fit to buff Weinberger's shoes. Someday I'd like to try to figure out how the left got left; and wrong.

Posted by: sierrahome at May 24, 2006 12:40 AM

Sierrahome I agree she is awful.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 24, 2006 01:00 AM

The Post had Tyson review the book because there is no such thing as a conservative employee there! What is apalling is how little respect is given not only to our brave men and women that are currently serving, but those who did such great work within our government.

Posted by: Luv2Box at May 26, 2006 08:28 PM

Is any one really surprised that the Post asked
Tyson to review the book? I agree it's disappointing (but not surprising). However, I AM still trying to figure out how a war hero's story can be considered "overblown" or "embellished" by Ms. Tyson. Even the men and women who sweat it out every day doing the basic jobs assigned to them in Iraq and Afghanistan are heroes - any story is one that deserves to be told and heard. Of course, it just seems to me like the media is finding any way to discredit a book that exposes bias against the War and our President.

Posted by: AnnaB at May 29, 2006 05:45 PM